Managing supply chains under disruptions

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

In the recent decades, there have been growing numbers of large-scale disruptions caused by natural disasters, trade wars and pandemics. Due to the increasing interdependency of participants in supply chain (SC) networks, disruptions to any part of the SC will inevitably affect others in the same SC network causing adverse impacts on business continuity and performance. Accordingly, a decision made in one part of the SC to respond to disruptions may affect the entire network it belongs to. Current decision tools have two major shortcomings, one being the disintegration of decision-making leading to suboptimal solutions in terms of cost, efficiency and quality, and the other being the assumption that decisions can be made with certainty. The project aims to solve three key research questions: 1) what and how disruptions may affect SMEs in the Australian agri-food supply chains? 2) what are the challenges faced by SMEs when making decisions under supply chain disruptions? And 3) how can decisions be made to prepare for and respond to disruptions under uncertain environments?  To provide practical tools, the project aims to develop models for integrated decision-making under uncertainties. The outcomes of the project will contribute to improving the resilience of Australian agri-food supply chains.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Jiangang Fei


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Good understanding of supply chain management, and logistics management
  • Excellent communication skill
  • Strong knowledge on simulation and experience with simulation software such as Arena
  • Knowledge on optimisation models and solution algorithms
  • Good computer programming skills (C++/Python/Matlab/Julia/Java)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Work or research experience in supply chain management
  • Knowledge about agri-food supply chains

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Jiangang Fei to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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