Friday, May 22, 2015

[DMANET] Postdoctoral position in maritime logistics at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Gardanne, France

*Postdoctoral position in maritime logistics at the Ecole des Mines de
Saint-Etienne, Gardanne, France*
A post-doctoral position of 1 year is opened at the Ecole des Mines de
Saint-Etienne (Gardanne, France). It is funded by the project 4TRAX that
aims at developing new communication technologies to ensure real-time
traceability of containers.

The objectives of the candidate are to develop models and algorithms to
address the stochastic dynamic berth allocation problem. Generally the
birth allocation problem (see [1]) is addressed as a static problem with
all information known in advance. Few papers addressed real-time
management of berth allocation (see for example [2]). The difference
between actual arrival times of vessels and those used when establishing
the initial schedule can differ significantly. It is important to
reschedule the assignment of berths to vessels when new information
arrives. In our study we aim at addressing the added value of real-time
information on the arrivals of vessels. The information on arrivals can
be updated and used following several schemas (when the vessel arrives,
when new information on arrivals of vessels arrives, etc.). Our study
should also consider stochastic information on arrivals of vessels based
on probability distributions derived from historical data. These issues
should be addressed through the development of optimization methods to
solve new combinatorial optimization problems.

The position will be located in Gardanne (Southeast of France
(Provence), Between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) in the department
"Manufacturing Sciences and Logistics" at the Campus G. Charpak Provence
of the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne. The appointment is for 1 year
and does not carry any teaching responsibilities. The preferred starting
date is September 1st 2015, but negotiable. The net salary is between
2100 and 2500 Euros/month depending on the experience.

Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Sciences, Applied Mathematics or
any related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate good programming
skills and a deep knowledge in combinatorial optimization and integer
programming. Experience on the development of solution methods for
(maritime) logistics is appreciated.

Please send your application electronically (preferably as a single pdf
file) including a detailed curriculum vitae, plus, if available, a list
of reference letters, to:
*Professor Nabil Absi, and Professor Dominique Feillet, *

*The deadline for application is July 20th, 2015.*

For further questions regarding the position or details on the research
project, please contact Dominique Feillet or Nabil Absi. You can also
Dominique Feillet during the *ODYSSEUS 2015* workshop in Ajaccio
(France) from May 31st to June 06th 2015 or Nabil Absi during the
*VEROLOG 2015* conference in Vienna (Austria) from June 7th to June10th

[1] Imai, A., Nishimura, E., & Papadimitriou, S. (2001). The dynamic
berth allocation problem for a container port. Transportation Research
Part B: Methodological, 35(4), 401-417.
[2] Umang, N., Bierlaire, M., & Erera, A. (2013). Real-time management
of berth allocation with stochastic arrival and handling times. Working
paper (No. EPFL-REPORT-196058).

Nabil ABSI, Ph.D.
Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne
Campus Georges Charpak Provence
880 route de Mimet, F-13541 Gardanne, France

Tel: +33 (0)4 42 61 66 56

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