Call for a PhD position in Operations Research: theory and applications

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
March 10, 2023
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Call for a PhD position in Operations Research: theory and applications

(ref. BAP-2023-59)

Last modification : Tuesday, February 7, 2023

SKEMA Business School (France) and KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business (Belgium) have a vacancy for one full-time PhD scholarship, in the framework of the joint KU Leuven – SKEMA doctoral program in AI & OM.


The researcher to be hired will work in the field of Operations Research (OR) under the supervision of Dr. David Rey and Dr. Roel Leus. This work should lead to a PhD degree granted by KU Leuven and SKEMA via the SKEMA – KU Leuven Joint Degree doctoral program “AI in OM”.

Some research keywords of this position are: · Combinatorial optimization · Mixed-integer programming · Bilevel optimization · Game theory

The candidate will work on the development of models and algorithms at the interface of optimization with areas such as transportation, logistics, scheduling, and sequential search problems, among others. He/she will find a dynamic and pleasant working environment in both universities, in groups that are actively involved in scientific research at the highest international level.

The candidate will be expected to participate in seminars and conferences, be internationally mobile, and enroll in both institutes' PhD programs. The candidate can be asked to give guidance to Bachelor and Master students, and to be involved in teaching activities.


The candidate should have a strong interest in OR and its diverse applications. He/she should preferably hold a Master's degree in Operations Research, Business Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, or equivalent. An appropriate command of written and spoken English is a requirement, and experience with at least one programming language is an asset. Students that are currently in the final year of their Masters are especially encouraged to apply.


We offer employment as a full-time doctoral scholarship for 1 year at KU Leuven, followed by 3-year employment at SKEMA Business School (provided that the candidate successfully passes first-year requirements at KU Leuven).

The tentative starting date is September 18th, 2023, depending on the availability of the candidate.

More details on this joint program can be found at this link.


For more information please contact one of the supervisors: Dr. David Rey, mail: [email protected] or Dr. Roel Leus, mail: [email protected]

Applications can only be received via KU Leuven's online application tool, applications via any other way will not be considered. When applying, you must upload your transcripts, two recommendation letters, motivation letter and CV in pdf format. In the motivation letter, you should specifically indicate why you are the right person for the vacant position. You can also upload a publication list, photo, and/or other attachments.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at [email protected]

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