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Postdoc in (Multimodal) Transportation

Postdoc in (Multimodal) Transportation
Startdate: As soon as possible, Duration 30 months

10 maanden geleden


de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Departmental setting

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE &IS) engages in research and teaching in the areas of industrial engineering, management science, and innovation science. The mission of the department is closely tied to its pioneering work in developing an engineering perspective on business processes, as well as its interdisciplinary research on transitions in societies in relation to technical changes. At the heart of its academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching. The department offers an academic environment in which scholars and students work on critical problems at the interface of engineering, management and innovation. The department has two schools: Industrial Engineering (IE) and Innovation Sciences (IS). The school of Industrial Engineering focuses on the design, behavior and performance of operational and innovation processes in industrial and service organizations. It covers the complete business chain of product design, process design, production, purchasing, outsourcing, distribution and marketing & sales.

The School of Industrial Engineering currently includes the following research groups:

  • Operations Planning, Accounting & Control;
  • Human Performance Management;
  • Information Systems;
  • Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing.

  • The open position part of the Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group.

    Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group

    OPAC currently consists of 5 full professors, 4 associate professors, 13 assistant professors, 7 postdoctoral fellows, and 24 PhD students. OPAC is recruiting two postdocs. The faculty teaches and conducts research in the area of operations planning and control in manufacturing, supply chains, transport, and maintenance. Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research.

    The OPAC group is responsible within the university for all teaching in the areas of operations management, transportation, reliability, and accounting and finance, both at undergraduate and graduate level.

    Description of the position

    The postdoc position will be part of the Smart Track 4 Waterways (ST4W) project. The postdoc is expected to do research within the ST4W project and work on the different workpackages allocated to the OPAC group of TU/e. The main focus is on the development of decision support (IT) tools within this project.


    ST4W proposes to facilitate the modal shift from road transport to waterway for shippers in NWE with a particular focus on SMEs posting palletised freight, characterized by small volumes. Loaded in barges or bundled in containers, this freight has to be consolidated in order to use waterway. Such a cargo consolidation requires logistic engineering for a precise synchronization between actors. In fact, in order to improve their coordination, the different partners (vessel, port, lock, container terminal, client...) need to exchange 3 different kinds of information: trade documents (order, bill of lading, customs transit declaration, invoice...), operation and resources planning data (transport schedules ...) and traceability data (vessel position, container last known position, proof of delivery of a pallet ...). Different tools using Electronic Data Interchange standards are becoming more used.

    Hence, ST4W aims to develop a frame of innovative ICT tools enabling the synchronisation of data exchange between partners, and being easily accessible for SME inland port operators:

    - An open-source cloud-oriented management system for shipment by inland waterway (avoiding data re-encoding), compliant with River Information Services (vessels management system), based on software-as-a-service model (enabling easy and cheap access to secure data),

    - Fed with data from hierarchical traceability of shipment, based on EPC-Network worldwide standards thanks to Ecologistics existing infrastructure, enabling actors to share standardized tracking data at different levels (e. g.: vessel - container - pallet), and including geo-localization information.


    The selected postdoc performs active research within the ST4W project, collaborates with current faculty, and publishes on the research in academic journals.


    Each postdoc will spend 30% of his/her time to teaching, which includes the supervision of MSc and BSc thesis projects.


  • PhD in Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Econometrics, Operations Research, Data Science, Computer Science or a comparable domain.
  • Demonstrable ability to conduct academic research of high quality on relevant problems, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publications.
  • Demonstrable ability to teach, shown for instance by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is not a Dutch language requirement.
  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    We offer:
  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • an appointment for a period of 30 months;
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.111 and € 4.048, based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge;
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).
  • Additionele informatie


    More information about the OPAC group can be found at opac.ieis.tue.nl. More information about these positions should be addressed to: dr. Luuk Veelenturf, phone +31 40 2472069, e-mail: l.p.veelenturf@tue.nl .

    Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Mr. drs. Kees Deneer, personnel officer (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.


    Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (2 page max.), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list and teaching evaluations (if any);
  • Copies of relevant (working) papers
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).

  • Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

    If you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled. We ask candidates to apply by December 31 at the latest.

    To apply please use the 'apply now' button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.