25 Aug 2017
PhD position in analytics for economics and management
The University of Brescia offers a new PhD program in Analytics for Economics and Management (AEM) with courses starting in November. The PhD program aims at giving answers to the need of experts in the high level use of data for decision making, with a state of the art education on a variety of tools and techniques and research projects oriented to a broad range of applications.
The PhD program will cover the areas of:
- Operations Research
- Economics and Finance
Details on the PhD program can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/unibs.it/aem/
Motivated and committed students with interest in operations research are encouraged to apply for one of the 8 places, 6 of which are with fellowships. Details on how to apply can be found at https://www.unibs.it/node/15136
|University of Brescia
15 Aug 2017
Assistant Professor in Computer Science
ASSISTANT AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of
Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, invites applications for a number of
positions in computer science at the levels of assistant and associate
professors. The expected start date is February 1, 2018. An appointment
as associate professor is permanent. An appointment as assistant
professor lasts for three years, and contingent on successful completion
of a lecturer training programme and a positive performance evaluation,
a position for associate professor is normally opened after the three
years, for which the assistant professor can apply.
The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD in computer science
and a strong track record of research at a high international level. We
are seeking applicants in the following areas:
* Machine Learning and Data Mining
* Database Systems
* Theory and Practice of Concurrency
However, exceptional candidates in all areas will be considered.
In addition to research the applicant must be able to teach and advise
in computer science at all levels (undergraduate through PhD) as well as
teach in a broad range of core computer science areas at the
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Danish is not a
prerequisite for application. More English than Danish is used when
teaching in computer science, and more than half of the faculty members
in computer science are foreigners. However, the primary administrative
language at SDU is Danish and associate professors should therefore be
willing to acquire Danish skills within a couple of years, in order to
also contribute to the administrative tasks.
For a hiring on the level of associate professor, the expectations on
the applicant's track record within research, teaching, and attraction
of funds, is based on an academic age of four years or more after the
PhD-degree. For a hiring on the level of assistant professor, the
expectation is based on an academic age of one to three years past the
PhD-degree. The applicants are requested to state in their letter of
application on which level they wish to apply.
For further information on the department and its research and teaching
activities, see its home page or contact associate professor Fabrizio Montesi,
phone: +45 51 91 09 87, email: email@example.com.
Application deadline: 15 August 2017. Link for application: http://www.sdu.dk/en/service/ledige_stillinger
|South Denmark University
08 Aug 2017
Postdoc position in Algorithm Design using Integer Programming for Matching Problems
Applications are invited for a 3-year, full-time postdoctoral position in the area of algorithm design and integer programming models for matching problems involving preferences. The position will be based at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, with a preferred starting date between 1 October and 1 November 2017.
The successful candidate will join the Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms research section and will work with Dr David Manlove on the EPSRC-funded project "IP-Match: Integer Programming for Large and Complex Matching Problems" (EPSRC grant ref EP/P028306; see http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/P028306/1).
This project is in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics (EPSRC grant ref. EP/P029825/1) and the Project Partners NHS Blood and Transplant and Teach First. It also shares common objectives with the EU-funded COST Action CA15210 (ENCKEP: "European Network for Collaboration on Kidney Exchange Programmes"; http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15210).
The project provides a unique opportunity for an algorithm designer to become engaged in research with significant impact, through developing algorithms for (i) the National Living Donor Kidney Sharing Schemes run by NHS Blood and Transplant, (ii) enabling graduates to be placed in teaching positions for Teach First, and (iii) allocating graduating medical students to hospital positions.
Applicants will have a PhD in the broad area of algorithms and complexity, with specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of algorithm design techniques for coping with NP-hard optimisation problems and excellent programming skills. Preferably applicants will have knowledge of approximation algorithms and discrete optimisation techniques including integer programming, with prior experience of using integer programming solvers such as CPLEX and Gurobi.
Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum.
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr David Manlove (email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone +44 141 330 2794).
Apply online at www.glasgow.ac.uk/jobs (vacancy ref 018470). Closing date: Tuesday 8 August 2017.
|University of Glasgow
01 Aug 2017
PhD position in Combinatorial Optimisation
A Ph.D. position in Combinatorial Optimization is currently available at the Center of Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium.
The position is funded by the “Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche” (FRS) 2017 and is related to the research project “Optimizing over Unrooted Binary Trees”,
which aims to investigate the combinatorial and the optimization aspects of a specific class of network design problems arising from industrial and life science applications.
The position involves research into the mathematical and computational aspects of such a class as well as developing optimization models and algorithms to solve practical instances of such problems.
The ideal candidate should have a background in computer science or applied mathematics. We especially welcome applicants with a solid background or interest in combinatorial optimization and computational complexity.
The position is expected to start in Fall 2017, but it will remain open until an appropriate candidate is found.
|Université Catholique de Louvain
31 Jul 2017
Assistant Professor in Combinatorial Optimisation
The University of Twente (The Netherlands) has an opening for a position as
assistant professor in the group Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical
Programming (4 years).
