Wednesday, August 1, 2018

[DMANET] PhD Position at Mines Saint-Etienne (Gardanne, France) - Routing and staff planning for home services

PhD position: Routing and staff planning for home services

A PhD position is available at Mines Saint-Etienne/UMR CNRS LIMOS 6158
at Gardanne (near Aix-en-Provence in the South of France). This thesis
is part of the project "Flexible and Intelligent Transportation Systems
(FITS)" funded by the French Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la

*Subject :* The research pursued by the PhD student will concern the
development of new models and original solution methods for the tactical
and operational planning of home services. The thesis is driven by
important applications in healthcare but could also be extended to
maintenance services. The models will include complex constraints as:
integrated staff planning and vehicle routing, resource synchronization,
time windows, regularity, consistency, equity.  Considering these
constraints in vehicle routing problems is relatively new and still
challenging. Adding the staff scheduling dimension makes the problem
even harder.

Keywords: operations research, combinatorial optimization, algorithmic,
vehicle routing

More information about the project and the PhD thesis subject is
available at:

*Candidate profile:* Applicants must have a Master Degree (or
equivalent) 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.

*Location:* The PhD student will be located in Gardanne (south of
France, near Aix-en-Provence) in the research group Manufacturing
Sciences and Logistics
of the Georges Charpak Provence Campus of Mines de Saint-Etienne.

*Duration and assumption of duty:* The position is for three years
starting October 1, 2018 (The position will remain open until fulfilled).

*Application procedure:* Please send your application electronically
(preferably as a single pdf file) including a detailed curriculum vitae
and examination results, plus, if available, a list of reference letters
and copies of diploma, to: Nabil ABSI (

The thesis is co-supervised by:
Nabil Absi, Professor at Mines Saint-Etienne, Gardanne.
Dominique Feillet, Professor at Mines Saint-Etienne, Gardanne.
Thierry Garaix, Associate Professor at Mines Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne.
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