PhD scholarship in Digital Production

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The Department of Technology, Management and Economics at DTU-Technical University of Denmark-- invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in digitalization of production, funded by MADE Fast and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDBD). The aim is to investigate relevant digital technologies, for example digital twins, increased use of sensors and vision, real-time failure diagnosis, operator dash boards, big data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robots, scanning of products etc. Focus is to identify digitalization technologies that can increase productivity and output, and reduce time to run-in and ramp-up of new products on the production lines.

The PhD position will be based in the Management Science Division and specifically in the research section Operations Management.

The research field is digitalization of production. The objective is to identify relevant digital technologies, assess how these technologies can be implemented, and quantify expected impact of applying these technologies. Working in the pharmaceutical industry, focus will also be on the main risks associated with implementing digital technologies in the context of a regulated industry.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will become part of a research team working intensively with operations management and digital production.

The focus of the PhD study will be to explore possible technologies, conduct tests in small scale, and provide the decision basis for full-scale implementation of digitalization technologies with the end-goal of increasing the competitiveness of the FDBD Finished Goods production.

  • You will be responsible for identification, exploration, and test of digitalization technologies most relevant to flow production.
  • You will contribute to the advanced research conducted in our research group on operations management and digital production.
  • Your research could include initially identification of 1-2 high-impact digitalization technologies for flow production. When the most relevant technologies have been identified, the state of the art from available research literature will be investigated as well as experiences from implementation from other manufacturing companies, e.g. companies in the MADE consortium.
  • Prepare and execute a small-scale test, as well as a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the expected impact from implementing the digitalization technology. The ambition is to have an initial decision-base for the first selected technology in 12-18 months (a stop/-go decision point for the technology’s implementation in FDBD).
  • You will engage in iterative analysis, development and implementation
  • You have the ability to work focused and to achieve ambitious goals

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. A relevant background could be a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, operations management, production engineering, or a degree in other areas with additional qualifications relevant for the responsibilities and tasks.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lars Hvam,, tel.: +45 40643747 or Senior Manager Morten Lahrmann, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, tel: +45 4194 9553. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 28 June 2021 (Danish time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

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