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PhD position opening in the interface of humanitarian and behavioral operations at KLU

Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Hamburg/Germany, is looking for a PhD candidate in the interface of humanitarian and behavioral operations.

The position is under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou, and it is funded by KLU. The PhD candidate will also be a member of the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA) www.riloha.org and as such work on the behavioral/leadership aspects in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. As KLU does not have the right to grant PhDs yet the PhD candidate will go through the examination at a cooperating university. The position has a duration of 4 years and can be filled on mutual agreement as soon as possible.

The PhD candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • A Master’s or Diploma degree in Operations Management, Industrial Engineering, Psychology, Business Administration, or another related area
  • An excellent academic record (from high-school on).
  • Experience in conducting experiments, field studies, or mathematical modeling.
  • Proficiency in data analysis techniques (e.g., regression analysis).
  • Excellent English communication skills (German skills are not necessary as the KLU operates in English).
  • Ability to work effectively in a research group.
  • Willingness to travel abroad.
  • High interest in pursuing an academic career.

The successful candidate will start as a PhD candidate at the KLU and receive a scholarship (ca. 1,150 EUR net) and funding for research related costs and visits to international conferences (ca. 20,000 EUR). The candidate can also apply for additional funding to top up their scholarship.

For more information please check the website www.riloha.org.

Luk Van Wassenhove, Alfonso Pedraza-Martinez and Maria Besiou are serving as Guest Editors of a Special Issue on OR Applied to Humanitarian Operations in European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR). 

Please find the call for papers here. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is October 31, 2016.

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