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UTORG Workshop : Guest Lecture on Supply Chain by Kinaxis
We are excited to host Duncan Klett, co-founder of Kinaxis and Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, VP of Thought Leadership and Industry Outreach for a guest lecture. Join us for an engaging talk on the changing landscape of the supply chain. They will cover topics like supply chain analytics, the impact of digitalization, the skills needed to be a…
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Queen’s University, Smith School of Business Non-Renewable Replacement Position in Management Analytics
Deadline: June 15th

Position Summary: Smith School of Business at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) invites applications for a Non-Renewable Replacement position in Management Analytics. The rank is open, with a preferred starting date of as soon as possible. The duration of the position will be approximately 1.5 years (depending on the start).

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will have a strong record for innovative and high-quality scholarly research leading to top-tier peer- assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as a strong record for outstanding teaching contributions at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the School’s various public and private programs. The successful candidate will be required to make contributions through service to the School, the University, and/or the broader academic community, and contribute to fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive academic and work environment. Specific areas of teaching expertise that are desirable include: big data analytics and natural language processing.

More details at: https://apply.interfolio.com/87633 

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Optimization under Uncertainty for Healthcare and Social Good at the University of Toronto

Position Summary: We invite applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellowship position to advance research in the field of Optimization under Uncertainty with Applications to Healthcare and Social Good. The candidate will collaborate with Professor Andre Cire (Rotman School of Management & University of Toronto Scarborough) and Professor Adam Diamant (Schulich School of Business at York University). The successful applicant will lead research activities related to the development and implementation of optimization models. They will also receive regular mentorship and training, and will be expected to disseminate their research findings by submitting academic manuscripts to top management science journals such as those on the Financial Times and UT Dallas journal lists.

1. PhD (earned or to be granted) in Industrial Engineering, Management Science, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Operations Management, Information Systems, Computer Science or related fields.

2. Strong expertise in optimization with a background in mathematical programming, decomposition techniques, and discrete optimization.
3. Strong communication skills (both written and spoken) and self-motivation.
4. Advanced programming skills with knowledge in one of Python/R/Java/C and optimization libraries such as Gurobi and CPLEX.

Employment Details: This position is for one year with the possibility of an extension for an additional year based on mutual interest. The starting date is September 2021 with the expectation that meetings will initially be held virtually. This may shift to in-person in 2022 and the candidate should be prepared to relocate to Toronto, Canada.

Application instructions: Please send an email with the subject "Prospective Postdoctoral Fellow" to andre.cire@rotman.utoronto.ca.  Please include your CV, a cover letter indicating why you would be appropriate for the position, the contact information of two or more references, and at least two sample of your research papers. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Post-Doc Position in Operations and Decision Sciences at Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

We invite application for a Post-Doc position in Operations and Decision Sciences Area at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The candidates for the position must have completed Ph.D. degree in Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research or a related area or expect its completion before starting the appointment. Candidates have background or experience with one or more of the following will be preferred: data/business analytics, stochastic modelling, dynamic games, sustainable operations, behavior operations, OM-marketing interface, and supply chain management. The appointment will be twelve months with possible extensions, and the starting date is negotiable but preferred to be September 2021. Annual salary is based on experience and capability but no less than $35000 CAD. Applicants should contact Dr. Xuan Zhao at xzhao@wlu.ca. Applications should include a letter of intent; vitae with full description of curriculum and research experience/interest; one or two sample papers; and two reference letters sent directly from the references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

As one of the largest business schools in Canada, the Lazaridis Business School is ideally located in the university town, Waterloo, the hub of Canada's Technology Triangle, an area about 100 km northwest of Niagara Fall and 90km southwest of Toronto, the economic and financial center of Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values inclusion  
and diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized or having disabilities, and qualified candidates of any sexual and gender identity.

