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PhD Studentship in Production Technology

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    25 juni

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    31 juli

Om jobbet

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 15,000 students and 675 employees.

University West is looking for a PhD student in Production Technology– with focus on production logistics
Within the research group at https://www. at University West, research is carried out by about 90 researchers in the area of production technology in close cooperation with industry. In a well-equipped laboratory, dynamic national and international collaborations are underway. 

The scientific work in the PhD project

In a new PhD project in cooperation with Swedish wood-based construction industry we seek a PhD student for a position at University West. The doctoral project covers the area of ​​production logistics, where key aspects of the work will focus on studies of production flows linked to industrial digitalization and concepts such as machine learning and production flow simulation. We focus on applied research in joint collaboration with our industrial partner companies. The doctoral work is aimed at studying production logistics at internal factory level but should also consider the logistical aspects linked to the supply chain for industrialized wood-based construction. Thus, the focus of the work will be to study production logistics internally and between participating companies. Different logistics models within e.g. sales and operations planning, inventory models and methods for production and capacity planning will be explored in relation to manufacturing of wood and wood-based products. 

PhD degree program: Production Technology

Research center: PhD students in Production Technology become members of the research group PTW (Production Technology West). The group collaborates with the engineering industry in the region at the Production Technology Centre, which houses an advanced research laboratory. For more information about our research center, go to

Job description: The research program includes, in addition to participation in third-cycle courses and other activities, implementation of an independent thesis work. Doctoral students shall primarily devote themselves to their own education.

Qualification requirements: The basic eligibility requirements for doctoral programs as set out in the Higher Education Ordinance are as follows:

- A degree at master’s level,
- completed courses totaling at least 240 university credits of which a minimum of 60 at master’s level or,
- substantially equivalent knowledge gained in some other way whether in Sweden or abroad.

To fulfill the special eligibility requirements for a doctoral degree in Production Technology, a student must hold a degree at master’s level in a subject relevant to the doctoral degree subject. This degree may be in Production Technology or some related discipline. The eligibility requirements may be fulfilled by studies in Sweden or abroad.

Qualifications of merit for this position: To be successful in this project the applicant should be highly motivated, possess a structured way of working, and have good communicative and collaborative skills. The applicant should have a strong aptitude for analysis and problem solving of automation and logistical challenges that relates to industry. Experience of having worked with production flow simulations or with logistics and supply chain management are valuable qualifications. It is also of merit to have studied courses in logistics and production flow simulation, as well as possessing programming skills and to have good ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in English.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through the University West web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Go to https:

The application must include:

- CV/Personal qualifications
- Personal letter containing: - Interest in the research topic
- Previous experience regarding the proposed research topic and its research methods and scientific theories
- Motive to pursue doctoral studies

- It is a requirement to include a suggested research proposal (1-2 pages) outlining how the subject area may be approached. As inspiration we here give examples of aspects that can be included in the research proposal: - Established models for solving logistical challenges and their possible applications to the described project
- Concepts within Industry 4.0 worth investigating in relation to the project description
- Suitable research methods for different aspects of the project

- Degree project of second level of higher education (master thesis)
- Degree certificate of first and second level of higher education (bachelor and master degrees)
- Other documents which the applicant wishes to invoke

Approved written languages regarding papers, diplomas, grades and other relevant documents are the Scandinavian languages and/or English, or translations into any of those languages. Attach the original when submitting translated documents.

The application should reach University West no later than 2020-07-31

Documents that cannot be sent digitally, mark the application with 2020/123 and should be sent to:

University West

461 86 Trollhättan

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