Welcome to the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society!

The INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society provides INFORMS members and friends with a sustained, specialized focus on all topics of transportation science and logistics, including current and potential problems and contributions to their solution, and supports efforts to extend, unify, and integrate related branches of knowledge and practice. We encourage the education of students and the continuing education of practitioners.

The Society was formed in 2004 with the merger of the Transportation Science and Logistics Sections. The Aviation Applications Section became an affiliate of the Society in 2008 and all members of the Aviation Applications Section are also members of TSL.

The Society is the editorial home of one of INFORMS’ flagship journals, Transportation Science.

The Society includes five special interest groups: Air Transportation, Freight Transportation and Logistics, Urban Transportation Planning and Modeling, Facility Logistics, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

TSL includes just under 1,000 members, almost half of whom are students. More are welcome. Find us on Twitter!
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  • Suzhou, China, UNIVERSITY OVERVIEW Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)  is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. Over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of  90 nationalities   86% of graduates in 2020 chose further study abroad, and among which 38.1% go to World Top 10  university and 80.36%   go to World Top 100  university Ranks 46 in China Mainland (QS World University Rankings 2021) Ranks 35 in China Mainland  (Financial Times Asia University  2021) For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn    Taicang campus Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is building a new teaching site in Taicang city - XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang campus), with the collaboration of the Taicang Municipal Government and industry partners, as part of its strategic priorities for the next ten years. The new Taicang campus will be a pioneer of, and an educational model for developing talent and industry leaders to meet local, national, and global challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution, in a state-of-the-art campus. School of Intelligent Finance and Business The  School of Intelligent Finance and Business (IFB)  is one of the seven industry-themed schools in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) and the only one that dedicates to business education amongst all Taicang schools. Unlike traditional business school or management school, the School integrates specialized, industrial and management programmes  seamlessly to educate and cultivate the next generation of international industry elite.  ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES  We are looking for future colleagues in the following field: Supply Chain Management (quantitative preferred) / Operation Management / Information System Management / Management Science The candidates are expected to: Engage actively with new educational models and embrace innovative, interactive, technology-enhanced learning, teaching, and assessment approaches; Deliver high-quality teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as evidenced for example by peers, students and external examiners; Supervise undergraduate students and postgraduate students; Conduct high-quality research, as shown by publications in leading journals; Provide administrative service to the School, the University and its stakeholders; For senior positions, candidates also need to: Contribute to the school’s business engagement initiatives by building extensive industry collaborative partnerships; Contribute to the creation and support of a healthy research environment, with an emphasis on impact creation and funded quality research;  Contribute to the school’s teaching development through mentoring and supporting early career academics; Work collaboratively with program director, Director of ERDI and Dean of the school to ensure that the school and curriculum design delivers an inclusive, enriching, and enabling learning experience.   ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS Successful applicants to the position of Assistant/Associate Professor  are expected to have: A PhD degree or equivalent in relevant subject area; Appropriate research experience as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications for the corresponding academic position; Strong motivation to engage the industry in developing teaching content and research ideas; Candidates must have a high level of communicative competence in English; an equivalent knowledge of Chinese would be an advantage; For non-Chinese applicants, two years full time teaching in a college/university is required by the Chinese work permit policy; For candidates coming from a practitioner’s background or more experiences in industry engagement,  we equally welcome those who have familiarity with the use of enterprise resource planning (SAP), inventory and warehouse management, purchasing and negotiation, or experiences with specialised areas such as supply chain finance, and supply chains for maritime logistics/food/automotive & aerospace/semiconductors & electronics /retail & services.   Successful applicants to the position of Full Professor  are also expected to have (in addition to the above-mentioned points): A good track record of engagement with business and industry; A proven record of academic publications in leading journals, ABS (3 stars or above), ABDC (A or A*); Experience in PhD supervision; Candidates with administration and management experience in international universities or Sino-foreign joint universities are preferred; Some experience of working in a relevant industry would be an advantage. Compensation: XJTLU will provide competitive salary(360,000-700,000 RMB per year) and benefits package; Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.
