Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Resilience - Lehigh University, Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy

Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Resilience Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy

We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow position at Lehigh University to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring how human perception of recovery relates to community recovery from a natural disaster. The research team is comprised of faculty from Anthropology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Psychology, and Structural Engineering. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow who is excited about working in a collaborative environment to help advance a multifaceted research project.

Our community resilience team is part of Lehigh University’s new Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE). This University-funded initiative brings faculty from across colleges at Lehigh University to study issues related to infrastructure and energy. We are beginning a project that will develop recovery indices from the North Carolina coastal region affected by Hurricane Florence (e.g., infrastructure and economic data), and compare those indices with survey and focus group data that tap community members’ perceptions of how well they and their communities have recovered. Our goal is to better understand how traditional metrics align or do not align with the lived experiences of people in recovering communities.

With funding from an internal Lehigh grant, we are hiring a postdoctoral fellow to help with human subject data collection. We seek a researcher who will apply social science techniques to investigate perceptions of recovery. The position will include opportunities to gain experience in multidisciplinary research, to build skills in online survey data collection, and to receive training in focus group data collection and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Experience with multiple forms of human subject data collection is preferred. The anticipated start date is February 1, 2020, but can be negotiated. The initial appointment will be for 6 months, and extensions may be provided conditional upon achievement of the required objectives and availability of funding. Additional funding is being pursued by the team, and will continue to be pursued in collaboration with the postdoctoral fellow. The social science leads for this project are David Casagrande (Anthropology), Alberto Lamadrid (Economics), Jessecae Marsh (Cognitive Psychology), and Dominic Packer (Social Psychology). The engineering leads on this project are Paolo Bocchini (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Brian Davison (Computer Science and Engineering), and Richard Sause (Civil and Environmental Engineering).

Successful applicants will have a doctoral degree in a social science field related to the research project (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, or related field) prior to the start date and relevant research experience. In addition, demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team are required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, a brief statement of research accomplishments, and contact information for at least three references. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Please email application materials to Ms. Naomi Rivas, I-CPIE, 19 Memorial Drive West, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA 18015 (USA); [email protected].

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