The INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) addresses the interface of O.R. and computing. Since their earliest days, O.R. and computing have been tightly linked. The practice of O.R. depends heavily on the availability of software and systems capable of solving industrial-scale problems: computing is the heart of O.R. in application.

ICS is INFORMS' leading edge for computation and technology. Major ICS interests are algorithms and software for modeling, optimization, and simulation. ICS is also interested in the leading edge of computing and how it affects O.R. (e.g. XML modeling standards, O.R. services offered over the web, open source software, constraint programming, massively parallel computing, high performance computing).

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  • Houston, Texas, The Department of Health Services Research at The University of Texas MDAnderson Cancer Center has an opening for two postdoctoral fellowships. Under the mentorship of Dr. Iakovos Toumazis , these postdoctoral fellowships will provide highly motivated individuals with the opportunity to contribute to the design, implementation, analysis, and publication of high-impact studies focusing on public health policy, decision analytics, mathematical modeling and microsimulation modeling. The first position focuses on the development and application of decision analytical models to optimize sequential decision-making under uncertainty for lung cancer screening (OR-focused position). The second position focuses on the development and application of computer simulation-based modeling to simulate the lung cancer disease progression and assess the impact of alternative interventions on cancer incidence and mortality (microsimulation-focused position). Job Responsibilities: OR-focused position: Develop optimization models to optimize sequential medical decision making under uncertainty. Assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of optimal policies to inform public health policy. Microsimulation-focused position: Develop microsimulation models for decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Calibrate and validate microsimulation models to observed outcomes from clinical trials and/or cancer registries. Both positions: In coordination with the principal investigator, lead the research team in writing manuscripts, disseminating findings at scientific meetings, and preparing grant applications. Qualifications: OR-focused position: Expertise in Markov decision process (MDP)/partially observable MDP (POMDP) is required. Prior experience in data analytics, applications of operations research to public health and medical decision making is highly desired, but not required. Microsimulation-focused position: Expertise in stochastic simulation modeling and Monte Carlo methods is required. Prior experience with model validation and calibration is highly desired but not required. Experience in survival analysis, parameter estimation, and data analytics will be considered a plus. Both positions: Good understanding of mathematical modeling and hands-on experience of general-purpose programming languages such as Julia, R, Python, or MATLAB is required. Strong writing and verbal communication skills are required. Education: Qualified candidates should have or be close to completion of a Doctorate Degree in industrial engineering, operations research, computer science, health services research, epidemiology, health-outcomes research, biostatistics, data science or a related quantitative field. Terms : The two fellowships are for one-year, full-time commitment, renewable upon mutual consent with competitive salary and benefits. Opportunities for the fellows to write and submit their individual career development grants (e.g. NIH career development award) would be provided and strongly supported by the PI and the institution. Institution: MD Anderson consistently tops U.S. News & World Report’s list for cancer care (“America’s Best Hospitals”) and is located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the world’s largest. The proximity of the TMC to Rice University and the Museum District, light rail connections to world-class performing arts and professional sporting venues, a short drive from Galveston and the Texas coast, and a diverse population of Houston are a few features of this uniquely cosmopolitan and affordable city. Contact Information: To apply, interested candidates should submit a brief cover letter personalizing one’s interest in the position(s), with information about research experience and interests, and their CV with the names and contact information for references to Dr. Iakovos Toumazis, IToumazis@mdanderson.org with subject: “ Postdoctoral Fellowship – OR ” or Apply via Slate for the OR-focused position or with subject “ Postdoctoral Fellowship – Microsimulation ” or Apply via Slate for the microsimulation-focused position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until both positions are filled.   Sincerely, Iakovos Toumazis, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Health Services Research Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences IToumazis@mdanderson.org T 713-792-4420 F   713-563-0059
