Postdoc Research Project on Production Planning in the Antwerp Petrochemical Industry

What: Research project on production management in the petrochemical industry
Where: University of Antwerp, Belgium
When: November 2013
How long: At least 15 months
Who: Preferably postdoc with a PhD in production management

Project Title: Innovative concepts, models, and techniques for an optimal production strategy and planning of a semi-continuous petrochemical production plant

The department of Engineering Management (ENM) at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Applied Economics) is looking for an experienced (preferably postdoc) researcher in production management for a fifteen-month project starting in November 2013 in collaboration with Q8. The supervisors of this project are Prof. Trijntje Cornelissens (Production Management) and Prof. Kenneth Sörensen (Operations Research).

The Kuwait Petroleum Company (Q8) plans to completely restructure its Antwerp plant over the next few years and has contracted the department of Engineering Management to support this project with innovative scientific models. The aim of this research project is to develop a state-of-the-art decision support methodology that should allow the company to organize the production and logistics operations at the Antwerp plant in the most efficient way. The selected candidate will work on the development of quantitative methods, as well as qualitative guidelines for the effective management of a large production plant in the petroleum industry. A more complete description of the project can be requested from the supervisors.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in Operations Research/Management Science or similar quantitative skills, including a good command of quantitative software, as well as a good understanding of the management context in which quantitative decision support methods are used. He/she is an excellent researcher, preferably demonstrated by a considerable publication track record. He/she is fluent in English and can build bridges between research and industry.

As the selected candidate, you will work at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp close to the city centre of Antwerp, a lively and attractive city with one of the largest ports and the second-largest petrochemical cluster in the world. The department of ENM is a stimulating research environment with many international PhD students. You will receive an attractive salary depending on your qualifications (postdoc, seniority, experience).

To apply for this position, please send your complete file as soon as possible to both and Your file should include:
– A complete CV, including list of publications
– A cover letter, in which you specify why you are the ideal candidate for this project
– A copy of your master’s degree, PhD degree, and other relevant diploma’s