Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-PDVVK [#21204, WDR-00029997]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Environmental Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/04, finished 2023/06/26, listed until 2022/12/01)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Flood Risk Uncertainty Analysis 
Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University 
Starting Date: immediate Location: Ithaca, NY, USA 

Position Summary 
The Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Srikrishnan research group ( The successful candidate will co-lead a research project on coupled natural-human system responses to evolving flood risk. The goals of the project are to understand both the evolution of coastal urban environments in response to dynamic flood risk and the impacts of flood risk adaptation measures, and there is ample opportunity for the successful candidate to co-design their research portfolio within this broader context. 

The Postdoctoral Associate will be a part of the Department of Energy-funded Integrated Coastal Modeling project and will have broad opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other universities and national laboratories, as well as to gain experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. This position includes a 12-month appointment with an excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. For more information, please contact Prof. Vivek Srikrishnan ( 

Duties and Responsibilities 
● Develop models of coastal development under dynamic flood risk (15%). 
● Conduct computational experiments to understand the dynamics of coastal development in response to changing flood risk and flooding adaptation interventions (35%) 
● Actively publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific conferences (35%). 
● Provide guidance and mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students (15%). 

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have: 
● A Ph.D in a discipline relevant to flood risk modeling or uncertainty characterization and quantification for complex systems models (e.g. civil engineering, environmental engineering, operations research, statistics, applied mathematics, Earth sciences); 
● Proficient programming skills with at least one major language for scientific computing (e.g. Python, Julia, R, etc); 
● A strong interest in applying quantitative methods to understand drivers of and potential responses to dynamic environmental risks; 
● Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research as part of a larger team; 
● Good communications and interpersonal skills. 

Additional preferred qualifications include: 
● Experience with coupled natural-human systems modeling and model diagnostics; 
● Experience and proficiency with statistical techniques. 

 How to Apply- Interested applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) research statement, (3)A statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the names of at least three references (4) Cover letter submitted via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty, and staff. We work. across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education. And outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping. concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, heir environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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