PhD scholarship – Supply Chain Analytics in Healthcare

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This PhD scholarship is part of an ongoing collaboration between the DTU Management department and a large hospital in Denmark. Key to a hospital’s functioning is the logistical tasks in delivering goods, medicine, food and sterile equipment in a safe and timely manner. In the near future, the new treatment facilities in Denmark will rely heavily on just-in-time deliveries of supplies making a robust supply chain a paramount factor. With many stakeholders and various types of goods with special handling requirements, the supply chain within public healthcare is complex and large. How do we ensure a stable line of supplies? What is the consequence of breakdowns and how can they be fixed?

Combining quantitative techniques such as mathematical modelling (operations research) and simulation yields large potentials in the quest of entangling and analyzing the complex supply chain of healthcare delivery. This PhD-project will concern the simulation and optimization of various chains in logistics. The overarching goal is to allow a more holistic view of the complete supply chain across sectors.

Examples of potential cases are:

  • Bed logistics
  • Blood sample logistics
  • Warehouse optimization
  • Optimization of travel routes to- and from regional warehouses and hospitals in the capital region of Denmark.
Responsibilities and tasks
Do you enjoy making an impact on society? Do you have a background in optimization and simulation? Are you willing to commit to the improvement of publish healthcare while enhancing your skills in management science? Then you might be the candidate we are looking for!

As a PhD candidate you will contribute to our research project while preparing yourself to a carrier in research. During your study you will be expected to extend your knowledge in both optimization, simulation, and data science, through a number of master and PhD courses. You will be trained and gain experience in disseminating knowledge both scientifically in conferences, and pedagogically as lecturer at the university.

During the research project you will be actively participating in meetings with the stakeholders and help direct the project towards the most positive and impactful outcomes. Exploiting the current digitalization efforts of the hospital, we expect the project to be heavily data oriented. As a PhD candidate you will be expected to process data and implement optimization and simulation methods for data-driven decision making.

Candidates should 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. 

An healthy interest in operations research and simulation is a must for this position. The candidate should have some knowledge of programming and should not be afraid to learn and apply more of it. Moreover, candidates should be motivated by making an impact on society by producing tangible results with the identified case-studies.

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 Associate Professor Dario Pacino,, tel.: +45 4525 1512. 

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Please submit your online application no later than 29 October 2019 23:59 (local 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)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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 decision-making tools, process optimization and an innovative, competitive and sustainable use of technology hereby addressing some of society’ s grand challenges. The research especially focuses on the areas of energy and climate, production, cities, health and food. 

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