PhD student in Optimisation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Mathematics conducts both teaching and research. The research encompasses a broad spectrum of areas, from pure mathematics to applications in technology, the natural sciences, economics and didactics. Our aim is to create an environment that encourages innovation and is open to new and relevant research areas.

We are looking for a PhD student in Optimisation (at least one).

Your work assignments
As a doctoral student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

The major task for this position is research in discrete optimisation to improve mathematical models and methods for decision-making under uncertainty. The research is expected to address both fundamental theoretical questions and implementation of solution methods to advance the use of data-driven methods to improve decision-making under uncertainty in application areas such as transportation, logistics, and healthcare.

Your workplace

You will be employed at the Department of Mathematics in the Division of Applied Mathematics.

The Optimisation Group at the Department of Mathematics at LiU has a long and strong tradition of being one of the most notable groups in Scandinavia. The group includes two full professors, two associate professors, one assistant professor and one assistant lecturer. A characteristic of the group is that we address fundamental mathematical and algorithmic topics within optimisation as well as a variety of applications. The optimisation expertise includes linear, network, nonlinear, and discrete optimisation, and especially techniques using duality and decomposition. Current application areas are within medicine, healthcare, systems engineering, logistics, and transportation.

Your qualifications
You have graduated at Master’s level or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses relevant to the areas given above in the description of work assignments. These 60 credits must include independent work of least 30 credits in the area of applied mathematics. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

Skills that are meriting for this position are knowledge and experiences in: discrete optimisation, both mathematical modelling and development of exact and heuristic solution methods; mathematical statistics and data-driven methods to support decision making; software development and implementation of algorithms for solving mathematical problems; machine learning; optimisation to solve practically relevant problems within e.g. transportation, logistics, and healthcare.

We expect you to have a strong interest in the research area. We value candidates that can work independently, take inititive, are motivated for the task and are able to collaborate with others. A strong ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing, is a requirement. 

Terms of employment
When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date
By agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
The salary of doctoral students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants .

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than October 10, 2022.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

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