PhD candidate in Circular Economy/ Sustainable Operations Management (1.0 fte)

  • Position PhD-student
  • Irène Curie Fellowship No
  • Department(s) Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
  • FTE 1,0
  • Date off 27/01/2023
  • Reference number V39.6204

Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for

PhD candidate in Circular Economy/ Sustainable Operations Management (1.0 fte)

within the Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control (OPAC) Group of the School of Industrial Engineering.

The School of Industrial Engineering (IE) is one of the longest-established IE Schools in Europe, with a strong presence in the international research and education community, especially in the field of Operations Management (OM) and Operations Research (OR). OM and OR are part of the core of the undergraduate IE program. The graduate programs (MSc and PhD) in Operations Management & Logistics attract top-level students from all over the world. Researchers in the school participate in industrial activities with members of the European Supply Chain Forum, among others.

The Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control Group (OPAC) houses talented researchers conducting research on the planning and control of operational processes, both within the manufacturing and service sectors. These include:

  • Manufacturing Sector: Production control, distribution, transportation, warehousing, and retail processes.
  • Service Sector: Maintenance management, healthcare, and public transport.

Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research. All research is embedded in Beta, the KNAW-recognized research school for Operations Management & Logistics.

PhD projectSustainability goals put pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint. As a consequence, companies try to reuse, recycle and remanufacture their products and transition to a circular ecosystem. The aim of this PhD project is to support this transition and study the contribution and subsequent alignment of the supply chain partners to the circular activities. In particular, this PhD projects aims to answer:

  • How can we align benefits and costs from circular activities between supply chain partners?
  • How do expectations of customers (same-day delivery, assortment choice, product availability) impact the supplier’s sustainability choices?
  • How can customer’s flexibility on those expectations contribute to sustainability?

This position is part of a larger research consortium named “Transitioning to a Circular Business Ecosystem”. The consortium includes a large and broad set of companies (logistic provider, manufacturing and chemical companies). In addition to this position, one other PhD and one PostDoc will be hired.

We are interested in students with a solid background in deterministic and stochastic operations research techniques, analytical modelling and inventory management.

TasksThe PhD student is expected to conduct research, write a PhD thesis and research papers on the research project, and participate in the PhD education program. A small part of the position involves teaching in courses offered by the group. The research will be executed under the supervision of dr. Zümbül Atan and dr. Christina Imdahl.

Job requirements

For the PhD project, applicants should have completed (or be close to completion of) a Master’s degree in operations management, operations research, econometrics, mathematics, industrial engineering, or a related field with a solid background in quantitative research methods. Fluency in English is required.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months and a target start date in February 2023. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 27.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children’s day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager dr. Christina Imdahl, e-mail: c.imdahl[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact ms. Najat Loiazizi, HR Advisor, at HRServices.IEIS[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter (2 page max), which includes a motivation of your interest in the vacancy and an explanation of why you are a good fit for the project.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Course list of your Master and Bachelor programs (including grades);
  • Journal or conference papers (if any).

The deadline for applications is January 27, 2023. However, if you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of each 2 MB each can be uploaded. If you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.