Netherlands : PhD position Deploying Security Measures to intercept multiple simultaneous threats

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TNO is a leading, independent knowledge company. Our expertise and the research we do, provides an important contribution to the quality of work and life in our society, and at the same time to its safety and security. As such, TNO works closely with defence organisations, the police, emergency services and industry in order to support these organizations to perform smarter, more efficient and better protected, enhancing the security of our society. TNO offers an excellent and inspiring environment for applied scientific research and training of scientific skills.

The Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) provides the scientific training of officers of the defence organization. The NLDA combines military training, scientific education and leadership development. Its multi-disciplinary research is focused on optimizing deployment and deployability of military systems and technology.

Job specification

The effects of terrorist and piracy activities, or generally speaking activities of intelligent opponents can have a large impact on the socio-economic and military well-fare. To counter these increasing, multiple threats, security measures/forces should be deployed to surveil and patrol assigned areas to protect valuable objects and critical infrastructure (e.g. harbours, airports, merchant ships and routes). However, current OR models do not always adequately take into account the complexity of these kind of military operations and the scarcity of resources. Therefore, we are facing the challenge to develop adequate models and methods for the assessment of deployment of scarce security forces in an efficient and effective way given multiple, responsive and adaptive threats, also taking into consideration new technological developments. The key challenge to be tackled in this PhD research is: How to optimally deploy security forces to protect critical infrastructures given limited resources and taking into account multiple adversaries and their intelligent responses?

Your Profile

We are searching for an enthusiastic, creative and perseverant PhD student that has:
– a MsC in Econometrics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or equivalent
– good programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Java)
– excellent written and spoken English language skills
– good communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a multidisciplinary team
– affinity with Defence, Safety and Security
For this position a security screening by the AIVD is part of the procedure.Please send your application through the applicaton link before February 1, 2014.

More information:
Prof.dr. Richard Boucherie:, +31 53 4893432
Dr. Ana Isabel Barros:, +31 88 8661077
Dr. Herman Monsuur:, +31 223 657566

Our offer
As a PhD candidate you will be offered a fulltime position for four years. The monthly salary is € 2083 in the first year to € 2664 in the final year. You will participate in the Twente Graduate School ( as well as the PhD programme of the Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research (, that offer advanced courses to deepen your scientific knowledge. Your PhD project will be performed in intense cooperation with the Netherlands Defence Academy and TNO Defence, Security and Safety. This cooperation ensures the applicability of the developed research and provides a healthy mixture of theory and practice. You will be appointed by University of Twente and stationed at the University of Twente.
You will be working with TNO the Hague ( and the Netherlands Defence Academy (Den Helder,

The Organisation

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

Application Deadline : 1 February 2014

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