One or More Postdocs in Optimization and Algorithm Design, Denmark

Posted 5 months ago

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production one or more Postdoc positions in the area of Optimization and Algorithm Design are open for appointment from October 1 2022 or soon thereafter. The positions are available for a period of 3 years.  Department of Materials and Production (MP) has a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department’s mission is to meet the future’s demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials’ applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Of them, exoskeleton is one of the strategic research areas that benefit the industry and society through interdisciplinary co-operations and the state-of-the-art technologies.  Thereby, as an employee at the Department you will become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.


The position is within the Operations Research (OR) group at Aalborg University and the research is in a highly synergic cooperation with leading Danish and European companies and international academic partners. The OR group focuses on solving complex problems, which require high-level modelling, data analysis and management capabilities as well as developing solution algorithms applying mathematical and computational approaches. The group have a particular interest in autonomous cyber-physical systems and decisions related to these systems. The application area of the work covers a wide range of autonomous systems spanning AGV, UAVs, USVs, satellites, and many others.

We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Computer Science, Operations Research, and Mathematics. Backgrounds in machine learning or computational optimization will be an advantage. The candidate is expected to contribute to ongoing research projects as well as participate in activities supporting future research projects and initiatives.

As a successful applicant you will participate in research projects with world-leading industry partners in the area of manufacturing, transportation and defense. You will also contribute to education, academic and collaborative research activities in the group and with external partners. The successful application will have demonstrated research experience in mathematical modeling of optimization and decision-making problems and developing optimization algorithms. Besides this, good programming skills in, e.g., Java, C, C++ and Python are a strong benefit.

The candidate should be able to highlight research activities in the form of ISI’s Web of Science publications and the preferred candidate will also be able to demonstrate application of research in practice. Appropriate candidates should have a master’s and PhD degree in Computer Science, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a related field. Experience with software or algorithm implementation in cloud environments will be considered an advantage.

The applicant with very strong English skills will be preferred. Some minor teaching activities within the Global Business Engineering and Operations and Supply Chain Management engineering programs, as well as in other study programs at the university, can be expected. The positions primarily target to support ongoing and incoming research projects with external partners.

Interested applicants may obtain further professional information from Professor MSO Izabela Nielsen at

Qualification requirements:

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.
Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Mathilde Vestergaard Nielsen by mail Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.




Wed Aug 31 00:00:00 CEST 2022

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