Postdoctoral Research on Natural Hazard Infrastructure Risk Assessments

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research position on Natural Hazard Infrastructure Risk Assessments.

Critical infrastructure (CI), such as electricity and transportation systems, are the backbone of society. When natural hazards strike, the importance of these systems becomes apparent: disruption of a single CI service can quickly result in a knock-on effect on households, companies, and other CI systems, thereby causing widespread impacts on society. For this postdoc position, the candidate will work on research leading to state-of-the-art assessments of critical infrastructure failure’s societal impacts due to single natural hazards and multi-hazard events (i.e., compound and cascading events).

The position entails:

  • understanding the vulnerabilities of infrastructure networks to single and multi-hazard events,
  • explicitly modeling the impacts of climate extremes on critical infrastructure,
  • improving the computational capacity of our risk frameworks (e.g. asset, network, and society) and
  • developing this within a multi-hazard setting.


The successful candidate will: 

  • develop new state-of-the-art methods for large-scale critical infrastructure risk assessments
  • contributing to several on-going research projects, in particular, the MIRACA project
  • contributing to the supervision of PhD candidates

Duration: a full-time postdoc position for two years.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses

Job Requirements

The successful applicant for the position on Natural Hazard Infrastructure Risk Assessments:

  • have a PhD degree in civil or structural engineering, geospatial analysis, computational sciences, climate sciences or similar (preferably with demonstrable affinity with critical infrastructure systems and/or climate risk assessments)
  • proven skills in programming in Python (and preferably affinity with version control and git)
  • strong quantitative methodological skills
  • experience with High Performance Computing (or interest in learning) is desirable
  • the position involves collaboration and communication in a larger team of researchers and stakeholders from other disciplines involved in international research projects
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Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit

  • A curriculum vitae and
  • A cover letter describing their abilities and motivation.

To apply for the Postdoctoral Research on Natural Hazard Infrastructure Risk Assessmentsclick here.

Deadline: August 04, 2023.

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