At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production a PhD stipend is available. The stipend is open for appointment from 15 March 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 the future’s demands 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 technology, and industrial management and innovation.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.Specifically the candidate will be part of a collaborative research and development platform “The Innovation Factory North” and is part of a collaboration with University College North Jutland ( www.ucn.dk ) and will be affiliated with both institutions. The candidate will furthermore be engaged in an experimental collaboration with technology providers and industrial companies in the context of the Smart Production Lab at AAU ( https://www.smartproduction.aau.dk ), which will serve at the physical demonstration space for the project.
Research environments, industrial companies and teaching institutions are all establishing experimental learning facilities in and around their manufacturing facilities in order to demonstrate elements of and/or systemic solutions to the future of manufacturing, which we often refer to as industry 4.0. At the Department of Materials and Production we have a dedicated SMART production laboratory which has given rise to numerous research projects, has fueled industrial collaboration, and provided outset for innovative teaching and learning opportunities for students. While many of these initiatives have been technology-focused, the aim from the beginning has been to supply systemic solutions, which has given rise to important discussion about governance, connectivity, competencies, value creation and linking these to the emergence of technological opportunities. The systemic perspective remains a key focus, and in this context, it is increasingly recognized that the future of manufacturing rests on the need to combine human and machine intelligence and capability. Under this topic, we have coined the concept Labour 4.0, and others refer to industry 5.0 to signify the manufacturing as a learning space with active human and machine interfaces and interdependencies. The concept of the learning factory is well-established in manufacturing theory and practice and engineering education, but key problems remains to be addressed:
The PhD project will address such key gaps.
Applicants to the PhD position must hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Industrial Engineering; Management Engineering, Learning Environments or similar, from an internationally recognized university. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with the following qualifications:
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.