Post Doc in Mathematics of Multi-Appointment Planning with Applications in Healthcare

University of Twente Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science


Job description

Optimal multi-appointment planning is of utmost importance for timely treatment of patients with complicated treatment protocols and for treatment providers to efficiently allocate scarce resources. Markov Decision Theory is one of the fundamental mathematical pillars of on-line multi-appointment planning. As the decision problems are, in general, too large for exact solutions, heuristic methods are really important for practical application of Markov Decision Theory. In this respect, reinforcement learning is a key-enabling technique to determine near-optimal strategies for on-line multi-appointment planning. In this position, you will combine mathematical research on the foundations of reinforcement learning with applications of multi-appointment planning in healthcare.

Embedding and impact:
The project is embedded in the Stochastic Operations Research group and the Center for Healthcare Operations Improvement and Research (CHOIR). Projects range from theory to practice working towards the implementation of our results in healthcare organizations.

As a Postdoc, you will develop a close relationship with hospitals in our network of partnering hospitals that will be a steppingstone for collaboration in applied research projects. In addition, you will be embedded as a researcher-in-residence in one of our partnering hospitals one day per week. You will support our team in the acquisition and supervision of applied research funding through two-year PDEng projects as well as PhD and MSc projects. Your three-year appointment will enable you to supervise your acquired practical PDEng projects to their completion. Also, you will have ample opportunities and support to develop and submit a personal grant proposal for personal funding in, e.g., the ERC or NWO-Talentprogram.

Your profile

  • You are a highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher;
  • You have obtained a PhD Degree in applied mathematics, operations research, econometrics, industrial engineering, or a related field, with a keen interest in both mathematical research and its applications in healthcare;
  • You are an independent thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills;
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment;
  • You are proficient in English.

Our offer

You will be appointed for three years full-time within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues. The terms of employment are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU) and include:

  • Gross salary between € 3.353 and €4.402 per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment;
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.

We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.

Information and application

Are you interested to be part of our team? Please send your application before July 15, 2021 via the "apply now" button below, and include:

  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position;
  • a detailed CV (resume) and a publication list;
  • contact details of at least 2 referees;
  • an academic transcript of B.Sc., M.Sc. education and a 2-3 (A4) page summary of your PhD dissertation;
  • a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof.dr R.J. Boucherie,

Interviews will be held mid-end July 2021.

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the EEMCS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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