Postdoctoral Researcher on 3D Printing in Remanufacturing Supply Chains

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    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    04/05/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Eindhoven

Research Project

The postdoc position is part of the Future Logistics project funded, a.o., by the European Union through OPZuid. In the project, there will be collaboration with the other partners of the project: DSV Solutions Nederland, ChainStock, Smart Robotics, Ephi, F3-Design, and Avans University of Applied Sciences. The project focuses on using new technologies in future logistics operations.

The postdoc position is focused on using 3D printing in remanufacturing operations. Companies such as DSV perform remanufacturing services for customers, which mean that they take back products from the field and perform small repairs on them, when needed, so that they can be used again in the field. Many different components may be required for the small repairs. It would economically be very interesting not to stock all those different components, but print them when needed. Our goal is to find out how 3D printing can be used in this context and for which kind of parts. Complex multi-echelon inventory control models will be required to be able to reach our goals.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to do scientific research in the domain described and publish research results in scientific journals. There will be close collaboration with dr.ir. Rob Basten and prof.dr. Ton de Kok. In this position, you will spend a small part of your time on the supervision of BSc and MSc students who will work on subparts of the project with one or more of the industrial partners. Furthermore, you will have some other teaching duties.

The Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control group teaches and conducts research in the area of operations planning and control in manufacturing, services, logistics, reliability and maintenance, and supply chains. Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research. The OPAC group is responsible within the university for all teaching in the areas of operations management, transportation, manufacturing operations, reliability and maintenance, and accounting and finance, both at undergraduate and graduate level. All research is embedded in Beta, the research school for Operations Management & Logistics.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for 2 years.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for research and valorization, professional development courses for PhD students, and didactical courses of the TEACH training program.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Additional comments

Questions about this position and the research programs should be addressed to dr.ir. Rob Basten, e-mail: R.J.J.Basten[at]tue.nl. Information about terms of employment can be obtained from the personnel office (HRServies.ieis[at]tue.nl), phone: +31 402475204. Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at http://www.tue.nl.


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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 three references.
  • List of five self-selected 'best publications'.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • PhD in industrial engineering, operations research, operations management or a comparable domain with a solid background in stochastic quantitative research methods, preferable in the area of inventory control.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publication(s).
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.

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Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
5612 AP
De Rondom 70

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