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Postdoctoral Researcher INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group || Technology and Operations Management area


Department: Faculty & Research
Location: Europe Campus
Status: Manager
Contract: Temporary - Full Time
Contact: Harwin Devries at

Posted on: 10 January 2019

Job Description

The INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group

Over the past 17 years, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG) has used knowledge in operations, technology and business models to design new and better solutions for the humanitarian sector. Through in-depth relationships with humanitarian organisations, field visits and exchanges with the stakeholders involved, HRG’s research is based on a thorough understanding of the different humanitarian contexts and their specific challenges. Key collaborators include UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, the Red Cross Movement, MSF, OXFAM, World Vision, Plan International, North Star Alliance, and Marie Stopes International. HRG’s research purpose is first and foremost to provide insights that will improve the effectiveness of humanitarian operations. The group disseminates its knowledge through training programmes, conference presentations, academic articles, case studies, and individual study projects.  We are specialized in five key areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • Access & Equity in Healthcare 
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Asset Management & Deployment
  • Environment & Waste

The group consists of 7-12 researchers and has a collegial and constructive working environment. HRG is also connected to a vast network of world leading experts in fields like strategy, logistics, marketing, and health policy, and many humanitarian organizations.

Role description

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will join the Humanitarian Research Group and INSEAD’s Technology and Operations Management Area.

Your role will be threefold. First, you will be responsible for a few (usually 2-3) research projects with humanitarian organizations and apply for/develop new research projects. This involves project management, supervising research staff working on them, maintaining relationships with humanitarian organizations involved, scanning calls for proposals, and writing proposals/research plans. Second, you will help turn our projects into high quality case studies and academic papers. Third, you will be responsible for the daily management of HRG. This involves project/personnel planning, contracting, organizing group meetings/group events, updating the website, dealing with contacts and potential sponsors, representing the group at workshops and conferences, and generally helping monitor on-going disasters and crises throughout the world.

The position provides a unique opportunity to work with a team of passionate experts at one of the most renowned business schools in the world.


  • PhD degree, preferably in operations management, supply chain management, logistics, operations research, econometrics, industrial engineering or a related field
  • Proven capability to publish in top-tier academic journals
  • Profound knowledge of quantitative modelling and optimization techniques
  • Knowledge of qualitative research techniques is a plus
  • Excellent organizational, supervision, and oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Prior research on humanitarian operations is a plus
  • Prior collaboration with humanitarian organizations is a plus
  • Fluency in written and oral English

Preferred Start Date: July 2019 and September 2019

Conditions: This is a one-year position, renewable for one additional year contingent on academic achievement


Please send your CV (detailing academic outputs/achieving) and a cover letter describing your interest in this position to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


The INSEAD School of Business is consistently ranked among the leading business schools in the world. It has strong research and education programmes in many domains of business. Its MBA programme was ranked first globally by the Financial Times in both 2016 and 2017.

INSEAD Europe Campus is in Fontainebleau, 55 kilometres southeast of the centre of Paris. The campus resides on the edge of the renowned Forest of Fontainebleau and is just a stone's throw away from the historic town centre and the “Château de Fontainebleau”. It lies within easy reach of all major airports and rail systems connecting Paris with the rest of the world.



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