Our group consists of currently 8 permanent staff in research and teaching,
plus Postdocs and PhD students, covering a range of topics in
-Combinatorial & Mathematical Optimization,
-Design & Analysis of Algorithms,
-Algorithmic Game Theory.
We also work in different application areas such as energy, logistics,
as well as traffic networks. See also www.utwente.nl/ewi/dmmp/
Specifically, our group is engaged in a ‘decentralized energy management’
initiative, where we develop mathematics and ICT to improve the efficiency
of energy and smart grid technology, matching energy supply to the
requested demand over time. See also www.utwente.nl/ctit/energy/
We look for a talented post-PhD with passion for research and teaching.
Your background should be in Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science
or related areas. The new position is meant to strengthen the mathematical
foundations of our decentralized energy management team, so a background in
Combinatorial Optimization or Mechanism Design will help. What we offer is
an active research environment, with lots of opportunities for sparring your
new ideas with researchers with different backgrounds.
|University of Twente
31 Jul 2017
Postdoc position in Operational Research and Rail Transportation.
IFSTTAR Villeneuve d'Ascq - Lille (France) invites applications for a position as post-doc in operations research and rail transportation. The position will run for a period of 24 months. This position is part of the European project OptiYard (Optimised Real-time Yard and Network Management), which will start in fall 2017.
The successful candidate will contribute to the design and development of a optimization algorithm for real-time yard and multimodal terminal management.
Applicants must have a PhD in operations research, computer science, software engineering, applied mathematics or equivalent. They must be willing to integrate to the research activities of the team by providing original ideas, participating to international conferences and producing high quality scientific papers. Good knowledge of C/C++ and fluency in spoken and written English are essential requirements to participate to meetings and prepare technical reports, project deliverables and articles.
31 Jul 2017
Postdoc position in Approximation Algorithms, Quantum Information and Semidefinite Optimization
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Network & Optimization research group for a
postdoc in the research project
"Approximation Algorithms, Quantum Information and Semidefinite Optimization”.
This research project aims to explore the limits of efficient computation within classical and quantum computing, using semidefinite optimization as a main unifying tool. The position involves research into the mathematical and computer science aspects of approximation algorithms for discrete optimization, quantum entanglement in communication, and complexity of fundamental problems in classical and quantum computing.
We especially welcome applicants with a solid background and interest in algebraic methods for optimization.
The project will be carried out in collaboration between Monique Laurent from the CWI Networks & Optimization research group, Ronald de Wolf from the CWI Algorithms & Complexity research group, and Nikhil Bansal from the department of mathematics and computer science of the Technical University Eindhoven. The position is funded through an NWO-TOP grant.
More background information about the project can be found at the website:
|Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
31 Jul 2017
Postdoc position in integer programming and mathematical optimisation
Applications are invited for a 3-year, full time postdoctoral
position in the area of integer programming and mathematical
optimization algorithms for matching problems. The position
will be based at the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh,
and is available to start between October 1st and November 1st 2017.
The successful candidate will join the Edinburgh Research Group
in Operational Research and Optimization (www.maths.ed.ac.uk/ERGO)
and will work with Dr Sergio Garcia Quiles, Professor Jacek Gondzio
and Dr Joerg Kalcsics on the project funded by the EPSRC Research
Grant EP/P029825/1 "IP-Match: Integer Programming for Large
and Complex Matching Problems".
This project is in collaboration with the University of Glasgow
(EPSRC Research Grant EP/P029825/1) and the Project Partners
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Teach First.
Applicants will have completed a PhD in Operational Research
or a related field and will demonstrate outstanding research
potential. An ideal candidate will have a documented expertise
and research record in integer programming. The applicant will
demonstrate excellent programming skills (C++ or similar) and
will have high expertise in optimization solvers (CPLEX or similar).
All applicants should apply online. Only complete applications
will be considered. Please upload a CV and a research statement
under optional documents and arrange for at least two referees
to send letters of recommendation directly to email@example.com
by the closing date of 5pm (GMT) on Monday July 31st 2017.
We anticipate interviews will be held on the week commencing
Salary: GBP 32,004 - 38,183 (depending on experience)
Informal enquiries: Dr Sergio Garcia Quiles,
phone: +44 131 650 5038, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|University of Edinburgh
31 Jul 2017
PhD position in deep learning and knowledge management
The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) is looking for a motivated student to be enrolled in their PhD program.
Please follow these links for more details
Candidates can contact directly email@example.com
Application deadline: 31st of July 2017
|University of Strathclyde
31 Jul 2017
Postdoc position in Integer Programming for Matching Problems
Applications are invited for a 3-year, full time postdoctoral position in the area of integer programming and mathematical optimization algorithms for matching problems. The position will be based at the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh, and is available to start between October 1st and November 1st 2017.
The successful candidate will join the Edinburgh Research Group in Operational Research and Optimization (www.maths.ed.ac.uk/ERGO) and will work with Dr Sergio Garcia Quiles, Professor Jacek Gondzio and Dr Joerg Kalcsics on the project funded by the EPSRC Research Grant EP/P029825/1 "IP-Match: Integer Programming for Large and Complex Matching Problems".
