Postdoc in Optimization and Industrial Engineering Aalborg University Denmark

Postdoc in Optimization and Industrial Engineering

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production a position as postdoc in Optimization and Industrial Engineering is open for appointment from 1 June, 2018 or soon thereafter, and for two years. Department of Materials and Production (MP) is a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department's mission is to meet future demands for production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, mechanical constructions, industrial production and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups, which cover everything from basic science to strategic and applied research. 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.

Job description

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 academic partners. The group focuses on the practical applications of operations research as well as on strengthening the field’s theoretical basis through method development and testing. The OR group focuses on analyzing, modeling and solving large-scale decision problems primarily in the domains of manufacturing, transportation and defense.

The successful applicant will participate in education, academic and collaborative research activities in the group and with external partners. The aim is to develop optimization and decision-aiding algorithms and tools in the framework of projects related to autonomous physical systems using e.g. automated guided vehicles (AGVs), mobile robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work within autonomous systems is linked to innovative use of communication technology such as IoT and has a focus on real-time decision-making. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated research experience in production scheduling and/or routing, in particular in a stochastic, robust or dynamic context. The candidate will be expected to contribute to ongoing research projects as well as participate in activities supporting future research project (extensions of current and new projects) and initiatives.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate research height in form of 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 Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or related fields and have strong mathematical and programming skills.

Teaching activities primarily within the Global Business Engineering and Operations and Supply Chain Management engineering programs can be expected.

Interested applicants may obtain further professional information from group coordinator Associate Prof. Peter Nielsen, +459940 8932 or e-mail:

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.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail
or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

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.   

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