Professor in Operations Research

Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby-Taarbæk (DK)
19 May 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in Operations Research

DTU Management—Department of Technology, Management and Economics—at DTU is looking for an outstanding Professor in Operations Research. The position as professor is a permanent faculty position. The professor will be part of the research group in Operations Research, and will contribute to research and teaching in the theoretical foundation as well as applications to practical problem solving. The Department already has a strong and internationally recognized environment in Operations Research.

DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics—in close cooperation with companies and public authorities.

Operations Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to ensure better decision-making. By using techniques such as mathematical modelling to analyse complex situations, OR delivers executives the power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems. OR is an essential part of the data science and analytics agenda.

Responsibilities and tasks

The applicant should conduct excellent research in Operations Research at the highest international level, incorporating methodology as well as applications. The key responsibilities are:

  • Leadership in research, aiming at strengthening the department’s profile and international visibility
  • Teaching and supervision at undergraduate and graduate level
  • External collaboration with academia, industry, and public organizations
  • Attracting grants and initiating and securing external funding for new projects
  • Guidance and supervision of early-career researchers

Furthermore, candidates should have published frequently in international top journals and have an interest in developing of OR within data science and analytics.

The OR research group considers it a strength to combine development of new theory with real-life applications. The section is team-oriented, and the professor is expected to support this through peer activities.

For international candidates, DTU can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.


The candidate must have the following qualifications:

  • Scientific production at international level, which has contributed to further development of the area,
  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Collaboration with industry and/or public authorities
  • Experience in establishing and leading successful applications for funding of large research projects
  • Documented experience in research management, including handling of management assignments in national as well as international projects, research programmes, conferences, etc.
  • Experience with supervision and guidance of PhD students

The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Communication skills

Consideration will also be given to:

  • Documented experience in applying OR to industry or governmental organizations.
  • Successful supervision of PhD students

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Management Science Professor Jesper Larsen, tel.: +45 4525 3385, email:

You can read more about DTU Management at

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 3 July 2020 (23:59 local time). Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link ‘Apply online’, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • CV
  • A vision for future research
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the ‘Assessment’ bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index (Google, Scopus and WoS), and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity and sustainability within the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UN Collaborating Centre. The UN DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale. The department offers a wide range of courses and programmes at bachelor, master and PhD level across DTU’s study programmes. DTU Management employs about 300 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.