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Post-Doc position in Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare Management
School of Mines Saint-Etienne

Date Posted Apr. 23, 2020
Title Post-Doc position in Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare Management
University School of Mines Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne, France
Department Center for Biomedical Engineering
Application Deadline Jun. 30, 2020
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Computer/Information Sciences

Title: Vehicle routing in flexible and dynamic transportation systems
Location: Ecole des Mines Saint-Etienne (Saint-Etienne, France)
Funding: The French National Research Agency – ANR project FITS – Flexible Intelligent Transportation Systems (
Basic salary : 2 400€/months
Duration: 1 year (could be extended by 1 year)
Skills expected: Operational research Programming (C/C++, JAVA and/or Python are preferred)
Expected profile: Doctor in operations research, computer science and/or in industrial engineering.
Supervisor: Thierry Garaix (, +33 4 77 42 66 41), Mines Saint-Etienne – LIMOS UMR CNRS 6158, Saint-Etienne, France
Collaborators in the project: Philippe Lacomme, Université de Clermont Auvergne – LIMOS, Clermont-Ferrand France Nabil Absi, Mines Saint-Etienne – LIMOS, Gardanne, France Dominique Feillet, Mines Saint-Etienne – LIMOS, Gardanne, France Marina Vinot, INSA Lyon – DISP, Lyon, France

Project description:
Home services are a growing sector. On the one hand, the range of services offered widens dramatically (delivery of meals, cleaning, care, help with daily or administrative tasks, etc.). On the other hand the mode of reservation of these services evolves and diversifies with the explosion of offers through platforms like Uber. Thus, the reactivity of these systems to unforeseen events is essential to guarantee the quality of services rendered and their economic viability.

Scientific objectives:
Several types of hazards are considered: the availability of the drivers, the availability of the customers, the delays in the progress of the initial planning. The unexpected absence of a driver will be the first case study. In this case, it will be necessary to reassign its activities either to another driver or to distribute them among several drivers.

Some additional difficulties come from different sources of hazards, and have to be taken into account: (1) the variation on the transportation times, (2) modification of patient care schedules and (3) the arrival of new requests.

Exact and / or approximate methods may be addressed in this postdoc. The exact methods considered are based on stochastic programming and robust programming. The approximate methods will generalize existing heuristics by redefining the operators of the literature.

Numerical experiments will be conducted on academic data sets on dynamic dial-a-ride problems and real data from ambulance and home health care companies.

How to apply:
Send by email to, your academic CV, publications, PhD thesis manuscript, motivation letter and at least two reference letters.

  • Basic salary : 2 400€/months.
    35 hours per week.
    1 year that could be extended to 2 years.

Please reference in your cover letter when
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Contact Information

  • Garaix Thierry
    Center for Biomedical Engineering
    School of Mines Saint-Etienne
    158 Cours Fauriel
  • +33477426641


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