AIRO Young Opportunity

Expires
08 Mar 2020
Institution
Eurostar Limited
Country
UK
Description
We seek a qualified candidate to work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between University of Kent and Eurostar Limited involving the development and application of optimisation techniques to tackle operational challenges and support Eurostar's long-term strategic aims. Eurostar is the only high-speed train operator directly linking the UK to mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Millions of passengers travel on Eurostar routes between London and Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lille, Calais, and Disneyland® Paris each year.

The successful applicant will be based at Eurostar headquarters in London and will work closely with Eurostar managers based in Lille and a team of academics in the Management Science Group at Kent Business School. This is an exciting opportunity to work at a high-level position on putting cutting-edge analytics techniques into practice at a dynamic, publically visible, and economically important UK company.

The KTP Associate will be tasked with optimising train timetables, the assignment of trains to services, maintenance scheduling and other operational planning problems. Successful delivery of the project will help to devise more robust train timetables/service assignment and drive future revenue growth.

Applicants should ideally hold a PhD in operational research, management science, business analytics, or a closely allied discipline. Strong applicants with an MSc (with Distinction) will also be considered. The Associate must have an in-depth knowledge of optimisation and heuristic modelling techniques, as well as a good understanding of data analysis and statistics. Good English communication skills, both oral and written, are essential. Computer programming skills (in C/C++, Java, or similar), familiarity with optimisation modelling software (e.g. CPLEX), previous consultancy experience, a track record of publishing in academic journals, and proficiency in French are all highly desirable. Please note that regular travel to the Control Room Eurostar, based in Lille, France, will be required.

The KTP Associate will be employed on a 12-month fixed term contract. However, there is the potential, depending on progress and internal company approval, to extend the project beyond the 12-month timeframe through full-time employment at Eurostar.


Informal enquiries may be directed by email to:

Prof Jesse O'Hanley
Professor of Environmental Systems Management
Management Science Group | Kent Business School | University of Kent
j.ohanley@kent.ac.uk | Tel: +44 (0)1227 824286