This project is in collaboration with the University of Glasgow (EPSRC Research Grant EP/P029825/1) and the Project Partners NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Teach First.
Applicants will have completed a PhD in Operational Research or a related field and will demonstrate outstanding research potential. An ideal candidate will have a documented expertise and research record in integer programming. The applicant will demonstrate excellent programming skills (C++ or similar) and will have high expertise in optimization solvers (CPLEX or similar).
All applicants should apply online. Only complete applications will be considered. Please upload a CV and a research statement under optional documents and arrange for at least two referees to send letters of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of 5pm (GMT) on Monday July 31st 2017. We anticipate interviews will be held on the week commencing September 11th.
Salary: GBP 32,004 - 38,183 (depending on experience)
Informal enquiries: Dr Sergio Garcia Quiles, phone: +44 131 650 5038, e-mail: email@example.com
|University of Glasgow
21 Jul 2017
Several positions in Machine Learning and Algorithms
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield is currently advertising the following positions:
- Chair in Algorithms (closing date 21 July 2017)
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Algorithms (closing date 21 July 2017)
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Machine Learning and Computational Neuroscience (closing date 04 July 2017)
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Machine Learning and Robotics (closing date 30 June 2017)
- Senior University Teacher (closing date 14 July 2017)
|University of Sheffield
15 Jul 2017
Industrial PhD position in the optimisation of wind-to-hydrogen supply chains under uncertainty
Hydrogen is the only carbon-free storable fuel. When combined with renewable energy sources, it has the potential to become one of the main contributors of a sustainable future as a green energy vector.
This PhD thesis will focus on a Wind-to-Hydrogen (W2H2) system where hydrogen is produced through electrolysis of water and electricity is provided by a wind farm. After production, hydrogen should be stored, transported and distributed in an optimal way, given the numerous technology alternatives available.
In this system, there will be two decision makers: wind farm operator and hydrogen producer with conflicting interests in a hierarchical setting. This type of problems is usually modeled as a Stackelberg game (bilevel programming) in the literature and it will be direction of this thesis as well.
Uncertainties of the system notably come from electricity generation (due to changing weather conditions), variability of energy prices in the day-ahead spot market and demand fluctuation. These uncertainties will be addressed in the modelling part.
We are offering a 3-year CIFRE contract PhD thesis in collaboration with PersEE Innovation, a Paris based startup company (Sezin Afsar) and Laboratory CERMICS, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (Michel De Lara). The thesis will be based on modeling and solving different versions of this problem described above. Different types of real-life or realistic data will be available for testing.
Keywords: supply chain management, wind energy, hydrogen, stochastic optimization, bilevel programming
Required Technical Skills:
• Master’s degree or equivalent in Industrial Eng, Computer Science, Applied Math or any relevant subject
• Experience in Python/C/C++ and solvers such as GAMS, CPLEX or Gurobi
• General knowledge of mathematical programming and optimization. Expertise in stochastic and bilevel programming is an advantage.
• Familiarity with at least one of relevant fields (energy systems, renewable energy, scheduling, supply chain management…)
• Adaptability to team work
• Curiosity and enthusiasm to learn
• Being open to new ideas and innovations
• Willingness to contribute to a cleaner future
• Speaking French is a plus
Candidates may send their CV, transcript, motivation letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org until July 15th, 2017. Start date will be October 2017 or later.
14 Jul 2017
Two PhD Positions in algorithms for scheduling
At UNSW Sydney (Australia) we have an opening for up to two UNSW Scientia
PhD scholarships within the project Algorithms for Scheduling and
Cooperation in Distributed Energy Markets. The project is to design and
implement modern algorithms (parameterized algorithms and approximation
algorithms) for problems around clean energy technology adoption. The UNSW
Scientia PhD scholarships are very generous scholarships covering the
tuition fees, a stipend of AUD 40,000 per year, and a research support
package of AUD 10,000 per year.
Supervisory team: Serge Gaspers, Iain Macgill, and Aleksandar Ignjatovic.
|University of New South Wales
14 Jul 2017
Postdoc position in Structural results and their application in scheduling and packing problems
A postdoctoral position in algorithms is available in the research group of Prof. Dr. Klaus
Jansen, Algorithms and Complexity at the Department of Computer Science of Kiel
University (CAU Kiel), Germany, within the research project
"Structural results and their application in scheduling and packing problems"
funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
The position is for 3 years (TV-L 13) starting 1st September 2017 (the exact date is
The main research focus of the DFG project is to prove structural results for integer linear
programs and to design FPT algorithms and approximation algorithms
for bin packing and scheduling on identical machines. Therefore, the applicant should have a
strong interest in Theoretical Computer Science, particularly in Algorithms.
Applicants should hold (or should be close to obtaining) a PhD degree in Computer Science
or Mathematics, and should have a solid publication record in the area of algorithms and
complexity. Top conferences in this area include STOC, FOCS, SODA, IPCO, ESA, ICALP,
Kiel University aims at increasing the number of women in research and academic teaching
and strongly encourages applications of accordingly qualified women. Women will be
preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
The CAU supports the employment of severely disabled persons. Therefore, severely
disabled persons will be preferred, provided equal qualifications and scientific performance.
Applicants with a migration background are particularly welcomed.
The application material should include (1) a cover letter describing the interest in the
position, (2) a CV and a list of publications, (3) copies of university certificates and (4) the
names and contact information of at least two references. The material should be sent
electronically until July 14, 2017 to Klaus Jansen under .
Prof. Dr. Klaus Jansen
Department of Computer Science
Technical Faculty of the
Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
24118 Kiel, Germany.
We expressly refrain from asking for photographs, therefore we ask you not to send a photo
with your application.
|University of Kiel
12 Jul 2017
PhD Scholarship in Smart Mobility Methodologies for Optimizing Transport Networks
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme (package of A$50,000 per annum)
Topic - Smart Mobility Methodologies for Optimizing Transport Networks
With increases in communication technology and wider availability of diverse real-time data, the behaviour of travellers is fundamentally shifting as individuals are more open to shared mobility, journey adaptation, and trip-based pricing. Further, the tools available to regional planners are growing exponentially in terms of predictive capability as well as complexity.
The successful applicant will develop optimization-based mathematical theory and models for improving transport system congestion and reliability, as well as practical and efficient solution methods and tools. They will deliver research advances on system-wide transport descriptors, such as dynamic transport network equilibria and the mechanisms governing traveller behaviour, and develop methods to improve the operation of the transport network.
* Prof Travis Waller - School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
* Dr Lauren Gardner - School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
* Prof Gary Froyland - School of Mathematics and Statistics
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to attract the best and brightest people into strategic research areas and provide them with an enhanced culture of research excellence, mentoring, career development, leadership and community. The Scheme provides 4 years of funding for the candidate to complete a PhD at UNSW. The awards will be made across all Faculties in areas of identified research strengths and the scheme will ensure that candidates reflect the disciplinary, gender and cultural diversity of UNSW. In contrast to our other prestigious UNSW scholarship schemes, the UNSW Scientia scheme is targeted and applicants must apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team.
Distinctiveness - The key distinctive features of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme include:
1. Prestigious Scholarship Package - UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a scholarship package of $50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per annum for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities
2. Outstanding supervision combined with exceptional research environments - all successful candidates will be supervised by teams of UNSW's best researchers aligned with UNSW research strengths, who will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated capacity in excellence in research and high quality supervision, plus their commitment to developing and mentoring PhD scholars
3. Engagement - all successful candidates will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the learning and teaching excellence, social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the 2025 strategy
4. Career and Development - all successful candidates will be provided with career coaching and development throughout the 4 years of candidature, and encouraged to engage with knowledge exchange activities.
1. The scheme is open to domestic and international candidates
2. To be able to apply to the scheme, potential applicants must be nominated by a team of approved UNSW supervisors
3. Due to the structured program, only new PhD candidates qualifying for direct entry to the PhD will be eligible for entry into the scheme
4. The minimum requirement for admission to the Scheme is:
5. an appropriate four year degree of Bachelor with at least upper second class Honours, or
6. a completed Masters by Research including a substantial research component, or
7. qualifications at a level considered equivalent to either of the above
8. All nominees must be eligible for admission to the PhD program as described in the Admission to Higher Degree Research Programs Procedure
9. Successful candidates should be able to meet all of the selection criteria (listed below) at the highest level
10. All successful applicants must be located on a UNSW campus for a minimum of 2 years and this must include the first year of the program.
|University of New South Wales
11 Jul 2017
Two Postdoc positions in Algorithmic fundamentals of supply chain networks
Two post-doc positions in Combinatorial Optimization Group, Institute of Computer Science, University of Wroclaw.
One position is within the project “Algorithmic fundamentals of supply chain networks” led by Jarosław Byrka. It aims at developing algorithmic tools for typically NP-hard optimization problems in network design such as routing or clustering.
One position is within the project “Algorithmic online optimization for graph problems” led by Marcin Bienkowski. It aims at developing online algorithms for efficient dynamic placement and leasing of resources in networks.
Both post-doc positions are intended for 12 months starting from October 2017. The starting time and duration are flexible. It is possible to apply for both projects and indicate the preferred one.
Our group offers a stimulating working environment, see: http://ii.uni.wroc.pl/badania/zaklad/ZOK
Wroclaw is a modern city, pleasant to live in, with over 100 000 students. Wroclaw was a European Capital of Culture in 2016, see: http://www.wroclaw2016.pl/, and this year it will host The World Games, see: https://theworldgames2017.com/en/.
Applications should be submitted by July 11, 2017. We aim at selecting the candidates till the of July.
|University of Wroclaw
03 Jul 2017
PhD positions in Operational Research and Machine Learning
Positions in Machine Learning and Operational Research are available, within the PhD Programme in Computer Science (total of 10 positions available).
|University of Milan Bicocca
30 Jun 2017
PhD position in Operationals Research
The Operations Research group of the University of Antwerp (ANT/OR) is
looking for a PhD candidate in the areas of optimization and statistics.
