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PhD Positions in Climate Adaptation and Resilience of Civil Infrastructure
Portland State University

Date Posted Sep. 8, 2020
Title PhD Positions in Climate Adaptation and Resilience of Civil Infrastructure
University Portland State University
Portland, OR, United States
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Spring or Fall 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Transportation Engineering
    Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Risk Management & Financial Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Computer Science
    Construction Engineering/Management
    Civil Engineering

Position Description:
Two PhD positions are available in Dr. David Yang’s research group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Portland State University (PSU), starting from Spring or Fall 2021. Successful applicants will conduct research under Dr. Yang’s supervision in the general areas of infrastructure resilience to extreme events, risk-based climate adaptation, and life-cycle management of structures and infrastructure systems. Relevant research topics include but are not limited to:
- Risk-based life-cycle management of deteriorating structures
- Resilience assessment and improvement of infrastructure systems
- Impact assessment and mitigation for civil infrastructure under climate change
- Decision-making under uncertainty for networked infrastructure assets
- Probabilistic machine learning for structural metamodeling and optimum management

About the Applicant:
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related engineering or science discipline. Applicants with a multi-disciplinary background such as machine learning, engineering hydrology, insurance actuaries, and disaster management are especially welcome to apply. Preferred qualities of the applicants include:
- Experience in structural reliability, uncertainty quantification, and statistical analysis
- Experience in programming (especially in Python)
- Ability to work with strong self-motivation in a team and multi-disciplinary environment
- Good command of oral and written English
Other requirements for admission to PSU can be found on (PSU-wide requirements) and (CEE program requirements).

To Apply:
Applicants should send the following documents via email to
- Cover letter (maximum one-page): describing relevant research/programming experience and career goals
- Complete CV: including GPA, research experience, a list of publications (if any), and links to github repositories (if any)
- Transcript: an unofficial version is accepted
CEE application deadlines for Spring and Fall 2021 admission are November 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021, respectively. Please contact Dr. Yang at least two weeks prior to these deadlines. Please include "Prospective Graduate Student" in the email subject. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

About David Yang
Dr. David Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Portland State University (PSU). Prior to that, he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the ATLSS Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University. His current work is focused on risk management of civil infrastructure under climate change and risk-informed decision-making for deteriorating structures. He has extensive experience in conducting multidisciplinary research in these areas funded by the Department of Transportation, Office of Naval Research, and National Science Foundation. He is the author of 19 journal papers, 3 book chapters, and numerous papers in conference proceedings. For more information, please visit his researchgate page at:

About PSU and CEE
Portland State University (PSU) is the most diverse university in Oregon and has been ranked among the "most innovative" national universities by the U.S. News & World Report. Our urban research university is integrated into the heart of the city and is only minutes away from the outdoor beauties of the Pacific Northwest. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) offers ABET-accredited B.S. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. The Department is home to 25 faculty members and researchers and over 380 undergraduate and 80 graduate students.

  • Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution that welcomes applications from diverse candidates who support diversity. Our university community values campus diversity and we encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply.

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Contact Information

  • David Yang
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Portland State University
    1930 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97201


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