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Postdoctoral fellow on human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses 0.7 fte

Departmental setting The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE &IS) engages in research and teaching in the areas of industrial engineering, management science, and innovation science. The mission of the department is closely ...

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Departmental setting

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE &IS) engages in research and teaching in the areas of industrial engineering, management science, and innovation science. The mission of the department is closely tied to its pioneering work in developing an engineering perspective on business processes, as well as its interdisciplinary research on transitions in societies in relation to technical changes. At the heart of its academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching. The department offers an academic environment in which scholars and students work on critical problems at the interface of engineering, management and innovation. The department has two schools: Industrial Engineering (IE) and Innovation Sciences (IS). The school of Industrial Engineering focuses on the design, behavior and performance of operational and innovation processes in industrial and service organizations. It covers the complete business chain of product design, process design, production, purchasing, outsourcing, distribution and marketing & sales.

The School of Industrial Engineering currently includes the following research groups:

  • Operations Planning, Accounting & Control;
  • Human Performance Management;
  • Information Systems;
  • Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing.

  • The open position is part of the Human Performance Management group.

    Human Performance Management group

    The Human Performance Management group (HPM) at Eindhoven University of Technology are looking to appoint a one-and-a-half year postdoctoral fellow (0,7 FTE) for a project funded by the NWO-MVI (Responsible Innovation) program.

    Starting date: (preferably) April 1, 2018 (but no later than June 1, 2018)

    Description of the position

    The introduction of advanced robotics in logistics significantly affects quality of work and workers' competence profiles. The fear that robotization will strip all motivating aspects from jobs is widespread and may lead to worker resistance. Successfully addressing these 'human' issues requires an interdisciplinary approach. This project aims to answer the question of how robotization in logistic warehouses can be utilized and developed in a way that does not conflict with workers' sense of meaning in work and general well being. To answer our research question, we will combine analysis of leading theoretical frameworks on meaningfulness and well-being with empirical data collection (i.e., job analyses, interviews and questionnaires) among employees in robotized warehouses from three different organizations. In order for the human worker not to be left behind with the introduction of advanced robotics into the workplace, and to find meaning and flourish in such a work environment, this project aims at delivering an evidence-based theoretical framework of key social/human factors that have to be taken into account in the implementation and operation of robotics in warehouses, as well as a practical roadmap to chart and monitor these factors.

    In addition to this postdoc, to be appointed at the Human Performance Management group, we are looking to appoint a second postdoc on the same project at the Philosophy & Ethics group of the same faculty, who are supposed to collaborate during the course of this project.


    The selected postdoc performs active research, collaborates with the other project members (including the other postdoc that will be appointed in this project), and publishes on the research in academic journals. In addition, the two post-docs are expected to co-develop a practical tool (i.e., roadmap) to chart and monitor the empirically identified factors.


  • PhD in Work & Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science, or related fields.
  • Demonstrable ability to conduct academic research of high quality on relevant problems, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publications.
  • Demonstrable solid background in statistical modelling and an expertise in conducting empirical research.
  • Good mastering of the Dutch and English language, good communication and leadership skills.

  • We strongly encourage women to apply for this position as TU/e aims for gender-balance.


    We offer:
  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • an appointment of 0,7 fte as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of 18 months
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.111 and € 4.084, based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).
  • Additionele informatie


    The position is directly available, but the start date should not be later than June 1, 2018. More information about this position can be obtained from: Pascale Le Blanc (p.m.le.blanc@tue.nl) and/or Sonja Rispens (s.rispens@tue.nl ).

    Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Ms. S.G.J. Opgenoorth, HR advisor (email: pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.


    Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (2 page max.), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list and teaching evaluations (if any);
  • Copies of relevant (working) papers
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • 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.

    If you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled. We ask candidates to apply by March 5th, 2018 at the latest.

    To apply you can use the 'apply now' button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.