PhD scholarship in Sustainable Management and Health Promotion within Food Manufacturing

  • G03 Good Health and Well Being
  • G12 Responsible consumption and production
  • Lyngby, Denmark
  • August 26, 2018

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The Technical University of Denmark

The Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the area of sustainable management and health promotion in food manufacturing industry, starting ideally October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter in 2018.

The position is a joint collaboration between Danish Crown A/S and DTU where the PhD student will be part of the division of Management Science (MS) at DTU’s Management Engineering Department. MS is an internationally unique academic environment spanning from operations research and operations management to management of human factors and performance in implementation processes. The position is affiliated to the Implementation and Performance Management Group (IPM) group that aims to advance knowledge in the areas of implementation of new technology and work processes, integrating perspectives of both organizational performance and employee well-being (as both target and outcome) and sustainable management of production systems.

As work and work places, become ever more complex and diverse, sustainable management i.e. to ensure both employee well-being and organizational performance, play a key role. In the IPM research group, we have a long tradition for studying organization and management of work processes and implementing new work-related changes. Our research has focused on occupational health and safety management, physical and psychosocial work environment and work organization and implementation of preventive interventions to ensure both organizational performance and employee well-being in manufacturing, healthcare and knowledge work. With this job, we invite applicants for a PhD position to develop this field focusing on how to develop and manage work processes and organizations and ensure a good work environment and health while also taking into account the organizational performance and the continuous development of the daily operations.

This PhD project will be supervised by associate Professor Christine Ipsen and Senior researcher Kasper Edwards with Director of Global Health & Safety Morten Pedersen as the contact person at Danish Crown.

The Danish Crown group is a global meat processing company and among the largest in its field. The Danish Crown group is a global meat processing company and among the largest in its field. The group is the World’s largest pork exporter and Europe’s largest meat processing company. Danish Crown Beef is a significant player in the European beef market.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main challenge in this PhD project is to reduce the level of absenteeism in food manufacturing. The project should provide a thorough understanding of the potential organizational and managerial causes to the current differences in absenteeism across five different pork abattoirs. This understanding should be leveraged to explore how sustainable management, i.e. taking both employee well-being and organizational performance, can be implemented across the different sites in Danish Crown.

The purpose of the PhD project is to identify organizational and/or managerial causes to differences in absenteeism and is explorative in its nature. The PhD project aims to bridge sustainable management and health promotion in food manufacturing. The PhD project should include studies of:

  • Differences and variation in management, leadership and teamwork and how they are associated with absenteeism across the five sites and the performance outcomes.
  • Local site differences in the organization and management of the core tasks and if that can explain the differences in absenteeism.
  • Whether demographic differences among the employees can explain differences in absenteeism
  • The prerequisites for successful implementation of sustainable management i.e. to ensure both employee well-being and organizational performance across the five sites.

Danish Crown’s own data regarding psychosocial work environment and well-being, performance, absenteeism forms the basis for the PhD project. The study might also include questionnaires and qualitative data collection methods (interviews, workshops and observations).

As a PhD student, you will:

  • Be responsible for conducting your own research project
  • Have the opportunity to teach and supervise engineering students
  • Contribute to new knowledge about sustainable management and production systems
  • Strive to publish your work worldwide in recognised journals
  • Work in close collaboration with researchers from the Management Science Division
  • Present your work at international conferences and seminars
  • Discuss exciting research with MS colleagues at weekly research meetings

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Christine Ipsen and Senior Researcher Kasper Edwards.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The IPM group is a small, engaged, and young research group, which is responsible for the largest course at DTU at the master’s level (Technology, Economics, Management, and Organization). Cooperation and teamwork across teaching and research are core values to ensure robustness, knowledge sharing and quality in our work.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Christine Ipsen , tel.: +45 4525 6014.

You can read more about the Implementation and Performance Management Group at

Please submit your online application no later than 26 August 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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