This position is part of the National Institute of Standards (NIST) Professional Research Experience (PREP) program. NIST recognizes that its research staff may wish to collaborate with researchers at academic institutions on specific projects of mutual interest, thus requires that such institutions must be the recipient of a PREP award. The PREP program requires staff from a wide range of backgrounds to work on scientific research in many areas. Employees in this position will perform technical work that underpins the scientific research of the collaboration.
A senior research scientist is required to work on the functional recovery of infrastructure networks with a focus on rail transit networks when they are subjected to earthquake hazards. The anticipated scope of the work includes: 1) developing a framework to enhance the resilience of urban rail transit networks as infrastructure network of choice through a set of computational steps; 2) developing recommendations to protect vulnerable components and improve the robustness of urban rail transit networks; and 3) minimizing the functional recovery time of urban rail transit networks by considering several aspects enabling optimum recovery process. In this project, the urban rail transit will be modeled as a network and use the outcome of regional seismic assessment as the network dynamic. The results lead to identifying the critical segment of the network and are the basis to assess the network's resilience. In addition, the functional recovery metric will be developed and the recommendation to revise the design criteria for urban rail transit network to meet the recovery-based objective will be advised.
Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
Investigating the regional seismic hazard in certain cities of the United States,
Modeling urban rail transit networks and assessing their vulnerability, robustness, and resilience, using the integration of regional seismic hazard assessment and network analysis methods,
Presenting results at internal meetings, and occasional meetings with external stakeholders,
Ensuring that results, protocols, software, and documentation have been archived or otherwise transmitted to the larger organization,
Developing appropriate functional recovery metrics for urban rail transit networks.
Conduct benefit-cost analysis of new design recommendations
Offering recommendations/suggestions to shift the design criteria for urban rail transit networks from safety-based to recovery-based objective.
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A Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
Familiarity with Complex Network Theory.
Familiarity with Regional Seismic Analysis.
Familiarity with functional recovery of transportation networks, particularly rail transit networks.
Research publications in the relevant project.
Please include an up to date CV and unofficial transcript from latest degree
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