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Funded PhD position; in Systems Architecting for Decision Support; Management Engineering; Technical University of Denmark

DTU Management Engineering invites applicants for a 3-year PhD position on “Systems Architecting for Decision Support” starting ideally on January 15th, 2018 or as close as possible thereafter in 2018. This PhD is part of a larger project. We are also looking for another PhD candidate starting at the same time on “Systems Visualisations for Decision Support”. The project will be based in the Engineering Systems Division and supervised by Head of Division Professor Anja Maier.

The Engineering Systems Division is growing fast and is characterised by a vibrant and supportive research environment with engaged staff and strong research collaborations with leading universities and industry worldwide. Our research focuses on understanding and improving the ways in which engineering systems are designed, managed, and operated throughout their life cycles. Our research spans the boundaries of 1. interdisciplinary engineering design (e.g. product design and development; systems engineering), 2. engineering project, programme and portfolio management, and 3. related policy, public engagement and strategic processes.

This PhD will be part of the EURITO project, a three-year European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation action starting in 2018, with Nesta (UK) as co-ordinator and with DTU (Denmark), FOKUS Fraunhofer (Germany), and Cotec (Spain) as project partners. EURITO´s overall objective is to enhance the design of research and innovation policies in Europe. This is to be achieved by modelling large-scale systems, developing a new set of timely, trusted, and open system-level indicators for innovation and research activities as well as analytics and visualisations based on open data sources and novel methods. In the overall EURITO project, data sources mined may include official and unofficial industry registries, company websites, data traces within social networking and community websites (e.g. and Twitter) generated by emergent communities of practice and other non-traditional bottom-up data sources. Methods applied may include the use of network and content analysis and interactive data visualisation.

Responsibilities and tasks
The project is situated at the intersection of design, complex systems, and policy making. It will be carried out in collaboration with the above-mentioned partners across Europe.

Research will primarily consists of literature review, requirement elicitation and validation through interviews, the application of systems engineering and data science methods for system modelling and analysis. Preparations and involvement in studies of the impact of the developed system models and system indicators on behavioural human decision-making are also part of the study design.

You will work in close collaboration with other EURITO project members in the Engineering Systems Division and abroad. Within DTU, this includes a PhD candidate on Systems Visualisations for Decision Support, a Post-Doc on Complex Innovation System Architecture, and the research lead. More team members may join. We also expect you to work in collaboration with the EURITO research partners across Europe, and we are looking forward to facilitating opportunities for you to experience an external research stay also outside Denmark.

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Application deadline: 30 October 2017.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future.

Deadline: October 30, 2017.

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