PhD Research Project ‘Sustainable Logistics in Fresh Food (SLIFF)
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

There is a growing global need to improve the distribution and merchandising of fresh foods by maximizing fresh shelf life while minimizing supply chain costs as well as environmental impacts. The central objective of this project is to enhance the sustainability of fresh food logistics by improving logistics resource utilization while distribution lead times are reduced. In particular, the PhD project focusses at the optimization of the operations within a fresh food warehouse network. Decisions need to be made regarding the joint optimization of transportation, inventory levels and material handling resources between primary and secondary distribution centres as well as retail locations.

This PhD project is part of a larger collaboration between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Groningen and a partner retailer with a contracted logistics service provider (LSP) who, in the future, could act as a cross chain control centre to coordinate transportation and inventory optimization for the many vendors involved.


Currently, fresh food is largely cross-docked by retail chains or stored for a brief period of time in the retailer’s distribution centres (De Koster and Neuteboom, 2001). In this PhD project we mainly focus on two problems related to transporting and handling these fresh food flows:

  1. coordination of truck scheduling decisions to arrange the internal operations in the distribution centre, and
  2. coordination of space usage within the DC for fresh food vendors.

Our objective is to develop optimization models for both problems. We first elaborate on both problems separately.

Please see a detailed description of the project here.



  • MSc, MA or MPhil degree in Business Administration, (Organizational) Psychology, Economy, Technology, Industrial Design Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Excellent results in their first degree/graduate study.
  • Explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research.
  • GMAT or GRE test (an indication of the required score is 85%).
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results (100 ibt TOEFL or 7.5).
  • In addition to these formal requirements, candidates for the project are selected on the basis of their CVs, academic references, and interview(s) with supervisors


Conditions of Employment

The PhD position is a fully salaried position, meaning that appointed PhD candidate will be an employee (promovendus) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Starting monthly salary for PhD candidates is € 2,042 in year 1, € 2,379 in year 2, € 2492 in year 3, and € 2612 in the final year (all mentioned figures are gross and fixed amounts). Successful candidate will be appointed on a full-time basis for a total of 4 years. Candidate's performance will be evaluated after 18 months and if positive, the contract will be extended for 2.5 years.

Working at the Erasmus University Rotterdam means working in a professional environment, where development is encouraged through an active career and mobility policy. The Erasmus University Rotterdam highly appreciates flexibility and offers a 38-hour workweek, flexible working hours, maternal/paternal leave, holiday allowance, end year bonus etc. Moreover, the University has a company childcare scheme, possibilities to participate in a terms of employment option model, company savings program and life insurance schemes and favourable collective insurance schemes. Employees can also make use of facilities such as sports facilities and library. For more information about the employment conditions please click here.

Furthermore, PhD candidates also benefit from the state-of-the- art research facilities and financial support programme (ERIM Support Programmes - ESP), which ERIM has set up a for a wide range of research-related activities like conference participation and visit, international job market visit, external courses, scientific and educational literature, working visit to international supervisor, international research study/visit, etc.

Dienstverband: Temporary, 4 years

Additionele informatie


This PhD position will be supported by ERIM, the research institute of management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. ERIM distinguishes itself by high level and international character of its research and has repeatedly been ranked among top 3 research institutes in Europe. ERIM’s key aims are top quality academic research with impact both on academia and managerial practice, and the advancement of international academic careers and high-level support for both research and doctoral education. ERIM is accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

How to apply

The application deadline is 30 September 2014 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. All applicants are required to follow ERIM application process.

Additional information about the application can be obtained from ERIM Doctoral Office, Tel: +31 (0) 10 408 2382, Email: , .

vacature geplaatst op 06 Sep 2014 door Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam



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