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PDEng position In Business and IT: Predictive maintenance in the Maritime Sector

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PDEng position In Business and IT: Predictive maintenance in the Maritime Sector

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Are you interested in high-end technological design?

Then, the Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme is very interesting for you. The PDEng programme is a 2-year post MSc technological programme with a focus on technological design. This programme at the University of Twente contains an educational part (~50%) that will be followed at the University, and a design project (~50%) that will be carried out at a company or within an industry-university research consortium. The educational programme will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development and will be partly tailored to the design project. In collaboration with the business, high level, creative and new designs for complex issues will be aimed at.

Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Business and IT

The Professional Doctorate in Engineering in Business and IT (PDEng BIT) aims to raise the level of competence of professionals in IT to deal with the opportunities and challenges that IT-based innovations pose. The complexity of today’s IT-enabled world implies that IT professionals cannot restrict themselves to one discipline, such as Computer Science or Management Science. They need competences ranging from requirements engineering to system architecture, from design thinking to business analytics, and from e-business innovation to modernisation of legacy systems.

Within the PDEng in BIT we seek applicants for the following position:

Data driven architecture for Predictive maintenance in the Maritime Sector

MARCONI focuses on the development of service logistic control towers, in a maritime setting, in which several supply chain players participate. In this joint university-industry project, we develop decision support models that integrate the planning of operations, maintenance and resources, and we design the control tower from a business and information management perspective. The goal of this project is to design control architecture that can facilitate effective data sharing of asset usage data and adaptive collaborative processes. Moreover, configuring joint contracts could be facilitated by the control tower architecture.  In collaboration with the industry partners, the goal is to design a “plug-and-play” architecture for control tower technology. Through prototype implementations of the control tower, the design will be validated.



We are searching for the best MSc graduated candidates (or graduates with several years of experience) in the field of Computer Science, Business & IT, Civil Engineering or a related discipline. Knowledge of IoT, Big data, ICT architecture, are very beneficial to this project. Candidates should have a demonstrable affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments. Besides, you must have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / creating designs for complex technological issues with a multidisciplinary character. Important professional skills are mastering Dutch language, English language skills, communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, initiative and self-reflection. Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

Project funding requires that the candidate is originated from a NATO country.

An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

We offer

We offer a contract for 24 months. During these two years you follow a tailor made post-master design programme with a combination of education (~50%) and working on a design project (~50%). The salary will be € 1.970,-- gross per month. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.


On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI). 

Information and application

Please send your letter of motivation, your preferred project(s), a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications before 1-11-2020 through the link below.


Contact information

If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme in Business & IT, please contact prof.dr. J van Hillegersberg:

·       Email:  

·       Telephone: +31 53 489 3912

General information about PDEng programmes you can find at our website.

About the department

Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS)

The PDEngs will be hosted at IEBIS (Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems department, school of Behavior, Management and Social Science) and be connected to and co-supervised by faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

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Minimum level of education required

4. Master