TT Assistant/Associate Professor Operations Research/Industrial Engineering


Faculty of Economics and Business


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage more than 35.000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Economics and Business
The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) is a research focused, international Faculty which consistently ranks high in international business rankings. FEB offers an inspiring international academic community for students, staff, alumni and external organisations.
The mission of the Faculty of Economics and Business is to prepare students for a career in research or a leading position in the corporate or public sector through high quality, research-based degree programmes in the fields of economics and business; to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these fields by conducting high quality research; and to provide a stimulating and international environment for both staff and students.

Department Operations
The department of Operations is one of the largest European research groups on operations, with focal areas in Operations Management (OM), Operations Research (OR), and Industrial Engineering (IE). The department has over 40 scientific staff members and around 25 PhD and PD researchers. Its research publications cover the full range of journals for the field, including Journal of Operations Management, Operations Research, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Transportation Science. The department builds on a strong position in international research networks in organising conferences, and participating in working groups and projects. Staff members are involved in successful and accredited bachelor and master programmes in Supply Chain Management, Technology Operations Management, Operations Research, and Business Administration. They also take part in Research Master and PhD training at both the institutional and national level. The central research issue in our department is operations and supply chain planning. Topics include but are not limited to supply chain control, transportation/routing, maintenance optimisation, sustainability/energy, and health care operations. Methodological approaches range from empirical (case studies, surveys) to simulation and OR.

Job description

You are encouraged to strengthen the position of the Operations department. You have the ability to conduct high quality, original research and publishes regularly in high-ranked international journals. Given the increased interest in our MSc Programmes in Supply Chain Management and Technology & Operations Management, we particularly encourage candidates with knowledge of these applications fields.

Your research time is allocated according to standardised faculty procedures, which guarantees initially 50% time for research during the tenure track period. Once you have a tenured appointment, the allocation of research hours will be according to the rules of the SOM Research Institute. Responsibilities include teaching in the bachelor and master programmes of the department. All MSc programmes are taught in English. We expect you to perform research in the area of Operations, initiate new research projects, participate in the coaching and mentoring of PhD students, support renewal of the educational and research programmes of the department, and participate in committees at the university and faculty level.


We encourage you to apply if you meet (or are about to meet) the next qualifications:

• you have a background in operations research or industrial engineering
• you hold a PhD degree
• you have excellent research skills, publications in top journals in the area of Operations
• you are a hardworking, enthusiastic and experienced lecturer
• you have organisational qualities and excellent communication skills
• you have a relevant international academic network
• you show an active involvement in obtaining external funding for research projects.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 84 months.

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience starting from a minimum of € 3,746 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,826 gross per month (scale 12) for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an an 8.3% year-end bonus
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
• participation in a pension scheme for employees
• an appointment for a period of seven years, attached is the condition that an evaluation will take place in the third year of the appointment. On the basis of a positive final evaluation in the fifth or sixth year of employment, the candidate will be granted tenure. The Tenure Track system is a career path which, followed successfully, will lead to a tenured position as associate professor. The tenure track system 2020 applies.

Once you are selected, the actual starting in this job is as soon as possible.

Job Application

We invite interested candidates to submit a complete application including:

1. a motivation letter (motivation letter attachment)
2. a complete curriculum vitae (CV attachment)
3. the names of three experts who can be contacted for a letter of recommendation (extra attachment)
4. three self-selected "best papers" (extra attachment 1)
5. a short statement of your research accomplishments and future research goals and a five keywords description of your research area (extra attachment 2).

You can submit your application until 22 April 11:59pm / before 23 April 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. J.T. van der Vaart, Department Chair Operations

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221144

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Department of Operations Research institute OPERA About tenure track

Digital application form