Postdoc on on-demand logistics

Research / Academic

This postdoc position is part of the CUSTOMIZE project (Customer-driven prescriptive analytics for logistics planning) funded by the Netherlands Oraganisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is aimed at the estimation of customer demand and optimization of logistics services.

The project is divided in two parts. The first part aims to develop a model to forecast logistics demand at micro-level. The forecasting model looks to infer the behavior of the customers by using transaction data. In the second part, we integrate the forecasting model into an optimization framework. The optimization model determines the expected number of vehicles and their locations to perform their services. Finally, all the developed elements will be integrated into a simulation model for real-time optimization of the on-demand system. The developed models will be tested and validated on real-life cases. The necessary data will be provided by our industrial partners and PostNL.

The selected researcher will have a close collaboration with the industrial partners and the department of Econometrics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The duration of the appoitnment is 19 months, starting as early as possible but ultimately by 06/2020. 


The successful candidate should have a strong background in operations research. Basic knowledge of data analytics and discrete choice modelling are desirable, but not a strict requirement.

Phd in transportation or logistics related field. Solid background in operations research. Experienced in programming operations research models. Good analytical and communication skills.

Salary Benefits:

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.   

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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