PDEng Position in Engineering
University of Twente


Job description

Would you like to contribute to crafting and developing better roads in the Netherlands that will be more durable? Are you passionate about high-end technological design? Then, this Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme may be for you. The PDEng is a 2-year post-Master Degree technological designers programme. This programme at the University of Twente contains an educational part and a design project. For the project, You will work with ASPARi network companies. The educational programme will have an in-depth character with ample attention for professional development and will be partly tailored to the design project. Together with external organisation, you will develop a high-level and creative solution for the given problem. 


The asphalt construction process is still mainly carried out without sufficient instruments to monitor key process parameters.. The ASPARi developed Process Quality Improvement (PQi) methodology has successfully been used to map operational behaviour during construction using GPS and other sensors; and provide feedback to operators with the aim of improving process control. PQi measurements have been established for a while as a baseline for the evaluation of the quality of asphalt paving operations. It is a proven method for assessing the homogeneity and consistency of the asphalt construction process. However, the correlation between process and product quality has always been treated as implicit and intuitive. Given that the ultimate goal of the ASPARi network is to improve the quality of the final product, i.e. the asphalt layer, it is of a cardinal importance to explicitly couple the process quality indicators with the product quality indicators to help practitioners better assess the consequences of their operational strategies and decisions on the final quality of the asphalt. 


“Couple PQI process quality indicators with pavement quality indicators”

The purpose is to find the correlation between the quality of the asphalt construction process with the quality of the final asphalt layer. To this end, the successful candidate is expected to take on the following tasks: 

  • Systematically analyse the database of PQi measurements of past ASPARi projects;
  • Undertake site visits to perform quality measurements (e.g. visual inspections), together with the contractors, of the current road condition;
  • Develop a quality indicator matrix for the process and product in collaboration with the contractors and asset owners;
  • Model the correlation between the indicators of process quality and the road quality using data-driven approaches.

During the educational part of the programme, you will receive a customised education package consisting of, among others, courses in decision-support system design, systems engineering & design, sensor development, operations research, statistics, structural equation modelling and supply chain management.

Your profile

We are searching for the best MSc graduated with a proven affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments. Besides, you have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / crafting designs for complex civil technological issues with a multidisciplinary character. Important professional skills are Dutch and English language skills, communication and social skills, collaboration, initiative and self-reflection. Prior knowledge in road design and construction will be useful to successfully complete the project but can also be part of the educational program. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.


If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme in Civil Engineering, please contact Farid Vahdati at f.vahdatikhaki@utwente.nl or Seirgei Miller at s.r.miller@utwente.nl or telephone: 053 489 5886. General information about PDEng programmes you can find at http://www.utwente.nl/pdeng/ or http://www.utwente.nl/pdeng/en/

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have done. 


Our 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%). 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 and recognised 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 (KIVINIRIA).

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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