The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the School of Engineering seeks a Physical Science Research Professional to join its team of research staff. The department is home to a large and active student body, excellent and dedicated faculty, and experienced administrative and research staff members who maintain high standards of excellence in a collegial environment.
This is a full-time role for an initial fixed term of one year, which may be extended based on business needs, sufficient funding, and strong performance by the successful candidate.
The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI) seeks a Research Professional to help grow the research, teaching and partnership portfolio of the initiative and establish its sustainability. This position reports to Associate Professor Jack Baker, the Director of SURI. The position will help establish the strategic directions for research into urban resilience, building on Stanford's expertise in performance based earthquake engineering and risk analysis but extending beyond them. Areas of planned focus include urban and regional scale risk analysis; multi-hazard risk analysis; modeling human impacts and post-disaster recovery process; novel technologies and methods for urban resilience assessment.
SURI has commenced multiple research streams in these areas, and has established a network of interested stakeholders ranging from private firms to city government and large international development institutions. SURI has further attracted graduate students interested in this new research area, and has tested new courses on the topic. The next step is to translate these early accomplishments into a sustained research program (strategic, funded, impactful), a coherent learning experience for graduate students, and formalized partnerships with external stakeholders. The long-term goal is to produce through research, teaching and practice, the knowledge, tools and training of future practitioners that will promote the disaster resilience of communities around the world.
40% - Project management, coordination and strategic visioning. Work with senior SURI members to develop strategic research direction and time-lines. Identify potential funding opportunities and coordinate grant application writing. Lead engagement efforts with Stanford internal and external stakeholders, including academics, NGOs and other groups to promote collaborations and improve the uptake and impact of the work.
40% - Research activities, including the development and refinement of science-based metrics and methodologies for urban resilience assessment. Work may require candidate to utilize methods in probabilistic risk analysis, spatial analysis, engineering, and other disciplines. Work will involve collaboration with graduate research students, as well as personal research aligned with SURI's areas of focus.
20% - Coordination of other SURI outreach activities, including on-campus events and workshops, a weekly seminar, and other networking opportunities for SURI students and faculty.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
The majority of the work will take place in an office setting, based in the Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center. Some travel to stakeholder meetings or site-visits will be required. Additional travel to partners or for conferences may be possible.
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