The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with Prof Jan Fransoo of the Kühne Logistics University and Dr. Yann Bouchery of the CESIT-KEDGE Business School, and be hosted by both schools.
The position involves conducting research on the economic and environmental impacts of various reusable packaging solutions offered for consumer packaged goods with an operations management and logistics lens. It also implies the publication of the output of the research in academic and professional journals.
New initiatives to use reusable packages are emerging as interesting options towards waste reduction. Reusable packaging has many consequences for logistics, for manufacturing and supply chains, and this involves a good understanding of consumers’ choice. This makes their deployment environmentally and operationally attractive but challenging as those initiatives might backfire if the operational challenges are not well handled. The PhD candidate will develop an in-depth understanding of the economic and ecological rationale of various reusable packaging models, and will conceptualize the main tradeoffs. The PhD candidate is expected to develop stylized Operations Management models to create insights as well as empirical studies based on field experiments or field data of current systems.
Applicants should hold a Master of Science (or equivalent), and have a background in Operations Management and/or Industrial Engineering. Skills and research experience in areas such as Stochastic Modeling, Operations Management, Operations Research and Data Science would be advantageous. Individuals in any field of model-based Supply Chain research are encouraged to apply. The applicants should have excellent English communication skills (demonstrated by a current TOEFL or IELTS result) and be willing to travel abroad, as the doctoral student is expected to split her time between Hamburg (in year 1 and 3) and Bordeaux (in year 2 and 4).
The position has a duration of 4 years and can start as soon as the selection process has been completed. The PhD candidate can expect comprehensive support for conducting research. This includes close supervision, involvement in active research groups, participating in external PhD courses and academic schools. The successful candidate will receive a scholarship of 2,050 EUR per month and additional funding for research visits and international conferences.
The application should include :
- a CV detailing educational background and research experience,
- a cover letter explaining the candidate suitability for the position,
- and copies of grade transcripts (including High School, Bachelor, and Master's/Diploma).
Contact information for references and letters of recommendation are also welcomed. Consideration of candidates will start as soon as applications come in and will continue until the position is filled.
Full details on the scholarship, and information on how to apply, can be found on https://www.theklu.org/university-services/jobs-and-careers/