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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Sustainable Freight Transport)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Ballantyne
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Under the supervision of Dr Erica Ballantyne and Dr Mike Simpson, the Sheffield University Management School is looking to recruit a PhD candidate that is highly encouraged to research in the area of sustainable freight transportation in logistics/supply chain management (rail, road, air, sea). The research forms part of the University of Sheffield’s contribution to the EU Collaboration project: EU-India Research & Innovation Partnership for efficient and sustainable freight transportation (REINVEST).
The REINVEST collaboration provides a unique opportunity for PhD students to engage in meaningful long-term collaborative research work. It will provide the successful candidate with unique opportunities to develop personally and professionally, through vigorous, research-focused interaction with industry and academic experts.

Possible research fields considered include, but are not limited to: Sustainable freight transport benchmarking, operational best practices, multi-modal logistics, sustainable freight business modelling.

The PhD candidate can expect comprehensive support for conducting their research. This includes participating in the University of Sheffield’s PhD program, with access to excellent research infrastructure and facilities in the Management School. The PhD candidate will have primary workspace at the University of Sheffield but research exchange visits to REINVEST international partners in India, Italy and Greece are highly encouraged and are supported by the REINVEST project funds.

The applicant is expected to do research and write scientific academic papers as well as a PhD thesis. Therefore, the applicant should have the ability to write clear and concise reports in English and to give presentations to groups of academics and practitioners. Experience in scientific writing, publishing or attending scientific conferences are advantageous.


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