This position is for 4 years as a full-time doctoral researcher, and it is
framed within a project financed by the Flemish Fund for Scientific
The topic of the project is related to the performance analysis of
(meta)heuristic optimization algorithms. The main objective is to develop a
new methodology for evaluating and fine-tuning the execution of these
algorithms. Such methodology will be based on well-founded statistical
principles, and will constitute the core of an open-source software
package. The ultimate goal is to help researchers/practitioners to develop
better optimization algorithms in shorter periods of time.
The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in computer science, mathematics,
statistic, civil/business engineering or other related field of study.
He/she has a strong background in operations research and statistics,
excellent programming and software development skills, and a good command
of the English language. Previous experience with (meta)heuristic
algorithms and statistical modeling/analysis is highly valued.
The successful candidate will receive a tax-free scholarship (of
approximately 1800 euros per month) for a 4-year period, subject to yearly
evaluation. He/she will enroll in the doctoral program of the Faculty of
Applied Economics (Department of Engineering Management) and is expected to
obtain a PhD degree by the end of the fourth year. There is a sizeable
budget available for attending international conferences, advanced
workshops and other courses. Although the focus of the position is mainly
on research, the candidate might be asked to take part in some teaching
The ANT/OR research group is a young and
dynamic team of about 13 researchers. It focuses on developing optimization
methods to solve decision-making problems in a wide variety of fields,
ranging from logistics and supply chain, transportation and production
planning, to humanitarian logistics and digital music. The group works in
close collaboration with several industrial partners, non-profit
organizations and other international research institutions. The University
of Antwerp is home to around 20000
students, of which 18% come from overseas. It has been ranked 13 in the top
150 young universities in the world (with less than 50 years of age).
Antwerp is the second largest
city in Belgium. It has one of the busiest ports in Europe and is one of
the biggest diamond trade centres in the world. This vibrant city is famous
for its history, fashion industry, delicious food (beer, chocolate, fries,
waffles, ...) and excellent quality of life.
Interested candidates are requested to provide a motivation letter and a
detailed CV. In order to apply for this position, please send these
documents (in PDF format) by email to Daniel Palhazi Cuervo (
email@example.com) no later than July 1st, 2017. The
expected starting date is October 1st or sooner, if possible.
For more information about this position, you are welcome to contact Daniel
Palhazi Cuervo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or prof. Kenneth
|University of Anverse
30 Jun 2017
Industrial PhD positions in Operational Research and Machine Learning
We invite applications for a fully funded PhD position in Operations Research and Machine Learning. The PhD should start no later than October 2017.
Title: demand models and schedule design for airlines
Operations Research has been successfully optimizing airline industry processes for more than sixty years. The topic of "schedule design" provides tools to decide which market to serve, with what frequency, and how to schedule flight legs to meet these frequencies. Mathematically, this requires to model demand and customer preferences, and then find the set of flight legs to operate that maximizes the predicted profit.
Two recent trends challenge the traditional approaches to schedule design. First, the air transportation industry moved from a monopolistic to a very competitive environment, which calls for a new generation of demand models. Second, the amount of data made available by information technologies opens new opportunities to better take into account the uncertainty of demand. These new stochastic models notably enable to evaluate and control risk when optimizing the flight legs schedule.
The objective of this PhD is to set up new approaches to schedule design that responds to these challenges.
* Research supervision and environment
Scientific supervisors: Frédéric Meunier and Axel Parmentier
This PhD takes place in the context of the Operations Research and Machine Learning chair between Air France and the Ecole des Ponts Paristech. The candidate will share its time between the Cermics, the applied mathematics center of the Ecole des Ponts Paristech, and the Operations Research department of Air France.
Ecole des Ponts Paristech is one of the top French universities, and Paris provides a startling research environment in mathematics and computer science.
* Candidate profile
Students are expected to carry out top-level research. They will develop efficient solution algorithms to difficult planning problems. They must have a master degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field. They should demonstrate good programming skills. Knowledge of mathematical programming is required, experience in stochastic optimization, machine learning, or game theory is an asset. Even though they may learn French during their stay, French knowledge is not mandatory.
* Application procedure
Interested candidates should send their application package electronically to Axel Parmentier (email@example.com). The application should contain the following documents:
- Cover letter explaining the motivation for the PhD, your research/career interests, as well as your preferred starting date
- Detailed curriculum vitae with list of publications (if any)
- Grade records of Bachelor and Master programs
- Reference letters or contact details of references (one of them should be the supervisor of the candidate's Master studies)
Applications are opened from now. The position is limited to three years. If you have further questions regarding this position, please contact Axel Parmentier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Position will remain available until filled.
|Air France and Paristech
30 Jun 2017
PhD position in Computer Science and Optimisation
Information Structures in Complex Queueing Systems
Strategic decisions in queueing systems are very common in everyday life. Rooms in hospitals, voting locations, security gates at international airports and amusements parks are many examples of systems for which strategic decisions are taken by each customer in order to join optimally those systems .
