FULL-TIME PHD OR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN THE FIELD OF PROJECT SCHEDULING: “OPTIMIZATION AND ANALYTICS FOR STOCHASTIC AND ROBUST PROJECT SCHEDULING”.

08 April 2021

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For more information please contact:
Prof. dr. Erik Demeulemeester, tel.: +32 16 32 69 72, mail: erik.demeulemeester@kuleuven.be
Prof.dr. Jannik Matuschke, tel.: +32 16 19 42 26, mail: jannik.matuschke@kuleuven.be.
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The position is associated with the FWO research project Optimization and Analytics for Stochastic and Robust Project Scheduling, which involves the design, theoretical analysis, and practical implementation of optimization methods for project scheduling and similar large-scale planning problems under uncertainty.

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Project

Project scheduling and other large-scale planning problems often involve high degrees of uncertainty. Important attributes of individual activities such as processing times, resource requirements and costs can often only be estimated stochastically and their actual values at the time of execution may deviate significantly from these estimates. The aim of this research project is to advance the methodology for anticipating and counteracting such uncertainties. In particular, we plan to develop efficient computational methods for aiding decision makers by solving the following tasks: (i) evaluating the performance of a policy for a given project by using a mix of simulation and optimization algorithms; (ii) identifying weaknesses of a proposed schedule and critical activities of a project whose delay has crucial influence on the overall success; (iii) analyzing the dependence of the final cost and completion time on external parameters.

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We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, operations research, or a related field. Knowledge in combinatorial optimization (network and scheduling algorithms, mathematical programming, …) and programming skills are an asset.

Offer

KU Leuven is the largest university of Belgium and ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. Leuven is a beautiful and liveable city with a large and international student population in the heart of Europe, only a 20min train-ride from Brussels. Our faculty is located in the historic city center, just a 5min walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Groot Begijnhof”.

We offer an employment as full-time doctoral scholar for initially 1 year, renewable for up to 4 years after positive evaluation, or as full-time postdoctoral researcher for up to 3 years. Salary is competitive and funds for conference travels, participation in summer schools, and other activities are available.