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Post-Doctoral Fellow
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts
Date Posted 09/21/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Full Job Description
Post-Doctoral Fellow


Fire Protection Engineering - NFR JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Applications are being sought for a qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the area of wildland fire behavior and particularly on the multi-scale physics of the interactions between fire, wind and vegetation. The primary responsibility will be to support existing research projects related to wind-tunnel experiments in the laboratory and in the field. Knowledge of CFD modeling and fire simulation tools such as FDS will be a plus as will knowledge and experience in wind-tunnel testing. Additional responsibilities will include research support on other projects and proposals, including writing grant applications. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to publish scholarly papers and to take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate should have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.


This is a one-year appointment is anticipated with a possible extension to another year. Applicants will need to provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, at least two exemplar publications, and at least three academic / research references. Applications and associated information are requested to be submitted by September 1st, 2020 but will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start date of this position is October 1st, 2020.

Posting Date: ASAP

Closing Date: until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants Contact Person:

Albert Simeoni

Professor, Fire Protection Engineering


  • The postdoctoral fellow will be required to support and expand existing wildland fire research at WPI in collaboration with our external partners and the funding agencies.
  • The postdoctoral fellow will be required to publish scholarly papers.
  • Write proposals to seek externally funded research grants.
  • Collaborate with faculty, students and staff to contribute to the teaching and scholarly mission of the Fire Protection Engineering Department.
  • Strong use of analytical and problem-solving skills, strong written and verbal communication skills.
Position Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineering or any related field.

EEO Information

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

Criminal Background check statement

A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.
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