Assistent professor (tenure track) in Operations Management (V39.3476)

Assistent professor (tenure track) in Operations Management

Starting date: Not later than September 1, 2019. Starting earlier is open for discussion
Universitaire docent
Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


Departmental setting

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE &IS) engages in research and teaching in the areas of industrial engineering, management science, and innovation science. The mission of the department is closely tied to its pioneering work in developing an engineering perspective on business processes, as well as its interdisciplinary research on transitions in societies in relation to technical changes. At the heart of its academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching. The department offers an academic environment in which scholars and students work on critical problems at the interface of engineering, management and innovation. The department has two schools: Industrial Engineering (IE) and Innovation Sciences (IS). The school of Industrial Engineering focuses on the design, behaviour and performance of operational and innovation processes in industrial and service organizations. It covers the complete business chain of product design, process design, production, purchasing, outsourcing, distribution and marketing & sales.  

The department IE&IS has four strategic research themes: (i) Humans and Technology; (ii) Logistics and its Interfaces; (iii) Value of big data; (iv) Sustainability. The themes are well connected to the main research themes of the university and hence offer ample opportunities for collaboration with other departments. 

Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group

The open position is at the Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group.

OPAC currently consists of 4 full professors, 4 associate professors, 15 assistant professors, 8 postdoctoral fellows, and 20 PhD students. . The faculty teaches and conducts research in the area of operations planning and control in manufacturing, services, logistics and supply chains. Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research.  

The OPAC group is responsible within the university for all teaching in the areas of operations management, transportation, manufacturing operations, reliability and maintenance, and accounting and finance, both at undergraduate and graduate level. 

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. 

Description of the position 

Disciplinary focus

For these positions, we are open to any relevant research area in Operations Management that is rigorous and relevant to industry. Purely methodological (OR) research does not fit into the group’s profile, but any Operations Management research does, such as, but not limited to research on:  

  • Supply chain management
  • Manufacturing networks
  • Sustainable operations management
  • Data-driven operations management
  • The interface between operations and finance & accounting
  • The interface between operations and revenue management
  • Behavioral operations management  

We strongly encourage women to apply for this position as TU/e aims for gender-balance. 


The selected assistant professors perform active research on Operations Management, collaborate with current faculty and postdocs, take part in and acquire funded research projects, and publish on their research in academic journals.  


Each assistant professor teaches 2-3 courses per year in the undergraduate, master, and/or PhD programs, and supervises BSc and MSc students on their thesis work.  


  • Participate in, development of, and acquisition of funding for research projects.
  • Supervise PhD, MSc and BSc students in their projects.
  • Conduct autonomous teaching at the BSc and MSc levels.
  • Participate in teaching at the PhD level.
  • Possibly contribute to the management of the OPAC group.



  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a comparable domain.
  • 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.


We offer:

  • 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 after three to 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, 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


More information about the OPAC group can be found at the OPAC website. More information about these positions should be addressed to: Professor Ton de Kok, phone +31 40 2473849, e-mail:  

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. K.A.G.M. van Puijenbroek, personnel officer ( Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at 


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. We will be interviewing at the INFORMS 2018 conference in Phoenix (AZ). In your cover letter, please state whether you will attend the INFORMS conference and be available for an interview during the conference. To facilitate the planning of interviews at the INFORMS conference, we ask candidates going to INFORMS to apply by October 26 at the latest. 

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