PhD position in Combinatorial Optimization (UQAM and Université Laval)
Deadline: August 15th

Project title: Solution methodologies for binary quadratic optimization problems
Start date: 1 January 2022
Summary of the project: Binary Quadratic Optimization (BQO) is a special class of discrete optimization, which amounts to optimizing a quadratic objective function of binary decision variables subject to a set of linear constraints. Some applications of BQO include portfolio optimization, projects selection, sustainable development, facilities location and vehicle routing problems. BQO problems are known to be very challenging to solve due to the non-linear nature of their objective functions and the discrete nature of their decision variables. Indeed, even simple special cases of BQO, such as the quadratic knapsack problem, the quadratic assignment problem, etc., are known to be strongly NP-hard. The aim of this research project is to develop a host of innovating solution methodologies for solving BQO problems. These methodologies will include heuristic, meta-heuristics and exact algorithms. Some of the techniques to be used include, but not limited to, dynamic programming, cutting planes, polyhedral studies, branch-and-cut and decision diagram.
We invite applications from highly motivated candidates for full-time PhD positions to develop advanced methodologies for solving BQO problems and use them for some applications in finance, in energy and in transportation.
Work environment:
The successful candidates will be jointly supervised by Leandro Coelho (professor at Université Laval in Quebec City) and Franklin Djeumou Fomeni (professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM, Montreal). They will also have the opportunity to become members of both GERAD (www.gerad.ca) and CIRRELT (www.cirrelt.ca).
Masters in Operations Research or equivalent
Knowledge of optimization methods (e.g.: heuristics, linear programming)
Programming skill: C/C++ (preferred) or Python/Matlab
Conditions: A financial support of up to 22 000$ per year will be given
Required documents: Degrees certificates, Academic transcripts, CV, Cover letter and two reference letters
How to apply: Email all documents to djeumou_fomeni.franklin@uqam.ca / leandro.coelho@fsa.ulaval.ca

George Dantzig Dissertation Prize
Deadline: June 30th

The George B. Dantzig Award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award has been established to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice. The award is given at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting. All items should be submitted no later than June 30, 2021.

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Nicholson Student Paper Competition
Deadline:  June 2nd

The George Nicholson Committee competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2021 INFORMS Annual Meeting. All entries must be submitted no later than June 2, 2021.

For complete details visit: George Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
Deadline:  June 30th

The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or groups of students who conducted original and significant theoretical and/or applied research in the field of operations research or management science during their undergraduate enrollments.
Submissions due June 30, 2021.

Learn more about the application process:  Undergraduate Operations Research Prize - Application Process

Volunteer Opportunities

Canadian Operational Research Society is looking for volunteers to help run this year’s conference (website) which is happening virtually on June 7-10, 2021. Volunteer duties include:

  • Setting up the logistics of the virtual conference platform (e.g., Zoom rooms)
  • Being present during the conference to help with virtual way-finding
  • Providing technical support to session chairs throughout the conference

This is an excellent opportunity to help run a professional event and to meet pioneers in the field of Operations Research.

Get Involved

The University of Toronto Engineering Research Conference (UTERC) is a conference focused on providing current U of T graduate students the opportunity to present their research, provide networking opportunities, encourage collaborative problem solving, and continue to build the community of students and alumni from U of T.

UTERC is not limited to students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE). Our conference has developed a transdisciplinary submission category that allows students who are not primarily affiliated with FASE to present any research that overlaps with Engineering disciplines. There are currently a variety of opportunities for both graduate students and postdocs to get involved!

Call for Abstracts| | Deadline: June 7th, 11:59 pm EST (EXTENDED!)

If you would like to participate in the conference through our short talk or poster presentations, we ask that you submit a 250-word or less abstract that would detail the work that you would be presenting. Alongside your abstract, you will select your preferred category and mode of presentation, but please note that those details will be communicated to you once you are selected for the conference. The best talks of each category can win a prize of up to $500, and the best posters can win up to $300!

You will be notified if you have been selected by Monday, June 14th.

Submit your abstracts here!

Call for Conference Volunteers:

We are looking for passionate students to help us in planning the conference! If you have previous event planning experience (i.e. logistics, marketing), we would love to have you on our team!


Submit your application here! 

Feel free to contact gecos.utoronto@gmail.com if you have any questions or check out our Facebook Page. We hope to see you there!

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