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PhD Stipend in Labour 4.0 – Competences for Smart Production (915-20013)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production (Section of Production) a PhD stipend within the PhD programme Materials Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is available from 15 April 2020 or soon hereafter.

Job description

The PhD position will be an integrated part of the Innovation Factory North project, which has the overall objective of developing and empirically testing Industry 4.0 solutions for the purpose of advancing the capabilities in manufacturing companies. The objective is pursued through developing multiple industrial experiments on creating awareness, demonstrators, and anchoring new solutions in industrial settings. The PhD position is offered in collaboration with University College of Northern Denmark (UCN), and the candidate is expected to contribute to the knowledge base of both AAU and UCN. The candidate is expected to have shared workplace between AAU and UCN Technology campus.

In this context, the candidate is expected to perform fundamental and applied research on understanding future competences needs, which are critical for job positions that require higher education for effectively and efficiently performing in Smart Production.

As the Industry 4.0 takes shape, human operators experience an increased complexity of their daily tasks: they are required to be highly flexible and to demonstrate adaptive capabilities in a very dynamic working environment. Digital transformation of the work environment will change the job profiles and therefore requires employees to be outfitted with a wide range of competencies. Against this background, both labour content and work organisation may be highly affected and it may change the way the human factor is taking part and adding value in many industrial value chains. This may not only have consequences for low-skilled workers and their operational shop floor activities, but also for high-skilled white collar and management representatives. On top of that, such implications may put the local workforce under significant pressure to sustain their employability and associated attractiveness for the future labour market.

This research requires development of a deeper understanding of how technological capabilities of manufacturing firms affect/are affected by the competence development of the worksforce, and as such also development of tools and approaches that could be easily embedded into everyday practices and able to combine complex methodologies with high usability requirements.

The position builds on continuous contact and collaboration with industrial companies in order to develop and test knowledge.

Qualifications
Applicants to the PhD position must hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Industrial Engineering; Techno-anthropology; Interaction Design; UX Design; Management Engineering or similar, from an internationally recognized University or they expect to have obtained the above-mentioned type of Master Degree before 31 July 2019. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A good knowledge of manufacturing technologies.
  • A proven experience in topics related to the human workforce in manufacturing firms.
  • Previous experience with experimental research within manufacturing companies is advantageous.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment as an independent researcher.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in Danish and English.
  • Commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and ability to work efficiently both as a part of a team and independently. PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a relevant Master's degree (MSc). 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 fellow 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 fellow shall be assessed regularly. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
We offer 
  • Access to a state-of-the-art research laboratory equipped with a variety of mobile robots, collaborative robotic platforms, industrial robotic arms, drones, cyber-physical modules, exoskeletons, etc.
  • Multi-disciplinary and international environment at both AAU and UCN Technology
  • A chance to see your research being brought into practice.
  • Strong engagement with industry.


You may obtain further information from Head of Section/Associate Professor Astrid Heidemann Lassen (ahl@mp.aau.dk) concerning the scientific aspects of the position.

Application procedure

The application must be written in English and must include the following:

  • A Cover letter describing the motivation for applying to the position.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including education qualifications, research and industrial experience, awards and fellowships, any additional scientific achievements
  • A list of publications.
  • A copy of the Master’s certificate (or equivalent)
  • An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme
  • Documentation of English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE).
  • A one-page description of the research as envisioned by the candidate.

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 contact Ms Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: rk@adm.aau.dk,  phone: +45 9940 7993.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk 

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.

Agreement

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.

Vacancy number

915-20013

Deadline

31/03/2020

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