full-time PhD Researcher in the field of Project Scheduling:

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


August 20, 2021


full-time PhD Researcher in the field of Project Scheduling:

(ref. BAP-2021-606)

Last modification : Friday, July 16, 2021

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Project scheduling and other large-scale planning problems often involve high degrees of uncertainty. Important attributes of individual activities such as processing times, resource requirements and costs can often only be estimated stochastically and their actual values at the time of execution may deviate significantly from these estimates. The aim of this research project is to advance the methodology for anticipating and counteracting such uncertainties. In particular, we plan to develop efficient computational methods for aiding decision makers by solving the following tasks: (i) evaluating the performance of a policy for a given project by using a mix of simulation and optimization algorithms; (ii) identifying weaknesses of a proposed schedule and critical activities of a project whose delay has crucial influence on the overall success; (iii) analyzing the dependence of the final cost and completion time on external parameters.

“Optimization and Analytics for Stochastic and Robust Project Scheduling”The Research Center for Operations Management at KU Leuven (Belgium) is offering a position for a full-time PhD student starting in september 2021.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, operations research, or a related field, who recently completed their master's degree or are about to complete it in 2021. Knowledge in combinatorial optimization


KU Leuven is the largest university of Belgium and ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. Leuven is a beautiful and liveable city with a large and international student population in the heart of Europe, only a 20min train-ride from Brussels. Our faculty is located in the historic city center, just a 5min walk from the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Groot Begijnhof”.

We offer an employment as full-time doctoral scholar for initially 1 year, renewable for up to 4 years after positive evaluation. Salary is competitive and funds for conference travels, participation in summer schools, and other activities are available. The tentative starting date is September 2021, but earlier or later dates are possible, depending on the availability of the candidate.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Erik Demeulemeester, mail: erik.demeulemeester@kuleuven.be.

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 diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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