Postdoctoral Fellow Position on Supply Chain Sustainability

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position in applied mathematics at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. This position is available for 18 months in the first instance. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow to perform top level research in close collaboration with industry in the area of supply chain sustainability within the Operations, Planning, Accounting, and Control group of the School of Industrial Engineering. The research position is part of the research project "Supplier Sustainability Improvement". Intended starting date: As soon as possible, but no later than September 2018.

Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the leading research universities In Europe. It is in particular well-known for its joint research with industry, frequently being ranked number one worldwide. The synergy between research and teaching is at the heart of its academic philosophy. The School of Industrial Engineering (IE) is one of the longest-established IE schools in Europe, with a strong presence in the international research, design, and education community, especially in the field of Operations Management and Operations Research. The Operations Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC) group of the School of IE 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 last few decades have witnessed a complete globalization of supply chains, resulting in a typical Multi National Enterprise (MNE) having tens of thousands of suppliers in developing countries. Strong cost-based competition in developing countries led to tremendous social, environmental, and ethical problems at factories which supply goods and services to MNEs. In addition to the obvious human and environmental aspects associated with these problems, such issues can impact both the reputation and profits of global brands. To address this, the common practice by many MNEs is to conduct risk-based supplier sustainability audits (by themselves or through third-party experts) to verify that the supplier is conforming to the buyer's code of conduct. Nevertheless, some recent studies and the practical experience of our industry partners point out that audit results are far from reliable. Furthermore, audits are costly and time-consuming, causing an "audit fatigue" at the suppliers. Consequently, more proactive actions are needed to make an impact on supply chain sustainability. The goals of this project that the postdoctoral fellow will focus on include 1) creating a predictive model addressing the sustainability performance of the suppliers, and 2) developing decision support for supplier selection and improvement, trading-off cost, service, lead-time, quality, and sustainability. To this end, the postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. Tarkan Tan of the OPAC group and collaborate with Prof. Eva Demerouti of the Human Performance Management group. The industrial participants of the project include Philips, Fairphone, and ELEVATE.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct top level research for 18 months and write research papers on the research project, in close collaboration with the project partners. The position also requires getting involved with some teaching activities of the OPAC group (a maximum of 10% of the time), including the supervision of MSc students that will work on subparts of this project.

Applicants should have completed (or be close to completion of) a PhD degree in operations management, operations research, econometrics, applied mathematics, or

More information about the OPAC group can be found at Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Tarkan Tan ( Further information about the Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at

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

Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded. If you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply immediately, and not later than April 15, 2018. You can apply by pressing the “apply now” button for this vacancy. Screening of candidates will commence immediately and will stop once a candidate has been found. Earlier applications thus are more likely to receive consideration. Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.


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