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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Global Sourcing amid Supply Chain Disruptions

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Please refer to reference number PDFO-55538 when applying for this position.



Global supply chains are enduring an unprecedented level of stress amid disruptions in the wake of Covid-19. The effects remain unabated and have cut across various sectors resulting in product shortages, price inflation in some cases and excess inventory in others. At this moment, the effects from computer chip shortages and port congestion have reached a level where the end consumers have started feeling their effects. The supply chain crisis is increasingly making headlines in mainstream media outlets. Our project aims to study the supply chain disruptions in the context of pandemics. In particular, we will study how global sourcing strategies should evolve to curtail the effects of disruptions and to add resiliency in supply chains.

Scope of work

We are looking for a post-doctoral candidate to collaborate with us in developing the modeling framework for global sourcing problem under disruptive effects. The postdoctoral candidate is expected to get involved in the project, developing a modeling framework that captures the disruptive effects of pandemics, formulation and solution of sourcing problem, analyzing the trade offs and interpret the results and writing the manuscript. Dr. Amir Ardestani-Jaafari, assistant professor in the Faculty of Management at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus (UBC) leads the project in collaboration with Dr. Eric Li (Faculty of Management, UBC) and Dr. Shumail Mazahir (SKEMA Business School).

What you can expect:

  • A highly motivated and committed team with high productivity within one of the fast-growing campus in Canada
  • The opportunity for both independent and collaborative research
  • The opportunity for mentoring and coaching undergraduate and graduate students
  • Support for publishing and applying for internal and external funding
  • A one-year work contract (1 FTE),benefits included, with the possibility of a six-month renewal
  • Living and working in Kelowna, one of the most vibrant cities in Western Canada, with a thriving natural environment, an international airport, and overall high living quality.

What we expect:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Operations/Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, or relevant disciplines.
  • Strong optimization and mathematical modeling skills. Knowledge in robust optimization is an asset.
  • Independent, self-reliant, and dedicated work ethic.
  • Good coding skills and command of one of the programming languages: C, Julia, Python.
  • High proficiency in English (oral and written)

Application process:

  • Applications should include:
  • An updated CV
  • A statement of interest in the research program
  • A sample publication or working paper
  • A list of three references

Review of applications will begin in early December 2021 and proceed until the position is filled. The desired start date is as soon as February 01, 2022 with later start dates negotiable.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit enquires/applications at this website and refer to reference number PDFO-55538.

Desired start date: 01 Feb 2022
Duration: Fixed term / Temporary
Contract Type: Full Time