PhD scholarship in Designing Systems Visualisations for Decision Support

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Management Engineering

DTU Management Engineering invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position on “Designing Systems Visualisations for Decision Support” starting ideally on January 15th, 2018 or as close as possible thereafter in 2018. This PhD is part of a larger project. We are also looking for another PhD candidate starting at the same time on “Systems Architecting for Decision Support”. The project will be based in the Engineering Systems Division and supervised by Head of Division Professor Anja Maier. 

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, programme and portfolio management, and 3. related policy, public engagement and strategic processes. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The project is situated at the intersection of design, visualisations, complex systems, and policy making. It will be carried out in collaboration with the above-mentioned partners across Europe. 

The PhD candidate will in particular be responsible for conceptualising, developing, and testing new data-driven visualisations. The objective of the designed visualisations is to support decision makers in challenges such as the development of policies, e.g. in industry sectors including cleantech or med-/healthtech research ecosystems at regional or national scales (cases will be defined during the project). The scientific focus will especially be on visualising systems and on the study and validation of systemic (interactive) information visualisation solutions that reflect the complexity of the systems under study and that improve the data-driven support currently provided to decision makers. 

The research will primarily consist of literature review, requirement elicitation and validation through interviews, sketching, the application of data visualisation methods for iterative system exploration, and dashboard prototyping. Surveys, experimental methods, and user studies to explore the impact of the designed visualisations on human behavioural decision-making might also be applied, either individually or in combination. 

You will work in close collaboration with other EURITO project members in the Engineering Systems Division and abroad. Within DTU, this includes a PhD candidate on System Architecting for Decision Support, a Post-Doc on Complex Innovation System Architecture, and the research lead. More team members may join. We also expect you to work in collaboration with the EURITO research partners across Europe, and we are looking forward to facilitating opportunities for you to experience an external research stay also outside Denmark.

To apply, please read the full job advertisement at 

Application deadline: 30 October 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 11,000 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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