Post Doctoral Fellow

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status:

Basic Function:
Applications are being sought for a qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the area of wildland fire behavior and to support the development of wildland fire research at WPI, under the leadership of Professor Albert Simeoni. The primary responsibility will be to support existing projects related to wildland fire simulations and wind tunnel experiments. Fire simulations will be conducted using cutting edge CFD tools such as FDS and FireFOAM. Wind tunnel experiments will use the new WPI device, which has 6 m long testing zone with a 3 m2 section. Additional responsibilities will include research support on other projects, including field experiments and on proposals, including writing grant applications. They may also include lecturing assistance in the areas of fire dynamics and simulations. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to publish scholarly papers and to take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate should have excellent analytical and problem solving skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.
A one-year appointment is anticipated. Applicants will need to provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, at least two exemplar publications, and at least three academic / research references. Applications and associated information are requested to be submitted by 30 August 2017 but will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start date of this position is 1 October 2017.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • See above

    Position Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineering or any related field.

    Posting Date: 08/22/2017

    Open Until Filled:

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI’s reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation’s first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low—faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching.” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016) Located one hour west of Boston, the university’s campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21stcentury college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.





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    Posted: 9/7/2017
    Application Due: 9/7/2018
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