PhD Stipend in Smart Factories - Vestas (915-17033G)

RE-ANNOUNCEMENT - At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production at Aalborg University, Aalborg Campus, a PhD stipend in Smart Factories is available. The position is open for appointment as soon as possible. The Department of Materials and Production is a newly established department at Aalborg University with a strategic focus on Smart Production and Industry 4.0. The department is formed by a merger of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Center for Industrial Production, and Department of Physics and Nanotechnology.

Job description

The PhD project will be conducted in collaboration with Vestas. Vestas Wind Systems A/S is a Danish wind turbine manufacturer, seller, installer, and service provider, and Vestas is the global leader in sustainable energy solutions. You will be based in the Process Excellence department and act across factories with a cross-functional steering committee. The project focuses on experimentation to build proof-of-concepts as a basis for further prototyping and global roll-out.

The project will explore opportunities for application of existing production data to improve decision processes and increase efficiency in a broad sense. The project will consider how to interface with MES and ERP systems, and how to identify unique objects. It will be explored how a unique identification of components, traceability and logging of data in the supply chain and installed base of wind turbines may create new opportunities in terms of information value-add, flow management and supervision, design optimisation, automation of transactions, exception handling, etc.

The PhD project is carried out in a collaboration between Aalborg University (, Vestas ( and the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark ( as part of the MADE Digital work package 5 on Smart Factories, providing a very attractive research environment.

We are looking for a highly engaged person, a digital native eager to make an impact with your research, and we are offering an international and dynamic environment with ambitious industrial and academic partners.

Qualification requirements
The candidate must hold a relevant Master of Science degree within industrial engineering or computer science and preferably the candidate has experience working with industry.

Applicants are expected to have excellent academic qualifications within Manufacturing/Supply Chain Management and IT. Furthermore, the successful candidate must have good analytical and technical skills, especially knowledge of and interest in industrial issues.

The Department of Materials and Production is heavily involved in national and international research programs aimed at digitalization of industry. Therefore, collaborative skills and proven project management competencies are needed.

The application must include a tentative PhD plan outlining a structure of research and analysis to be performed in the PhD project as well as evidence of academic degree and qualifications, and a CV documenting the candidate’s professional record.

For further information, please contact Professor Charles Møller at concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

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.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure please contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:, Phone: +45 9940 7993.

The Faculty have a research school, The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:

The application must be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 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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Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 CEST 2017

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