As a Graduation student: Integrated Vehicle Routing and Dynamic Cross-Docking at ORTEC you will be part of a unique organization and team!
What you do
As a student you get the chance to dive into one of the most interesting problems within vehicle routing. In real-life applications of vehicle routing, cross-docking is a well-known concept to increase efficiency. Cross-docking locations are used for combine orders from different origin regions (e.g. factories or distribution centers) but with the same geographical destination area (e.g., supermarkets in a certain region), and vice versa. Since goods are transferred directly from unloading docks to loading docks, the inbound routes be should aligned well with the outbound routes.
In current practice, cross-dock decisions (i.e., what orders to cross-dock and where) are taken upfront, before building the vehicle routes. However, certain cross-dock decisions may turn out bad due to the dynamics of building vehicle routes. It may turn out that orders that are supposed to be delivered together with one truck have to be split over multiple trucks, due to time restrictions. Therefore, there is a huge potential for increasing efficiency in logistics by making the cross dock decisions dynamic, e.g., include them as a separate decision when building the vehicle routes.
You, as a master student, are asked to investigate this topic and get a clear overview on what is already done for this topic in scientific literature. Next, you’ll be asked to propose a solution method for solving this problem. You are free to build a completely new solution method, or to integrate a method within the available solution methods for building vehicle routes in our software. The latter option gives you the advantage that you can test your methods on real customer data and show the benefits of your research. You will do your research with the help of a dedicated supervisor, and if you choose to integrate the method in the software, you’ll soon be part of the development team and experience the challenging and dynamic environment of working with highly skilled people at ORTEC.
Who you are
• You are a master student at an Operations Research or Computer Science study and searching for a graduation project
• You have extensive knowledge about combinatorial optimization problems and its solution methods, both exact and heuristic
• You have at least basic programming skills in Java, C++, or Delphi, preferably experienced in C++
What we offer
• A pleasant, open, informal atmosphere
• Early responsibility
• Inspiring, smart and enthusiastic colleagues
• Ample opportunities to develop yourself (internationally)
• Excellent pay and conditions
• Active employee association
What to expect
We help you to thrive in your field of expertise. We offer development programs, tailored to your individual needs and function requirements, including opportunities to attend courses and seminars. We offer challenging practical hands-on experience with opportunities to work abroad. We operate a flat organizational structure that keeps communication lines short. The atmosphere is open, informal, cooperative and positive. We employ over 800 people in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, the U.K., Romania, Italy, Poland, the U.S., Australia and Brazil.
Visit our website www.ortec.com to learn more about our solutions and clients’ experiences.
Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.