PhD scholarship in Operations Research

DTU Management Engineering
Thursday 06 Dec 18

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The Operations Research section performs research in OR at the highest level and apply advanced mathematical optimization in a number of areas, including transportation, healthcare and timetabling. The main tools are Mixed Integer Programming and meta-heuristics. The section prides itself for being able to take a project the entire way from initial analysis to running software.

Operations Research belongs to the field of applied mathematics, but it is also heavily linked to Computer Science and Industrial Engineering. Through the application of advanced Mathematical Models, quantitative decision support is achieved, enabling better management decisions in a wide variety of fields. This PhD project is about Strategic University Timetabling.

The candidate is responsible for the development of advanced optimization software for university timetabling, with a strategic focus, i.e. evaluating the necessary resources.The project requires excellent knowledge of advanced OR skills, both regarding modelling (MIP) and programming (meta-heuristics).

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate is responsible for the development of advanced optimization software for university timetabling, with a strategic focus, i.e. evaluating the necessary resources.

  • The project requires excellent knowledge of advanced OR skills, both regarding modelling (MIP) and programming (meta-heuristics)
  • The candidate has to be able to speak Danish fluently, since communication both at the company MaCom and with the end-users (timetable planners at Danish Universities) are Danish speakers
  • The PhD student will have a lot of freedom to shape the project.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by the future supervisor, Associate Professor Thomas Stidsen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Workplace
The PhD student will work partially at DTU in Lyngby and partially at our industrial collaborator MaCom A/S at Vesterbrogade 60, Copenhagen.

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Further information
For further information about this role, please contact Thomas Stidsen via email thst@dtu.dk.    

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 20 December 2018 (local time). To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following documents must be attached in English:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.  

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching, we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has ca 340 employees; including academic staff of 190 and more than 70 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all, more than 35 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.