Research program title
Mass-personalized high-precision products using hybrid electrochemical advanced manufacturing processes
Manufacturing industries are facing a new challenge. Products have shorter life times and customers ask for individualized products. The need for small series, batch-size 1, production appeared (mass-personalization). Traditional manufacturing processes can hardly full-fill these needs.
New manufacturing processes need to be developed which are of a new kind. Industry 4.0, coined in Germany (2011), aims to address this challenge. The key idea is a new type of manufacturing systems, smart factories, in which manufacturing entities communicate via the Internet of Things allowing higher flexibility, quicker adaption to new designs and increased productivity.
The objective of the proposed Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to develop a model-sized “Industry 4.0 smart factory” for mass-personalized high-precision products using hybrid electrochemical advanced manufacturing processes and machine learning algorithms.
The fellowship is embedded in the Center of Advanced manufacturing and is highly industry-oriented making use of fundamental knowledge of advanced manufacturing technologies.
The fellow must have or develop both soft skills and analytical research skills to perform well on the key tasks:
- coordinating projects, establishing new collaborations with industry
- participating in managing existing projects and supervising graduate students working on them
- identifying common research questions and general solutions applicable to a broad range of industrial problems.
Academic qualifications required
- PhD in advanced manufacturing / Industry 4.0 or related fields
- Industrial experience (either as an employee in industry, common R&D projects during PhD)
- Entrepreneurial experience (e.g. involvement in the creation of a start-up company) would be an asset