Assistant professor (tenure track) position in Resilient Supply Chains (V39.3542)

Assistant professor (tenure track) position in Resilient Supply Chains

Assistant professor (tenure track) position in Resilient Supply Chains Desired starting date: In period January 1-April 1, 2019
Universitaire docent
Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


This position is embedded in the ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE) program, an extensive capacity building program, set-up by the 4TU Centre Resilience Engineering . Within this program of the 4 technical universities of the Netherlands, 16 new tenure track positions have been created at 13 faculties across the 4TU. This ambitious 4TU umbrella program on resilience aims to conduct excellent research of societal value and set-up and contribute to educational programs in the emerging field of Resilience Engineering.

Your team
You will be working in a team of top scientists within 4TU, benefiting from the opportunity to work on concrete resilience challenges within our broad network of partners in policy and practice. We foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the 16 tenure trackers, associated scientific staff and public and private partners. All 16 Tenure Trackers will be actively involved in the scientific, educational and valorization activities of the DeSIRE program and the 4TU-Centre Resilience Engineering. It offers prospective candidates excellent opportunities to extend their networks with academic and societal partners.

Research area
For the position on Resilient Supply Chains, the focus is on disruptions in supply chains for e.g. food, medicines, and electronic equipment.  Both natural and manmade disruptions are increasing in frequency and severity, sometimes resulting in catastrophic outcomes (e.g., medicines may not be available for a large group of patients). Supply chains need to be fortified to withstand these disruptions and recover from them quickly. This position is aimed at cutting edge research to develop and design these ‘resilient supply chains’, supply chains that react quickly to disruptions, and recover quickly after disruptions. Development of these resilient supply chains will involve leveraging the latest in technologies, such as the blockchain to facilitate the near-instantaneous transfer of information while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the information in the supply chain.

For more information, also about the other positions within DeSIRE, check out this page:

Your employer: Operations, Planning, Accounting & Control group
This position is part of the Operations Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC) group of the Department Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) of Eindhoven University of Technology ( OPAC currently consists of 4 full professors, 4 associate professors, 15 assistant professors, 7 postdoctoral fellows, and 25 PhD students. The faculty teaches and conducts research in the area of operations planning and control in supply chains, manufacturing, maintenance, and transportation. Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research.

The OPAC group has an extensive industrial network, which gives direct access to challenging operations management problems, new technologies, and empirical data. This network is furthermore leveraged to acquire PhD funding and personal grants that enable to scale up research efforts. There is an open and informal working atmosphere within the group. 

For more information on the OPAC group, see:


  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a comparable domain.
  • Expertise in supply chain disruption management and/or methodologies for the design and analysis of resilient supply chains is desirable.
  • Demonstrable ability to conduct academic research of high quality on relevant problems, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and/or publications.
  • Demonstrable ability to teach, shown for instance by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is not a Dutch language requirement.


  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • a full-time appointment for a period of five years; a tenure evaluation will be conducted  within four years.
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.545,- and € 5.513,-, based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge;
  • enrolment into a program to acquire an official teaching certification from Dutch Universities (Basic Qualification Teaching);
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, daycare, spouses program, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).

We are also open to application by candidates with some years of experience as assistant professor.

Informatie en sollicitatie

For more information about this position and DeSIRE, please contact Professor Geert-Jan van Houtum ( or Dr. Arun Chockalingam (  

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Susan Opgenoorth, personnel officer (

Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):

  • Cover letter (2 page max.), where you motivate your interest in this vacancy and explicitly explain in which ways you represent a good match;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including a publication list and teaching evaluations (if any);
  • A teaching statement;
  • A research statement;
  • Copies of relevant (working) papers
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • If your degree is not from an English-spoken program, a proof of proficiency in English needs to be included in your package (such as IELTS or TOEFL).
    Note that incomplete applications will not be considered. 

    If you are interested, we invite you to apply as soon as possible. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled.

To apply please use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 Mb each can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.