Job Detail

Software Development: Operations Research

Optrak is looking to recruit a graduate/post-graduate/post-doc to join our development team working on Vehicle Routing and related optimisation problems.

You should have a degree in Computer Science, Operations Research or another STEM field (but candidates with alternative career paths will be considered).

Work is hybrid, with flexible hours. However, new recruits will be expected to spend a substantial part of their time at offices in Ware, Hertfordshire. Part-time applicants are welcome, with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.

Optimisation software development is primarily in Scala and Rust languages (for which training will be given).


The following skills are useful and directly related to the position. However, candidates are not expected to have all skills:

  • Academic or professional work related to the Vehicle Routing Problem
  • Other logistics or supply chain optimisation.
  • Other logistics related work experience and knowledge of logistics-related software and systems.
  • Programming in Scala and/or Rust
  • Functional programming
  • Computer Science Data Structures and Algorithms.
  • Programming heuristics and meta-heurstics
  • Substantial general programming experience
  • Other Operations Research experience.
  • Data analysis including SQL
  • Machine learning
  • Software best practices including Test-driven development and Agile development.
  • Geographic Information Systems

On-the-job learning and training

Optrak is firmly committed to ensuring that all staff have ample opportunity to develop their skill-sets through on-line learning, mentoring, conference attendance, self-study and training courses. We use modern software tools and languages and track the latest academic research in our fields of operation.

Research Opportunities

Optrak works extensively with UK academic institutions having a number of collaborative projects. Although Intellectual Property is a critical corporate resource, opportunities do arise for in-house or joint research leading to conference presentations and academic publication.


Optrak is a specialist Vehicle Routing software company, based in the UK. We are proud of our friendly, inclusive work environment. Optrak is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Process

Please send your CV and cover letter to In your cover letter it would be helpful if you could highlight how your CV matches the list of useful skills given above.

If you are interested in this position, please contact us and send us your CV
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