PhD student position in Supply Chain Management: business models for sustainable transport

Information about the research project and the department
In this project you will be investigating new business models for sustainable transport solutions. The focus will be on studying how the transport sector transitions to electromobility and how firms collaborate to implement new business models, such as sharing charging infrastructure. These new business models are innovative, have a strong focus on environmental sustainability, and require collaboration among multiple actors. This PhD student project will build on our research of business relationships and organizational management in sustainable transport. You will be able to influence the direction of your research. Our on-going research focuses for example on supply networks, sustainable transport solutions and business models. The focus is set on the interaction and the business relationships among multiple actors.   

The Department of Technology Management and Economics broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people, and the environment. The department is organised in six divisions for research and teaching. You will be part of the Division of Supply & Operations Management, which deals with three related subjects: Production logistics, Operations management, and Industrial marketing and purchasing. Our research is problem-oriented, empirical, and inter-disciplinary, with a strong emphasis on industry and societal relevance and a high visibility in leading academic journals.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities
You will be expected to: 
– Carry out research activities in the project, including writing publications and theses
– Be an active and contributing member of the research group
– Attend division and project meetings and conferences
– Take PhD courses as part of the Doctoral Program
– Teach (20% of total work time) at bachelor and/or master level and supervise thesis students.

Your main responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. To do this, you need to be highly motivated, be able to work independently, and be capable of engaging in collaborations involving different types of stakeholders from academia, industry, and society. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of the research verbally and in writing in English and preferably in Swedish as well.

You will spend approximately 80% of the time on research. As a PhD student you will also, to a maximum of 20%, be involved in teaching bachelor and master courses and/or perform other departmental tasks.

To qualify as a PhD student you must have a Master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in, for instance, industrial engineering management, mechanical engineering or similar, with a thesis project corresponding to at least half a year of study. Courses and/or a Master thesis project in supply chain management and transport, or other areas of direct relevance for the research are meritorious.

You are expected to conduct empirical research as primary activity, foremost applying a case-based qualitative research approach in close interaction with industry. Research results are expected to be disseminated through interactions with professionals as well as through publications in highly ranked journals within the subject area which require good writing and communication skills. Other merits include working experience from industry, collaboration, and management of relationships with stakeholders and project management.

Contract terms
The position is a full-time temporary employment, limited to five years (1+2+2). The employment is bound to successful completion of department evaluations after one and three years.

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Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20220268 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: July 30th 2022

For questions, please contact:
Lisa Melander, Supply and Operations Management,

Professor Frida Lind, Supply and Operations Management,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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Post expires on Saturday July 30th, 2022