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PhD position in Supply Chain Management in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Supply Chain Management Group (Prof. Dr. Stephan Wagner) at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich invites applications for a PhD student/research assistant with a background in Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen / Master of Science, MSc.

Project background

Supply chains are undergoing major changes. Rising geopolitical tensions, the need to manage environmental, social, and governance risks, and changing customer preferences have pushed supply chain management to the top of the executive agenda. The capabilities of supply chain start-ups and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital twins, or the Internet of Things are being used to improve supply chain management. We are looking for a PhD student who will take responsibility for creating and disseminating new knowledge in supply chain management in areas such as

  • Innovation in the supply chain
  • Supply chain and entrepreneurship
  • Digitalization and technologies in the supply chain
  • Sustainability and ESG risks
  • Supply chain risk, disruption and resilience
  • Last-mile logistics
  • Sourcing and supplier relationships
Job description

You will be responsible for your own doctoral research, supporting research projects, supervising master’s theses, and assisting in teaching. You will also be expected to participate in community outreach and educational programs. You should be willing and interested in writing research-oriented papers for scholarly journals, academic proceedings, and practitioner journals.

We seek candidates with a strong interest in empirical research.

Your profile

We expect:

  • an excellent Master degree in Industrial Engineering (Wi-Ing.)
  • strong team spirit
  • social skills
  • independence and a high motivation for academic research.
  • a strong background in statistics and data analysis is required

Fluency in written and spoken English and some experience in consulting or industry is a plus. The ability to work with industry partners in German is a plus. Candidates with a primarily analytical background and/or interest will not be considered.

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We offer

This is a 100% fixed-term position based in Zurich. The initial contract is for two years with the possibility of extension until the completion of the PhD. We offer an optimal working environment and strong mentoring throughout the PhD project. We offer the opportunity to collaborate with research institutes and universities abroad and to present research results at international conferences.

The position begins upon agreement and will typically last three to four years, including doctoral coursework.

We value diversity
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We look forward to receiving your application. Please submit the following application documents using ONLY the ETH online portal in a SINGLE merged PDF document, titled with your last and first name as well as the application date (for example, 20231027_Jones_Mike_application) in the following order

  • Cover letter with a specific statement of your motivation for the position
  • CV
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • University transcripts and other reference letters
  • Representative published research work (e.g., papers, sections of a thesis)

Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications submitted by email or mail will not be considered.

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