Monday, 23 August 2010

Denmark:Postdoc in Practical Applications of the Set Partitioning Model

The Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as postdoc within the field of Practical Applications of the Set Partitioning Model. The period of employment is 6 months with start 1 November 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is attached to the section of Operations Research (OR). The section aims at becoming one of the leading OR-groups in Scandinavia by bringing together various OR-groups from the Copenhagen area. The Department has around 230 people employed, of which 25 are in the OR-group.

Description of the project
One of the best approaches for solving many scheduling problems is via a formulation known as the set partitioning model. The model has characteristics that can be utilized in the solution process and has successfully been applied in practical optimization in scheduling, rostering and production planning. In Manpower planning efficient applications based on the set partitioning model are well-known in many different branches like e.g. nurse rostering, aircrew rostering, home care staffing and in tactical as well as operational settings.

This project aims at continuing and advancing the work within nurse rostering, ground staff planning and related fields already taking place in the section. It is based on the use of the set partitioning model to develop powerful optimization-based heuristics for practical applications.

In collaboration with the research of the group, the postdoc will look at advancing the methods and especially focus on the impact of integrating robustness in the models and methods.

One of the responsibilities attached to this project is to teach the OR-part of the course Introduction to Planning In addition, the applicant should also be able to assist in the teaching of the course Networks and Integer Programming.

Qualifications requirements
Candidates should have a Master's degree in computer science, engineering or a similar degree and academic qualifications equivalent to the PhD level.

  • The successful candidate should possess an advanced degree in operations research.
  • The successful candidate should have experience in developing algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems
  • Good programming skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Fluent in English, spoken as well as written

We offer
We believe that we offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment with a good team spirit and good possibilities for professional and personal growth. We are a family-friendly organisation with flexible working hours.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • experience in teaching
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation
Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The desired start date is 1 November 2010.

Application procedure
We must have your online application no later than 6 September 2010. Please open the link "apply for this job online" and fill in the application form and attach your application (in English), CV and a list of publications. Teaching materials and research publications to be considered in the assessment must be attached as well.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jesper Larsen, phone +45 4525 3385.

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