[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position (Flooding, tropical cyclones and economic impacts)
gabriele-villarini at uiowa.edu
Thu Aug 14 06:18:52 MDT 2014
I am seeking one Ph.D. student to join my research group
(www.gabrielevillarini.com) in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa.
The research is a collaborative effort with economists at the Wharton
School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania
(http://www.wharton.upenn.edu). The main goal of the work is the
development of statistical models to describe the relation between
inland flooding associated with North Atlantic tropical cyclones (TCs)
and impacts (direct economic losses and insurance claims) in the United
States. Inland flooding is of high societal and economic relevance, but
regretfully has received very little attention as most U.S. TC loss
assessment efforts are focused on coastal flooding. Moreover, it is
often the case that the most severe impact from heavy rainfall and fresh
water flooding is far removed from the center of circulation of these
storms, up to hundreds of kilometers away. The main outcomes of the
proposed research will be: 1) the identification of the areas that are
more at risk from inland flooding from North Atlantic TCs; 2) the
characterization of the extent and magnitude of these events; 3) the
development of statistical models relating flood magnitude to direct
economic losses importantly controlling for the associated exposure and
vulnerability aspects over the period 2000-2012; 4) the use of the
resulting empirical relationships to perform sensitivity analysis
examining the potential impacts of pre-2000 TCs under the current level
of exposure and vulnerability.
The student will receive a competitive salary and will receive full
tuition support. Women and individuals representing underrepresented
groups are especially encouraged to apply.
The selected student will be part of IIHR---Hydroscience & Engineering.
As a student of IIHR, she/he will have access to an exceptional range of
resources, including laboratories, instrumentation and equipment,
mechanical and electrical shops, research computing support, etc. After
graduation, the student will have the distinction of being an alumnus of
one of the oldest and most prestigious hydraulics laboratories in the
world. Additionally, the student will be part of the Iowa Flood Center
(IFC), the nation's first academic center devoted to the study of floods.
The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City has been
ranked one of the nation's most livable cities (USA Today, 2006), and
one of the best small metropolitan areas for careers (Forbes Magazine,
2013). This small city has a population of about 62,000. It is a
community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural
opportunities and a long history of international connections,
leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly
quality of life for which the Midwest is known.
The qualified candidate must have a degree in engineering fields or
climate-related science with a background in hydrologic sciences.
Individuals with good knowledge of computer programming (in particular R
and/or Python) and applied statistics are encouraged to apply.
*Interested? Please contact me (gabriele-villarini at uiowa.edu) and
include the following material:*
1) Cover letter discussing research interests and relevant
3) Unofficial transcripts and/or GRE scores (TOEFL scores where applicable)
*The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action
employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will
receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the
basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy,
sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion,
associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a
disability, or status as a protected veteran.*
IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
The University of Iowa
Civil & Environmental Engineering
306 C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
gabriele-villarini at uiowa.edu
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