PhD vacancy in Sustainable urban supply chain operations

Posted by: Pieter VANSTEENWEGEN
Contact:[email protected]

[Dear OR-colleagues, can you help us to spread this vacancy under your (just) graduated master students with an interest in OR?]

A fully funded position for a PhD student in Sustainable urban supply chain operations

The KU Leuven Institute for Mobility, ANT/OR (Kenneth Sörensen) and Hasselt University (An Caris and Kris Braekers), are looking for new PhD students. We have a vacancy for multiple fully funded doctoral student for four years. This PhD research is part of a practically oriented research project together with KU Leuven, Hasselt University, University of Antwerp, VIL, four cities and ten supply chain companies. The research topic is situated in the scientific domain of operations research (operational research (OR), “besliskunde”, operations management, distribution logistics).



  • a four year fully funded doctoral research position at KU Leuven or UHasselt or Antwerp University;
  • (80%) scientific research in the field of operations research;
  • (20%) educational tasks: seminars, workshops, thesis coaching, etc.;
  • attending conferences, visiting international partners, etc.


Topic:                   Operations Research for sustainable urban supply chains

Supported by VLAIO and together with VIL, we start a project called “STRAUSS: SusTainable collaboRAtive Urban Supply chainS - The future of urban supply chain orchestration” with multiple PhD students in three universities. The projects aims to explicitly integrate the sustainability and livability perspective of the cities with the economic and sustainability perspective of supply chain companies. The new PhD student will join this project and focus on HoReCa deliveries, waste flows, grocery deliveries and/or flows related to construction sites in cities.



The candidate should have a master’s degree in engineering, business engineering, computer science, informatics or applied mathematics and have an interest in practical applications of quantitative or mathematical techniques and operations research. Basic programming skills are required (at least). Speaking Dutch is recommended and he/she should be able to write (and teach) in English. 

You will become part of a dynamic international research group with other PhD students, all working on applying operations research on (closely) related practical problems. Within the project, you will collaborate with different companies and PhD students from the other universities involved in this project.



The starting date of this research position is January 1, 2024.

For any questions about this vacancy, you can contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

You can apply here: (similar links will become available soon for UAntwerp and UHasselt)

Apply as soon as possible and certainly before August 31, 2023.

You should include a motivation letter, transcripts of your master’s degree, and your CV, and clearly indicate your skills in operations research, programming or quantitative optimization. If you have a preference for working at KU Leuven, Hasselt University or University of Antwerp, you should also indicate this.

Even if you graduate only in September 2023, you can apply.