If you are interested in developing new quantitative methodologies for decision support involving uncertainty in the very relevant context of food and other supply systems in a dynamic, challenging academic environment, then this is the job for you.Job Description
Food systems are increasingly burdened by a growing world population, dwindling resource availability, and climate change. Increasing their resilience seems obvious, but resilience is an emergent system property affected by environmental, economic, and social processes. There are considerable sources of uncertainty in these processes. Moreover, decision making around food systems involves many trade-offs and user objectives. As a result, decisions aimed at improving food system resilience might not have the desired effect.
Current decision support is still primarily based on the perception of risk (hazard times exposure times vulnerability) and draws heavily from agricultural indicators and models to monitor and predict hazards, while ignoring uncertainty in a broader sense. The project aims at filling this gap and developing decision making would be better served by 'embracing' uncertainty. So, we will propose the development of decision support tools that explicitly include uncertainty. These tools will advance the state-of-the-art decision support tools for food systems:
- exploring different uncertainty sources;
- identifying the dependence of uncertainty sources;
- identifying possible scenarios affecting system resilience;
- qualitatively and quantitatively assessing the likelihood of different scenarios;
- considering the assessed scenarios in decision-making models.
Furthermore, we will look at decisions from a different angle by formulating them as inverse problems. In other words, we will impose certain desired end results and evaluate what possible transition paths may exist to obtain these results.Job Environment
You will be appointed as a postdoc at TU/e in OPAC group and within the DeSIRE project. In addition, you will be involved in teaching activities in OPAC. During your appointment, you will collaborate with Dr. Ahmadreza Marandi (Eindhoven University of Technology), Dr. George van Voorn (Wageningen University & Research), and Dr. Elisa Perrone (Eindhoven University of Technology).
OPAC group currently consists of 5 full professors, 6 associate professors, 15 assistant professors, 9 postdoctoral fellows, and 33 PhD candidates. We teach and conduct research in the area of operations planning and control in manufacturing, maintenance services, logistics and supply chains. Research is generally quantitative in nature, while many of the researchers also engage in empirical research. We, as the OPAC group, are responsible within the university for all teaching in the areas of operations management, transportation, manufacturing operations, reliability and maintenance, and accounting and finance, both at undergraduate and graduate level. We have an extensive industrial network, which gives direct access to challenging operations management problems, new technologies, and empirical data.DeSIRE (Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering)
is an extensive interdisciplinary research and capacity building programme, focused on the development of resilience of various socio-technical systems, including food supply chains. Currently the project involves 15 assistant professors, 4 postdoctoral fellows, over 40 staff members from all four technical universities (TUE, TUD, UT, and WUR), 100 research fellows from around the world, and many connections to companies as well as societal partners in policy and NGO. It is part of the strategic research impulse 'High Tech for a Sustainable Future'
of the four universities of technology in the Netherlands - Eindhoven, Delft, Twente and Wageningen - forming the backbone of 4TU RE.