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Postdoc fellow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2020
Title Postdoc fellow
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Dec. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2021
  • Post-Doc
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering

We seek a highly motivated, dedicated Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct innovative research for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator funded project " The Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network (UF-OKN): Delivering Flood Information to AnyOne, AnyTime, AnyWhere "…The postdoc will work with the research group of Professor Ximing Cai in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of the project.

The postdoc fellow is to lead 1) developing an online crowdsourcing platform to collect, manage, process, and present crowdsourced data on urban flooding observation and assessment, e.g., rainfall intensity, water level, and flood inundation extent; 2) coupling the crowdsourcing platform to an agent-based model that simulates flood evacuation; 3) collaborating with the project partners for both providing data to and receiving data from UFOKN modeling and data sources.


  • Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, or a relevant field by the start date
  • Demonstrated skills in computer programming, with experience in Python, Java, C/C++, or similar computer languages

Applicants with experiences in crowdsourcing, flood modeling, agent-based modeling, and/or data mining and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are expected to be highly motivated, have strong communication skills in oral and written English, and work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Applicants who meet all the criteria should send the following materials in a single pdf file by email to with "UFOKN UIUC postdoc application" in the Subject line: (1) curriculum vita, (2) a statement describing research interests and experience, (3) a recent research paper, and (4) names and contact information for three references.

The position is expected to start as soon as the hiring procedures are finished.

Inquiries about the position should be sent to Dr. Ximing Cai at
For full consideration, please apply by Dec. 15th, 2020.

This is a one-year position with the potential for renewal for the second year based on funding, progress, and satisfactory performance.

  • Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at
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Contact Information

  • Ximing Cai
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    205 N. Mathews Av
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • 217 333 4935


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