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Two-year post-doctoral position (from 1 October 2019 to 1 October 2021) in Information Systems

Department: Technology and operations management, section Business Information Management (BIM). Position: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University …

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Burgemeester Oudlaan, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
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Technology and operations management, section Business Information Management (BIM).


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral position (from 1 October 2019 to 1 October 2021) in Information Systems. The position is in RSM’s department of technology and operations management, section Business Information Management (BIM).

Project description:

The project is called the Flexibility for Smart Urban Energy Systems (FlexSUS), which is a European project involving several universities and municipalities in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

FlexSUS gears municipalities towards reaching their sustainability goals and EU's desire for Positive Energy Districts in developing a decision support platform that represents the local energy systems within the cities’ urban infrastructures. The proposed platform integrates regulatory challenges (existing and anticipated ones) into energy planning that is localised at city level and within districts of each partner city. The cities define the sustainability targets and guide the development of the tool to the needs of the administration and their citizens. Sustainability targets are not restricted only to CO2 reduction but also cover an array of socio-economic, behavioural and cultural elements that make modern cities so challenging for energy planning applications. To address these challenges, the platform is open source and open access, designed to facilitate actions for systems integration and support the uptake of RES including city planners at every step of the process.

RSM’s role in FlexSUS is essential and includes modelling the operation of energy sectors, their interactions, and devising promising solution scenarios for certain efficiency and sustainability objectives. Apart from its practical implications for municipalities, FlexSUS contributes theoretically to examine the importance of energy sector coupling in the entire spectrum of flexibility. Having large real-world datasets, a highly skilled team with diverse range of expertise, industry and academic partners with hands on practical knowledge, FlexSUS can greatly explore the importance of energy sector coupling.


Requirements and qualifications:

We are looking for candidates with:

  • a PhD in economics, operation management, computer science, electrical/computer/mechanical/industrial engineering, management science, physics/mathematics, information systems, or related fields

  • experience with mathematical modelling, simulation, and energy systems

  • a strong commitment to high-quality research

  • evidence of the ability to conduct impactful work and to publish in top journals.


Employment conditions

The gross full-time monthly salary of the postdoctoral position will be in accordance with the salary scales for postdoctoral researchers at Dutch universities, scale 11.

The postdoctoral researcher’s appointment will be originally for the period of one year, with the possibility for extension. The appointment preferably commences on 1 October , 2019. EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, and a generous number of vacation days.

Additional information

Contact details:

To apply for this position, please send your CV to y.ghiassi@rsm.nl with subject title ‘Postdoctoral position’. For questions about the position, please contact Dr Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal via y.ghiassi@rsm.nl.


Review of applications begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled, but not later than 1 October 2019. We will interview shortlisted candidates in person or via Skype.

About the School

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China. www.rsm.nl

The position is in the department of technology and operations management. Within this department, we have a strong tradition in conducting research that is inspired by business challenges and is often carried out in close cooperation with companies. The BIM section of the department of technology and operations Management at RSM offers a high-profile MSc in Business Information Management, one of the world’s best-ranked master programmes in business information management. The BIM section has a young, and highly international faculty.

FlexSUS is among the list of projects of two important research centers at RSM:

· Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB), which consists of academic specialists on energy systems as well as an advisory board consisting of major players in energy industry.

· Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), which is a centre for cross-disciplinary research on data analytics.


Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and has Europe’s biggest port. It is vibrantly international, accommodating some 600,000 people (1.2 million in the greater metropolitan area) from 160 different countries. Its landscape is modern, with high-rising towers and creative architecture. In addition to being an important business and logistics hub, the city also has an extensive cultural, restaurant, and entertainment scene. Rotterdam is the gateway to Europe, as Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, and many other great destinations can all be reached in a few hours. The capital city of Amsterdam is less than an hour away by train or car.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.