PhD Stipend in Healthcare Operations - Surgery duration estimation (915-21017)

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PhD Stipend in Healthcare Operations - Surgery duration estimation (915-21017)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production a PhD stipend is available within the general research programme "Healthcare Operations". The stipend is open for appointment from May 1, 2021 or soon hereafter. Department of Materials and Production (MP) has a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department's mission is to meet future demand for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials' applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the Department you will become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.

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This PhD position is supported financially by the Department of Materials and Production, Center of Industrial Production (CIP). CIP is comprising of 12 senior researchers and 15 PhD students. Its objective, among other things, is to study Operations Management in the industrial and services industries. A new and future research area is Healthcare Operations. This research focuses, among others, on the estimation of surgery duration based on Deep Learning Approaches. In many cases, experiences show that inaccurate surgery duration estimation resulted in over-and underutilization of surgery capacity. Scheduling is often being done by medical secretaries based on accumulated tacit knowledge. Accurately estimating surgery duration could increase scheduling effectiveness and is hence associated with improved productivity as well as positive employee and patient outcomes. Literature introduces various models for surgery duration modelling and estimation. The goal of the project is to combine or develop new approaches, possibly taking into account the numerous data sources that exist in a modern healthcare setting. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Aalborg University Hospital.

The application for the position should specify how the project is suggested to be approached, including relevant methods and data sources, thoughts on how to collect and validate the data as well as how to implement new models to the benefit of the hospital.

Further information concerning the scientific aspects can be obtained from Professor John Johansen by e-mail   or Associate Professor Rikke Vestergaard Matthiesen by e-mail  

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 7993.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:  

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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