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Research Assistant / Doctoral Student (f/m/d) at the Mercator Chair Demand Management & Sustainable Transport

Published 2021-05-24

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is the leading private business school in Germany and is continuously ranked among the top business schools in Europe. On WHU’s two campuses in Vallendar (near Koblenz) and Düsseldorf, faculty, students, and staff enjoy working in a stimulating international environment. The organizational culture combines an entrepreneurial attitude and international orientation with a strong sense of community and diversity and a high commitment to excellence.

The Mercator Chair Demand Management & Sustainable Transport, located at WHU Campus Vallendar, invites applications for the part-time (50%) position of
Research Assistant / Doctoral Student (f/m/d) with a starting date as soon as possible.

Academic Environment
WHU has more than 50 faculty members in the fields of management, finance and accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing and sales, and supply chain management. Research at WHU aims to adhere to three principles: quality, internationality, and relevance to business practice. WHU's high level of research competence is the result of a focus on three key research principles: Quality, Internationality and Application Relevance for Teaching and Practice.

The Mercator Chair is part of the Supply Chain Management Group (ranked 6th worldwide in the SCM Journal list in 2020) and focuses on developing novel digital technologies to enable sustainable transport. A major theme is the combination of demand management concepts (such as dynamic pricing or availability control of services) and classical transport and logistics management (such as route optimization), as well as enhancing sustainability.

At the chair, you will conduct research on topics in the area of Demand Management and/or Sustainable Transport. The focus of the chair is on mathematical modeling in the intersection of these areas (such as "dynamic pricing of transportation services"). Typically, these problems involve mathematical optimization, machine learning, etc., and are often developed on the basis of data from partner companies. The topic of the doctoral thesis in this area is open and will be based on common interests.

Job Description
  • The post is paid at 50% part-time equivalent to enable you to complete your dissertation in 2 to 3 years. As internal doctoral candidate, there are no tuition fees.
  • Your main task will be your Ph.D. projects in the domain of demand management and sustainable transportation, with strong links to industry practice.
  • You will benefit from an existing network with well-known researchers at international top universities and practitioners, involving participation in on-going collaborations.
  • Your focus will be scholarly publications for highly ranked international refereed journals.
  • You will to a very limited extent be engaged in teaching at the department, e.g., you may invigilate or be involved in marking.
Job Qualifications
  • You should have an excellent Master degree in a quantitative subject such as business mathematics (Wirtschaftsmathematik), operations research, computer science, industrial engineering or similar. An excellent business degree with substantial quantitative content will also be considered.
  • You have successfully completed your studies or will do so soon.
  • You can work independently, enjoy working in teams and are goal oriented.
  • You possess very good skills in English (writing and speaking).
  • You ideally possess programming skills (e.g. in Python, R, Matlab) or at least the willingness to acquire them.All members of the WHU community work together to continuously develop WHU as one of the leading business schools in Europe. Do you want to be a part of this vision? Come join our team!
Please send your application documents including CV, transcripts, an example of a self-written or co-written academic article (if available) and the names of two references by June 30, 2021 to:
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Attn: Johanna Häring (PA of Prof. Dr. Arne Strauss)
Burgplatz 2, 56179 Vallendar, Germany

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