Wednesday, May 3, 2017

[DMANET] Vacancy for a PhD position in Operations Research at the ANT/OR group

The Operations Research group of the University of Antwerp (ANT/OR) is
looking for a PhD candidate in the areas of optimization and statistics.
This position is for 4 years as a full-time doctoral researcher, and it is
framed within a project financed by the Flemish Fund for Scientific
Research (FWO).

The topic of the project is related to the performance analysis of
(meta)heuristic optimization algorithms. The main objective is to develop a
new methodology for evaluating and fine-tuning the execution of these
algorithms. Such methodology will be based on well-founded statistical
principles, and will constitute the core of an open-source software
package. The ultimate goal is to help researchers/practitioners to develop
better optimization algorithms in shorter periods of time.

The ideal candidate has a master's degree in computer science, mathematics,
statistic, civil/business engineering or other related field of study.
He/she has a strong background in operations research and statistics,
excellent programming and software development skills, and a good command
of the English language. Previous experience with (meta)heuristic
algorithms and statistical modeling/analysis is highly valued.

The successful candidate will receive a tax-free scholarship (of
approximately 1800 euros per month) for a 4-year period, subject to yearly
evaluation. He/she will enroll in the doctoral program of the Faculty of
Applied Economics (Department of Engineering Management) and is expected to
obtain a PhD degree by the end of the fourth year. There is a sizeable
budget available for attending international conferences, advanced
workshops and other courses. Although the focus of the position is mainly
on research, the candidate might be asked to take part in some teaching

The ANT/OR <> research group is a young and
dynamic team of about 13 researchers. It focuses on developing optimization
methods to solve decision-making problems in a wide variety of fields,
ranging from logistics and supply chain, transportation and production
planning, to humanitarian logistics and digital music. The group works in
close collaboration with several industrial partners, non-profit
organizations and other international research institutions. The University
of Antwerp <> is home to around 20000
students, of which 18% come from overseas. It has been ranked 13 in the top
150 young universities in the world (with less than 50 years of age).
Antwerp <> is the second largest
city in Belgium. It has one of the busiest ports in Europe and is one of
the biggest diamond trade centres in the world. This vibrant city is famous
for its history, fashion industry, delicious food (beer, chocolate, fries,
waffles ,...) and excellent quality of life.

Interested candidates are requested to provide a motivation letter and a
detailed CV. In order to apply for this position, please send these
documents (in PDF format) by email to Daniel Palhazi Cuervo ( no later than July 1st, 2017. The
expected starting date is October 1st or sooner, if possible.

For more information about this position, you are welcome to contact Daniel
Palhazi Cuervo ( or prof. Kenneth
Sörensen (

Daniel Palhazi Cuervo

Research fellow
University of Antwerp
Faculty of Applied Economics
Department of Engineering Management
ANT/OR - Operations Research Group

Prinsstraat 13, B.510 - 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
+32 3 265 41 33 <>

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