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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Division - Kent Business School
Salary: £36,386 to £40,931
Grade: Grade 7
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months
Release Date: Wednesday 21 September 2022
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 23 October 2022 (unless
Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate
(PDRA) position in the area of Operational Research (Optimisation)
starting in January 2023 or soon thereafter. The PDRA will join the Department
of Analytics, Operations and Systems (DAOS) in Kent Business School. The
successful candidate will work closely with Prof Maria Paola Scaparra and
other DAOS academics with the primary goals of publishing in top operational
research journals and generating impactful research. The PDRA will have wide
latitude to help frame and design the specific programme of research.
Potential areas of investigation include, but are not limited to, sustainable
development, disaster management, healthcare, transportation, and
infrastructure planning. The post holder will further assist in the
preparation of grant applications and support the research culture of the
Business School by attending and contributing to relevant meetings, research
seminars, and workshops.
Applicants should hold a PhD in Operational Research, Management Science,
Business Analytics, Mathematics, Computer Science or a closely related
discipline. The ideal candidate will have a firm knowledge of optimisation
modelling, for example combinatorial, stochastic and robust optimisation, and
exact and meta-heuristic solution approaches. Knowledge of optimisation
software, good computer programming experience, as well as excellent written
and communication skills are essential. Applications will be assessed based on
relevant skills and previous publication record.
Working as a PDRA at Kent Business School is to be part of the 1% of global
business schools to gain ‘Triple Crown' accreditation from three top business
organisations: European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) from the European
Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and The Association of MBAs (AMBA).
We also gained the Small Business Charter Award in 2018.
Within the school, colleagues in the Department of Analytics, Operations and
Systems pride themselves on research excellence and conduct internationally
leading research in operational research, data analytics, operations
management, information systems and sustainability.
The successful candidate will be based in the RIBA award-winner Sibson
Building on the main Canterbury campus. Canterbury offers excellent places to
live, easy links to central London and Europe via high-speed trains and
stunning cultural and historical attractions. Kent also offers much in the way
of outdoor life as well as an enviable climate.
Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply
for this post. T he application should include: a detailed CV, a one-
page cover letter and a one-page “Research Interests & Plan” statement. If
you require further information regarding the application process please
contact KBS HR on email@example.com quoting ref number: KBS-115-22.
For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Maria Paola Scaparra,
Professor of Management Science (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We particularly welcome applications from female candidates as they are under-
represented at this level in this area Further details: Job
Description Additional Information
Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent
redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee
as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken
Applications must be made via the University's online application system; CVs
or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.
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