[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc: Virginia Tech: Decision-making, climate change adaptation, infrastructure

Madeleine Flint mflint at vt.edu
Wed Jun 8 09:11:15 MDT 2016

Virginia Tech’s Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at invites applications for a 12-month postdoctoral scholar
position effective July 2016 (https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/66877).
The position is renewable for an additional 12 months based on availability
of funds and satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will
contribute to a multi-disciplinary, multi-institute project titled *Data-driven
climate change adaptation for riverine and coastal transportation
infrastructure*. The project is sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Institute for
Critical Technology and Applied Science. The project is led by Dr. *Madeleine
Flint, Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department at Virginia Tech*. Co-PIs on the project are Dr. *Noah
Diffenbaugh, Associate Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford
University* and Dr. *Moetasim Ashfaq, Scientist at the Climate Change
Institute at Oak Ridge National Lab.*

The project will integrate a database of hydraulic bridge failures (Flint),
high-resolution coupled regional climate and hydrological reanalyses and
projections (Ashfaq), and methods for bias correction (Diffenbaugh) to
greatly increase the accuracy of data used to assess the impact of climate
change on bridge failures and their associated economic, social, and
environmental impacts. When paired with strategies for robust
decision-making and optimization, these data and methods offer a
solutions-driven approach for adapting bridges to climate change and
increasing the resilience of the US transportation infrastructure. More
information about the project can be found at http://www.mflint.cee.vt.edu,
under “Projects.”

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the PIs and is expected to
lead the decision-making and optimization aspects of the project. The
postdoctoral scholar will: contribute to the project research; mentor
graduate and undergraduate students; disseminate their work at conferences;
and receive academic and professional training. In addition to research
expertise in fields related to robust decision-making and optimization,
candidates should also have technical competency in statistical analysis
and an appropriate programming or scripting language. This expertise is
necessary so that the postdoc can contribute to tasks including: (1)
performing statistical analysis of climate and hydrological reanalyses and
projections in order to quantify risk of bridge failure; (2) performing
bias-correction of hydrological projections and analyzing the rate of
change in failure; (3) assessing economic, environmental, and social
impacts of bridge failures; and (4) identifying and optimizing robust
adaptation strategies.

Online applications (https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/66877) will be
reviewed beginning on June 23. Those wishing more information may contact
Dr. Flint (mflint at vt.edu).
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