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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Norman, Oklahoma
Open Date:
Oct 11, 2023

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a $20 million, NSF funded project on Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma (S3OK) ( The highly interdisciplinary S3OK project includes researchers from social and natural sciences, meteorology, and engineering. The successful applicant will primarily work within the Sustainable Infrastructure (SI) Focus Area of the project and interact with researchers in Structural, Geotechnical, Transportation, and Electrical Engineering.  The annual salary for this position is $60,000.

 The goal of the SI Focus Area is to develop an aggregated resilience model that will be utilized to characterize the influence of diverse stakeholders' preferences and decision-making behavior on the functions of interdependent water, electric power, and transportation infrastructure systems to seek socially sustainable solutions to “wicked” problems. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in engineering analysis of individual components of such systems; network vulnerability, interdependency, and resilience characterization; and developing an interface to incorporate the coupling of social systems into the analysis of physical infrastructure systems.


An earned Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field is a required qualification. Strongly desired qualifications include excellent communication skills and prior experience in one or more of the following areas: designing and modeling interdependent networks, large-scale data analytics and optimization models, and stochastic programming. Experience incorporating social science theories, public perception, and community-level factors into engineering problems is also desired.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV with a complete list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references.

 Documents should be uploaded to the following site: The position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. The initial appointment will be for one year and will be extended depending on the job performance and funding.

The University of Oklahoma is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Very High Research Activity institution, placing it in the highest tier of research universities in the nation.  Please contact Dr. K.K. Muraleetharan at if you have questions or issues during the application process.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.


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