PhD student position in production logistics and materials handling

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The Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. The research can be divided into three main research areas, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations Management and Sustainability & Society Studies. The department is organized in six divisions for research and teaching and one support function and it hosts four research centres and the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers' Areas of Advance.

Information about the project and the division
This PhD student project is related to the overall area of production logistics and, more specifically, to materials handling and warehousing, where our research concerns the design and control of efficient and reliable physical flows. The PhD student is expected to develop knowledge regarding the application of automation in materials supply systems, foremost in the material flows within and between warehouses and production plants. Potential automation solutions to be applied include robotics and automated transports. The project focuses on the application rather than the technical development of automation. Full automation may not be a feasible or cost-efficient solution in all situations. The PhD student should therefore contribute to the identification of suitable levels of automation and to the creation of effective combinations of automation and manual work. The suitability of different solutions is determined by the context as well as by the relative priority of performance areas such as cost, flexibility, and human factors. The PhD student will take part in a research project with several different companies involved. This will provide access to a broad range of empirical settings, including different industries, in which case studies can be performed.

The PhD student will be a part of the Division of Supply and Operations Management which is part of the Department of Technology Management and Economics. The division conducts research in five main areas; organising in networks, managing in supply networks, operations planning and control, sustainable production and work organisation, and materials handling and warehousing. Our goal is to perform high quality research and education at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. We accomplish this by contributing to improvements in all our research areas, in theory as well as in practice. We focus mainly on empirical research in close interaction with industry.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here .

Major responsibilities
As a PhD student, your major responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to some specific research aim. Overall, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, designing research studies, interacting with industrial companies, collecting and analysing empirical data, and reporting research results. You will take part in ongoing and future projects at the division in the area of materials handling and warehousing. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with the main supervisor. As a PhD student you take an active role in this research in preparing for and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. During the project, results will continuously be presented to the public, to the industry, at international conferences, and in scientific publications. Written and oral communication is crucial.

As a PhD student you will also, to a maximum of 20%, be involved in teaching bachelor and master courses in the area of operations and supply chain management, and/or other departmental tasks.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The successful candidate for this position has a Master's degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in supply chain management, production engineering, or equivalent, with an interest in materials handling and materials supply systems. The position requires fluency in English, both in verbal and written communication. Moreover, you need a sound knowledge of Swedish. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

In addition to the formal qualifications, selection is also based on the performance of the candidates in other work (e.g. thesis and advanced level courses), as well as on interviews and assignments. Besides good subject knowledge, emphasis will be on motivation, ability to cooperate, initiative to work independently, and personal suitability for research training.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190556 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your reasons for applying to the PhD position
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 15 November, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Robin Hanson, Senior Lecturer, Supply and Operations Management,
Phone:+46 (0)31 772 2228

Frida Lind, Unit manager, Supply and Operations Management
Phone: +46 (0)31 772 1113

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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