PhD research project Novel Decomposition Techniques for Multiobjective Optimisation

Project Code: 10385334

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Department: Engineering Science

Main Supervisor: Dr Andrea Raith

Application open date: 10 Aug 2017

Application deadline: 31 Oct 2017


Applications are invited for an upcoming 3-year PhD scholarship at the Department of Engineering Science (University of Auckland, New Zealand). The PhD project will be part of the research project "Novel Decomposition Techniques for Multiobjective Optimisation". The successful candidate will work on the integration of decomposition techniques such as Dantzig-Wolfe and Bender's decomposition in multiobjective optimisation methods, and their potential applications. The PhD candidate will be working with Dr Andrea Raith (Engineering Science, University of Auckland), and Associate Professor Richard Lusby (Danish Technical University, Copenhagen, Denmark). Questions can be directed to Andrea Raith (

Scholarship details
The upcoming scholarship will provide $27,500 per annum, and covers fees up to $7,500 per annum. The PhD candidate has the opportunity to visit Richard Lusby at Danish Technical University. The university also provides support that can be used towards conference travel and other research expenses.

The scholarship is available to domestic and international students, with a start date from November 2017.

The scholarship will be awarded based on academic excellence. Applicants should have an excellent degree (equivalent to NZ first-class Bachelor (Honours) degree) in Operations Research, or related subjects (mathematics with a focus on optimisation, computer science or equivalent). Knowledge of multiobjective optimisation and decomposition techniques is an advantage, and computer programming experience is expected. The applicant must have a GPA/GPE of 7.00 or above. Awardees must also meet all requirement of enrolment in the PhD programme. Please note the university's English language requirements for non-native speakers:

Please send your applications to Andrea Raith. Please include a cover letter stating your motivation for undertaking a PhD, and interest in the proposed topic. Also include your CV, certificates and transcripts of your degree(s), and reference letters (at least one from an academic staff member who supervised you in a research project). Please send all documents in pdf format. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicantions will be reviewed from 1/10/2017. The position will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate.

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Richard Lusby 

Department of Engineering Science 

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