The Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) is one
of the 9 research institutes of Hasselt University. The scientific research within IMOB is concentrated
on three core fields: traffic safety, transportation and logistics.
The institute organizes the research in
traffic safety, within the Policy Research Centre for Mobility & Public
Works, track Traffic Safety and researches transportation behaviour by
using activity-based models. Besides expertise within public transport,
IMOB also gathers knowledge in the research field of logistics and
organization of freight transport.
Besides fundamental research, there is an applied
research unit that carries out research projects for several clients (EU,
federal and regional authorities, local authorities, companies, …).
Themes we work on are traffic safety, transportation behaviour, public
transport, bike policy, transportation management and freight transport.
About 35 researchers are working for IMOB.
This researcher will work within the logistics
Job description This Ph. D. research will be
carried out within the research programme Logistics of the
Transportation Research Institute, more specifically within the domain
of freight flows. Candidates will be involved in developing a freight
transport model for Flanders.
D. student 1:
Concepts from the sector of freight transport, such as just-in-time and
lean production, will have to be integrated in the new model. An
extensive data collection is necessary and will precede the actual
development of the model. Imperative data are for instance data on
individual transport, data on the location of terminals, distribution
centers … and data on transport and logistics costs.
Ph. D. student 2: Important decisions,
within the framework of this research, that need to be integrated in the
model are the size and the frequency of the freight loading, the
transport mode and the structure of the transport chain.
Profile and diploma
Applicants should have a Masters degree in Business Engineering,
Business Engineering in Computer Science, Applied Economics, Civil
Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics or an equivalent academic
college degree. A strong quantitative interest and a thorough knowledge
of a computer language are to ones favour.