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Professor in Operations Research for Logistics Planning
KU Leuven

Date Posted Apr. 1, 2021
Title Professor in Operations Research for Logistics Planning
University KU Leuven
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Aug. 31, 2021
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Production/Operations Management
    Logistics/Supply Chain Management

In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic and Infrastructure, there is a full-time academic vacancy in the area of operations research for logistics planning on Campus Arenberg. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of logistics, operations research and industrial management. This profile reinforces the focus and critical mass of the Centre for Industrial Management / Traffic and Infrastructure (CIB) in the fields of internal and external logistics and traffic. Embedded in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where new technology related to vehicles, drones, inland shipping and robotics is being developed, the role of CIB is to exploit opportunities offered by these emerging technologies by identifying, optimizing and analyzing novel solutions and improvements in internal and external logistics and traffic. CIB is also leading the KU Leuven Mobility Research Centre (L-Mob), integrating complementary expertise on mobility, infrastructure, logistics and environment. L-Mob focuses on smart mobility: optimization of operational traffic; optimization of logistics from a company perspective; development, pricing and financing of infrastructure; innovative mobility services; optimization of public transport; and mobility indicators and monitoring. L-Mob maintains relations with the industry and governmental stakeholders, and represents KU Leuven within interuniversity research programs on mobility and logistics in Flanders and Europe. The candidate should become the leading expert and primary contact person at L-Mob and KU Leuven in the field of logistics.

You develop a research programme dedicated to applying and developing operations research techniques in the domain of internal and external logistics, from a company’s perspective: supply chain planning, vehicle routing problems, city logistics, last mile optimization, production planning and scheduling, reverse logistics, sustainable logistics.
You develop research lines on recent trends and technological developments such as automated vehicles, 3-D printing, drones, e-commerce, industry 4.0, climate change and other game changers, and their resulting new and challenging optimization problems for the entire supply chain. You study these problems in theory and practice mostly from a company’s or supply chain network perspective. You can adequately model and solve these new and challenging optimization problems in logistics. You have relevant expertise in industrial engineering.
You set up and maintain a solid national and international network, collaborations in academia, and can acquire research funding for joint national and international research projects with different academic partners, governments and companies.
You supervise PhD researchers and take responsibility for their academic and professional development.

Your educational tasks are situated in:
- master of mobility and supply chain engineering
- master of mechanical engineering: manufacturing and management
- bachelor of engineering science: minor on industrial engineering.
Some examples of the courses most related to this position are industrial engineering, decision making for industrial management, operational management, supply chain engineering and distribution logistics. The exact courses will be assigned based on your experience and specific profile, and in agreement with the other staff members of the team.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalization offered by the faculty and the university. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.

You are willing to provide scientific, social, industrial and internal services.

You have a PhD in the broader domain of science and technology, industrial engineering, or similar degree but with a proven track record in operations research for logistics planning.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent international journals.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context. Experience with entrepreneurship and company management are an advantage for this vacancy.
Proficiency in English is required.
The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.

We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinary and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Joris De Schutter, tel.: +32 16 32 24 79, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Chris Tampère, tel.: +32 16 32 16 73, mail:
Add to your application following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):
- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;
- an extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your architectural projects;
- your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

  • KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is therefore an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.
    KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources Department
    KU Leuven
    Parijsstraat 72B Box 5440
    Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000


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