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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Logistics

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
26 Jan 2023

Job Information

UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology
Research Field
Engineering » Industrial engineering
Engineering » Other
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
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Type of Contract
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Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The position

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Department of Industrial EngineeringFaculty of Engineering Science and Technology.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of two and a half-year (2.5 years). Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The workplace is at UiT in Narvik. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The project

The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology consists of five departments where Department of Industrial Engineering is where the position is located. The nearest professional affiliation will be at the Department’s research group “Intelligent Manufacturing and Logistics” and its interrelated Technological Competence Center for Arctic Logistics Operations (ArcLog).

The position will be attached to the project “UiT Aurora Center for Mathematical Structures in Computations” (MASCOT) funded by the UiT Aurora Centers initiative. The MASCOT project aims to unify and advance research frontiers in the interplay of computational and pure mathematics by exploring fundamental mathematical structures and their increasing significance for modern algorithms and novel program architectures.

The research topic for this PostDoc is to develop real-time optimization-simulation system(s) for supporting decision making for sustainable reverse logistics management. Current decision support systems are mainly based on the historical data and use a single analytical method, which fail to take the dynamics and environmental uncertainties into account. This project will especially focus on optimizing multi-sourced waste collection, which is a complex decision-making problem that is affected by many non-related or corelated factors, e.g., weather, traffic, filling rate, pickup capacity, etc. In this regard, a real-time optimizationsimulation system – powered by digital twin – can provide novel solutions for dynamic decision support.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Wei Deng Solvang:

or Head of Department Jan-Arne Pettersen:


This position requires a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

We seek primarily candidates with strong background in one or several of the following topics: reverse logistics, optimization, advanced simulation such as discrete event simulation, agent-based simulation, and system dynamics. The candidates with advanced experience in digital logistics twin and logistics simulation software (i.e., anyLogistix and Anylogic) will be prioritized.

Fluency in English is required and working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is desirable. Nordic applicants can document their capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

When applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, the applicant shall submit a 2-page project proposal for the qualifying work, which should be explicitly related to the activity within the project. This proposal shall include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.

In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. During the assessment emphasis will also be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position. The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity  

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.  

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics. 

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: 


Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Project proposal (max 2 pages)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • A list of your academic production
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language) if applicable 
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority. 

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. 

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Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.


Research Field
Engineering » Industrial engineering
Education Level
PhD or equivalent
Research Field
Engineering » Other
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

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