Postdoctoral Position in Production Management

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 7 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
IV- 264/19
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has a vacancy for a postdoctoral position in production management. The appointment has a duration of 2 years, starting January 1st, 2020.

We are looking for an excellent and motivated postdoctoral researcher who would like to contribute to the Production Management research group at NTNU Trondheim. The successful candidate for this position will be involved in the multi-national research project “Lean 4.0 - Lean European Action-Learning Network utilising Industry 4.0”. The project aims to integrate Industry 4.0 technologies with Lean manufacturing, and develop knowledge needed to educate the operations manager of the future.

The position offers an opportunity to work on the interface between science and industrial applications, develop and test empirically motivated models and methods, and produce knowledge that is both academically rigorous and practically relevant. The research is carried out in collaboration with Rosen in Germany, Mitsubishi and VMI in Netherlands. These companies are producing capital goods in low volumes, and there is a need to develop more lean production flows with the support of digital systems and smart technologies.

The Head of Department is Torgeir Welo. The position reports to the supervising professor

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Research in production management and digitalisation
  • Develop knowledge about how digitalisation and Industry 4.0 enable the future of lean manufacturing 
  • Develop educational material within production management and digitalisation
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. The position requires university education at a doctoral level within production management.Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in production management or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The applicant’s research in production management must be documented and of international quality. Emphasis will be placed on ability and experience in initiating and leading research and development in collaboration with industry. Emphasis will also be placed on a documented commitment to teaching and development of educational materials, and supervision of students.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Essensial qualifications:

  • Strong scientific and methodological quality
  • Capacity and skills in writing and publishing scientific articles in renowned journals
  • The candidate should have disseminated her/his work at scientific conferences
  • Good pedagogic skills.

Desireable qualifications:

  • An international network (academic and industrial)
  • Knowledge in modelling and simulation will be considered an advantage.

Personal characteristics

The work model of the research groups are team-based, and documented experience and skills in this respect is important. In particular the following skills and attitudes are valued:

  • Positive attitude and collaborative mindset
  • Ability to think creatively, analytically and critically
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team
  • The ability to develop and maintain good relationships both in academia and industry

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement . NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Erlend Alfnes, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates, a two-page “Research Proposal” for the position Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV- 264/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.11.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 20th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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