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Postdoctoral Researcher on Blockchain for Traceability of High-Tech System Parts

We are looking for a Postdoc to help research and develop a Blockchain platform for tracing parts and materials in a high-tech, complex equipment maintenance …

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


We are looking for a Postdoc to help research and develop a Blockchain platform for tracing parts and materials in a high-tech, complex equipment maintenance context. The position is available at the Information Systems group of Eindhoven University of Technology. The intended starting date is January 1, 2019, but starting earlier is open for discussion.

The research will be conducted in the context of the Dutch 'Traceability' project executed by TU/e in collaboration with IBM, Fokker Services and the Service Logistics Forum.

Enabling companies to trace the parts and products that they buy and sell over multiple links in the supply chain has many benefits and applications. In regulated industries, such as aerospace, car manufacturing and healthcare systems manufacturing, it is even mandated by regulatory bodies that configuration, testing, and maintenance information can be traced. However, less regulated industries benefit from tracing parts and product information as well. For example, tracing parts and product information from suppliers enables companies to easily verify that parts or products are of sufficient quality and have been maintained well enough to be (re)used. Unfortunately, parts and product traces are in practice often lacking. This is especially the case when traceability information is needed from partners upstream or downstream in the supply chain.

Therefore, the goal of this project is to develop a digital platform for tracing parts and product information and for analyzing that information. The platform is highly innovative by using Blockchain technology to support traceability of parts and products multiple steps upstream and downstream in the supply chain.

The project will involve:

  • Identifying usage scenarios for tracing high-tech parts and materials in interviews and workshops with partners from high-tech practice.
  • Researching state-of-the-art platforms for registering traceability information, especially in a context where multiple parties can access and contribute to that information in a supply chain.
  • Developing a prototype Blockchain platform for registering traceability information and supporting the efficient analysis of that information.
  • Reporting on the research and development in scientific journals and trade journals, conferences, and workshops.

  • Tasks
    The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to do research, develop prototype implementations and write research papers on the topic of the research project. The research is executed under the direct supervision of dr.ir. Remco Dijkman and co-supervised by dr.ir. Willem van Jaarsveld and prof.dr.ir. Paul Grefen. The work is performed in tight cooperation with the involved project partners.


    Applicants should have completed (or be close to completion of) a PhD degree in information systems, computer science, or a related discipline. Fluency in English is required.


    We offer:
  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • A Postdoc appointment for a period of 2 years with target start date January 2019;
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.173,- and € 4.166,- 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, coverage of costs of publishing the dissertation and excellent sports facilities).
  • Additionele informatie

    More information about the Information Systems group can be found at https://www.tue.nl/universiteit/faculteiten/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/onderzoek/research-profile/research-profile-school-ie/information-systems/.

    Questions about this position should be addressed to dr.ir. Remco Dijkman (r.m.dijkman@tue.nl).

    Information about terms of employment can be obtained from the HR advisor, Susan Opgenoorth (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.


    Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • Cover letter (1 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);
  • A teaching statement;
  • A research statement;
  • 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 by using the 'apply now' button.

    We start interviewing as soon as possible and keep the position open until the position has been filled