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Postdoc position on real-world combinatorial optimisation

Scaling scheduling and optimisation algorithms in the face of the complexity of real problems -- does your work influence both theory and practice?

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur


The Algorithmics group at TU Delft has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in scheduling and combinatorial optimisation. This is a one-year position as part of an industrially-funded project, with possibility of extension.

The successful candidate will work closely with faculty members at TU Delft and our industrial partners to define, model and solve challenging, realistic scheduling problems, for which application of existing techniques is unlikely to scale. Working with Dr Emir Demirović and Dr Neil Yorke-Smith, the candidate will develop novel algorithmic concepts and demonstrate their value on real problems.


The candidate is expected to conduct international-level research and publish in top Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Operations Research or Industrial Engineering venues. A track record of prior publication in these venues is expected, together with a background in constraint programming, integer programming, meta-heuristics or other combinatorial optimisation techniques. Experience in implementing algorithmic advances in prototype systems is desired.

The ability to communicate and work with a range of stakeholders is important. Full professional working fluency in English is required. Knowledge of German is an advantage.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. (Salary indication € 3.548 - € 4.474 per month gross) The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For informal enquiries and more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Emir Demirović <E.Demirovic@tudelft.nl> or dr. Neil Yorke-Smith <n.yorke-smith@tudelft.nl>. Please do not send applications by email, but follow the application procedure.