Job posting - PhD scholarship - Designing New Ways of Working in Industry 4.0 - Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU Management Engineering invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position in “Designing New Ways of Working in Industry 4.0” starting as soon as possible and at latest August 2017. The project will be based in the Engineering Systems Division under the supervision of Associate Professor Ole Broberg. The project is part of the division’s research within Human-Centred Automation in complex socio-technical systems.

The Engineering Systems Division is growing fast and is characterised by collegial, energetic staff and strong research collaborations with leading universities and industry worldwide. Our research focuses on understanding and improving the ways in which engineering systems are designed, managed, and operated throughout their life cycles. Our research spans the boundaries of 1. interdisciplinary engineering design (e.g. product design and development; systems engineering), 2. engineering project, program and portfolio management, and 3. related policy, public engagement and strategic processes.

The project will address part of the human factors challenges associated with the introduction of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies in Danish industry. The technologies will change the work in the product development and production departments and impact the sharing of knowledge and ways of collaboration between the departments. The project will overall focus on how companies can align technology, organisation and human behaviour in the design of production systems in order to improve performance and human well-being.

Responsibilities and tasks
The project will take a design methodology approach and be framed into an engineering systems perspective. It will be carried out in collaboration with one or more companies. Research tasks include empirical work in the companies, setting up interactive workshops and possibly small experiments.

Overall the project will focus on three research questions:

- What kind of new interfaces and processes emerge between product development and production when a company introduces digitalisation and other Industry 4.0 enablers?
- What kind of knowledge sharing and transfer between product development and production is beneficial and how can it be organised?
- How can technology, organisation, and human behaviour be aligned in the design of Industry 4.0 production systems?

Candidates should have a master's degree in either design engineering, industrial engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide here:

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Ole Broberg, Associate Professor
and Anja Maier, Professor and Head of Division.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The position will be based in the Engineering Systems Division at DTU Management Engineering in Lyngby, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Ole Broberg, tel.: +45 4525 6033 or

You can read more about the Engineering Systems Division here:

Please submit your online application no later than March 15th 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online/Ansøg online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file.
Apply here:

The file must include:

A letter motivating the application, including your research activities and ideas for the research project (cover letter, max 3 pages)
Curriculum vitae
Grade transcripts and copies of your original BSc/MSc diploma, certificates, and lists of subjects with your results as well as their official translation into English
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Two reference contacts who may be contacted by the assessment committee
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.