A PhD position in the field of systematic innovation and knowledge management is available in the CIB - Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic and Infrastructure, KU Leuven, Belgium for the academic year 2011-2012.


The aim of this research is to investigate techniques that can partially automate Systematic Innovation through the use of quantitative techniques, knowledge management strategies, and existing product development methodologies, such as TRIZ or Axiomatic Design.

Objective is to develop innovation supporting functionalities, such as fast identification of the state-of-the-art and new development opportunities for a specific product category, or the idea generation for new application domains for an available technology. The technical development of the intended techniques is situated in the research domain of Data and Text Mining, with a very strong link to design methodologies and techniques in product development. The output of this research will signify an important step forward in the field of Systematic Innovation.

The research will be conducted at the "Centrum voor Industrieel Beleid" (Center for Industrial Management), founded in 1962 on the initiative of the Faculty of Engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Foundation for Industry and University. The Centrum voor Industrieel Beleid has a doctoral programme following the regulations and admission procedures of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculty of Engineering. On average, the doctoral programme requires four years of study and research.

The current research activities at the Centrum voor Industrieel Beleid include several topics of operational research, logistics management, total quality management, maintenance management, industrial organisation, transportation and distribution planning, knowledge management, systematic innovation, ... The research is typically conducted in close co-operation with industrial parties. The output in the domain of knowledge management has also lead to a commercial spin-off.

Candidates should have a strong academic background, holding a master degree in engineering or informatics. A strong affinity with quantitative techniques is required. A PhD ambition is preferred.

For application details visit the KU Leuven website.

Application deadline to the PhD position in Systematic Innovation, KU Leuven, Belgium is 31 Dec, 2011.

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