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Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Operational Research/Management Science

Operational Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,277 to £35,256
Full Time Fixed Term For 18 Months
Closing Date:  Friday 02 January 2015
Interview Date:   Monday 23 February 2015
Reference:  489114PJ


Mathematical Sciences and the Southampton Business School are seeking to appoint a researcher to work on scheduling and optimisation applied in the railway industry as part of an RSSB-funded project Developing Integrated Tools to Optimise (DITTO) Railway System Performance. This is a collaborative multi-disciplinary project between the Transport Research Group in Civil Engineering, the Operational Research Group in Mathematical Sciences and the Management Science Group in the Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton, the Institute for Transport Studies at University of Leeds and the Department of Computer Science at Swansea University.


You will have a research background in Operational Research/Management Science with expertise in at least one of the areas: discrete optimisation; stochastic optimisation; scheduling; applications in transport.  You will have a PhD, or have a reasonable expectation of such an award in the near future or equivalent qualification, and will be able to demonstrate a high-quality research track-record.  Proficiency in computer programming is also required.


You will work on two main research areas of the DITTO project. First, stochastic scheduling techniques will be applied to rail scheduling. Second, multicommodity network design formulations will be developed for (re)designing scheduled services on the rail network, the solutions of which will require efficient algorithms to be devised based on integer programming techniques.


The position is tenable from 1 February 2015


Informal enquiries can be made at any time to Professor Tolga Bektas via email: or tel. +44 (0)23 8059 8969 or Professor Chris Potts via email: or tel. +44 (0)23 8059 3651.

The closing date for this vacancy is 2 January 2015.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you require any assistance, please contact Charlene Tyson on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 489114PJ on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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