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PhD on Circular manufacturing logistics for industrialized construction 4.0

PhD on Circular manufacturing logistics for industrialized construction 4.0

Irène Curie Fellowship
Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences


This project is on advanced logistics for circular manufacturing processes in the remit of industrialized construction. You will develop innovative methodologies and related tools to support the automation and control of circular (modular) construction processes and the optimal integrated planning of off-site production, logistics and on-site operations, thus accelerating the transition towards a digitally integrated circular construction industry.

Job Description

Modular prefabricated construction is an industrialized manufacturing process where elements and  volumetric modules are produced and partly assembled in the factories, and then transported on site where full assembly is completed. It facilitate reuse of elements, for which forward and reverse logistics must be integrated based on optimal circularity strategies. As such, circular industrialized construction can be framed in the remit of sustainable distributed manufacturing.

The project is aimed at accelerating the transition to a digitally integrated closed-loop value chain and automated circular processes in industrialized construction 4.0 by focusing on 1) creating a roadmap for transitioning to a digitally integrated circular supply/value chain, 2) developing a prototype digital twin for scenario analysis for off-site and on-site manufacturing and logistics planning.

The PhD candidate will develop modelling tools to analyse, (re-)design and control the manufacturing processes and the underlying value chain processes. This entails the development of a modelling framework to analyse and redesign the value chain by focusing on the alignment between assets, processes and stakeholders based on system engineering approaches. The digital twin of the off-site/on-site manufacturing and logistics processes, will enable scenario analysis for decision-making to develop coordinated production (manufacturing of modules), offsite logistics (inventory/storage and transport) and onsite assembly/disassembly planning which include the return and reuse of parts in a reverse flow. The digital twin combined with suitable optimization approaches, will serve as a tool to support the automation and control of this circular manufacturing processes. You will publish the results in international journals and conferences to communicate with academia and other societal stakeholders.

Research environment

In this PhD project, you will conduct innovative multidisciplinary research at the intersection between industrial engineering/operations management and built environment by becoming part of the Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control Group (OPAC) at IE&ES and collaborating with the Information Systems in the Built Environment (ISBE) group at the BE Department.  You will closely collaborate in a leading role with several manufacturing, logistics, ICT, construction companies and technology leaders in automation in the Netherlands. You will be part of a challenging and innovative multidisciplinary project, and you will learn, apply and improve diverse modelling techniques to support the creation of future-proof circular and automated manufacturing and logistics in industrialized construction 4.0.


Applicants are required to hold a master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or similar with strong background in Operations Management.

The preferred candidate will meet as many of the following requirements as possible:

  • A research oriented attitude;
  • Have a background in operations management;
  • Strong expertise in programming using well-known frameworks and languages, such as JavaScript and/or Python.
  • Strong competence in analytical skills, mathematical skills, and quantitative modeling.
  • Ability to function within a large and diverse project team, including industry.
  • Fluent English skills, both written and spoken (C1 level);
  • Interest in co-supervising MSc projects and motivated to develop your teaching skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Capability and passion for working on challenging topics that have both fundamental and applied research aspects.
  • (desirable) Experience in construction logistics and industrialized construction, in particular aimed at making these logistics more future-proof, sustainable, and circular.


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, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • 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.
  • Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Informatie en sollicitatie

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.  We are a research university of international standing and strong engineering focus, where excellent research and excellent education go hand in hand. TU Eindhoven has strong connections with key industrial partners in the Eindhoven region, Brainport, which serves as a digital innovation hub. Within the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), contribution to this project comes from the Operation, Planning, Accounting and Control (OPAC) group which conducts innovative research in smart logistics, supply chain management, manufacturing networks, maintenance operations and reliability engineering, sustainable operations management. The Information Systems group in the Built Environment (ISBE) offer expertise in: BIM, construction 4.0, building performance, applied research via Living labs, digitization in the construction industry, smart buildings, building monitoring, occupant behavior, digital twins, user-centric research and information platforms. The OPAC and ISBE research groups are additionally closely connected to the EAISI Eindhoven AI Systems Institute, which combines all AI-related research across 7 Departments in the University encompassing Mobility, High-Tech Industry, and Health application domains. This includes an industry-supported Digital Twin Lab (DTLab) specialized in AI techniques to create smart digital twins for diverse domains including the built environment (Edge AI and smart buildings), mechanical engineering (smart manufacturing and robotization), and biomedical engineering.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager, dr. Claudia Fecarotti, Assistant Professor, or prof. Ivo Adan,

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact N. Loiazizi, HR advisor, or dr. Claudia Fecarotti,

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the ‘apply now’-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max) in which you describe your motivations and qualifications for this position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and relevant experience.
  • Contact information of two references.
  • Transcripts of Master’s and Bachelor’s program, including the list of courses and grades.
  • Proof of English proficiency (C1 level or an equivalent level).

We look forward to receiving your application and the screening will start immediately. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.