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PhD in integration of additive manufacturing in spare parts supply chains

PhD in integration of additive manufacturing in spare parts supply chains

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a background in Industrial Engineering, (Applied) Mathematics, Operations Research, Econometrics, or Operations Management, interested in rigorous research with practical relevance in the area of additive manufacturing and (military) supply chains.
Irène Curie Fellowship
Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
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Job description

We seek a PhD candidate for the research project “Integration of additive manufacturing in spare parts supply chains”. This exciting project is part of the “Robust and Light Additive Manufacturing component for Military systems (ROLIAC)” program, which is funded by the European Union. The candidate will work together with colleagues from other ROLIAC research partners.  

The  goal of the research project is to investigate the added value of additive manufacturing in the military supply chain, set up to deliver spare parts in an area of operation. The insights will have broader applicability to other supply chains, e.g., those in the energy sector. The candidate will compare the costs and performance of a supply chain that does not use additive manufacturing for printing spare parts with one that uses it optimally. More specifically, for the latter one the candidate will first use techniques from operations research and game theory to
(i) investigate the optimal location of additive manufacturing technology in the spare parts supply chain for one country active in an area of operation and (ii) determine the optimal location of additive manufacturing technology in the spare parts supply chain for a number of countries that operates jointly in an area of operation. Thereafter, the candidate will compare the optimal supply chain with additive manufacturing with one that does not use additive manufacturing in order to show the value of additive manufacturing and the improved robustness of the military supply chains.

This gives insights to military and other organizations on how and when to use additive manufacturing in practice. We thus aim to contribute to both the practice of and literature on supply chain management. We aim to perform rigorous research with high practical relevance that can be published in top journals in the field of management science & operations research. For some examples of our past research in this area, see

Job requirements

  • A Master's degree in Operations Research, Econometrics, Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, (Applied) Mathematics, or a related field.
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills and demonstrated competence for quantitative modelling.
  • The ability to work on a challenging topic that has both fundamental and applied research aspects.
  • Proven excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proficiency in English and an ability to collaborate in an international setting.
  • Motivation to develop teaching skills and coach students.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of
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