Postdoctoral fellow on the use of decision support systems (V39.2997)

Postdoctoral fellow on the use of decision support systems

preferable starting date 1 October 2017
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
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Job description

 Departmental setting

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE &IS) engages in research and teaching in the areas of industrial engineering, management science, and innovation science. The mission of the department is closely tied to its pioneering work in developing an engineering perspective on business processes, as well as its interdisciplinary research on transitions in societies in relation to technical changes. At the heart of its academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching. The department offers an academic environment in which scholars and students work on critical problems at the interface of engineering, management and innovation. The department has two schools: Industrial Engineering (IE) and Innovation Sciences (IS). The school of Industrial Engineering focuses on the design, behavior and performance of operational and innovation processes in industrial and service organizations. It covers the complete business chain of product design, process design, production, purchasing, outsourcing, distribution and marketing & sales. 

The School of Industrial Engineering currently includes the following research groups:

  • Operations Planning, Accounting & Control;
  • Human Performance Management;
  • Information Systems;
  • Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing. 

The open position is part of the Human Performance Management and Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group. 

Human Performance Management and Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group

The Human Performance Management group (HPM) and the Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control group (OPAC) at Eindhoven University of Technology are looking to appoint a one-year postdoctoral fellow for a project funded by the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics (TKI Dinalog).   

Description of the position

The effective planning of materials and goods is of crucial importance in any logistic process as it directly impacts the performance of the organization. In order to optimize this process, organizations increasingly rely on advanced decision support systems that support their planners to make optimal decisions. However, both literature and organizational practice indicate that the acceptance of these support systems is rather limited. The goal of the postdoctoral project is to address this issue by answering the following research questions. First, when and why are planners hesitant to use these advanced systems in their daily operations and what motivates them to continue to rely on their own intuitions in finding solutions? Second, how can these tools and the organizational context be redesigned in such a way that their acceptance is increased? We collaborate in this project with the University of Groningen and multiple (international) companies. In addition, we currently have a PhD student working on a closely related topic, which should lead to synergy.


The selected postdoc performs active research, collaborate with current faculty, and publishes on the research in academic journals.


As a PostDoc you will spend 5-10% of your time supervising MSc and/or BSc thesis projects that focus on understand how people interact with decision support systems. 

Job requirements

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, Work & Organizational Psychology, Management Science, Judgment and Decision Making, or related fields.
  • Demonstrable ability to conduct academic research of high quality on relevant problems, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publications.
  • Demonstrable solid background in statistical modelling and an expertise in conducting empirical research.      
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is not a Dutch language requirement. 

We strongly encourage women to apply for this position as TU/e aims for gender-balance

Conditions of employment

We offer:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • an appointment for a period of 1 year;
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.111 and € 4.048, based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge;
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application

The position is available from September/October 2017, but later start dates are possible (but no later than February 2018). More information about this position should be addressed to: Philippe van de Calseyde ( ) and/or Rob Basten (  

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Mr. drs. Kees Deneer, personnel officer ( Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at 


Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (2 page max.), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list and teaching evaluations (if any);
  • Copies of relevant (working) papers
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL). 

Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. 

If you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled. We ask candidates to apply by September 30 at the latest. 

To apply please use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.