Postdoc position in sustainable supply chain management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Postdoc position in sustainable supply chain management
  • Doctorate
Are you passionate about research in logistics and operations management and would you like to work in a young and dynamic group? Then the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam wants to get to know you. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

To understand and leverage B2B behavior for improved supply chain sustainability, the Department of Supply Chain Analytics and the Department of Marketing of the School of Business and Economics has joined forces with three leading stakeholders in the aluminium supply chain: Aleris, Damco ‘Aldel’ and European Aluminium. With the support of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO-Dinalog) we want to examine (i) aluminium demand and supply dynamics to assess the impact of government policies, technology and environmental and societal customer requirements; (ii) identify which sustainable business models practitioners consider most promising; (iii) evaluate their impact on profits and CO2 emissions for the partners in the supply chain. For this project, we are looking for a postdoctoral colleague to join our department.


We are looking for candidates who have a research interest in the interface between supply chain management, decision-making,  and sustainability. More specifically we look for candidates who have:
  • a (nearly) completed Ph.D. thesis in Operations Management, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Management Science or related fields;
  • publications and/or working papers in relevant domains;
  • a strong interest in working on applied problems;
  • a commitment to doing high quality scientific research on real-life problems and data;
  • good communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to interact successfully with industry and academic partners.

What are we offering?

We offer a unique opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to work on challenging real-life problems using real-life data. You can collaborate closely with the leading aluminium companies that have partnered together for this project. You will get the opportunity to visit these and other international companies to perform part of the research. You will also be able to participate in teaching in order to prepare for your future academic career.
The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

Gross monthly salaries are based on qualifications and experience and are set in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • a relocation allowance
  • you may also be eligible for a favorable tax ruling for high-skilled expats (the so-called 30% ruling), which means that 30% of the salary is free of taxes, resulting in a higher net salary.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 4,200 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 500 people.

Department Supply Chain Analytics
The Department of Supply Chain Analytics has proven experience in sustainability modelling, logistics collaboration strategies and supply chain optimization witnessed by national and international research projects, active industry collaboration and journal publications. The group operates in a strong international research and industry network, participates in various national and international research projects and regularly organizes international conferences and workshops. Group members collaborate with leading researchers at several international universities. The research output of the department is published in leading academic journals in the field.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter and specific two contact persons until 30 January 2020.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: prof. dr. W.E.H. Dullaert
Position: Head of the department Supply Chain Analytics

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