Industrial PhD Scholarship in Sustainable
Product-as-a-Service Offerings

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Deadline: 15th June 2020

An Industrial PhD student position (3 years) is available at the Section of Engineering Design and Product Development, within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The position is created in connection with the MADE FAST programme.

The project is supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Aasted and DTU, in the context of the MADE FAST programme. Aasted is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of production equipment within the chocolate, bakery, and confectionery industries; they will be the main industrial partner on the project. The PhD student will work closely with the consortium partners and industrial stakeholders.

Responsibilities and tasks
The overall objective of this PhD project is to design and develop a framework to aid decision-making when defining, configuring and offering Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions.

The main aim will be to provide a systematic way in which Aasted can assess the readiness of its existing products and technology for PaaS; integrate ‘Design for Service and Sustainability’ rules into the development and manufacture of its products; and define value proposition alternatives.

The research project will be established as an action research project, interfacing directly with the business and product development work carried out by Aasted, within the project period.

More specifically, the PhD candidate is expected to: 

  • Create a mechanism by which to assess the service readiness of existing products in Aasted, based on a number of identified service-related criteria.
  • Build a design guide (based on actual implementation within Aasted) for Design for Sustainable PaaS.
  • Build a model to assist the creation and evaluation of PaaS business models for Aasted, which go beyond ‘product-based services’, to ‘use-based services’ and ‘result-based services’, incorporating considerations such as the financial and environmental sustainability potential of such solutions.

Strong collaboration with the researchers from MADE FAST, Aasted and industrial stakeholders is expected for the development, validation and implementation of PaaS. The candidate will publish his/her research results in international peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences and seminars.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Tim C. McAloone

You can read more about ongoing and previous projects of our research group at, and and about Department of Mechanical Engineering at

You can read more about Aasted here



Industrial PhD scholarship in Sustainable Product-as-a-Service Offerings

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