Postdoctoral Position – Risk Assessment of Networks and Complex Systems

25 Agosto 2017

The National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN is a multidisciplinary research center funded by CONICYT with research teams located in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Antofagasta. CIGIDEN brings together researchers from various fields (e.g., Sociology, Urban Planning, Geography, Psychology, Engineering, and Geosciences) and is supported by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (, Universidad Católica del Norte (, Universidad Santa María (, and the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (

In its second 5-year cycle, CIGIDEN aims to integrate, develop, and transfer knowledge that will enable Chile to achieve increased resilience to natural disasters by improving the actions of different stakeholders during all phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. With this in mind, the objective of the Center is to substantially increase the capacity of the Chilean society to not only respond systematically and effectively to the occurrence of these extreme events, but also to mitigate their impact while simultaneously building more resilient individuals and communities.

To encourage the research work, CIGIDEN is offering a 1 to 3-year postdoctoral research position in the research cluster of Risk and Resilience Analysis, focusing on the Assessment of Risk and Resilience of Networks and Complex Systems Exposed to Natural Hazards. The researchers are expected to have expertise in one or more methodological approaches, and to complement CIGIDEN’s existing strengths in various engineering complex systems including critical infrastructure, lifelines, and other network systems.

The successful applicant is expected to integrate in his/her research, knowledge in Engineering, Statistics, and Applied Mathematics. The position is oriented to understand the consequences of natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, liquefaction, landslides) in the built environment, with emphasis in the critical infrastructure of the country such as utility networks of electric power, potable water, and wastewater, the road network, and the healthcare network, together with their interactions and interrelations.

Topics to be developed by the applicant may include one or more of the following: (i) uncertainty modeling and propagation, (ii) modeling, vulnerability, and risk assessment of network systems, (iii) synthetic scenario generation, (iv) complex system analysis, (v) network and systems science, (vi) agent based modeling (ABM) simulation, (vii) big data analysis (geographical natural disaster data), (viii) fragility evaluation of critical networks, (ix) resilience and life-cycle analysis, and (x) human response in physical systems under extreme loading conditions.

Candidates are expected to work along the objectives of the Risk and Resilience Analysis cluster, which covers different topics dealing with risk and resilience of complex networks, present and future disaster risks in urban settings, socioeconomic assessment of disaster consequences, and the integration of research into a risk and resilience analysis platform. Candidates will become a part of the team working in different projects within the research cluster, contributing to the interaction and productivity in collaboration with the other research clusters of CIGIDEN, Natural Systems and Processes, and Social Practices. Also, candidates will be encouraged to participate in the different outreach activities and programs of CIGIDEN with the objective of transferring the scientific knowledge to different communities in the country, such as professionals and practitioners, and K-12 education.

 Required qualifications

The candidate must hold a PhD degree obtained during the last three years in an area related to the description above, with previous demonstrated experience in publishing in international indexed journals. The candidate should also be fluent in English. Conference publications and presentations, and programing skills will also be considered in the evaluation of the applicants.

Experience in teaching, supervising of undergraduate and graduate students, engaging in outreach and transfer activities, participation in research projects, and other professional industry and research working experience are a plus.

Minimum expected achievements by the end of year 1

To allocate a 2nd year postdoctoral funding from CIGIDEN, the researcher should have submitted at least one ISI-indexed paper to a scientific journal, and a research proposal to the CONICYT Postdoctoral program (, expected to be open around June 2018).


The call is open between August 24th and September 30th, and the starting date should ideally be December 2017*. Late applications may be considered until the position is filled, and special conditions may apply for the starting date. The duration of the position is for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months. Contract conditions, including salary, will be market conditions for researchers in Chile and provided upon personal request.

To apply, please submit to Dr. Juan Carlos de la Llera ( and Cc. to Paula Aguirre ( the following documentation: (i) a letter of intent/motivation, (ii) a research proposal, (iii) an extended CV, (iv) a full digital archive of published ISI papers, and (v) two letters of recommendation.

The candidate will be appointed at the Center, located within the School of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, San Joaquin Campus, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, in the city of Santiago. Help will also be provided for obtaining a working visa. The Center will also cover air ticket and allocation costs in Santiago.

For additional information, please visit or contact Paula Aguirre (, +56 2 2354 1805).


*Availability of funding for the postdoctoral position will be confirmed during September 2017.