PhD position in Workaround Mining Utrecht University (Full-Time)

The Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Business Process Management & Analytics welcomes application for a full-time Ph.D. position in workaround mining at Utrecht University.

This Ph.D. project has a focus on the utilization of the generated knowledge. Therefore, candidates will work together with a users’ committee of different organizations that are interested in their results. This committee consists of software companies with whom they co-develop the methods and supporting software and hospitals in which they will carry out case studies to empirically evaluate their findings.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop methods that can pinpoint exactly when, where, and how workarounds emerge. This knowledge will help the department understand why implementations of health information systems often fail and how they can improve this.


As the prospective Ph.D. candidates on this project, applicants will perform the following task:

  • perform research,
  • develop process mining methods,
  • carry out case studies in healthcare organizations,
  • will use process mining techniques to analyze the event logs recorded in health information systems, in order to analyze how hospital employees use these systems
  • supporting the preparation and teaching of Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses, and supervising student theses.
  • publish the results at international conferences and scientific journals, and complete a Ph.D. thesis.
  • a full-time position for four or five years;
  • a full-time gross salary that starts at €2,395 and increases to €3,061 per month in the fourth year;
  • holiday bonus and end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions.
Job Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Information Science, Computer Science, Data Science, or a related discipline;
  • Have a strong interest in conducting research;
  • Expected to realize research ideas in terms of prototype software;
  • Have a strong interest in organizational behavior;
  • Affinity with the development of software and the use of tools – candidates are
  • Good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing;
  • Hands-on knowledge of process mining, data mining, predictive analytics, or big data;
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Application Process

Utrecht university welcomes employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The application should include the following documents:

  • curriculum vitae;
  • letter of motivation;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

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Application Deadline: January 17, 2021.

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