Belgium: PhD Studentships in Business Logistics Processes

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The University
of Antwerp is a knowledge centre with 3.400 employees involved in
ground-breaking and innovative research of international standing. The
university takes special care to ensure optimum support and supervision
of students,
and pays constant attention to educational innovation. The University
is an autonomous pluralistic institution that is committed to the
enhancement of an open, democratic and multicultural society, and it
pursues an equal opportunities policy.

The Department of Transport and Regional Economics of the Faculty of Applied Economics (University of Antwerp) will recruit a full-time:

Pre-doctoral researcher / Ph.D. student for a research project on
The influence of congestion and congestion policy on the efficiency of business logistics processes.

Promotor: Dr. Wout Dullaert, Associate professor of operations and logistics management
Co-promotor: Dr. Bruno De Borger, Professor of Economics

This research project aims at examining the impact of congestion and
congestion policy on the logistics efficiency of companies. This issue
is studied both from an operations research and an economic
perspective. To investigate the effects of congestion and congestion
policy at the level of an individual decision maker, several OR models
will be developed to estimate the impact on (i) an individual link of
the supply chain, (ii) on the size and positioning of safety stocks in
an existing supply chain, and (iii) on redesigning a supply chain. For
the economic analysis, partial equilibrium models will be designed to
analyze the effects of congestion and congestion policy on fundamental
logistics key performance indicators (e.g. average stock levels,
service levels etc).


Candidates should have:

  • masters degree in mathematics, commercial engineering, applied economics, civil/industrial engineering, bioengineering or equal;
  • a strong interest in operations research and/or economic modelling and the ambition to write a Ph.D. dissertation;
  • a strong academic record;
  • a good knowledge of English.

We offer:
A scholarship in a stimulating research environment, starting as soon
as possible until September 30th 2009, to be extended by two additional
years after a positive evaluation.

Please fill in your application form and return it to:

University of Antwerp
Campus Middelheim
HR department (AP cell)
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerp

by September 30th 2008 at the latest.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more details:

  • Dr. Wout Dullaert, Wout.Dullaert[ at ], tel. + 32 3 275 51 41
  • Dr. Bruno De Borger, Bruno.DeBorger[ at ], tel. + 32 3 220 41 61


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