Open postdoc position

The Laboratory for Healthy, Environmental, and Resilient Buildings (HERB-Lab) at the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering at WPI (PI: Nancy Ma, PhD) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in support of research in Architectural Engineering and specifically in the areas of human factors related to building technologies and indoor environmental quality. The initial appointment is for two years, given satisfactory research progress, and can be extended depending on progress and funding availability. Candidates with a PhD in architectural engineering, or related fields with background in human factors related to building technologies and environment, HVAC system performance, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) assessment are of particular interest. Strong candidates will have demonstrated expertise in the themes listed above and will seek to pursue experimental and field-based research. Experiences with data analysis, IoT sensors, and computational modeling are highly desirable. Career advancement opportunities through application to foundation or pilot grants will be encouraged as part of fellows’ mentorship plan.

  • Successful candidates must hold a PhD degree (by the time of appointment) in Mechanical, Civil, Architectural Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated skills in data analytics using programming languages such as Python, R, or similar, are required.
  • Preferred candidates should have academic records that are consistent with an ability to publish in top-ranked peer reviewed journals.
  • The successful candidates should have effective communication skills, self-motivated with a strong work ethic.

Candidates are expected to work with faculty within and outside the department to develop interdisciplinary research and, in the case where an ongoing research program is in place, contribute to the accomplishment of specific program objectives. Candidates are encouraged to develop grant proposals with faculty. The intended start date is in January 2023 (the exact start date is negotiable). This position will remain open until filled.

Applicants should submit a single file in PDF format including a cover letter describing their research experience and interests (max. 3 pages), a CV, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three references to the WPI site at: (—Architectural-Engineering_R0002147). Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. Nancy Ma (


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