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    PhD positions on the topic “Optimization under Uncertainty”

    Are you an excellent student, are you passionate about doing research, and are you interested in optimization under uncertainty? Then, apply for this vacancy.
    You will work within the Department of Operations at the Faculty of Economics and Business under primary supervisor dr. W. Romeijnders on the topic “Discrete Decision Making under Uncertainty”. Two PhD positions (each 1.0 FTE) are available on this topic as part of a 5-year NWO Vidi grant.

    Within this project you will study multistage stochastic optimization problems involving integer decision variables. The goal is to develop new theory and solution methods for these highly challenging problems. In particular, the focus will be on developing and implementing efficient convex approximations for these problems and deriving guarantees on their performance. The newly developed solution methods will be applied to real-life cases such as designing a sustainable hydrogen supply chain for the Northern Netherlands and asset liability management for pension funds.


    We are looking for PhD candidates with:

    • a master’s degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, or related fields
    • a strong academic record
    • good programming skills (e.g., in Python, Matlab, or C++)
    • excellent English writing and presentation skills.


    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 the approximately 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

    About the Faculty of Economics and Business
    The Faculty of Economics and Business has an inspiring study and working environment for students and employees. International accreditation enables the Faculty to assess performance against the highest international standards. It also creates an exciting environment of continuous improvement. FEB's programmes, academic staff and research do well on various excellence ranking lists.

    Conditions of employment

    We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

    • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth and final year
    • a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
    • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
    • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
    • minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

    Starting date: preferably January 1, 2023


    If you are interested, we invite you to apply no later than September 25, 2022, 24.00 hrs (Central European Time). Please click on the "Apply" button below. The application package consists of the following separate documents:

    1. your CV
    2. a motivation letter (max 1 A4)
    3. a scan of your diploma including transcripts
    4. proof of English proficiency
    5. other relevant documents.

    Documents 1-4 are compulsory. Please note that incomplete application packages will not be taken into account.

    An assessment may be part of the application procedure, consisting of psychological tests and an interview.

    The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

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    For information you can contact:

    • SOM, for general information on the application procedure, somvacancies
    • dr. Ward Romeijnders, for information on the project please, w.romeijnders

    Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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