Monday, September 1, 2008

2 PhD students logistics in Belgium

The following vacancy (m/f) has opened up within the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) of Hasselt University:

2 PhD students logistics (2 x 2 years)
(mandate BEDR/2008/014-015)
The Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) is one of the 9 research institutes of Hasselt University. The scientific research within IMOB is concentrated on three core fields: traffic safety, transportation and logistics. The institute organizes the research in traffic safety, within the Policy Research Centre for Mobility & Public Works, track Traffic Safety and researches transportation behaviour by using activity-based models.

Besides expertise within public transport, IMOB also gathers knowledge in the research field of logistics and organization of freight transport.
Besides fundamental research, there is an applied research unit that carries out research projects for several clients (EU, federal and regional authorities, local authorities, companies, …). Themes we work on are traffic safety, transportation behaviour, public transport, bike policy, transportation management and freight transport. About 35 researchers are working for IMOB. This researcher will work within the logistics department.

Job description
This Ph. D. research will be carried out within the research programme Logistics of the Transportation Research Institute, more specifically within the domain of freight flows. Candidates will be involved in developing a freight transport model for Flanders.
Ph. D. student 1: Concepts from the sector of freight transport, such as just-in-time and lean production, will have to be integrated in the new model. An extensive data collection is necessary and will precede the actual development of the model. Imperative data are for instance data on individual transport, data on the location of terminals, distribution centers … and data on transport and logistics costs.
Ph. D. student 2: Important decisions, within the framework of this research, that need to be integrated in the model are the size and the frequency of the freight loading, the transport mode and the structure of the transport chain.
Profile and diploma
Applicants should have a Masters degree in Business Engineering, Business Engineering in Computer Science, Applied Economics, Civil Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics or an equivalent academic college degree. A strong quantitative interest and a thorough knowledge of a computer language are to ones favour.

Probable start date: 15.10.2008

Further information
* Content job responsibilities:
* prof. dr. Geert Wets, +32-11-26 91 58,
* An Caris, +32-11-26 91 52,
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80,
You can apply using application forms:
* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.(
The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Friday, September 12th 2008.
Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: