Applications are invited for a Government funded PhD studentship tenable in the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at the Magee Campus.
The project will investigate the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to modeling management decision-making processes. Management is not an exact science and decisions need to be made in an environment which, in many instances, is both uncertain and dynamic. This proposal focuses on an important management problem, the supplier selection decision. With a company's performance in major competitive dimensions such as the environment, price, quality, timeliness, flexibility, and innovativeness largely determined by its supplier network, effective supplier management has become very important. In particular, the process of searching for the appropriate suppliers and the continuous assessment of performance of these suppliers is of critical importance to the successful running of many companies. AI techniques have the potential to play a more significant role in improving the quality and cost effectiveness of such unstructured supply chain management decisions.
Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in a quantitative related discipline and have an interest in business and management. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills experience and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as of 1 October 2016, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,296 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress. If you wish to discuss your proposal or receive advice on this project, please contact: -
Professor Paul Humphreys (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on applying go to ulster.ac.uk/research
Apply online ulster.ac.uk/applyonline
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31 August 2016
Interviews will be held early September 2016