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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/21/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

The Global Resilience Institute is currently supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1 with recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19. This post-doc position will provide liaison support between FEMA Region 1, state and local recovery agencies, and GRI resilience experts.


This position will support the operations and coordination of state, federal, and local recovery efforts from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis. In this role, the candidate will liaison directly between GRI and the recovery agencies, ensuring that recovery operations are informed by GRI’s resilience expertise and methodologies. In addition, the candidate will serve as the lead liaison on a team of 5 other liaisons, each of which will have responsibility for a New England state or solution-based recovery team. The candidate will work closely with the other liaisons to maintain situational awareness across the New England region and to share key findings and recommendations.

Based on the ongoing needs of FEMA Region on, this position may also provide research support, analysis, and engagement as part of the execution of Global Resilience Institute’s ongoing and future research projects.

• Serving as lead liaison for a team of 6 liaisons, including serving as a primary point of contact for day to day operations with FEMA recovery coordinators.

• Producing resource guides and other analytical documents to support FEMA, the states, and solutions-based teams.

• Providing meeting summaries that document findings and recommendations of recovery working groups and for working sessions that address sector-specific, cross-sector, and other social, and economic challenges for each of the six New England states and at the regional level as directed by FEMA RI.

• Synthesizing and preparing responses to research requests that supports the outreach and engagement activities of the Economic Development Recovery Support Function Workgroup and other recovery support activities in support of FEMA RI recovery responsibilities.

• Providing operational support to recovery agencies in the six New England states or solution-based teams by scheduling and facilitating regular calls with cross-functional agencies.

• Working with state agencies and GRI experts to identify critical issues affecting resilient economic recovery and identifying relevant stakeholders in order to convene calls, workshops, or working groups that enable the issues to be addressed holistically and rapidly.

• Providing resilience expertise – either through direct engagement or facilitating engagement with GRI senior researchers – to recovery decision-makers;

• Providing research support, operational assistance, and engagement coordination, as needed, at the request of the respective recovery agencies.


The successful candidate will have a PhD by the time of appointment. Experience working with federal, state, and local public offices is required.


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see .


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