University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD
Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral scholar position in Resilient Infrastructure, assisting in understanding the dynamics among disaster policy, infrastructure vulnerability, and community outcomes. The initial project will focus on the differential impacts of the Stafford Act – the legislation that authorizes post-disaster relief funding – on infrastructure performance, communities, and States. The longer-term goal of the project is to provide insights and clarity into how changes to the Stafford Act could positively transform hazard-prone regions. The anticipated scope of the work includes: data discovery on disaster aid disbursements, community hazard mitigation plans, and damage assessments; holistic evaluation of the benefits and costs, including opportunity costs, of hazard planning and mitigation on infrastructure; an analysis of how officials at multiple levels of government make decisions surrounding hazards under uncertainty; multi-scale modeling of the impacts of disaster aid on infrastructure performance; and predictive modeling for quantifying the impacts of disasters on communities. (Advisors: Drs. Niemeier and Reilly)
The minimum qualifications are provided in the job ad. We are especially interested in candidates who bring positive energy and enjoy working in highly interdisciplinary environments. Further, applications from candidates from underrepresented groups (including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, those who have experienced significant financial hardships, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks, and military veterans) are particularly welcome.