Pon is globally involved in mobility products, services, and solutions. They work on the development of sustainable and carbon-neutral solutions for the transport of people and goods. This ranges from electric bicycles to electric excavators, and from connected-car-solutions to mobility service cards. Originating from the Netherlands, Pon currently operates globally in all continents of the world. Its activities revolve around the bicycle, automotive, equipment & power, industrial mobility, and agriculture industries. Recently, Pon has been awarded “The smartest organization of the Netherlands”, as a result of the efforts of its Datalab.
About Pon Datalab
The Pon Datalab is a data science team having the mission to make Pon the smartest trading and service company in the world. The team consists of 16 young and enthusiastic data scientists, dataops engineers, and AI specialists. The team can be described as informal, dynamic, and ambitious. Innovation is a core value of the team, represented through various innovation projects and the funding of PhD research. Two PhD students, Jesper Slik and Robin van Ruitenbeek, have been conducting their research from within the Datalab in the past three years. The Pon AI Lab will co-function with the Pon Datalab.
About the VU A&O Group
The Pon AI Lab is embedded in the Analytics & Optimization group at Vrije Universiteit. The group has many national and international connections, and is internationally leading in the field of analytics and optimization. We form a very active and collaborative group and are fascinated by mathematics for business applications.
The preferred starting date is September 2022 and no later than November 2022.
Applications from all groups currently under-represented in academic posts are particularly encouraged. We are working to improve the present gender balance within the department, and particularly welcome applications from women.
Want to solve data and computational challenges in smart mobility AI applications? Develop AI for efficient logistic planning in the mobility industry? Achieve real-world impact using AI? Apply for a PhD position in the Pon AI Lab!
The Department of Mathematics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in collaboration with Pon, welcomes applications for a fully-funded, 4-year PhD position in Artificial intelligence in the mobility industry. In this project, you will work on developing innovative mathematical solutions on the boundary of machine learning/artificial intelligence and operations research for business challenges. The problems to work on range from problems in logistics, optimization, computer vision, forecasting, and many more. You will be working under the supervision of Sandjai Bhulai, and together with the team members from Pon Datalab.
Three research tracks have been identified, each corresponding to a PhD position. The first track concerns optimization, e.g., production planning or stock reallocation. The second track revolves around internet of things, e.g., predictive maintenance or flow control. The third track regards computer vision, e.g., quality control or corrosion detection. Collaboration between the tracks is encouraged, and the tracks are not completely set in stone.
The research will be carried out in the Pon AI Lab. The Pon AI Lab is an initiative of Vrije Universiteit and Pon to provide innovative solutions using state-of-the-art technology to transform the mobility industry.
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2.541 (at the start) and a maximum €3,247 (in the fourth year). The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8-1.0 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for further 3 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
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Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by 15 August 2022 and upload: a cover letter, a CV, a list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and e-mail addresses of two references.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Sandjai Bhulai
Position: Professor of Mathematics