PhD Student

Last application date
Oct 06, 2019 23:59
TW18 - Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design
Employment category
Research staff group 1
Limited duration
Industrial Design Engineering Technology.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design at Ghent University (Campus Kortrijk) invites applications for a full-time 3-year doctoral research position. The PhD researcher will be working on the Erasmus+ funded project (‘Knowledge Alliances’) with the title ‘T-CREPE: Textile engineering for co-creation paradigms in education’. This T-CREPE project aims at developing an innovative web-based platform to support co-creation-based learning (a design-based learning methodology) with a particular focus on entrepreneurship in the textile education and industry. This online platform and its content will be based on co-creation cases/projects (elaborated in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders) using a gamified approach and IT tools. The co-creation cases/projects will be taken up by student teams (which together with stakeholders) develop solutions for real life problems originating in society or/and industry. The project addresses challenges concerning adequate coaching in (textile) design engineering and the commercial under-exploitation in the textile industry. The team of this project consists of 4 academic partners (based in Belgium, Finland and Greece) with a background in co-creation in education, education technology, business and textile engineering and (virtual) design. Industry is represented by 2 industry clusters and 2 Small Medium Enterprises (SME) specialised in ICT in textiles. The successful researcher will be assisting the team to manage, organize, propose and develop ideas for the development and implementation of the tasks (work packages) for this project including organization of consortium meetings, development of workshop / training / learning content / online platform, collecting and analyzing data. The researcher shall write a thesis related to the above-mentioned project, of which the hypothesis shall be formulated, developed and executed during the timeframe of this project. The PhD scholarship is available in the field of industrial / product design at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The research will lead to the title of Doctor of Industrial Design Engineering Technology. The PhD is expected to start in early November 2019.

Profile of the candidate

The ideal candidate for the position has the following profile:

  • An MSc degree (to have obtained their degree before 1 October 2019) in:
    • Design Management / Innovation Management / Educational Sciences / Educational Technologies, or
    • (Textile) Engineering Design, Industrial/Product Design, Engineering Technology, or equivalent
  • Excellent management and research skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and good knowledge of statistical software
  • Very good entrepreneurial and innovation skills; design research; design thinking
  • Interest in co-creation and participatory design; (design) education, problem-based learning, and in technology-enhanced learning
  • Experience in KA2 Erasmus programmes is an asset
  • Very good level of English, both oral and written (proof of level, if available) 
  • Self-motivating, creative, critical and analytical mindset; capable of working in groups and participate in learning projects; capacity for autonomous, structured and in-depth research.

Candidates from outside Belgium are welcome and are expected to move to Belgium (Kortrijk/Ghent) for 3 years. They need to report via the procedure outlined on enrolment procedure. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. More info here: And here:

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit their application (in English) by email to by Sunday 6 October, 2019 (midnight). Please include as a subject line: PhD 2019-20_T-CREPE, and send all files as ONE PDF file (max 10MB) with this filename: T-CREPE_PhD 2019_Your surname.pdf. The one pdf file attachment should contain the following:

  • Cover letter outlining your background, experience and motivation for this position in relation to the profile requirements stated above (max. 1 page) 
  • CV (max. 2 pages) including short bio and contact information of two academic supervisors that may be requested to send a reference, if shortlisted for an interview 
  • Transcript of records of the BSc, MSc, or equivalent 
  • One short written piece of work (e.g. the extended abstract of the BSc or MSc thesis, a paper/manuscript submitted for a publication) preferably most relevant to the research proposal. On the basis of these documents, only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview in early October 2019.

If successful applicants live abroad, interviews may be held via Skype. Questions concerning the job description can be directed to