PhD Stipend in Smart Production (915-20087)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production (Section of Production), a PhD stipend in Smart Production is available from 1 March 2021 or soon thereafter. 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 technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, 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.

Job description

The PhD stipend is part of the new MADE FAST research and innovation program. MADE is a national collaboration platform across universities, industry and RTO’s. MADE FAST is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, industry and universities. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the industrial partners in MADE FAST. Read more on:

We are looking for a candidate to a workstream that address execution and optimization of the entire end-to-end value chain, and the goal is to address the following problems: 1) How to create the foundation and data platform as well as new collaboration methods; 2) How to manage complexity in operations and supply chains; and 3) How to develop new solutions by iterative exploration through joint industrial demonstrators.

The specific project is carried out in collaboration with Danfoss (specifically Danfoss Drives) and partnering with Velux. Danfoss has rolled-out a large new SAP-platform (One ERP, based on SAP S4/Hana) and is in the process of harmonizing the processes. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate how data from this platform can be leveraged using advanced techniques, e.g., machine learning in their sales, inventory, operations and planning (SIOP) process, in order to improve business planning.

As a successful candidate you will participate in education, academic and collaborative research activities in the production section and with external partners. The research covered by these positions will all be within the area of smart production.

In this PhD position a main industrial partner is specified, but the candidate will also be linked to a unique network of MADE consortium partners and the overall MADE platform consisting of more than 50 industrial researchers ( ). Work will be split between the main industrial partner and AAU and physical presence is expected in both places, which also means that travelling should be expected.

We offer

  • Access to a state-of-the-art research laboratory equipped with a variety of mobile robots, collaborative robotic platforms, industrial robotic arms, drones, cyber-physical modules, exoskeletons, and numerous cameras and relevant equipment for experiments.
  • Multi-disciplinary and international environment.
  • A chance to see your research being brought into practice.
  • Strong engagement with industry.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Casual working environment.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for an academic strong candidate with a Master of Science in Engineering, Management Engineering or Manufacturing Technologies – or similar background. The applicant must be personally motivated to pursue a PhD study and on top of this have good written and verbal communication skills as the research will be conducted in a highly interactive and collaborative environment where industrial demonstrators play a major role.

Industrial engagement and impact are the key to the position and the candidate is asked to qualify his/her experience with industrial research as part of the application.

You may obtain further information from Professor Charles Møller, Department of Materials and Production, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 9940 7993.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:

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.

Deadline: 31 January 2021
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Post expires on Sunday January 31st, 2021