AIRO Young Opportunity

20 Mar 2018
University of Kent
United Kingdom


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Optimisation

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher associate (PDRA) position in the area of Optimisation. The PDRA will join the Management Science group of the Kent Business School and work on a prestigious multi-disciplinary project funded by the British Academy’s Global Challenges Research Fund: Cities and Infrastructure programme and led by Dr Scaparra. The project, titled “Optimal investment strategies to minimize flood impact on road infrastructure in Vietnam”, focuses on development of multi-period optimisation models for strategic, long-term planning of mitigation actions against flood disasters in urban areas using the city of Hanoi as a case study. The project will involve close collaboration with Vietnamese researchers, government agencies, and industry stakeholders.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in Operational Research / Management Science, Mathematics, Computer Science or a closely related discipline. The ideal candidate will have a firm knowledge of integer programming and heuristic methods and a demonstrated interest in infrastructure planning, transportation and logistics. Good computer programming experience as well as excellent written and communication skills is essential. Applications will be assessed based on relevant skills and previous publication record.

Salary: £33,518 - £38,833 (Grade 7)

How to Apply

Applications should include all of the following materials:

A short cover letter explaining your specific interest in the research project, relevant training and skills
A curriculum vitae (CV)
Names and contact information of two potential references who can supply letters of support if short-listed for the position

Informal enquiries may be directed by email to: Dr Maria Paola Scaparra at
Completed applications should be received no later than: 1st March 2018

Interviews are expected to be held: 20th March 2018

Expected start date: asap