PhD Fellowship (3 years) in Operations Planning and Optimisation for Intermodal Freight Transportation

PhD Fellowship (3 years) in Operations Planning and Optimisation for Intermodal Freight Transportation (*)

at the University of Valenciennes, LAMIH (, France, in collaboration with the CIRRELT (, Montréal, Canada

Applications are invited for a 3-year Ph.D. fellowship to study service network design and operations optimisation for inland waterway (barge) transportation services in an intermodal short/long-haul transportation context.

Candidates should have a strong background in operations research, particularly in modelling and optimisation techniques (exact and/or heuristics), as well as in discrete event simulation of stochastic and dynamic systems. Particular interest and skills in transportation and logistics are an asset. Computer-science skills in data structures, algorithms and C/C++ development are also required.

The thesis will be part of a larger collaborative project aiming to propose new models and efficient solution techniques to optimize the tactical and operational planning of inland waterway transportation systems. The goal is the development of innovative solutions for barge-based sustainable and integrated intermodal transportation systems. The project is concerned with demand modelling and forecasting, service network design, optimal capacity allocation and re-allocation, stochastic and dynamic systems simulation and optimisation, and decision support systems design.

The collaboration involves the non-profit innovation-incubator organization “Land Transportation Promotion” (TTP), as industrial partner, as well as the CIRRELT – Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation, Montreal, Canada, as academic partner. The project will also benefit from exchanges with several major actors in maritime and river navigation, as well as inland waterway infrastructure management, in Northern France and Belgium.

Key-words: Operations Research, Modelling and Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Discrete Event Simulation, Intermodal Transportation


*Thesis Supervisors: I. Bilegan – Associate Professor at UVHC (University of Valenciennes and of Hainaut-Cambrésis), University Lille Nord de France, T.G. Crainic – Full Professor, Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory of CIRRELT, Montréal, Canada

*Contacts (applications should be send to the two addresses below):

*PhD Employment Contract Duration: 3 years (full time) starting in September 2013.

*The scholarship is open to all nationalities.

*Language requirements: The thesis may be written in English, but the candidate should be able to interact in French with the industrial partners of the project.

*The applicant should hold a Master or an Engineer Degree in Operations Research and/or Computer Science, or equivalent; the applicant’s diploma should have been delivered in 2010 or later.

*The successful candidate will receive a monthly salary within 1500 € – 2000 € range (after taxes).

*To apply, please provide the following (up-to-date) documents:

a certificate with scores and ranking during the last three years of academic studies,

– at least two letters of recommendation (or contacts of at least two referees),

– an extended CV (including a list of publications and scientific reports),

– a letter describing the motivations and the professional project of the candidate.