Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Resilient Infrastructure Management


University of Maryland


College Park, MD, USA


Two postdoctoral researcher positions are sought for joint positions in Infrastructure Resilience working under the advisement of Dr. Allison Reilly ( in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Melissa Kenney ( in the Decision Support Science Lab in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at The University of Maryland. The successful candidate will serve as a postdoctoral scholar on an NSF-funded project titled “Accelerating restoration through information-sharing: Understanding operator behavior for improved management of interdependent infrastructure,” and will conduct research on enhancing interdependent infrastructure resilience following disasters. The initial project will focus on the value of information during the restoration process of interdependent infrastructure. The anticipated scope of the work, depending on the expertise of the postdoc, includes data elicitation from stakeholders, modeling the reliability of coupled systems following disasters, developing models of recovery, and developing a set of serious gaming exercises to evaluate the appropriateness of various information nudges or rules with actual operators. The postdoc will work with diverse stakeholders and support a multi-disciplinary research team. Additionally, the postdoc will have opportunities to work on related research activities, especially in the area of resilient coastal infrastructure, and research interests of their own choosing.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented groups (including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, those who have experienced significant financial hardships, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks, and military veterans). If you will be at INFORMS and Society of Risk Analysis, please contact Prof. Reilly ( to schedule an informal interview during the conference.

Required Qualifications: The postdoc will play an important role in facilitating collaborations with the multi-disciplinary team. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Operations Research, Risk Analysis, Behavioral Decision-making, or a related field, and have a good record of research, publications, and strong communication skills. Successful candidates will have a background in probabilistic risk assessment and resilience quantification and also have experience in either i) infrastructure systems reliability modeling and network analysis, or ii) interviewing and survey methods, expert elicitation, or serious games. The candidate must have the ability to work independently to achieve project objectives, meet project deadlines and reporting requirements, and help mentor other group members.

Appointment: The appointment is expected be filled as soon as possible with an anticipated latest start date of September 1, 2019. This date may be discussed and adjusted as needed. The duration of the appointment is two years, contingent upon funding and successful performance in year one. The salary and benefits are competitive, and funding is available for the postdoc for travel and training purposes.

To Apply: Please contact both Profs. Reilly and Kenney by email at and with the subject heading “Infrastructure Resilience Post-Doc Application” and provide a cover letter, CV, two sample publications or writing samples, example model code or elicitation methodology (as relevant), and the contact information of at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a position is offered and accepted.

Contact Name

Allison Reilly

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