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Engineer I, Wind (AIR) in Boston, MA at Verisk Analytics

Date Posted: 7/23/2018

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    Boston, MA
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Job Description


Become a member AIR’s Atmospheric Perils Vulnerability team and join our growing Research and Modeling department. Use your knowledge of Civil Engineering and Statistics to develop models of extreme catastrophic events (i.e., hurricanes, tornadoes, storm surge, flood etc.) and assess building performance in the context of such events.This position is responsible for developing, enhancing and managing vulnerability component and overall model performance of AIR’s atmospheric peril based portfolio risk analysis models, which cover worldwide regions. The candidate will work closely with a team of structural engineers, meteorologists, statisticians, and specialists in financial application of probabilistic risk assessment. The candidate is expected to be a highly motivated, detail oriented, well organized, and an independent worker and collective team player.

Main responsibilities, but not limited to:
  • Data acquisition, and understanding building inventory and its vulnerability subjected to atmospheric-based hazards at any interested region worldwide
  • Development of vulnerability functions and monetary loss curves for structural and non-structural components subjected to hazards such as wind, storm surge, precipitation induced flooding, tornadoes, and hail storms for the regions of interest
  • Implement the research of building vulnerability into AIR’s portfolio risk analysis models, and validate its probabilistic risk assessment
  • Real-time building damage assessment due to natural catastrophes
  • Collect, analyze and efficiently manage a wide variety of data (such as building characteristics, damage and loss data) used in the development and validation of catastrophe models
  • Deep knowledge and experience associated with the application of computation fluid dynamics (CFD) in wind engineering to investigate wind effects on buildings is a plus
  • Employ the use of GIS tools visualize data and analysis
  • Prepare and present work product at staff and client meetings both internally and externally along with technical writing for internal and external publications and client facing documentation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in C/C++, MATLAB, R, and/or FORTRAN
  • Experience in probabilistic and stochastic risk assessment and modeling, particularly in the field of structural engineering
  • Knowledge of structural design and nonlinear structural analysis, and/or computational fluid dynamics using tools such as ANSYS, OpenFOAM, or FLUENT
  • Demonstrated data mining skills (SQL and/or statistical analysis)
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Knowledge of GIS applications (e.g. ArcView) and SQL server is a plus

  • Ph.D.  or M.S. in Civil Engineering
  • Insurance industry experience is a plus

About AIR Worldwide

AIR Worldwide (AIR) provides risk modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, AIR Worldwide founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber incidents. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR’s advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR Worldwide, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit