PhD student position in Urban Freight Management

PhD student position in Urban Freight Management

Reference number REF 2024-0293

The PhD student will work in the EU project GreenTurn that focuses on sustainable e-commerce and returns. The PhD student will be part of the Urban Freight Platform funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations which offers many collaboration and networking opportunities with top researchers worldwide. Chalmers University of Technology is well known for its excellent research and education, it has been ranked 2nd in Europe in the subject of Transportation Science & Technology in 2023 according to Shanghai's Global Ranking, and has a strong collaboration with industry and the public sector.

Information about the division and the department
The Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) conducts research about the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. The department is organized in five divisions for research and teaching. The research can be divided into three main research areas, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations Management and Sustainability & Society Studies. 

The position is placed at the Division of Supply and Operations Management (SOM) which conducts research, education and outreach activities related to transportation, logistics, operations management, and industrial marketing and purchasing. All these fields, in turn, relate to supply chain management. The division focuses on three broad areas: Industrial marketing and purchasing, transportation and logistics, and operations management. The division pursues problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research, with strong emphasis on industry relevance with high visibility in leading academic journals.

Major responsibilities
As PhD student you will take part in research at the division in the area of urban logistics. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with the main supervisor. Your major responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to a specific research aim. At large, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, reviewing literature, conducting research studies, and interacting with industrial companies. As a PhD student you take an active role in the research project in preparing for and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. During the project, results will continuously be presented at seminars and on international conferences. Large emphasis when selecting a candidate will be laid on your ability to analyze quantitative data and to describe your results in oral and written forms.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to five years (1+2+2). You will spend approximately 80% of this time on research. As a PhD student you will also, to a maximum of 20%, be involved in teaching bachelor and master courses and/or perform other departmental tasks. You will be enrolled into the postgraduate programme at the research school Technology Management and Economics. The employment is bound to successful completion of department evaluations after one and three years.

Read more about doctoral studies at Chalmers here.

Master's degree in e.g. Industrial Management and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Management, Economics or similar subjects with an interest in urban freight transport and logistics.
The applicant is expected to conduct empirical research as primary activity, foremost applying quantitative research approaches. Results of research are expected to be disseminated through interactions with professionals as well as publications in highly-ranked journals within the subject area.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant field.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

We offer 
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with reference number 20240293 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, reference number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, ref.number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself 
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-09-01

For questions, please contact:
Ivan Sanchez-Diaz, Associate Professor, Division of Supply and Operations Management,

Ivan Cardenas, Assistant Professor, Division of Supply and Operations Management,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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Deadline: 2024-09-01
Location: Sweden, Gothenburg
Categories: industrial economics, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Economics, Industrial Engineering , Management Science, PhD, Technology,


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