Doctoral student in Industrial Engineering and Management (Humanitarian logistics and preparednes...

Lund University
July 10 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Work duties

The position comprises participation in research on Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The area deals with design, implementation, organisation and control of all processes involved in the material and service flow along the entire processing chain.

The research will mainly focus on humanitarian logistics and preparedness solutions for improving humanitarian response through reduced cost and/or improved response times. The doctoral position is partly financed by the Crafoord foundation.

Other research performed by doctoral students and supervisors at the division includes work on Production Strategies, Global Production and Logistics Networks, Measurement of Change Management, Short Food Supply Chains, Supply Chain Risk Management, Omnichannel Logistics, and Grocery Retailing. Supervisors at the division include professor Marianne Jahre, professor Andreas Norrman, professor Jan Olhager, associate professor Dag Näslund, and senior associate lecturer Joakim Kembro.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies, which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

• has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or

• has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits

were awarded in the second cycle, or

• has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Industrial Engineering and

Management if he or she:

• has at least 30 credits at the advanced level of relevance to the focal area.

• is judged to have the potential to complete the programme.

Additional requirements:

• Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

• Education and good knowledge in the focal area Logistics and Humanitarian Operations.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

• Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.

• An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.

• Written and oral communication skills.

• Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

Desirable university education is a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent, specializing in Logistics, Operations Management, or Supply Chain Management. Experience of and/or education in Logistics and Supply Chain Management with focus on Humanitarian Operations and/or preparedness initiatives. Experience of and/or education in multidisciplinary research and qualitative research methods (e.g. case studies) and quantitative research methods (e.g. surveys and statistical analysis). Good oral and written proficiency in Swedish.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme. As some teaching and administrative work is part of the position (approximately 20%), personal, pedagogical and administrative ability will be taken into consideration. Special attention will be paid to personal suitability.


Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).


- Joakim Kembro, 046-2223327

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