PhD Research Construction Management & Stabilization, University of Twente, Netherlands

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The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university. It was founded in 1961 and offers education and research in areas ranging from public policy studies and applied physics to biomedical technology. The University has approximately 2700 employees and 8000 MSc and BSc students and is the Netherlands` only campus university.

The Civil Engineering group of the Faculty of Military Sciences is part the Netherlands Defence Academy (NDLA). In co-operation with the Construction Management & Engineering group of the University of Twente and under supervision of A.E.C. van der Stoel, cutting-edge research is conducted in the area of construction process management and technology.

The Netherlands Defense Academy and the University of Twente are looking for a:

PhD for a PhD research project

Expeditionary Construction Management: A research on construction management processes in stabilization and reconstruction operations.

Scope of the Ph.D. project:
In several (post-) conflict situations, military involvement in (re)construction of local roads, schools and hospitals is necessary to create stability. The scarcity of military engineers and the necessity to be involved in such non-military activities – as a part of a wider comprehensive conflict approach – forces the military organization to outsource these activities. Outsourcing construction projects to – in particular – local contractors increases local capacity-building and local ownership. Despite these advantages, the military organization also faces many difficulties regarding tendering, controlling, monitoring and evaluating construction projects which are performed by local parties. In order to overcome these difficulties, the objective of this research project is to develop a new construction management process model which suits the specific needs of construction management in stabilization and reconstruction operations. The PhD will spend about 20% of his time on teaching courses to NDLA-students.

The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in construction management, civil engineering, business administration, economics or a comparable subject. Excellent analytical skills are a must. Furthermore, the candidate should be able to work in a multidisciplinary and dynamic work environment and be able to read and understand Dutch and to write and speak English.

We offer the possibility to work on an interesting Ph.D. project for 4 years.The salary scale, starts at of € 2042,- gross per month for the first year, and will lead up to € 2612,- in the fourth year based upon the job profile for PhD researcher (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits.

The PhD will be located at Faculty of Military Sciences of the Netherlands Defense Academy (NDLA) in Breda. Because of the military context of this project, screening will be part of the procedure.

For more information, please contact dr. H. Voordijk (j.t.voordijk[at] or dr. ir. E. Dado (E.Dado[at]

You can apply for this position by e-mailing your resume including score list and a motivation letter topersoneelszaken[at], please mention vacancy number 10/036.


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