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Operations Research PhD Fellowships at Kuehne Logistics University (Germany)
Posted: May 11, 2011 8:50 PM
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Prof Dr Joern Meissner is looking to recruit excellent doctoral
students with a strong background in mathematics, statistics or
computer science. Entry requirement for the program is a university
degree with a substantial quantitative component, ideally a degree in
a mathematical or statistical subject. A preparedness to develop
computer-programming skills is essential and training will be given as
necessary. Due to strong demand for joint research projects from our
industrial partners, we are currently accepting applications for a
October 2011 intake (a different start date might be agreed upon on an
individual basis).

About the doctoral program at Kuehne Logistics University

In accordance with international standards and practices, the
program's duration is four years. The first two years are devoted to
course work. In order to gain a solid understanding of research in the
field, students are required to take at least four courses in
methodology, including operations research, statistics and
econometrics, simulation, experimentation. Additionally, students take
four advanced courses in logistics, supply chain management,
marketing, and leadership. The KLU faculty teaches the courses. In
addition, visiting internationally distinguished scholars may offer
courses at the university, and students may attend workshops at
cooperating universities. At the end of the second year, every student
must pass an examination that measures his/her depth of knowledge and
comprehension of relevant methodologies, theoretical foundations and
empirical evidence. Upon successful completion candidates are admitted
to the second part of the PhD program.

Potential Research Topics

Prof Meissner¹s research group is primarily interested in optimal
policies, coordination and equilibria in the area of Pricing Strategy,
Revenue Management and Supply Chain Management (SCM). A potential
topic in Revenue Management could be to evaluate the impact of the
Fare Structure on Revenue Management problems. A potential research in
the area of Supply Chain Management could, for example, focus on
mathematical models to determine the benefit of collaboration between
producer and distributor to improve Supply Chain performance. Please
keep in mind that these are just examples, we are regularly asked by
our industrial collaboration partners to help them solve operational
problems, which has proven to be a good source for interesting
research of high impact. While most dissertation topics are inspired
by joint projects with our industrial partners, please feel free to
suggest any other topic of your interest within the realm of Supply
Chain and Revenue Management (see how to proceed below).


The KLU awards a limited number of fellowships available that are
awarded on a competitive basis. Accepted candidates will receive a
tuition waiver and a scholarship of EURO 24,000 per annum (tax free!)
for a minimum of 4 years subject to satisfactory academic progress. We
encourage candidates to seek external funding opportunities as well.


Compared to equivalent positions in Germany and other countries, the
administrative workload for doctoral candidates is relatively less
demanding at the KLU. Students are not required to carry any workload
not directly related to researching and writing their thesis. The
intention is that doctoral students should really focus on their
research rather than spending time in administration and teaching.
Everyone at the KLU is very committed to providing you with the
resources needed and to helping you need to finish within that time

About Kuehne Logistics University

Kuehne Logistics University (KLU) is a newly-founded research-oriented
university in Hamburg, Germany, with a focus on logistics and business
leadership. Its mission is to educate future leaders in logistics and
management and to conduct research for the benefit of society. In
particular, it seeks to advance scientific knowledge and to apply it
in the interrelated fields of logistics, marketing, and leadership. As
an integral part of this mission, KLU is committed to offering, in
English, a unique and internationally-competitive PhD program in
logistics and its interrelated fields. Futher information is available

About the Location

Hamburg is a cosmopolitan city in northern Germany. What makes Hamburg
unique in Europe (and possibly worldwide) is the natural and
architectural beauty on the one hand and the importance as a business
center on the other hand. Hamburg¹s first impression is dominated by
its large lakes and winding waterways, which has led to comparisons
with Venice. The river Elbe, where the port is located, has been vital
in shaping the city's development throughout history, while the Alster
lake is a recreational area in the heart of the city. The port of
Hamburg is today the second-largest container terminal in Europe and
Hafencity is Europe's largest urban construction project. Hamburg is
home to many tourist attractions: the baroque church of St. Michael is
Hamburg's most famous landmark, there are many museums and several
musicals have a permanent run. Most of the city center is
pedestrianized and in addition to the usual high street retailers,
there are many shopping arcades. Stroll around the city on a Saturday
morning and you will be amazed at the numerous cafes and curiosity
shops just waiting to be discovered. Hamburg¹s nightlife is world-
famous and offers something for every taste from rustic pubs to modern
dance clubs. Thousands of people from all around the world are coming
every Sunday morning to the Fischmarkt, Hamburg's most traditional
market since 1703.

How to proceed

Further information and instructions how to submit your application
are available under the tab ŒJobs¹ at the website:

Best regards,

Joern Meissner

Prof Joern Meissner, PhD
Kuehne Logistics University
Brooktorkai 20
20457 Hamburg

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