Job offer: PhD research at HEC Liège

Posted by: Célia PAQUAY
Contact:[email protected]
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The Operations Department of HEC Liège (University of Liège) is looking for a PhD researcher in Management Sciences, with a specialization in Operations Research (optimization, algorithmics, artificial intelligence).

The topic of the PhD is the development of mathematical optimization methods for wood reuse:

The increasing demand for materials such as wood undeniably contributes to the depletion of natural resources and global warming. In order to counteract this phenomenon, a more sustainable and circular management of wood could be developed by efficiently recycling our wood waste. The main goal of the proposed research is to develop a set of combinatorial optimization methods capable of generating, based on a set of recovered wood slats, layout schemes of these slats leading to the largest possible number of recomposed panels usable in the construction field. Since the quantities of wood slats are unlikely to be accurately predictable, the research will focus on the design of methods that take uncertainty into account when generating the layout schemes, and that are able to propose new schemes once the actual data are available.

Job description : The appointee is expected to 

  • Carry out research work leading to a doctoral thesis in management sciences, with a specialization in operations research at HEC Liège under the supervision of Prof. Célia Paquay;
  • Complete the doctoral training successfully
  • Be involved in the scientific activities of the research team QuantOM within the strategic field “Business analytics and Supply chain management” (e.g., participation in seminars and international conferences) and

Your profile :

  • You have an engineering degree in management sciences or applied sciences or a master's degree in mathematics, physics, computer science, or industrial engineering (120 credits) (;
  • You are interested in fundamental and applied research questions in operations research and optimization, with a strong focus on sustainability issues;
  • You have coding skills in Java, C++ or other languages;
  • Languages: English (fluent – spoken and written), French is not required but would facilitate the daily life in the department.

Contract : Full-time fellowship for a period of 4 years starting as soon as the position is filled. Monthly net salary is around 2400€.

 Application packageInterested candidates should send their motivation letter and curriculum vitae by email to Prof. Célia Paquay [email protected].


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