PhD in Nautical Processes in Modern Seaports
The PhD candidate will perform research on the topic of the complex multi-agent system that provides logistics services to maritime ships calling at a port. The research will result in a PhD thesis, the draft of which should be available within the employment term of four years. The three main topics of the research include:
• Impact of the main decisions and business models of service providers on port call performance.
• Conceptual framing of models of firm level behaviour in relation to the port nautical service chain.
• Empirical, descriptive multi-agent model of the nautical service chain. The candidate should have a background in logistics and/or freight modelling, together with a solid knowledge of economics, econometrics, statistics and/or operations research. Preferably the candidate should have some experience with modelling of multi-agent systems. The candidate should be willing and able to engage in collaborative design of computer models of port processes with the main providers of port services, including the Rotterdam Port Authority and TNO, the local partner in the project. Ability to speak Dutch is preferred, and an excellent command of English (spoken and written) is a prerequisite.
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