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PhD position: Organizational behavior and human decision-making in application of predictive maintenance

Are you a passionate about facilitating the adoption of a new technology such as predictive maintenance from an organizational and human-centered perspective …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Are you a passionate about facilitating the adoption of a new technology such as predictive maintenance from an organizational and human-centered perspective and have interest and feeling for new technologies as well?

We have the opportunity to give you a competitive position for 4 years as PhD Researcher in order to both research and demonstrate how companies need to be prepared by improving their procedures and business processes for making use of Predictive Maintenance solutions.

A multidisciplinary team from the University of Twente together with several universities and companies, is working together in the PrimaVera project sponsored by NWO. Within this project, monitoring systems will be developed and applied to better predict disruptions to infrastructure and production resources and thus to better plan maintenance.

Predictive Maintenance is an active interdisciplinary research area, where significant progress has been made during the past decade, both in industry and in academia. While many core building blocks of PM (such as sensor technology, failure prediction methods, and optimization techniques) exist the organizational factors in actually applying the outcomes of these predictive methods is still in need of attention.

In the present research there will be specifically worked on the Organizational behavioural aspects as also have been defined in this work package (WP5) of the project. The goal of this specific project is to develop a fundamental understanding of the end-user requirements and design principles for developing effective decision support tools in the domain of predictive maintenance. These insights will be used to design novel, user-centered maintenance tools that make the user-system interaction more effective and efficient.

In a similar vein, developing advanced maintenance techniques is useless unless they are well-integrated into the organization's overall business processes. As such, WP5 will aid in developing new procedures for the effective implementation of data-driven maintenance systems within organizations.

About the PrimaVera project
The vision of PrimaVera is to make deployment of predictive maintenance easier and more effective. By using a holistic approach to the maintenance workflow, the team will develop accurate, scalable, and real-time health diagnostics and prognostics and turn these into effective maintenance strategies that can operate in complex and uncertain environments.

The ultimate goal of the program is to achieve in 2025 intelligent assets, connected through the Internet of Things, continuously collecting data on their condition, loading and environment, that autonomously decide whether and when they need a specific type of maintenance. This means e.g., no more train delays, power outages, or failure of production machines.

In PrimaVera, the emphasis is therefore to put the aforementioned building blocks together in an applied industrial context by working on individual research for various shared demonstrators. This means that every researcher works on a separate part, but have a shared contribution as well.


You have preferably obtained a MSc in Industrial Engineering or Industrial Design Engineering. Other fields relevant to the position with interest in human behavior, management or leadership fit as well, e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering.

Prior knowledge and experience in Technology Management or Maintenance Engineering, is an advantage.

We ask strong communication skills and interests for sharing knowledge and interest in the dynamics of interpersonal and inter-organizational interactions, presenting at conferences and (project) meetings, and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Fluency in English is required, both spoken and written. Fluency in Dutch is an advantage.


We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The University of Twente offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • A full-time 4-year PhD position;
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating international research environment with excellent facilities;
  • You are offered a professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente;
  • A starting salary of € 2.325 gross per month in the first year and a salary of € 3.061 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other extra-curricular activities.

Additional information

Please submit your application before August 23, 2021 using the Apply now button, and include:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Grades of the BSc and MSc courses
Dr. Jan Braaksma (a.j.j.braaksma@utwente.nl) and dr. Alberto Martinetti (a.martinetti@utwente.nl) are open to provide you more information about this position. Contact from agencies is not appreciated.