PhD Scholarship in Healthcare Design for Collaborative Care

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Management Engineering

DTU Management Engineering invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position on “Design for Patient Engagement and Collaborative-Care” starting ideally on November 1st 2017 or as close as possible thereafter in 2017. The project will be based in the Engineering Systems Division under the supervision of Professor Anja Maier. The project is part of the division’s research within healthcare systems design. 

The Engineering Systems division is growing fast and is characterised by a vibrant and supportive research environment with engaged staff and strong research collaborations with leading universities and industry worldwide. Our research focuses on understanding and improving the ways in which engineering systems are designed, managed, and operated throughout their life cycles. Our research spans the boundaries of 1. interdisciplinary engineering design (e.g. product design and development; systems engineering), 2. engineering project, program and portfolio management, and 3. related policy, public engagement and strategic processes. 

Project partners include ATAH ApS - Cardio.Care and the project will be conducted in close interaction with Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg hospitals, with Trifork, and also be part of the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (, co-funding the project. CACHET is an interdisciplinary research center spanning the technical and health sciences and consists of a unique academic network of researcher working together on the design, realisation, evaluation, and implementation of personal health technology. Cardio.Care is currently refining the development of an IT-platform that is at this stage supporting the management of hypertensive patients through computer-aided decision-making for clinicians (ATAH Solution: Algorithm for the Treatment of Arterial Hypertension). The company is today looking forward to expanding its offer by co-creating a transparent, interconnected solution for collaborative care between hypertensive patients, cardiologists, general practitioners and specialised nurses. 

The main objective of this PhD project is to co-create, develop, and test a conceptual framework supporting the design of collaborative care models. This foundational framework will then be used for evolving the existing ATAH solution into a collaborative-care IT platform for care in hypertension. This will involve conceptually extending the design of the current web application and most importantly conceptualising, prototype designing, and supporting the implementation of a mobile patient-app for enhanced patient engagement in hypertensive therapy and for improved collaboration with healthcare practitioners on management of hypertension that can be extended to other chronic diseases. 

To apply, please read the full job advertisement at 

Application deadline: 15 August 2017. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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