Phd in Integrated Resilient Products and Value Chains for a Sustainable Future

Trondheim, Norway
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

While Industry 4.0 is primarily a techno-economic vision, indicating how more general technological advancements are brought to bear on industrial value chains and how they will change industry's economic position, EU commission recently introduced the Industry 5.0 concept as a way of framing how European industry and emerging societal trends and needs will co-exist. Industry 5.0 recognizes the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industry worker at the center of the production process. There is a consensus on the need to better integrate social and environmental European priorities into technological innovation and to shift the focus from individual technologies to a systemic approach.

This systemic approach is mandatory when new products are developed and designed. Designers and Engineers must consider the whole value chains needed to produce and distribute more and more complex and personalized products to final costumers.

Robust integrated products and value chains design approaches are nowadays mandatory to provide the right product and service through resilient value chains operating in a world where disruptions are more and more frequent. Aspects related to circular economy, closed-loop supply chain, industrial symbiosis are important to consider in order to develop sustainable products and value chains. Examples of application sectors are Construction, Shipbuilding, Machinery, Automotive among the others.

The purpose of this PhD research plan is to create new knowledge on how to develop integrated resilient products & value chains for a sustainable future through the following sub-objectives:

  1. Development of robust product development approaches
  2. Development of digital value chains for proactive disruptions management
  3. Development of integrated approaches

You will report to professor.

Duties of the position

  • apply qualitative methodologies with multiple case studies and literature review to support the identification of relevant factors and elements impacting the integrated product and value chain design, and then development of new frameworks and approaches
  • apply quantitative methodologies, like simulation and analytical modelling to study the interaction of the identified factors and elements and to analyze the domain of solutions for creating managerial insights and guidelines for practitioners
  • collaboration with Norwegian companies which will be identified during the first phase of the research.
  • you will take part in the mandatory PhD research education program
  • conduct independent research and publish the result in recognised scientific journals and present them in international conferences

Required selection criteria

  • you must have a professionall and/or academic relevant backgroound in Industrial Engineering, Logistics Engineering, Production Management, Supply Chain Management, Product Development or Mechanical Engineering
  • your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • you must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by 31.10.2022
  • you must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • you need experience in using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  • you need a strong background within the topic and methodologies of the research project, like supply chain design and planning, product development, industrial and systems engineering and operational research, mathematical modelling, simulation and design science methodology
  • the submitted research plan needs to show relevance and rigorousness and impact according to the project

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • strong analytical skills and interest in qualitative perspectives and quantitative approaches
  • experience in using advanced quantitative tools for analysing results
  • good written and oral English language skills
  • candidates with Scandinavian language skills will be preferred
  • it is beneficial if you 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.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • you MUST submit a research plan of 5 to 7 pages where they show their capabilities to structure a 3-years research with clear motivation, objectives, research questions, methodologies, expected results and dissemination plan. The combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies should be emphasized and motivated, in particular advanced quantitative tools for analysing the results
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • a copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis 
  • documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • name and contact information of three referees
  • if you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Fabio Sgarbossa, telephone +47 90768098, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Linn-Cecilie Felle, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 31.10.2022


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 31st October 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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