Post-Doctoral Researcher in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Posted : 3 May 2024
Closes : 31 May 2024
Location : University College Cork

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
1 Year, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

Position Summary

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, based at the School of Computer Science & I.T., University College Cork, Ireland. The appointed candidate will work on a project in supply chain management, with a large inventory control component. We shall apply Deep Reinforcement Learning to the problem and also implement at least one classical approach (such as stochastic integer programming) for comparison. The project is a collaboration with Sony who will provide us with real-world data and insight into current practices, work with us on Reinforcement Learning methods such as Proximal Policy Optimisation and host the researcher for short visits. It is an opportunity to work in a world-class research institute on applying state-of-the-art machine learning methods to an industrial problem.

Ideally the candidate should have a background in reinforcement learning, especially involving neural networks, and some knowledge of optimisation methods such as integer programming.

About Insight

The Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics ( is an SFI funded Research Centre that brings together researchers from University College Dublin, NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Maynooth University (MU) and Tyndall National Institute. It creates a critical mass of more than 400 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT clusters to carry out research on a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application domain areas, such as Health and Human Performance, Smart Communities, Internet of Things, Enterprise and Services and Sustainability and Operations.

Project Title: Supply Chain Management by Deep Reinforcement Learning

Post Duration: 1 year

Salary: €43,908 – €50,302 p.a. (IUA PD1 Salary Scale)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Steve Prestwich, Dr, School of Computer Science and IT, email:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 17th May 2024.

No late applications will be accepted.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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