Post-Doc in Design Thinking in Agile Development of Work Systems

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Management invites applicants for a 2-year Post-Doc position on “Design Thinking in Agile Development of Work Systems”, starting ideally on May 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Post-Doc will be based in the Engineering Systems Group, Innovation Division. The project is headed by Associate Professor Ole Broberg.

The Engineering Systems Group is growing fast and is characterised by a vibrant and supportive research environment with engaged staff and strong research collaborations with leading universities and industry worldwide. Our research focuses on understanding and improving the ways in which complex socio-technical engineering systems are designed, managed, and operated throughout their life cycles.

The Post-Doc candidate will be working at the intersection of design and human behaviour.

The objectives of the project are threefold:  

  • Investigate how to transform Design Thinking into an approach for development of work systems, 
  • Test and evaluate this approach in intervention studies in a number of companies, and 
  • Develop methods for applying Design Thinking in this context.

Human well-being at work is a key concern for companies in order to stay competitive and able to attract well-qualified employees. However, it is a challenge how to adapt and develop work systems concurrently with ever faster organisational and technological changes, including digitalisation. In this project we assume that Design Thinking may be a new tool for a flexible and agile development of work systems. The project is aimed at testing this hypothesis in a number of industrial intervention studies. The contribution will focus on new knowledge on how to transform Design Thinking to this specific purpose, and investigate the effects on the development of work systems.

The project is made possible by the collaboration between DTU and NIRAS Joblife. The project will be headed by Associate Professor Ole Broberg, Engineering Systems Group, in collaboration with Associate Professor Rikke Seim, Implementation and Performance Management Group.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • The candidate’s responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:  
  • Transform Design Thinking tools into the field of development of work systems
  • Review organisational baselines in participating case companies
  • Help design intervention studies in companies
  • Follow and analyse the intervention in case companies
  • Help design and complete studies of the effects of interventions
  • Design guidelines and methods on applying Design Thinking in development of work systems
  • Research dissemination, including conference papers and articles in peer-reviewed international journals



  • Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
  • Preferably, candidates should hold a PhD degree within design, design engineering, or human behaviour and organisational change.
  • Further qualifications include: 
  • Interest in development of work systems and well-being at work
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Fluent written and oral Danish language is a prerequisite due to close interaction with employees at Danish workplaces

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Ole Broberg at or Associate Professor Rikke Seim at
You can read more about the Engineering Systems Group at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 March 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Two reference contacts who may be contacted by the assessment committee
  • Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has ca 340 employees; including academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all, more than 35 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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