Thursday, May 16, 2019

[DMANET] Postdoctoral Fellow in Operations Research/Management at Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology has an open postdoctoral position in
Operations Research/Management. This Post-doctoral Research position is a
joint position between the Department of Industrial Engineering &
Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/E) and the
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The position is a fully funded
for a duration of 16 months, which can be extended with 6 months. Out of
the initial 16 months, the candidate is expected to spend 4 months at the
Indian Institute of Management and 12 months at the Eindhoven University
of Technology.

*For this project we are looking for a candidate with a strong background
in mathematical programming (Integer Programming, Constraint Programming,
stochastic optimization, etc), and Machine learning.*

Starting date: As soon as possible, but no later than 1 September 2019.

*Project context*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.

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

*Tasks*The postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct research and write
research papers on the research project, in close collaboration with the
project partners. The position also requires some involvement with teaching
activities of the OPAC group (a maximum of 30% of the time), including the
supervision of BSc and MSc students that will work on elements of the
project with one or more of the industrial partners.

For more information, or to submit your application, visit:

dr. Joris Kinable
Assistant professor
Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control
Industrial Engineering & Information Sciences
Eindhoven University of Technology

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