Postdoc of Maritime Optimization

Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as postdoc of Maritime Optimization from 1/5/2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as postdoc is limited to a period of 1 year.

As postdoc of maritime optimization, you will be joining the team of researchers working on the ROROGREEN project. ROROGREEN aims at marking the RoRo shipping industry more sustainable though the used of data-driven decision making. In particular, you would be working with real-time stowage planning for trailer-based RoRo vessels. Stowage planning is the process of assigning cargo trailers a position into the vessel. The arrangement of cargo is restricted by vessel stability constraints, and cargo arrival times are uncertain, and should be optimized as to maximize cargo intake and minimize emissions (by reducing ballast water).

As part of the ROROGREEN project you will be under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Line Reinhardt and Assoc. Prof. Dario Pacino. Moreover, you will have a chance to collaborate with project partners from Roskilde University, Southern Denmark University, and the Technical University of Denmark. The project is based on a collaboration with DFDS A/S, the largest Danish RoRo shipping company.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc’s work will include research within the forecasting of cargo arrivals, and the implementation of a dynamic (online/real-time) algorithms for the RoRo stowage planning problem.

The ideal candidate is expected to:

  • implement forecasting algorithms to estimate cargo arrivals,
  • implement heuristic algorithms for real-time decision making,
  • implement monte-carlo simulations to evaluate algorithms’ efficiency.


Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent within operations research. Qualifications within the following scientific areas are required:

  • metaheuristics,
  • mathematical modelling (mixed-integer programming),
  • proficiency in programming (more than just Python is preferred).


The ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, be visible and involved in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.


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

  • scientific production and research prospective,
  • experience with metaheuristic and forecasting implementations,
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation.


For further information about the postdoc, please contact Dario Pacino on tel. (+45) 45251215 or


Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Dean Andreas de Neergaard.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  


Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education 

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here

5. A complete list of publications 

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment 

If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here


Please submit your application no later than March 30th 2023.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

Deadline: 2023-03-30 at 23:59
Unit: Institut for Mennesker og Teknologi

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Thursday March 30th, 2023