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Simulation Specialist – Freight & Logistics

Research & development - Gent | More than two weeks ago

Are you passionate about co-creating solutions that can help tackle the societal challenges of tomorrow? Would you love to work in a talented, multi-disciplinary team? Are you driven by connecting technology development and models to market and business needs? Then get in touch!

Simulation Specialist Freight & Logistics

imec EDiT

As a high-tech research centre that is partially publicly funded, imec carries a responsibility to ensure local impact of the digital technologies it helps to develop. The EDiT (“Enabling Digital Transformations”) department plays a leading role in realizing imec’s local impact by conducting demand-driven research & development, in collaboration with several authorities, imec departments, academic & other research institutes, companies, and citizen’s organisations. Our mission is to tackle so-called “wicked problems” in 3 main domains, or “clusters”: (smart) cities, mobility & logistics, and public health. The activities of EDiT are guided by our “Open for Impact” vision, which puts an emphasis on open knowledge, open source, and open data. Examples of our research programmes include City of Things, Mobilidata, Maak dat mee, Internet of Water, and a forthcoming public health initiative (tentative). 

What you will do

As a Simulation Specialist for Freight & Logistics, your job is to translate market and stakeholder needs into concrete requirements of freight transport and logistics solutions. Key stakeholders are shippers, logistics service provides, carriers, terminal operators and port authorities. You will be responsible for gathering data-driven insights regarding their organization, operations and most urging needs and wants. You translate these insights into quantitative evaluations via simulation models (agent-based, discrete event models etc.). You report your findings to the team and use relevant insights to abstract functional and business requirements and contribute to solutions your team is working on; such as the Physical Internet and Digital Twin concept for ports and their hinterlands. You are expected to know the ecosystem inside out by keeping in touch with relevant stakeholders, end-users and data sources, but you also collect your own data via adequate tests, experiments or other data gathering techniques. You are able to translate these different insights into coherent analysis that lead to spotting new innovation opportunities, choosing between different alternatives in terms of solution development and designing viable market introduction strategies. In a later stage, you are also expected to support business development and shaping of future proposals.  
As a Simulation Specialist, you will also join EDiT’s Business & Domain Experts competence centre, where we will provide coaching, arrange training, evaluate and fine-tune your role and responsibilities, and plan your path within EDiT/imec together. Additionally, through our EDiT Communities of Practice initiative you will regularly interact with other developers, architects, designers, and user researchers across EDiT. 

What we do for you

EDiT is based at the imec offices in the centres of Ghent and Antwerp. You can choose from which of these two cities you prefer to work, and we have always been open to homework, as most of the team communication takes place online.  
In exchange for your talent, passion, and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process, not only with words but with concrete actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

We are looking for a Simulation Specialist for Freight & Logistics with preferably between 3 to 6 years of relevant experience. 

“Must-haves” (essential skills): 

  • Good domain knowledge of freight transport and logistics challenges in Flanders and beyond. 
  • Knowledge of agent-based modelling, multi-agent based systems, discrete even models, statistics etc. Understanding of the physical internet, synchromodal/intermodal transport and urban logistics.  
  • Perfect written & oral skills in English (professional proficiency). Dutch will be appreciated.  
  • Excellent analytical skills for gathering stakeholder requirements and translating this into concrete development trajectories. Basic understanding of programming languages. 

“Should-haves” (a great candidate is familiar with most of these): 

  • Team player accustomed to scrum or similar agile process. 
  • Knowledge of innovation management tools & techniques. 
  • Experience in designing business models in complex ecosystems. 
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulations. 
  • Experience in relationship management and business development. 
  • Open to acquire reinforcement learning skills 
  • Affinity with ICT/software development with a problem-solving mindset. 

“Could-haves” (it is nice to tick a few of these boxes): 

  • Affinity with open source. 
  • Affinity with proposal writing. 
  • Experience with Design Thinking. 
  • Enough applied experience in operations research and optimization.