PhD Candidate in Production Management/Supply Chain Management

Trondheim, Norway
12 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in the Production Management research group.

The group aims to support excellence in production management and logistics in industrial supply chains through research and education.  We carry out research and education in areas such as manufacturing logistics, supply chain management, and manufacturing strategy – with a focus on digitalization and sustainability. We work closely with companies within several sectors, including maritime industry, manufacturing, food and engineering. We have extensive international collaboration and have a state-of-the-art Logistics 4.0 Laboratory.

The position reports to Professor Jan Ola Strandhagen

Job description

  • The PhD scholarship is within the area of smart planning and control, related to an innovation research project in the Norwegian food supply chain. The objective of the innovation project is to develop control models and methodologies for smart, transparent and sustainable operations in food supply chains. Relevant research topics for the PhD scholar include demand planning, real-time production control, replenishment strategies, and planning and control of warehousing activities – enabled by digitalization, business intelligence, data visualization, and smart logistics. For an application to be considered, the applicant must attach a preliminary description of a research plan (maximum 2 pages).

Qualification requirements

The PhD-candidate's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in production management, supply chain management or equivalent education – with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • Strong analytical skills and interest in qualitative perspectives and quantitative approaches
  • Good written and oral English language skills
  • Candidates with Scandinavian language skills will be preferred
  • It is beneficial if the applicant has some previous experience from industry or research in food production or food supply chains

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in close contact with industry
  • Strong writing capabilities

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 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 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering:

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months after commencement of the PhD position.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Jan Ola Strandhagen,

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 within the application deadline. 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 the Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Please refer to the application number IV-122/19 when applying.

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

Application deadline: 31 March 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 programs. 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 31.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dep. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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