Research Professional

Oct 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Research Professional

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Physical Science Research Professional 2 Exempt, 100% FTE, 1-Year Fixed Term 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

Working Location:

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.


Education & Experience:

A Ph.D is strongly preferred, or an M.S. with significant relevant experience. Bachelor's degree and several years of substantial experience in a related scientific field, or combination of education and relevant experience, are required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with disaster risk reduction research or practice.
  • Experience facilitating workshops and meetings.
  • Success working with collaborative teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Interest in helping lead a nascent research initiative.
  • Interest in working with interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Interest in risk and resilience analysis science.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Research or work experience in engineering, urban design, planning, urban sustainability, information theory, geography or social sciences.
  • Experience supervising undergraduate or graduate researchers.
  • Experience writing research grant applications.
  • Experience working with diverse non-academic audiences.
  • Experience with software tools 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.
Certifications and Licenses:


  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
  • Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
  • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements. Position may require some travel

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Applicants are required to upload both a cover letter and resume to be considered for this opening.

About SURI:

The Urban Resilience Initiative at Stanford (SURI) is a multi-disciplinary network focused on research and design of technologies that will meaningfully improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters. We work at the intersection of natural sciences, statistics, engineering and policy in order to tackle one of the major global challenge of the next century: how will we ensure that our human environments-increasingly urban, complex, interconnected-cope with and even thrive in the face of natural perils. SURI is a space to innovate and explore new ideas in hazard analysis, geospatial modeling, engineering design and policy analysis for risk reduction. Our faculty and researchers offer a range of courses in order to train the next generation of students in this interdisciplinary field. Research students work with both faculty and external partners to link cutting-edge research with the real-world challenges of disaster risk reduction.

About the Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center:

The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University is devoted to the advancement of research, education and practice in earthquake engineering. The Blume Center, part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has a strong commitment to serve the profession and the community in reducing earthquake risk. Through its activities, the Blume Center contributes to the understanding of earthquakes and their effects on structures. These activities include research, instruction, publication of reports and articles, and sponsorship of seminars and conferences.

Job: Research

Location: School of Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
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