Job ID: 200752

Post Doctoral Fellow

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Dec. 2, 2022
  • Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering

Post Doctoral Fellow


School of Business - NFR JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is looking for a postdoctoral candidate to join the Operations and Industrial Engineering group at the Foisie Business School and to collaborate in multiple projects. These projects focus on establishing a transdisciplinary, diverse stakeholder ecosystem that sustains critical supernodes of communication and manufacturing capacity during crisis response. These projects aim to support companies pivoting during crises such as COVID-19 by supporting: i) expansion of domestic supply chains and global market competitiveness; ii) Faster translation of innovative designs to manufactured products; and iii) future workforce education. To achieve these goals, we will work with companies on cost models, assisting with integrating automation and other process improvements to reduce costs, conducting market analyses, and improving supplier cooperative and network building capabilities.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in supply chain management and optimization. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading role on the following research areas:

  • Performing process analysis to analyze and improve capacity control and inventory management of targeted/partner companies
  • Exploring the current competitive landscape to anticipate and prepare for changes in the marketplace
  • Performing 1:1 direct consultation to companies:
  • for continuous process improvement to identify operational improvement opportunities and analyze the overall processes performance metrics
  • for market analysis and supplier selection to identify go to market strategies for the product and the potential markets for the business
  • Developing courses/curriculum necessary for agile production and market analysis, and/or other industry identified needs that align with WPI expertise
  • Having regular interaction with governmental and public agencies partners to identify areas to apply WPI's expertise and optimize impact

It is expected that the applicant will be able to assist in the writing of manuscripts and grant applications, make positive scholarly contributions that are of mutual interest with the principle investigators, Dr Sara Saberi, and also productively interact with collaborators at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, MIT Lincoln Lab, MassTech Collaborative, and other partners.


  • Ph.D. in operations research, operations management, industrial engineering, supply chain management or related fields.
  • Research experience and interest in modeling supply chain problems; Research experience in using system dynamics methodology, game theory, and empirical evaluation and theory building.

  • Willingness to collaborate with different stakeholders across the manufacturing supply chain; some traveling within the United State where operations take place to consult, guide and support the manufacturers for pivoting.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities (English); Grant writing experience is a big plus.
  • Industrial experience is a plus.

    To apply please submit:
    • CV
    • Cover Letter
    • List of references including contact information

    WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. For additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, refer to

    United States of America (Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

    Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
    WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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