3 dagen geleden - Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam - Rotterdam
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We are looking for a PhD student for the project Operations Research and Logistics in Digital Cities.The position is linked to a large initiative by VSNU, the …
We are looking for a PhD student for the project Operations Research and Logistics in Digital Cities.
The position is linked to a large initiative by VSNU, the Dutch association of universities, on the development towards a Digital Society (https://www.thedigitalsociety.info/). The background of this initiative is that digital information technology is becoming ever more deeply and rapidly entrenched in our society. This comes with new challenges and opportunities to cities and its citizens.
Within the Digital Society, one of the research themes deals with Digital Cities & Communities. Digital technologies can help to create infrastructures that efficiently and flexibly manage urbanization, population growth, mobility, effects of climate change and transition to greater sustainability. Digital technologies deliver massive amounts of data from which a wide variety of stakeholders can optimize their services and collaborations. The resulting 'smart cities' will provide their citizens safety and livability, and interact optimally with surrounding rural communities, requiring the collaboration of governmental, corporate, and civic actors who will have both common and opposing interests. The overall question for this program line is: which forms of multi-stakeholder collaborations and data science can be developed and engaged for the public challenges that smart cities and communities face?
From an operations research and logistics perspective, the development towards digital cities leads to many challenges related to the flows of goods in metropolitan areas, e.g. related to the regular distribution to the retail industry as well as the foodservice industry, the growing pressure of parcel delivery services, or the increasing focus on waste collection in the circular economy. Research could then also focus on how to combine physical and online retail to make shopping more convenient while keeping metropolitan areas lively, how to efficiently design distribution networks in metropolitan areas to reduce congestion and environmental impacts, or how to provide support to the transition to a circular economy by developing methods for design and operation of logistics services for waste streams that can be recycled or reused. During the project specific research questions will be formulated depending a.o. on the interest of the PhD candidate and other stakeholders.
The research focusses on developing and using (Operations Research/mathematical) models and methods that are built on increasingly available data. The outcome of the project facilitate data-driven decision support to relevant stakeholders in metropolitan areas (from citizens, private companies to governmental institutions).
For this position, a candidate has an MSc in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Data Science, or a similar degree program. The candidate has excellent research skills and proven analytical abilities. Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English (both oral and written) are prerequisites.