Postdoc on the subject of Agent Systems, Dynamic Planning, and Logistics

The research is part of a larger project, Scalable Interoperabiliy in Information Systems for Agile Supply Chains (SIISASC). The overall objective of SIISASC is to create pipeline interoperability in supply chains based on a federated approach, in which autonomous entities (e.g. organizations) are able to dynamically (re)plan their logistics activities. The project is in cooperation with TU Delft, TNO, and the companies Descartes and LogIT Systems. The project consists of fundamental research with an eye on applications and is carried out together with the partners. The project is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

The research is part of a larger project, Scalable Interoperabiliy in Information Systems for Agile Supply Chains (SIISASC). The overall objective of SIISASC is to create pipeline interoperability in supply chains based on a federated approach, in which autonomous entities (e.g. organizations) are able to dynamically (re)plan their logistics activities. The project is in cooperation with TU Delft, TNO, and the companies Descartes and LogIT Systems. The project consists of fundamental research with an eye on applications and is carried out together with the partners. The project is funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

The project objective is realized by doing research in three domains, on which a PhD student and two postdocs work. The domain of research for the current postdoc at CWI is that of dynamic planning, which investigates the (re)planning of activities in multi-agent logistic networks while the network may partly change in composition. Dynamic planning considers a goal to be reached (e.g. transport of cargo from the Far East to somewhere in Europe), without completely orchestrating all potential providers for reaching that goal. The research into dynamic planning interleaved with process orchestration and sharing customer goals and providing capabilities (i.e. capacities) in controlled communities is expected to contribute to synchro-modality and agile supply chains. The stepwise approach allows (re)planning of activities thus allowing supply chain agility.

 

Requirements

Postdoc candidates are required to have a PhD degree in computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, or in comparable areas. Candidates that are expected to obtain their PhD degree in the near future can also apply. Candidates should have a clear interest in fundamental research, should be creative and solid in their research, should have (potential) interest in multi-agent systems and optimization, and in the application area of logistcs, and should be able to cooperate with experts from different disciplines.

It is essential that you have good academic writing and presentation skills. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of English.

 

Terms and conditions Postdoc

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,409 to € 4,848. The appointment will be for a period of two years.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling.

 

Application Applications can be sent before 24 April 2017 to apply@cwi.nl. All applications should include a motivation letter, a detailed CV, and a list of publications.

 

For more information about the vacancies, please contact

Prof.dr.ir. Han La Poutré

Tel. +31 (0)20 592 4082

Email: han.la.poutre@cwi.nl

 

For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video “A Fundamental Difference” about working at CWI.

 

About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and linked to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

 

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam. It is an internationally oriented institute, with 150 scientists from approximately 25 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.