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Open position: Doctoral Researcher in Modular Automation Solutions and Services

Apply by June 13th 2014

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.  

DSII offers Doctoral Researchers a unique opportunity to undertake dissertation research, gain a thorough understanding of product development, tackle real-world business challenges and expand their professional networks.

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 and disseminate new knowledge for academia, TAU DesignLab and industry in the field of Design Science on engineering of High Variety Low Volume artefacts. The multidisciplinary design process, including methodology and tools will serve as design support for developing reusable solutions for HVLV context, such as the Cimcorp context.  The main research question is how to enable efficient and effective sales and delivery of partly configurable products?  

The position of a Doctoral Researcher offers you the opportunity to concentrate on your doctoral studies while receiving high-quality supervision and encouragement to develop your ideas within an innovative and multidisciplinary research environment with industry. In addition to conducting research for your dissertation, your position includes some teaching or other duties in the faculty related to your studies.  

The doctoral research focuses on the development of methodology and tools supporting the design of partly configurable product. The project pilots and design support widen our research infrastructure and will serve as test cases for the general methodology. The methodology and tools are then implemented in different companies, supported and facilitated by the team. The progress and results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry and local companies in Satakunta region. The tasks of all Doctoral Researchers will also include teaching duties that amount to approximately 5% of their annual working hours, unless there are justified reasons to the contrary. 

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.


  • Up-to-date 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;  

  • 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.  

  • Interested in qualitative and quantitative research, conducting of literature reviews and in working with companies and practitioners of methodology and tools.

Following aspects are also appreciated: 

  • a good Finnish language skill or commitment to learn as you will work with Finnish companies. 

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. 

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition/bildung, and learner-centredness. We hope you can embrace and promote these values in your work.

How to apply and more info

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four (4) years, commencing in June 2024 or as soon after that as possible. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the Tampere University.

Please submit your application by June 13th 2024.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Tero Juuti,

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