Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
May 22, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 05-21-2018

Posting Summary:
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for a Research Associate to work with the Quinn Research Group. The group's primary research foci are developing risk analysis frameworks for water resources systems and designing adaptive control policies for improved management. This work bridges hydrology, statistics, multi-objective decision making, and high performance computing.

The specific project will have two phases. The first will involve assessing the spatial distribution of risks to agricultural, hydropower, water supply and flood protection systems in the Susquehanna River Basin, with a particular focus on improving risk assessment to climate extremes. Subsequent analysis will focus on analyzing how parametric climate model uncertainty impacts estimates of the spatial distribution of multi-sectoral risks associated with these extremes in the future.

The successful candidate will have strong computational and mathematical skills, with preference for programming experience in Python, Matlab, R and/or C++. Knowledge of spatial statistics and Bayesian methods is desired. The successful candidate is expected to be highly motivated, to have good written and oral communication skills, and to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

A PhD in Civil and Environment Engineering, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a related field, with experience in analyzing and designing water resource systems is required. The successful applicant should also have a track record of mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate researchers and a strong writing ability as evidenced by prior papers and grant/fellowship applications.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0623206. Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor Brian Smith,

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

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