The analysis methods and techniques for studying such decision processes in complex queueing systems are mainly described in the book . An interesting new aspect of these problems is to study the impact of the information structure onto the strategic decisions and equilibrium of the customers. Information about the system like the actual queue length and/or processing rate is an important parameter for customers who face the decision whether to join or to choose a particular option/system. Moreover, customers are not all equal faced to the information proposed. Some of them can have easily access to the information and some not. Even, the system manager may aim to hide some information to customers. A recent paper  has shown that some simple policies like giving all the information or nothing are optimal in some particular cases.
The aim of this project is to extend those results for more complex structure of the system.
Backgrounds: The candidate should have good knowledge in Mathematics, stochastic models and optimization techniques. Some basic skills in programming and simulations are also welcomed.
Starting: September 1^st 2017.
Location: University of Avignon, LIA, France.
Supervisor: Professor Y. Hayel, CERI/LIA University of Avignon, France. email@example.com
 H. Rafael, R.-G. Ricky, Equilibrium in a two dimensional queueing game: When inspecting the queue is costly, Working paper.
 R. Hassin, M. Haviv, To queue or not to queue: Equilibrium behavior in queueing systems, Vol. 59, Springer Science & Business Media, 2003.
 E. Simhon, Y. Hayel, D. Starobinski, Q. Zhu, Optimal Information Disclosure Policies in Strategic Queueing Games, in Operation Research Letters, vol. 44, no. 1, 2016.
|University of Avignon
30 Jun 2017
PhD positions in Operational Research and Machine Learning
We invite applications for fully funded Ph.D. positions in Montreal in the
domain of Operations Research, as well as in the intersection between
Operations Research and Machine Learning. These positions aim at advancing
our collective capabilities to solve hard optimization problems and our
understanding of how external data sources and real-time data can be used
to improve the decision-making process. Earliest starting dates are
September 2017 and January 2018.
* Research Topics
Research topics may be aligned with the interests of the students. Several
pre-defined research projects are also available (some of them in
collaboration with industrial partners). Topics may generally include the
- Large-scale optimization for dynamic (combinatorial) planning problems
(e.g. Benders decomposition, Column Generation, Lagrangian Relaxation)
- Optimization under uncertainty (e.g. stochastic programming, robust
optimization, improvement of uncertainty sets and scenario generation
through external data)
- Improvement of (à priori and real-time) planning through integration of
external data sources via machine learning
- Development of Operations Research based algorithms to efficiently solve
machine learning problems
Research may be fundamental, applied, or a mix of both. Applications may
include domains such as Logistics and Transportation (e.g., vehicle sharing
systems, facility location, traffic management), Telecommunications and
Revenue Management (e.g., assortment planning).
* Research supervision and environment
The students will work under the supervision of Dr. Sanjay Dominik Jena,
professor at the Department of Management and Technology (
mantech.esg.uqam.ca) at the Management School of Université du Québec à
Montréal (École des Science de la Gestion, UQAM). Sanjay Dominik Jena is
also member of the worldwide renowed, Montreal-based research center
CIRRELT (www.cirrelt.ca) and the Canada Exellence Research Chair in Data
Science for Real-time Decision-making (www.cerc-datascience.polymtl.ca).
Students may be co-supervised by other members of these research centers
and will be registered either at the joint Ph.D. program in Management
(including ESG UQAM, HEC Montréal, McGill and Concordia) or at the
respective university of the other supervisor(s).
Montreal is a dynamic Metropolis, located in the province of Québec,
Canada. The city is bilingual (French/English) and known for its
international atmosphere. Montreal is known for its vibrate research
environment, hosting five major universities and several research centers
in the domains of Operations Research and Machine Learning. The successful
candidates will be working in one of the above-mentioned research centers.
* Candidate profile
Students are expected to carry out top-level research. They will develop
efficient solution algorithms to difficult planning problems such as those
in the above-listed domains. Candidates should have a Masters degree (or
equivalent) in Computer Science, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics,
or a related field. They should demonstrate good programming skills.
Experience in mathematical programming, machine learning, or data analysis
is an asset. Candidates should possess a good level of written and oral
English. Even though they may eventually learn French during their stay,
French knowledge is not obligatory.
* Application procedure
Interested candidates should send their application package electronically
to Sanjay Dominik Jena (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application should
contain the following documents:
- Cover letter explaining the motivation to perform a Ph.D. in one of the
domains mentioned above in Montreal, your research interests, as well as
your preferred starting date
- Detailed curriculum vitae with list of publications (if any)
- Grade records of Bachelor and Master programs
- Reference letters or contact details of references (one of them should be
the supervisor of the candidate's Master studies)
If you have further questions regarding these positions, possible research
topics, etc., please contact Sanjay Dominik Jena (email@example.com).
Positions will remain available until filled.
