Research Assistant/Doctoral Student (f/m/d) - Mercator Chair of Demand Management & Sustainable Transport

At the chair, you will conduct research on topics in the area of Demand Management and/or Sustainable Transport. The focus of the chair is on mathematical modeling in the intersection of these areas (such as "dynamic pricing of transportation services"). Typically, these problems involve mathematical optimization, machine learning, etc., and are often developed on the basis of data from partner companies. The topic of the doctoral thesis in this area is open and will be based on common interests.


Starting: as soon as possible
Locations: WHU Campus Vallendar
Degree: excellent (upcoming) Master's degree in a quantitative subject such as business mathematics (Wirtschaftsmathematik), operations research, computer science, industrial engineering or similar

Job Description

  • The post is paid at 50% full-time equivalent to enable you to complete your dissertation in 2 to 3 years. As internal doctoral candidate, there are no tuition fees.
  • Your main task will be your Ph.D. projects in the domain of demand management and sustainable transportation, with strong links to industry practice.
  • You will benefit from an existing network with well-known researchers at international top universities and practitioners, involving participation in on-going collaborations.
  • Your focus will be scholarly publications for highly ranked international refereed journals.
  • You will to a very limited extent be engaged in teaching at the department, e.g., you may invigilate and mark exams or act as co-reader on theses related to your research topics.

Job Qualifications

  • You should have an excellent master’s degree in a quantitative subject such as business mathematics (Wirtschaftsmathematik), operations research, computer science, industrial engineering or similar. An excellent business degree with substantial quantitative content will also be considered.
  • You have successfully completed your studies or will do so soon.
  • You can work independently, enjoy working in teams and are goal oriented.
  • You possess very good skills in English (writing and speaking).
  • You ideally possess programming skills (e.g. in Python, R, Matlab) or at least the willingness to acquire them.

Academic Environment

WHU has more than 50 faculty members in the fields of management, finance and accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, marketing and sales, and supply chain management. Research at WHU aims to adhere to three principles: quality, internationality, and practical relevance.


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Please send your application documents including CV, transcripts, an example of a self-written or co-written academic article (if available) and the names of two references by December 15, 2021 to:

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Johanna Häring

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