Manual labour is an important cornerstone in manufacturing and will also be in
the future smart factories. In a new project, we are investigating innovative
workplace designs for wellbeing providing positive contributions to the
physiological and mental health of workers.
We take a human centred approach while utilising advanced opportunities of
smart industry technologies and methods. The goal is to develop smart, shape-
changing workstations that self-adapt to the unique physical and cognitive
needs of a worker. The workstations are responsive, they interact in real-
time, and promote dynamic activities and varying physical exertion through
understanding the context of work.
The project follows a clear interdisciplinary approach and brings together
fields like production engineering, human interaction design, creative design
techniques, and social impact assessment. Developments take place in an
industrial scale testbed at the University of Twente but also within an
industrial manufacturing factory nearby.
You can switch between researching the future factory, publishing results in
reputable journals, and also design practical applications that work with real
people on the factory floor. We're looking for two candidates with
relevant expertise and interest in developing innovative human centred, smart
You have a MSc degree in or related to Production/Industrial Engineering
and/or Human-Computer Interaction (e.g. computer science, design, human
You know qualitative user studies and co-design with users (for human
You have relevant qualifications and interest in building up smart
industry solutions including dealing with innovative sensors, a lot of
data and relevant software environments.
Besides a clear research perspective, you are a "hands-on" person who
enjoys building physical prototypes from low-tech to high-tech.
You have strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as
well in a team.
You have excellent communication skills and are fluent in English, both
spoken and written.
Candidates are expected to be good team players and work in an international
team with experts on manufacturing, co-design and human factors.
We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary
environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic
colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic
We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class
You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate
extensively with industry.
A starting salary of €2.434,- gross per month in the first year and
increasing to €3.111,- gross per month in the fourth year.
An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an
annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
A solid pension scheme.
Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to
accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with
lots of facilities for sports and other activities.
Your first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also
encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your
knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in
national and international conferences and workshops, and by visiting
industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.
Information and application
Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Daniel
Saakes, Interaction Design, (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof.
Sebastian Thiede, Manufacturing Technology (e-mail: email@example.com)
both at Engineering Technology, University of Twente
The application deadline is December 18, 2021. You must use the “apply
now” button below to submit your application. Please upload your
A full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and
grades obtained, references, and, if applicable, a list of publications.
A Motivational letter (maximum 2 page A4), emphasizing your specific
interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position, and
research ideas for the PhD project.
We will hold the first round of interviews (via MsTeams) in January 2022.
About the organization
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research
Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering
with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value
using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-
first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally
leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains:
Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable
Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students,
400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes:
Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering.
Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research
institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.
University of Twente (UT)
University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new
vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of
technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy
and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at
maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable
utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the
development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open,
inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we
do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on
our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five
distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised
technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world
with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a
As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as
a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our
society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is
changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and
entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices,
for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.