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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Community Resilience - Planning Guidance, Infrastructure Design and Performance


Engineering Laboratory, Materials and Structural Systems Division

opportunity location
50.73.11.B8494 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Maria Khorsand Dillard 202-281-0908
Therese Park McAllister 301.975.6078
Judith Mitrani-Reiser 301.975.0684


The Community Resilience Program ( is developing science-based tools to assess resilience and support informed planning and decision making by communities. Active areas of research through a multi-disciplinary approach include:

Community Resilience Planning Guidance. A comprehensive systems approach to community resilience for physical, social, and economic systems includes (1) identifying infrastructure performance and recovery goals and the social and economic services and functions that they support; (2) assessing system performance, damage levels, and loss of functionality for hazard events; (3) characterizing dependencies among and between systems; (4) and determining the duration of recovery for physical, social, and economic systems and their impact on the community resilience. See the NIST guidance documents, NIST SP 1190 and NIST SP 1190GB-16, and related documents at  

Research areas include but are not limited to: Incorporating functional recovery into the performance metrics for the built environment; interdependencies between physical, social, and economic systems and functions; incorporating equity into the planning assessments and prioritization of solutions; methods to address climate effects as discrete events; methods to address chronic stressors; and natural or nature-based systems as part of community resilience.  

Community Resilience and Infrastructure Design. This project has two research focus areas: (a) To advance design and assessment methods for buildings and infrastructure to improve their ability to support social and economic functions and community resilience and (b) examine compatibility of design and planning practices for resilience, sustainability, and climate adaptation and their implications for resilience design practices. See  

Research areas include but are not limited to: Quantitative approaches to identify and evaluate the performance of the built environment; methods to identify and characterize interdependencies, cascading effects, consequences, and/or recovery of community services and functions for buildings and infrastructure systems; design and assessment criteria to bring community resilience goals into design practice.   

key words
Buildings; Infrastructure systems; Social systems; Community resilience; Metrics; Decision making; Engineering; Risk analysis; Hazards and disaster research; Climate adaptation; Stressors


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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