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PhD Position Data-Driven Decision-Making for Resilient Systems

Combine Resilience Resarch with Impact for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence

2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Military systems are inherently complex and subject to different lifecycles. At the same time, interoperability and continued functioning of the systems must be guaranteed at all times, in the face of uncertainties about rapidly changing requirements and deployments. The candidate will develop and test novel approaches that enable more efficient management of (portfolios of) assets, drawing on methods and techniques from the field of decision making under deep uncertainty.

The aim of this position is to design, develop and test methods and tools to support data-driven decision-making to improve the resilience and reliability of military systems across planning levels and domains. The resulting novel approaches should harmonize complex products portfolios across their lifecycles for more efficient and effective systems management. You will have the opportunity to further develop concepts of resilience engineering, decision making under deep uncertainty, and data-driven decision-making at the interface between academia and practical application.

The successful candidate will work on establishing and implementing this research program on Resilient Systems between the Netherlands Ministry of Defence and the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology.

The PhD position is supported and co-supervised by the Netherlands Defence Academy and the Directorate of Policy at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. Within the Directorate of Policy, the Department of Business Operations & Evaluation works to repair, simplify and harmonize key business processes at the central level for all branches of the Dutch defence. The department will provide you with relevant knowledge and information, business cases and critical feedback.

Within TU Delft, the position is embedded in the newly founded TPM Resilience Lab which provides you with the opportunity to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team of top scientists in resilience, logistics, and modelling and simulation under deep uncertainty. You will gain experience in supervising MSc students as well as contribute to teaching. Via our network and tailored mentoring, we will create opportunities for you to develop your career through support for conferences, collaborations, and training possibilities.


  • You have successfully completed your master's degree in engineering, policy analysis, operations management, transportation & logistics, computer sciences, or another related discipline equivalent to an MSc in engineering.
  • You have excellent analytical skills, you like to work with and conceptualize complex problems, and you are experienced in Python (or other programming languages)
  • You thrive in a collaborative and inter-disciplinary environment, and you are looking forward to working with the Ministry of Defence
  • You have an affinity for networking, presenting and discussing your work, and you like to coach and supervise students.
  • You are good in planning, organizing and getting things done.
  • You are fluent in English. Dutch language profiency is a strong plus.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Tina Comes, Associate Professor, email: t.comes@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 278 4459.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Olivie Beek, HR Advisor, email: vacature-tbm@tudelft.nl.