# Posté le: 14 Juin 2012 09:33:23
Ph.D. Studentship in Operations Research for door-to-door freight transportation tariff setting problems at the INRIA Lille - Nord Europe
Applications are invited for a 3-year ANR-funded Ph.D. studentship to study tariff setting problems for door-to-door freight service network at the INRIA Lille Nord-Europe, France ( http://www.inria.fr/centre/lille). Candidates should have a strong background in operations research, especially in combinatorial optimization and mathematical programming (integer programming, search tree algorithms, decomposition techniques ...) and a particular interest in transportation and logistics. Computer science skills in algorithmic and C/C++ development are also welcome.
More precisely, the goal is to take into account the door-to-door freight transportation in its entirety: collection phase, transportation between the platforms, and distribution phase. The problem combines several aspects: vehicle routing problems, long-haul freight transportation, intermodal transportation.
The problem under investigation consists in determining prices associated with door to door services in a competitive environment. A bilevel approach will be considered to model the hierarchical decision process between the service providers and the customers. Moreover, game theoretic models could be used to understand customers behaviors and competition between several service providers.
Fundamental research will be a central element of the project as there is a need to propose new and efficient methods for the problem and bilevel programming in general. Focus will be on exact methods based on integer programming and mathematical heuristics. Applicative facets will also be present via DHL, which is a partner in the ANR project RESPET (Efficient Management for Door-to-Door Freight Service Networks).
The studentship is open to applicants of all nationalities. The applicant should hold a master in operations research, computer science or applied mathematics. The successful candidate will receive a monthly salary of 1461 € / 2000 $ (after taxes).
The studentship is available from September, 2012.
Further enquiries should be addressed to : Luce Brotcorne (Luce.Brotcorne_at_inria.fr) and Yezekael Hayel (Yezekael.hayel_at_univ-avignon.fr )
Applicants should send by email an up-to-date CV, transcript, a letter of motivation, a copy of their master thesis, and if possible a letter of recommendation.
* Supervisors: Luce Brotcorne (INRIA Lille Nord Europe), Yezekael Hayel (Université d'Avignon)
* Contact : Luce.Brotcorne_at_inria.fr, Yezekael.hayel_at_univ-avignon.fr
* Location :INRIA Lille Nord Europe , http://www.inria.fr/centre/lille
* Duration : 3 years (full time) starting as soon as September, 2012
* Grant : 1461 € / 2000 $ (ANR RESPET) (after taxes)
* Key-words: Operations research, Combinatorial optimization, Mathematical programming, Decomposition techniques, Game Theory