  • Dallas, Texas, Role: Intern/Full Time Employee As a Product Analyst, you will be working in a start-up style environment building advanced technology products focused on making the world more efficient through optimization. Product Analysts collaborate closely with design and engineering teams to solve B2B stakeholder problems and create value and efficiency through technology solutions. Product Analysts at Optym grow into our Product Manager role.   Essential Functions: Understand customers and their problems via product discovery techniques Identify and design solutions to address key opportunities in pursuit of business and product outcomes Work closely with design and engineering colleagues to deliver value to our customers through new features and functionality in our products Use data analysis, critical thinking, and scripting skills to solve complex problems for our customers Assist customers through consulting engagements to improve efficiency and create value Work with optimization software and help users model and simulate their networks Serve as a liaison between the customers and our technical development team Wear multiple hats as we bring products from the ideation stage to ultimate delivery to customers   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Knowledge/Skills Required: Strong Communication Skills (both written and verbal) Data Analysis via Excel and Python or R Working knowledge of operations research and optimization Basic SQL Skills Basic Object-Oriented Programming Skills Product Discovery Techniques a plus Knowledge of SDLC and agile methodologies a plus   Education and Experience Only candidates with a B.S. or M.S. in Operations Research or Industrial Engineering will be considered Experience in LTL industry is a plus Experience in transportation or logistics is a plus
  • Muncie, Indiana, Information Systems and Operations Management  Assistant Teaching Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management Ball State University   The Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at Ball State University has a full-time contract faculty position available August 19, 2022 for the academic year. At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts. Position Function: Duties and responsibilities include Teaching 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester in the following subjects: business analytics and logistics and supply chain management. Assignments may include undergraduate and graduate courses, which may be delivered on-line, synchronously or asynchronously. Minimum Qualifications: Earned a doctorate degree in operations management, logistics and supply chain management, business analytics, industrial engineering, operations research, or closely related areas from an accredited institution by date of appointment. Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of scholarly research publications in refereed journals, evidence of effective and innovative teaching at the university level, and experience with on-line teaching. Teaching or research experience with project management or quality management. Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/31326 . Include the following documents with your application: curriculum vitae, cover letter, and Inclusive excellence statement addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Chan Gu. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.  The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted. The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000.Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through 07/03/2022. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century: We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student. We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors. We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni. And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive. Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices. Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence.  We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. Ball State University lives the values of Beneficence. We invite you to be part of our community. Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all. The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same. The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit: https://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/HumanResources/Jobs/Benefits-and-Community/Faculty     Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.   Minimum Qualifications: Earned a doctorate degree in operations management, logistics and supply chain management, business analytics, industrial engineering, operations research, or closely related areas from an accredited institution by date of appointment. Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. $70,000-$75,000
  • El Dorado, Arkansas, ABOUT LSB INDUSTRIES, INC. We are a leading North American producer of industrial and agricultural chemicals. Our vision is to be a "best-in-class", diversified chemical and clean energy producer that safely and efficiently operates our facilities, creates partnerships that deliver value to our customers, suppliers, and logistics providers, and attracts, retains, and enhances the lives of talented team members. We are well positioned to play a critical role in the reduction of global carbon emissions through our potential to produce low carbon or no carbon ammonia. We expect our success in achieving these goals to lead to superior financial performance and greater value for our public shareholders. For more information, view our website at www.lsbindustries.com The company is seeking your help in making this vision a reality! Job Summary The Controls Engineer is responsible for the analysis, review, development, maintenance, and implementation of automation and control systems used by the site. Responsibilities & Duties Support various I/O devices connected to PLC’s including HMI’s, remote I/O, sensors, relays, solenoids, etc., and support/assist maintenance personnel in troubleshooting electrical, PLC, pneumatic circuits, all other components associated with automated processes to meet production and safety goals. Respond with urgency to assigned work and breakdowns/emergency work orders assisting the maintenance team as needed. Ensure that the control systems comply with any regulatory requirements such as SIL/LOPA assessments. Maintain or create instrument and electrical drawings for control systems consisting of motor elementaries and instrument loop sheets. Maintain PLC documentation upon receipt from equipment suppliers and an archive of PLC programs and machine controls drawings in an electronic and/or paper format and throughout facility. Mentoring and sharing knowledge with technicians and other technical staff members on control system strategies and installations. Partnership in developing and maintaining our IT systems, and infrastructure, both internally and with external vendors.   Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or related field; 3+ years of experience working in manufacturing. Hands on experience with Allen Bradley and Rockwell Automation products. Understanding of IT and OT network communication protocols (including TCP/IP, UDP, DNP3, Modbus, IEC 61850, OPC, OPC UA, and PROFINET) and ability to perform packet analysis. Understanding of threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits in ICS environments and appropriate mitigation techniques. Knowledge of regulatory requirements for ICS environments. Possessing a working knowledge of PSM and DHS regulatory requirements. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. Highly organized, with focus on process and time management discipline. Ability to work with people at all levels of the organization. Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines are required. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Work Environment & Physical Demands Willingness to work around dust, chemicals, high pressure, high temperature, loud noises, and running equipment. Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in designated areas (hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, steel toed boots and hearing protection). Must be able to lift as much as 25 lbs. Special Attention : This position is safety and security sensitive in nature. This position deals with hazardous materials and/or industrial processes that can pose a risk to employees and the general public. These facilities are required to comply with security standards under Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • HKG, Hong Kong, China, The University of Hong Kong Professor and Head of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong invites applications for Professor and Head of Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) (Ref.: 513847), to commence as soon as possible.  The appointment as Head of Department will be made for an initial three-year term, renewable subject to mutual agreement. The University Ranked the World #1 Most International University (2021), and 22nd among the World’s Top Universities by QS World University Rankings (2022), the University is a leading university in Asia with 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 7,000 academic and administrative staff. The Faculty The Faculty of Engineering, one of the two founding faculties of the University of Hong Kong, is at the forefront of engineering research, and is one of the largest Faculties in the University offering a wide range of undergraduate majors, master’s programmes and PhD degrees.  The Faculty groomed more than 19,000 first-degree engineering graduates and 16,000 master’s and PhD graduates.  The Faculty has over 140 professors and teaching staff. The Department The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) currently consists of 16 core faculty members and serves 179 undergraduate and 198 graduate students.  Educational offerings include BEng programmes in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM), Engineering Science (EngSc), a MSc(Eng) in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM), in addition to MPhil and PhD degrees.  Current research foci include Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering and Cyber-Physical Systems. It maintains the following multi-disciplinary laboratories in Advanced Logistics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Physical Internet, Human-System Interaction and Simulation, Information Integration and Innovation, Digital Enterprise Technology, Supply Chain Management, Service Engineering, Systems Automation, and Systems Analytics. The Role Reporting to the Dean of Engineering, the Head of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering is expected to provide leadership and vision in leading and growing the Department’s research and educational missions and to lead the expansion of the Department professoriate. The Head should possess distinguished academic credentials, with internationally acclaimed research achievements. He/She should preferably have administrative experiences. The successful candidate should also possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. A wide-range of research funding opportunities exist both in Hong Kong and China (far exceeding most other countries) and through interactions with government and local, regional and international industry. The University is adding major new facilities throughout Hong Kong and nearby in China.  A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The University will contribute up to 15% of basic salary into the retirement benefits scheme. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. The University only accepts online applications for the above post. Applicants should apply online at the University’s career site (http://jobs.hku.hk) and upload a letter of interest outlining their experience in and vision for research and academic leadership and an up-to-date CV.  Review of applications will start on July 1, 2022 and continue until the post is filled. The University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency.  

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