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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jack Baker

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Baker, Jack
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year (negotiable)
Appointment Start Date: 
January 1, 2020 (negotiable)
How to Submit Application Materials: 

E-mail Jack Baker ( with subject line “SURI Postdoc”

The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI) seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to help grow the portfolio of the initiative. SURI is a network of scholars working to develop the latest tools and technologies to build resilient communities. We work to tackle one of the major global challenges of this century: how will we ensure that our human environments–increasingly urban, complex, interconnected–cope with and even thrive in the face of natural perils.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will build on Stanford’s expertise in performance-based earthquake engineering and risk analysis but extending beyond them. SURI has commenced multiple research streams in 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. Additionally, it has established a network of interested stakeholders ranging from private firms to city government and international development institutions. The Postdoctoral Scholar will help extend these accomplishments, partner with external stakeholders, and support programming on campus.
The work will be based in the Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center. Some travel to stakeholder meetings will be required. Additional travel to partners or for conferences may be possible.

40% - Project management and coordination. Work with senior SURI members to develop strategic research direction and time-lines. Identify potential funding opportunities and support grant application writing. Coordinate 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 will be may require the candidate to utilize methods in probabilistic risk analysis, spatial analysis, engineering, and other disciplines. Work will involve collaboration with other SURI 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, seminars, and other networking opportunities.

Required Qualifications: 

Minimum Requirements:
● Ph.D. in engineering, geosciences, urban design, planning, urban sustainability, or data science.
● Experience with disaster risk reduction research or practice.
● Success working with collaborative teams.
● Excellent written and oral communications skills.
● Interest in working with interdisciplinary research teams.
● Interest in risk and resilience analysis science.
Desired Qualifications:
● Experience facilitating workshops and meetings.
● Experience supervising undergraduate or graduate researchers.
● Experience writing research grant applications.
● Experience with software such as R, python, Matlab, or GIS tools
● Familiarity with urban resilience literature and current practices, initiatives such as the 100 Resilient Cities and the C40, and institutions such as the World Bank Group, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, The Rockefeller Foundation, the UNISDR, UN-Habitat.
● Familiarity with risk analysis practice by catastrophe risk modeling firms and the insurance industry.

Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • A list of references
  • A cover letter describing the reasons why you are interested in the position and how you envision contributing to SURI.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.