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PhD vacancy Field Study on Experimental New Technologies in Logistic Warehouses

The Human Performance Management group focuses its research and education on the optimization of the role of human resources in operational and business …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Human Performance Management group focuses its research and education on the optimization of the role of human resources in operational and business processes of performance. In other words, how should we (re-)design work, processes and organizations to obtain a high performance organization in which employees could work with high motivation, creativity and pleasure? In this respect, we assume that the best fit between humans and work is achieved when both the human side and work side are integrally (re-)designed and (re-)developed to improve performance. The HPM Group teaches courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels.

The logistics sector provides substantial revenue and employment, making it essential for the Dutch economy. Modern warehouses are at the center of the logistics network. Though innovative technologies are currently being developed, they disseminate only slowly in logistic practice. As a consequence, warehouse employees lack the opportunity to gain experience in working with these new technologies. Furthermore, schools for vocational education that train potential future warehouse employees lag behind in preparing their students to work in a highly digitalized/robotized environment. So, skills and abilities of logistic employees and vocational students does not keep pace with technological progress. Therefore, the sector needs innovations in the way warehouses are being used and made profitable by companies as well as in logistics education.

The SHAREHOUSE Living Lab has been designed to tackle these challenges. Rather than disrupting their operations by experimenting with new technologies, it allows logistic companies to gain experience with these technologies in the educational warehouse environment of the STC Waalhaven in Rotterdam. Students of different educational levels and logistic professionals of warehouse companies will test and evaluate innovations in a controlled (experimental) fashion, allowing researchers to offer evidence-based solutions for the challenges logistic companies are currently confronted with. An important boundary condition is the specification of ethical guidelines for the deployment of experimental workplaces functioning as living labs.

The objectives of the current PhD project are: (1) to empirically study the effects of new technologies on vocational logistic students' and logistic warehouse employees' experience of their work by means of small scale (quasi-)experiments in the SHAREHOUSE Living Lab Environment, and (2) to specify general ethical guidelines applicable to the context of living labs with experimental technologies based on literature review and conceptual analysis.

The PhD-student will benefit from collaborating in the multidisciplinary SHAREHOUSE consortium consisting of academic and public/private sector partners. To know more, check out:

https://www.logisticshouse.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Presentatie-TNO-Sharehouse-the-Warehouse-Innovation-Learning-Lab.pdf

As successful applicant, you will perform the research project outlined above resulting in a PhD thesis containing several academic journal papers. A small amount of teaching is part of the job too.

Functie-eisen

  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Work and Organizational Psychology, Management Sciences, Human Resources Studies, Industrial Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate in a multidisciplinary research team and with industry partners.
  • Ability and motivation to work on a challenging topic with both fundamental and applied research aspects. Experience with (field) experimental research is a plus.
  • Strong (data) analytical skills. Demonstrated competences for multivariate and/or multilevel statistics are highly recommended.
  • Excellent (verbal and written) communication skills in English and (preferably) Dutch.

Conditions

  • A full-time appointment for a period of 4 years at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). with an intermediate evaluation after nine months;
  • Gross monthly salary from € 2.325 (first year) to € 2.972 per month (last year).
  • A yearly holiday allowance of 8% as well as 8.3% end of the year allowance.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including holiday and end-of-year allowance, a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program), and excellent sport facilities.

Additional information

More information about the Human Performance Management group can be found at https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/human-performance-management/

Questions about these positions should be addressed to: Dr. Pascale Le Blanc, phone 040-2475332, e-mail: P.M.Le.Blanc[at]tue.nl



Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Susan Opgenoorth, HR Advisor IE&IS (pz.ieis[at]tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.



Application

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • Cover letter (two pages maximum), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant (working) papers or theses;
  • Name and contact information of two references;
  • Evidence that your proficiency in Dutch enables you to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with (representatives of) organizations and individuals participating in the research project;
  • 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.

    We ask candidates to apply by October 20 at the latest.