Monday, August 22, 2016

[DMANET] PhD scholarship in optimization of local production chains at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

We are looking for a strong, motivated PhD candidate with a background
in mathematics and/or computer science for a PhD scholarships in the
field of optimization of local production chains.


In October 2016 the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU)
Cottbus-Senftenberg will launch the new thematic cluster "Local
Production by Smart Value Chains" as part of the BTU Graduate Research
School (GRS). Successful applicants are expected to begin their
research in October 2016 with a scholarship for 36 months. Cottbus is a
city offering various benefits such as inexpensive housing and cost of
living as well as close vicinity to Berlin, Dresden and the recreation
and lake district area "Spreewald". The basic scholarship is 1400
Euros per month. The GRS will also offer additional support for
doctoral students with children. Scholarship holders will have access
to additional funding of the GRS for their doctoral research
(e.g. mobility grants etc.).

*The Project*

The GRS Cluster "Local Production by Smart Value Chains" is funded by
the BTU and involves the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht. Within this
project cluster five scholars work together on current topics in the
field of production and materials engineering, one of them with
special focus on mathematical questions. From a technological point
of view, the cluster focuses on combining classic production processes
of mass production with locally acting manufacturing processes. This
combination opens the possibility for individualizing components and
for localizing production near the end customers, but also for
repairing and maintaining components with minimal cost.

The mathematical research of the cluster aims at the design of
algorithms for the distribution of production steps among the existing
local production facilities. To produce a particular product,
numerous combinations of different individual steps of manufacturing
with many different tools are possible. The task here is the
algorithmic planning of this process design. Based on the properties
of the product and the characteristics of the tools, appropriate
models and algorithms should be designed which are capable of finding
feasible production chains and that are optimized with respect to
processing time, usage of materials, and production costs. In
particular productivity should be increased by utilizing the provided
machinery by parallel production in different process chains.


You have obtained a university degree (Master's or equivalent) in
mathematics, techno-mathematics or computer science (with strong
background in mathematics or operations research) with very good
success. You have strong basic knowledge in the mathematical work
areas mentioned above and strive to further develop your expertise
towards a PhD degree. You are communicative and a team player. You are
fluent in English, both written and spoken, and preferably have at
least basic knowledge of the German language.

Working language: German or English

Required documents:
− CV
− Certificates and transcripts
− Letter of motivation

How to apply?

Please note that the cluster only accepts complete applications.
Please send your application to the coordinator of the cluster
(preferably via email in a single PDF document):

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Bambach
Lehrstuhl Konstruktion und Fertigung
BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg
Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 17
03046 Cottbus
Tel.: +49 355 69 3108
Fax.: +49 355 69 3110

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