30 Jun 2017
PhD positions in Data Science, Industrial Engineering, Operational Research, Computer Science
The research group in Health Care Management of the School of Mines in Saint-Etienne is seeking a PhD candidate in Data Science and/or Industrial Engineering and/or Operational Research and/or Computer Science
Subject Title : Medical decision analytics using health data: application to the lung cancer case study
Supervisors: Vincent Augusto, Xiaolan Xie and Raksmey Phan
Structure: Mines Saint-Etienne, UMR CNRS 6158 LIMOS
Location: 158 cours Fauriel 42023 Saint-Etienne cedex 2 France
Starting date: October 1 st 2017
Data analytics consists in developing optimization and/or machine learning based algorithms that learn
to recognize complex patterns within valuable and massive data. Challenges related to that topic are
numerous, and many scientific fields are involved: computer science, data science, operational
research, process and data mining.
When applied to health-care, the objectives are often summarized as improving quality and timeliness
of care, maximizing financial performance, and decreasing practice variability across organizations. It
relies on the following tasks: (i) identify critical features that impact outcomes (allocation of limited
resources/time for greater effect); (ii) seek greater use of treatment evidence to advance the quality
and effectiveness of care delivery; (iii) rapid learning and best practice dissemination. Process mining
is also a closely connected field of research (van der Aalst 2004).
The main objective of this thesis consists in developing innovative optimization and machine learning
techniques to aid medical decision using available health databases such as PMSI (Programme de
Médicalisation des Systèmes d'Information, national database of hospital stays in France), SNIIRAM
(Système national d'information inter-régimes de l'Assurance maladie, national database of the health
insurance) and local databases of the CLB (Centre Léon Bérard, hospital specialized in cancer treatment
in Lyon, France). In a previous work (Prodel 2017), the application of classification methods such as
decision trees or random forest have proven very effective to predict the clinical pathway of patients
using a set of medical features. The same approach can be applied to the prediction of medical acts
within a hospital stay, for example: “Depending on his/her medical history, can an obese patient having
a severe heart condition have a heart surgery to implant a defibrillator?” or “Depending on the stage
of the lung cancer, what is the treatment among chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery that
optimize the survival rate of the patient?” This problem is partly related to the tuning of parameters
used to build decision trees (Camilleri et al. 2014; Coroiu 2016).
Particle swarm optimization techniques for feature selection, coupled with an optimization-based
discriminant analysis model (DAMIP) is an emergent and promising field of research when applied to
identify a classification rule with relatively small subsets of discriminatory factors that can be used to
predict resource needs, outcome for treatment... For example, (Lee et al. 2012) proposed a clinical
decision tool for predicting patient care characteristics and demonstrated that optimization achieve
better result than classical machine learning techniques. Such approach was also used for modeling
and optimizing clinic workflow (Lee et al. 2016).The scientific challenge of this thesis is twofold:
- Propose a theoretical research to develop new algorithms combining optimization and
classification methods applied to medical decision making, taking into account the special
features of the diagnosis related groups in France and in Europe. To do so, we will capitalize
on the short advance the I4S laboratory have on (i) research in the application of optimization
to predict patient clinical pathways by combining data/process mining, operational research
and machine learning and (ii) knowledge of health-care databases in France and in UK (through
the emerging collaboration with NHS and Westminster University, London, UK).
- Develop a comprehensive testbed experiment to assess the proposed algorithms on a lung
cancer case study. Several level of discovery will be used: hospital databases (PMSI), health
insurance databases (PMSI+SNIIRAM) and finally hospital databases (PMSI+SNIIRAM+Centre
Léon Bérard database) to understand the amount of required data needed to aid the medical
decision. To the best of our knowledge such case study has never been investigated in the
National databases such as PMSI and SNIIRAM are already available for such study, and a collaboration
with the Centre Léon Bérard (Lyon, France) is already live to access more detailed data, with the
support of the I-Care cluster (Lyon, France) for dissemination of ongoing research on big data and
The candidate should have strong background in data science (machine learning, process mining, data
mining, artificial intelligence), industrial engineering (formal modelling, flow simulation, performance
evaluation), operational research (mathematic modelling, optimization) and computer science (coding
C/C++/Python, Java, knowledge on mathematical libraries, statistics, optimization).
Send a CV, motivation letter, marks of the 3 previous years (including current one) to firstname.lastname@example.org
in order to schedule an interview.
(Camilleri et al. 2014) M. Camilleri, F. Neri, and M. Papoutsidakis. “An algorithmic approach to parameter selection in machine learning using meta-optimization techniques”. WSEAS Transactions on Systems, 13:202–213, 2014.
(Coroiu 2016) A. M. Coroiu. “Tuning model parameters through a genetic algorithm approach.” In IEEE
12 th International Conference on Intelligent Computer Communication and Processing (ICCP), pages
135–140, Sept 2016.
(Lee et al. 2012) Lee EK, F Yuan, DA Hirsh, MD Mallory and HK Simon. “A clinical decision tool for
predicting patient care characteristics: patients returning within 72 hours in the emergency department”, AMIA Annu Symp Proc., 495-504, 2012
(Lee et al. 2016) Lee EK et al. “Systems Analytics: Modeling and Optimizing Clinic Workflow and Patient
Care”, In Healthcare Analytics: From Data to Knowledge to Healthcare Improvement, chapter 9, 2016
(Prodel 2017) M. Prodel. “Process discovery and simulation of clinical pathways using health-care
databases”. PhD Thesis, 2017.
