Postdoc in Optimization Methods for Educational Timetabling

Monday 03 May 21

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If you are looking for a challenging research position in combinatorial optimization for educational timetabling, this postdoc is made for you. Your work will focus on Mixed Integer Programming mathematical models for complex timetables for universities.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The job is to research in mathematical models and algorithms for educational university timetabling. This job should lead to publications in leading operations research journals and state of art optimization performance on known educational timetabling data instances (ITC-2019)

The qualifications needed to excel in the postdoc are:

  • Experience with large Mixed Integer Programming Models (MIP), large measured in the number of abstract constraints and abstract variables, i.e. the constraints and variables which are expanded by e.g. modelling languages
  • Experience with large MIP’s in real constraints and real variables, more than 10 million of each.
  • Excellent programming experience, preferably in C#
  • Experience with University Timetabling optimization

The responsibilities are:

  • The development and extension of an advanced parallel math heuristic, applied to a large MIP model of University Timetabling (upwards of 200 million constraints and variables)
  • Particularly, the focus will be on efficient massive parallelization (upwards of 100 cores)
  • Development of extended ITC-2019 dataformat

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 21 months (1 September 2021 – 31 May 2023). 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Thomas Stidsen,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 17 May 20121 (Danish time).  Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • List articles about educational timetabling
  • List articles about large Mixed Integer Programming models

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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