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PhD student on "Models for adaptable ship design for uncertain transition paths"

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Stochastics research group for a talented PhD student on the subject of Models and methods for …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
€ 2407 - € 2407 per maand


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Stochastics research group for a talented PhD student on the subject of Models and methods for robust adaptable ship design for uncertain transition paths.

Job description
Recently, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to reduce CO2 emissions of shipping by 40% in 2030 and even further by 2050. This raises tremendous challenges related to the energy transition and the transition towards autonomous ships. Ships currently designed will still be around after the transitions, requiring multiple modifications in the ship and system layout to stay relevant.

The overall goal of this project is to develop new quantitative models and solution algorithms that advance the ship design process by reducing the impact and costs of uncertain future modifications in the control of systems, the ship topology, and in particular, the routing of cables, ducts and pipes. In this context, specific challenges include (1) the limited amount of space for cables, ducts and pipes, and (2) the assembly order. To this end, we aim to extend current routing methods by including relevant aspects such as space-limitations, removability, replaceability, accessibility and uncertainty. We will also develop a new assessment approach for the assembly order.

The methods-to-be-developed will allow reservations to be made for future implementations under uncertainty and without sacrificing available space unnecessarily. The developed methods will empower the maritime sector to seamlessly transition from ships nowadays to autonomous ships with zero emissions. The analyses will be done both theoretically, as well as practically in case studies.

We offer a full-time 4-years PhD position. The student will become a member of the Stochastics group at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), and get his/her PhD degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The student will be part of a research team and will be working closely together with researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and with other PhD candidates at the TU Delft.


Candidates are required to have a Master's degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline, and have knowledge of stochastic models and optimization techniques. The candidate should also have strong implementation skills. Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Diversity code
CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 30 months. The gross monthly salary, for a PhD student on a full time basis, is € 2,407 during the first year and increases to €3,085 over the four year period. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment: https://www.cwi.nl/jobs/terms-of-employment

Additional information

Include in your application a motivation letter, a CV, with the email addresses of two references, a grade transcript and a copy of your Master's thesis and preferably a list of publications. The deadline for the position is November 15, 2020.

For residents outside the EER-area, a Toefl English language test might be required. The selected candidates will be subjected to a screening process.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. Rob van der Mei, email mei@cwi.nl. For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI.