Tenure Track Assistant Professors Optimisation & Operations Research Engineering University of Groningen Netherlands

Tenure Track Assistant Professors Optimisation & Operations Research Engineering (2.0 FTE)

Vacancy number 218018-19

 

Organisation

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and the top 100 universities in the world (see our ranking: http://www.rug.nl/(...)do-we-stand/rankings, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Job description

Tenure Track position in optimization of engineering systems
Vacancy number 218018
The successful candidate is expected to develop research in areas optimization for engineering systems. The theoretical side of the optimization might involve convex optimization, game theory, cone programming, stochastic optimization or non-smooth optimization while the application domains include, but are not limited to, managing traffic and logistic systems, vehicle routing and task assignment, supply chain management, optimizing energy systems, decision-support for manufacturing systems, and automation of robotic systems. Other areas, e.g. learning and data mining, financial engineering and intelligent systems, might be considered as well in cases of exceptional applicants. It is particularly encouraged that the applicant’s research areas have clear and close connection with various engineering data or processes in the context of smart cities, modern transportation, flow networks, energy systems, communication and computer networks, cyber-physical networks and manufacturing & service. The candidate will be embedded in the SMS-Cyberphysical System group in which research in cyber-physical systems, dynamical networks, nonlinear systems, hybrid and switched control is conducted, with applications ranging from smart grids, to data centres, water and heat networks, as well as adaptive optics.

Contact information: Prof. M. Cao, m.cao@rug.nl

Tenure Track position in operational research of engineering systems
Vacancy number 218019
The successful candidate is expected to develop research in areas operational research for engineering systems. The possible sub-research areas include, but are not limited to, managing traffic and logistic systems, vehicle routing and task assignment, supply chain management, optimizing energy systems, decision-support for manufacturing systems, and automation of robotic systems. Other areas, e.g. game theory, learning and data mining, financial engineering and forecasting for stochastic processes, might be considered as well in cases of exceptional applicants. It is particularly encouraged that the applicant’s research areas have clear and close connection with various engineering data or processes in the context of smart cities, modern transportation, flow networks, energy systems, communication and computer networks, cyber-physical networks and manufacturing & service. The candidate will be embedded in the DTPA (Discrete Technology and Production Automation) group in which research in energy networks, robotic systems, mechatronic systems, and nonlinear control is conducted, with applications ranging from power networks, to traffic systems, smart manufacturing, as well as logistic systems.

Contact information: Prof. M. Cao, m.cao@rug.nl

For more information about the research groups and institute: http://www.rug.nl/research/sms 
http://www.rug.nl/research/dtpa 
http://www.rug.nl/research/enteg

Qualifications

Candidates have the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree in relevant areas such as optimization, operations research, industrial engineering, management science, systems and control, and decision science
  • by the time the candidate is hired for the position, preferably two or more years of experience in a post-doctoral capacity abroad
  • at least two years of experience at another educational institution than the University of Groningen
  • excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and renowned conferences, and a relevant international network
  • research, teaching and organizational experience appropriate to career stage
  • a working knowledge of the English language and willingness to learn Dutch within a time frame of two years
  • evidence of experience in proposal writing for or successful acquisition of external funding appropriate to the career stage.

Candidates are:

  • team players with good communications skills
  • willing to fulfill the requirements for the University Teaching Qualification
  • willing to learn the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a gross monthly salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 3,475 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 5,405 (salary scales 12) gross per month for a full-time position. The appointment will be initially for a maximum of 7 years at the level of tenure track assistant professor. After 5 years, an assessment of performance based on established criteria will take place. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to associate professor with tenure. There will be another assessment at the end of a further 4-7 -year period for the promotion to full professor.
In addition to the primary salary the university offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications
You may apply for this position until 4 March / before 5 March 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S00063SP

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
  • a statement about teaching goals and experience and a description of scientific interest and plans
  • the names of three references complete with title and contact information.

Please make explicit if you want to apply for one of the positions in particular and refer to the vacancy number.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

Prof. J.M.A. Scherpen (particularly about the operational research position), j.m.a.scherpen@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)

Prof. C. De Persis (particularly about the optimization position),c.de.persis@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)

Additional information

Structure report: http://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/structuurrapporten/?lang=en

For information about the tenure track career path: ‘Career Paths in Science 3’: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-3


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