The Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) was established in Singapore in 2010 as a joint initiative between ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. The SEC is an institution that frames a number of research programmes, the first of which is the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) , followed by the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) in 2011. The FRS addresses the challenges with critical infrastructure systems that provide essential services to modern societies, which is of particular importance to innovation-driven economies like Singapore and Switzerland. In the area of Energy Systems And Comparative System Assessment, the FRS is announcing the following job opening, based in Singapore:
Postdoctoral Position in assessing resilient performance in infrastructure systems
This research is centered on the treatment of human performance in the analysis of system resilience, i.e. of the response of infrastructure systems to anticipated and unanticipated events. The Postdoctoral researcher will develop (or extend) a framework to consider the role of humans in the preparedness of infrastructure systems. The objective is to identify the dominant human-related contributions and residual weaknesses, based on diverse system response scenarios. Case studies in and across infrastructure systems will be used to develop and apply the framework, initially examining the energy and transportation-related sectors. In view of future extensions to other sectors, a cross-sectoral perspective will be applied. Specific goals include the identification of the human role in sectoral and inter-sector response scenarios, and probabilistic analysis of this role in resilient system performance. This Postdoc position is in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the successful candidate will be based at the Singapore-ETH Centre, CREATE Tower in Singapore (www.nrf.gov.sg/about-nrf/programmes/create).
The successful candidate has a PhD in engineering, technical, or natural sciences. Research and application experience in resilience or safety assessment are expected. Familiarity with the design and operational procedures of critical infrastructure systems, e.g., transport, energy, would be beneficial. We are looking for a person with strong research capability, creative and comfortable with multifaceted problems, and highly motivated by the idea of exploring existing and new approaches to find solutions for novel contexts. If you are self-driven and capable of independent work, have good communication skills, enjoy teamwork and working in an interdisciplinary context and are fluent in English (spoken and written), we look forward to receiving your application to join our team.

For further information regarding the research project please contact Dr. Vinh N. Dang by e-mail vinh.dang@psi.ch (no applications).

Applications with letter of motivation, CV, testimonials and the contact information of two referees should be submitted online (button “apply now” below) to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich. Application via email cannot be considered.