Associate Professor in Smart Manufacturing

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a full-time position as associate professor in the area of smart manufacturing. The position will support strategic focus area of the department within manufacturing and production in the contexts of digitalization and Industry 4.0. 

Automation, integration, and digitalisation play an increasingly important role in almost all areas of engineering sciences. In a few years from now, the manufacturing and production area will look nothing like it does today. The emerging area of Smart Manufacturing enables data-driven modelling and optimization leading to “manufacturing intelligence” that will not only improve efficiency and productivity, but will also inspire innovation in products and processes. With this position, the department wants to strengthen our capabilities in teaching, education, and innovation within smart manufacturing. 

The associate professor will be part of the Management Science (MS) division, internationally recognised as a leading MS division. MS is an internationally unique academic environment spanning from operations research and operations management to management of human factors and performance in implementation processes. The available position will be part of the Operations Management (OM) group, which focuses on effective planning of resources and activities within production and service companies and networks of companies spanning from the strategic to the control level. Focus is in particular on quantitative methods, the use of information technology, and manufacturing paradigms. The research of the OM group focuses on the industrial and service sectors including manufacturing, transportation, and health care. The group has a strong and successful collaboration with leading industrial players in Danish industry within the area of manufacturing and production. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The associate professor will be conducting cutting-edge research and innovation in quantitative methods to support the development of the smart manufacturing initiatives of the department. The scope of the position includes but is not limited to the following subdomains: 

  • the smart factory (e.g. production planning and scheduling, workers training, augmented reality and production monitoring and control)
  • the smart supply chain (e.g. supply and distribution chain optimisation and inbound and outbound logistics optimisation)
  • the smart product lifecycle (e.g. preventive and predictive maintenance, re-manufacturing and re-cycling) 

The associate professor is expected to take an active lead on future Industry 4.0 initiatives of the OM group within production, manufacturing, and supply chain management in collaboration with relevant stakeholders in academia as well as industry. Moreover, the successful candidate is expected to engage in fundraising. 

Knowledge sharing and cross functionality are highly valued in the MS division. The associate professor is therefore expected to cooperate and be eager to build relations with colleagues at the department and with other departments of DTU. These include but are not limited to DTU Mechanical Engineering and DTU Compute (department for applied mathematics and computer science). 

Application procedure
To apply, please read the full job advertisement at 

Application deadline: 12 November 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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