Postdoctoral researcher in operations research for sustainable supply chain management
Université du Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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    The selected candidate will work within the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) () which is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Supply Chain And Logistics Excellence (SCALE) network ().

    The LCL is a hub for logistics and supply chain research and education and seeks to make an impact both in practice and in the academic community.

    This post-doc position will be in collaboration with a leading global industry partner.


    The research conducted by this post-doctoral researcher will be in the area of sustainable / carbon efficient supply chain design for supply chains.

    The basic decisions in the area of supply chain optimization are the determination of the optimal product mix, , at which point in time and in which quantity.

    In search for this product mix, various constraints on the sourcing, production and demand side that restrict the decision possibilities must be taken into account, such as limited raw material availability, limited production capacity and minimum sales quantities due to contractual obligations.

    The idea of this project is to develop methodologies and a prototype tool that decision makers can use to make fact-based trade-offs between profitability and sustainability for complex value chains in uncertain business environments.

    The approach must be able to appropriately and efficiently quantify the existing uncertainties and generate robust solutions clearly visualizing the involved trade-off between the two competing objectives.

    The industry partner will provide real data and their network will be used as a case-study for the proposed methods. The successful candidate will therefore work closely both with researchers at the LCL and selected experts at the partner company.

    Under the direction of Professor Joachim ARTS :

  • Conduct research in the formulation and efficient solution of mathematical programming models for sustainable supply chain design
  • Data collection and analysis of costs and carbon footprints of supply chain activities such as production and transportation.
  • Data collection and analysis of uncertainty in demand and other model parameters
  • Development of several mathematical formulations of supply chain design problems
  • Development of algorithmic tools to solve complex and industrial scale optimization problems
  • Analysis of results
  • Publication of articles in scientific journals such as Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IISE Transactions and other high caliber international peer reviewed journals
  • What we expect from you

  • PhD in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a closely related discipline
  • Experience writing code in languages such as Java / C++ / C# or scripting languages such as Python / Matlab / Julia / R.
  • Experience with solvers such as Gurobi / CPLEX / COIN-OR is an asset

  • Ability to translate between mathematical models and practical business implications
  • Ability to communicate with academic and industrial stakeholders and align interests
  • Ambition to publish in highly ranked journals and an understanding of what it takes to do so
  • Experience with stochastic programming / robust optimization and algorithms such as Benders decomposition and Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition is an asset
  • Linguistic skills to evolve in a multilingual environment : fluency in English; good understanding of a second language and possibly a third language, German or French in particular, would be considered an advantage
  • An excellent research environment with access to MIT-SCALE resources
  • The opportunity to work on a real problem with real data that has both academic and industrial impact
  • Integration into one of Europe’s most international universities
  • Excellent facilities including personal work space at the University
  • Attractive remuneration package
  • Contract Type : Fixed Term Contract 24 Month
  • Work Hours : Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location : Kirchberg
  • Job Reference : UOL04182
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