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Open position: Doctoral Researcher in Modularisation of Partly configurable solutions

Updated: Sep 5, 2023


dsii is looking for a doctoral researcher

Apply by September 13th 2023

Doctoral Researcher in Modularisation of Partly configurable solutions


The Doctoral School of Industry Innovations (DSII) at Tampere University (TAU) explores research questions that are directly relevant to industry and business. Tampere University hires a Doctoral Researcher to complete a four-year dissertation project under the joint supervision of a university professor and a company representative. The partner company for this position is Cimcorp Oy. Cimcorp Group has been simplifying material flows since 1975. They improve customers’ profitability by offering unique solutions for automation. The reliable robotic systems run with easy-to-use software, optimized for intralogistics, and lifetime services secure customers’ success in business.


“As a global system integrator, we make it possible for our customers – who work mainly in grocery retail and the tire industry – to succeed in their market, today and tomorrow.” With a worldwide network of offices and partners – and as a member of Murata Machinery Ltd., one of the world’s largest logistics automation suppliers – Cimcorp offers local support globally. Job description The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in the field of Design Science on Modularisation of partly configurable products .


The purpose of this research is to create new knowledge in Design Science by developing Brownfield Hybrid Solution design process. The design process, including methodology and tools will serve as design support for developing Hybrid Product Architecture for Cimcorp.


The Architecture will ensure that maximum benefits are achieved with modularisation and engineering-to-delivery. The main research question is how to enable efficient and effective sales configuration of partly configurable products? The underlying challenge is to model engineering to delivery (i.e. flow based engineering) and Module System (i.e. architecture based engineering) in such manner that engineering knowledge is reusable and manageable. In this position you can develop your personal expertise on the partly configurable product design. After this project, you will have the possibility to consider either an academic career or a career in the industry.


At the university, the work will be supervised by Prof. Tero Juuti. You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives. By participating in DSII events, excursions, meetings and training sessions with your fellow doctoral students, you will both get and provide peer support.


Remote work opportunities are agreed upon separately when needed. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry. Requirements

​Up-to-date and in-depth knowledge about the modular product development, ETO-products and partly configurable products

  • A suitable higher university degree in engineering, or equivalent with excellent grades.

  • Demonstrated competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies.

  • A very good command in both spoken and written English; a good Finnish language skill is also needed as you will work with Finnish companies.

  • Possibility to work at Cimcorp premises and Tampere University’s Hervanta campus.

  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently and communicate clearly in a multidisciplinary and international environment.

  • Creative, inquisitive, independent and critical thinking and a sustainability mindset, ability to adapt to emerging challenges in the research circumstances.

  • Ambition to do academic studies, scientific curiosity, innovative and open mindset to conduct research in a large international consortium.

  • Adequate methodological and theoretical capabilities.

  • Interest in qualitative and quantitative research, conducting of literature reviews and in working with companies and end users of methodology and tools.

Please note that before commencing the position, the selected candidate must apply for a study right within the doctoral programme at Tampere University, unless they already have one.


Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements.As a DSII researcher, you should be interested in innovation and collaboration with industry to solve meaningful real-life problems. You need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required. How to apply & more info The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in fall 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the Tampere University. For further information, please contact:

Prof. Tero Juuti, tero.juuti(at)tuni.fi


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