  • Chicago, Illinois, At Nielsen we understand the importance of knowing what consumers Watch and Buy.  As the world’s largest research organization, Nielsen is powered by talented, creative scientists and researchers.  Our Global Research & Analytic Development associates come from diverse disciplines that include business, economics, engineering, mathematics, operations research, physics and statistics.  These professionals drive innovation and insight through continual ideation, complex analyses and delivery of insights to our clients.  Because measurement is at the core of Nielsen’s business, our products have high visibility and make a direct impact on our clients.   Our team in Chicago has an opportunity available for an Optimization Specialist.  The ideal candidate must have expertise in the development of optimization algorithms, modern analytical programming, and optimization algorithms and heuristics.  The candidate would also have the capacity to work in an agile development environment alongside software engineers, and a solid foundation in developing solutions for marketing, pricing and/or advertising organizations.   Responsibilities   Create various prototypes for research and development purposes Research, design, write and implement optimization approaches and algorithms   Design and test analytical modules for Nielsen modeling and optimization platforms Partner with our Software Engineering department to build best-of-class web-based analytical solutions Document and present methodology inside and outside the company     Requirements   Graduate degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or Systems Engineering with focus on optimization methods PhD level mathematical optimization coursework Expertise in Python or other modern programming languages  Expertise in object-oriented programming Experience in using machine learning libraries and techniques Experience writing production grade code using scientific computing packages (e.g., R, Apache Spark's Machine Learning Library MLlib, NumPy, SciPy, Scikit-learn ) Expertise in using optimization solvers like CPLEX, Gurobi and Numerical Algorithm Groups solvers Well-organized and capable of handling multiple mission-critical projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines Excellent oral and written communication skills Experience in short-release life-cycle (agile processes including scrum)    
  • Vandalia, Ohio, Responsibilities Position Summary     The Analyst, Manpower Planning assists in the design and implementation of PSA Airlines comprehensive manpower planning tools. This role is essential to PSA as they will track crew attrition, crew training production rates and crew base requirements.   Job Responsibilities    • Responsible for manpower planning model data integrity; development and maintenance of crew planning data repository • Responsible for development of a well-defined process to capture and reconcile crew headcount • Work collaboratively with external groups on access, accuracy, and timing of critical data • Perform future crew pairing analysis and guide crew basing decisions; identify and report productivity challenges and related costs • Perform crew pairing analysis and guide crew basing decisions • Perform monthly vacancy bid process and associated analysis • Develop training plan process, reconciliation, and analysis • Respond to ad hoc data/analysis requests; provide support as an analytical resource • Complete other related duties and responsibilities, as assigned, in order to achieve departmental objectives • Responsible for the Company’s Security and Safety Management System (SMS) and associated Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance outputs Qualifications     Required • Bachelor’s degree in Operation Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Math, Computer Science, Business Administration or related field • Experience in using modeling techniques (e.g. statistical, optimization, simulation, spreadsheet) to answer business questions and to assess the impact and added value of recommendations • Proficient in the use of data retrieval languages such as Access/SQL • Experience with data reporting and visualization tools and techniques (TABLEAU) • Skills in modeling, using database programs, data mining for statistically valid information and formulating hypotheses • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel • Must be able to speak, read and write in English • If hired, must be able to demonstrate that you are authorized to work in the US   Competencies     To be successful at PSA, you should be: • Driven • Reliable • Caring • Engaging Communicator • Decisive • Results Driven   To be successful in this position, you should be great at:   • Problem Solving • Communication (verbal and written) • Data Analytics and Diagnostics skills • Coaching & Development • Driving Excellence • Facilitating Change • Strategic Thinking PSA offers the benefits you expect from a company focused on excellence. All eligible employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including: • Travel privileges on the American Airlines global network • A generous vacation plan designed to let you enjoy your travel perks • Medical, Dental & Vision • 401k with company match • American Airlines Group (AAG) profit-sharing and bonus opportunities • Company-paid Group Life and AD&D Insurance, Short and Long-term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan (FSA), and supplementary options

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