Assistant/Associate Professors in Stochastic Operations Research
University of Twente Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences

Job description

We are looking for excellent enthusiastic scholars with demonstrated research and teaching potential in areas such as Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Transportation Management, Healthcare Logistics, and Sustainability. We specifically value experience with Stochastic Operations Research techniques, Simulation, Machine Learning, and Data-Driven decision-making.

These assistant/associate professor positions will be part of the Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS) section within the High-tech Business and Entrepreneurship (HBE) department at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences. The HBE department is a growing research group that holds a leading position at the interfaces of business, technology and the social sciences. We conduct cross-disciplinary business research, supporting organizations in innovative management and decision-making.

Are you looking for an ambitious environment, providing teaching and performing ground-breaking academic research in various areas such as smart-industry, supply chain management, transportation and logistics management? Join our team and strive to have a significant and sustainable impact on science and society.


You contribute to research, teaching, and knowledge valorization. You will

  • carry out high-tech business research, with a genuine interest in operating at crossroads of different subject areas;
  • build our research and teaching ecosystem (e.g., by acquiring external research funding);
  • develop expertise in innovative optimization models, advanced analytics, machine learning, simulation, and operations research, and work jointly with BMS lab (a lab that develops expertise in using industrial and behavioural research datasets);
  • contribute towards the supervision of PhD students.
  • (co-)teach and coordinate courses in our Bachelor and Master programs of Industrial Engineering & Management and Business & IT;
  • guide students from these programs in their graduation assignment.

Your profile

Candidates we seek

  • show vision and entrepreneurial drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition);
  • have knowledge of and experience in Operations Research with application to business domains such as logistics, transportation, warehousing, SCM, and healthcare;
  • preferably have extensive experience with stochastic operations research methodologies as well as with advanced business analytics (AI, machine learning, big data, etc.), and is able to combine these different approaches;
  • hold a PhD degree in a relevant background with a heavy focus on applied mathematics fields such as operations research, industrial engineering, or computational science; doctoral students near completion of their degrees will also be considered;
  • conduct (fundamental and applied) research within a multidisciplinary environment;
  • are active in networks for acquiring research funding, and have ambition and experience in working closely with companies and government agencies;
  • have teaching experience (both lecturing and tutoring) at an internationally accredited university;
  • possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English;
  • possess a (equivalent of) University Teaching Qualification certificate, or be willing to obtain this, and have a real passion for, and the ambition to become a creative and effective teacher.

Our offer

We offer a permanent position with a one-year probationary period (formally a 1-year contract with prospect of permanent contract). The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 3.807 to € 6.421 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on the job profile Assistant or Associate Professor. In addition, the University of Twente offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.).

Information and application

For more information on this position you can contact M.R.K. Mes, email:, phone: +31-53-4894062. Please include a full resume  with references, before October 15th, 2021.

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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