(van der Aalst 2004) Wil M van der Aalst. “Workflow mining: Discovering process models from event
logs”. Computers in industry, 16:1128–1142, 2004.
|Ecole de Mines de Saint-Etienne
30 Jun 2017
PhD Positions at OrangeLab
We are offering a 3-years PhD thesis in Operations Research on "Optimal
planning of wireless networks". This student will work 80% of the time at
Orange labs, Paris, and 20% of the time at the Laboratoire d'Informatique
d'Avignon. The net salary is rough 2000€ per month.
We are looking for an outstanding student with good programming skills, a
good level of Operations Research, and some interest in networks (knowledge
in robust optimization or stochastic programming is a plus). The interested
students must send their CV (including marks, ranking, and recommendation
letters) to email@example.com. Knowledge of French is not
necessary but would ease the integration of the student at Orange labs.
The thesis will be co-advised by Matthieu Chardy, Rosa Figueiredo, Adam
Ouorou, and Michael Poss. More information on the topic of the thesis can
be found here https://orange.jobs/jobs/offer.do?joid=61998&lang=FR
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before applying on the
|OrangeLab and University of Avignone
30 Jun 2017
Master Programme in OR and Combinatorial Optimisation
The Master Program in Operations Research, Combinatorics and Optimization is one of the possible specializations for the second year of the Master of Science in Computer Science (semesters 3 and 4). The courses are taught in English.
•Study of advanced and efficient methods and tools of Operations Research, Combinatorics and Optimization (Mathematical programming, Graph theory, Complexity theory, Stochastic programming, heuristics, approximation algorithms, Robust optimization...)
•Emphasis is on the use of these methods to implement efficient solution techniques to complex industrial applications (in supply chain management, scheduling, transport …)
•Preparation for research positions (in industry and academia)
At the end of the program, the students should be able to pursue a career in research (academic or industrial PhD), or to join major research and development departments or consulting companies in optimization. They might also build upon their ability to analyze operational problems methodologically to join less specialized companies and act as key actors in performance management: either by interfacing with consulting firms or by developing in-house solutions. In the long run, students who are moving towards industrial careers, strengthened by their experience in improving business performances and by the development of business-specific knowledge, should naturally reach decision-making positions with a high level of responsibility
30 Jun 2017
PhD position in healthcare optimisation
A fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarship, funded by the University of Strathclyde Strategic Technology Partnership with Capita, is available with a start date of October 2017. The project, entitled "A Mixed-Methods Approach for Clinical Triage to Improve the Patient’s Journey and System Performance", will be under the supervision of Prof. Alec Morton and Dr. Kerem Akartunali. All applications need to be submitted by 30 June 2017.
The scholarship will cover a fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend of £14,510. International students may also apply, however, they will need to demonstrate further funding to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees (approximately £10k per year). In exceptional cases, further funding may be also secured for excellent international students, however, this is not guaranteed.
The PhD project requires a numerate graduate with interests in healthcare. Candidates should have at least a strong Honours degree or equivalent (a strong 2:1 Honours degree, or a B.Sc. degree with 3.3 GPA in a 4.0 system), or preferably a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline such as management science, industrial engineering, operations research, mathematics or computer science (amongst others). Experience/knowledge in relevant MS/OR techniques is not essential but desirable. Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country).
Project details are provided below. For queries regarding the project, please contact Prof. Alec Morton and Dr. Kerem Akartunali.
Clinical triage has been an increasingly popular area of research in the operations management, analytics and operational research (OR) communities due to its significant impact on the downstream health system. A patient’s journey starts in the system with triage, and patient data including basic demographics, presenting complaint and physiology (heart rate and blood pressure) influence ongoing management and resource utilization. Decions made at triage have significant impact on the hospital system, since the triage category directly influences the location in which patients are seen, and therefore, a system under stress fails to achieve KPIs, resulting in a degradation in patient care.
Optimising patient flow within the Emergency Department (ED) requires an integrated approach to patient management that extends beyond the ED back to the community following treatment within the hospital. Triage is the landfall moment in a patient’s journey, where their condition requires the resource intensive (and costly) management within a hospital rather than community based services.
In this project, the main objective is to better understand patient flows and build a decision support tool that integrates various OR tools in the most effective way in order “to better understand how a patient’s journey can be determined and influenced by enhanced processes at triage.” How data generated at triage can be linked to the patient’s record to create sophisticated predictive modelling of the patient’s journey and resource requirement during the episode of care within the hospital and broader healthcare system. The project will involve a continuous collaboration with external clients Capita and local NHS hospitals for the purposes of data collection and implementation/experimentation. We consider in particular three OR toolboxes in order to design and implement such a mixed-methods framework:
1) Simulation will enable us to build models that will be able to evaluate what-if scenarios when the system involves various uncertainties.
2) Optimization will enable us to build models that can make the most out of the system while taking into account its limitations and constraints.
3) Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis will enable us to encounter the often contradictory preferences of various stakeholders of the system.
These toolboxes will be integrated to each other in the final framework in order to minimize their own limitations.
|Strathclyde Business School