PhD student Optimization in transport and logistics

Posted 10 Monaten ago

About the function

As selected candidate, you will be guided in performing your research with the aim of obtaining a PhD. Your research topic is situated in the context of designing and applying operations research techniques for the optimization or simulation of decision-making problems in the context of transport and logistics. Potential research topics include warehouse optimization, urban logistics, humanitarian logistics, healthcare logistics, innovative mobility systems and vehicle routing. You will define your specific research topic in consultation with your supervisor. You communicate your results by publishing in international journals, by presenting at international conferences and seminars and through international research stays. You will be part of a dynamic research group with national and international contacts, and you will continuously have the opportunity to further professionalize, for example through the courses offered by the Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities. Finally, you may contribute to the teaching activities of the discipline group Quantitative Methods (e.g., preparing and correcting exams, teaching practice sessions, supporting master theses and business projects).

About us

The research group Logistics focuses on analyzing and optimizing problems of practical relevance concerning supply chain management, distribution logistics and transportation. For this, the group actively cooperates with national and international companies and organizations. Aspects related to both efficiency and sustainability (e.g., worker well-being) are considered. Methodologically, both quantitative methods (e.g., mathematical programming, computer simulation, (meta)heuristics) and qualitative approaches (e.g., interviews) are applied.


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
  • You have obtained an academic Master with quantitative focus, such as Master in Business Engineering, Master in Business and Information Systems Engineering, Master in Engineering, Master in Industrial Engineering, Master in Computer Science
    Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.
  • You dispose of outstanding problem solving capacity.
  • A background in business economics, and more specifically in transport or logistics, is an asset.
  • You work independently, you are result oriented and you dispose of excellent organisational skills.
  • You have a critical attitude as a researcher.
  • You dispose of very good communicative skills.
  • You are cooperative and can work well in teams.
  • You have a good knowledge of English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset.

Additional Information


You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Doctoral grant for four years (on the condition of a positive evaluation after 2 years).

Selection process

The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.

Additional comments

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