Applications are invited for a one or two-year post-doctoral research appointment (starting January 2018 or later) to
work in one or more of the following areas: modeling and characterization of extreme natural hazards (wind, seismic,
flood/surge, tornado, fire); probabilistic risk assessment; wood engineering and structural behavior/performance of
timber structures subject to environmental (natural) hazards; impacts of projected climate change on probabilistic
characterization of individual or joint environmental (natural) hazards; impacts of projected climate change on civil
infrastructure (e.g., transportation, energy/power) system risk.
The appointment is unique in that the research topic is wide open to best accommodate the interests of the selected
candidate and the alignment with ongoing work in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and
the new Gund Institute for Environment (GI4E) at the University of Vermont. Candidates should provide a proposal (not
to exceed two pages) outlining a 1-2 year research plan.
For the appointment to be aligned with the Gund Institute of Environment, the proposed topic should relate to climate,
environment, and civil infrastructure (examples: a topic that extends or leverages our group’s significant work in the
area of event-based hurricane modeling, hurricane hazard characterization, and impacts of warming sea surface
temperatures on the future hurricane hazard; modeling impacts of projected climate change on risk of disruptions to the
electric grid; proposal to study projected climate impacts on renewable energy potential, costs, or adoption).
For the appointment to be aligned with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the proposed topic (in
addition to those listed above) could also relate to performance of structures subject to natural hazard loading;
probabilistic modeling and characterization of natural or technological hazards; or modeling/analysis and reliability-
based design of wood structural systems.
Required qualifications: Ph.D. in an engineering (or closely related) discipline, strong oral and written English
communication skills, experience preparing papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, ability to work
Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications/experience.
Applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected] by November 1, 2017, and should include: (1)
cover letter, (2) CV, (3) list of references, and (4) research proposal not to exceed three pages.
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