Postdoc in Smart Industry (V39.3508)

Postdoc in Smart Industry

(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
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, behavior 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 School of Industrial Engineering currently includes the following research groups:

  • Operations Planning, Accounting & Control;
  • Human Performance Management;
  • Information Systems;
  • Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing.
    The open position is part of the Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group.
    Operations Planning, Accounting & Control group
    OPAC currently consists of 4 full professors, 4 associate professors, 14 assistant professors, 7 postdoctoral fellows, and 24 PhD students. The faculty teaches and conducts research in operations planning and control in manufacturing, supply chains, transport and logistics, and maintenance. 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, reliability, and accounting and finance, both at undergraduate and graduate level.
    Description of the position
    The postdoc will work in the research project Advanced Manufacturing Logistics (AML) of the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC). The aim of this project is to create a state of the art AML-system in the Factory of the Future, which is also applicable to other high tech clusters outside BIC. The postdoc will develop dynamic control and planning algorithms to optimize in-company manufacturing logistics (e.g. integrated planning, smart task assignment and routing of automated guided vehicles) and the infrastructure of production and warehousing. A simulation framework will be developed to test proposed control algorithms, infrastructure and automation technologies with respect to flexibility, robustness and lead time improvement. Required methodological background includes (but is not limited to) simulation, stochastic modeling and analysis, optimization, planning and scheduling.

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


The selected postdoc performs active research, collaborates with current faculty, and publishes on the research in academic journals.  


Each postdoc will spend 30% of his/her time to teaching, which includes the supervision of MSc and BSc thesis projects.



  • PhD in Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, 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 publication.
  • 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;
  • an appointment for a period of 24 months;
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3.173,- and € 4.166,- based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge;
  • 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).

Informatie en sollicitatie

More information about the OPAC group can be found at More information about this position should be addressed to: Professor Ivo Adan, phone +31 40 2472932, e-mail:  

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Ms. Susan Opgenoorth, HR Advisor IE&IS ( 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);
  • 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 continues until the position has been filled. We ask candidates to apply by November 10 2018 at the latest. We are also interviewing at 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting. If you are interested in the position, you can contact us and schedule an interview. 

To apply please use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents 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.