Saturday, December 15, 2018

[DMANET] PhD position in Operations Research at Eindhoven University of Technology

The Operations Planning Accounting and Control (OPAC) group at the
Eindhoven University of Technology has one PhD position in:
Data-driven E-Commerce Order Fulfillment (1.0 fte)

As e-commerce continues to grow, the logistics of moving products along the
last leg from warehouses to end-customers has become more important and
more complex. The market is highly competitive, volumes increase and
customers expect faster, on-demand deliveries, 7 days a week. As of 2022,
the USA e-commerce retail market is expected to grow to a staggering US$
638 billion, from US$ 409 billion in 2017 [Statista 2018]. Similar growth
rates are reported for Europe and several Asian countries. To cope with
this growth in expected volume, the capacity of last-mile delivery systems
will have to expand significantly.
The focus of this particular project is on e-fulfillment: a term which
collectively denotes warehousing operations, last-mile delivery and their
interdependence. Within the context of e-fulfillment, we study data-driven
optimization. Key to this research is the question how data can be used to
make better decisions. Data from various sources is available in abundance:
sensor and tracking data (IoT), demand, traffic and weather forecasts, etc.
It however remains largely unclear how this data can be used effectively to
improve e-fulfillment. Consequently, the main goal of this project is to
develop data-driven optimization techniques to improve efficiency in
e-fulfillment, while reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction, and
lowering the ecological impact.
Within the context of the project, the candidate will be developing new
methodology, which typically involves Mathematical programming (Integer and
Constraint Programming), Stochastic optimization, as well as Machine

This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research (NWO) and the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information
Technology (MeitY).

The PhD candidate is expected to do scientific research in the domain
described, write a PhD thesis and publish research results in scientific
journals. The research is executed under the supervision of dr. Joris
Kinable and prof.dr. Tom van Woensel. The candidate also participates in
the PhD education program. A small part of the position involves teaching
(in English) in courses offered by the group.
Applicants for the PhD project should have completed (or be close to
completion of) a Master's degree in Operations Research, Computer Science,
Econometrics, Mathematics or a comparable domain. Fluency in English is
required. Moreover, the candidate must be comfortable in programming in an
OO programming language such as Java or C++. Affinity with Industrial
Engineering, Operations Management or Econometrics is a plus.

For more information (including the application procedure):

Joris Kinable
Assistant Professor
Eindhoven University of Technology

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