Research Engineer - Earthquake

  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Verisk Business: AIR Worldwide
  • Department: Research

Company Description

AIR Worldwide (AIR), a Verisk business, 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 attacks, globally. 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, is headquartered in Boston with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. To learn more about AIR, please visit us at: We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies! 

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.   

 Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.   

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.   

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.   

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do.  

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the fourth consecutive year. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce. 

Job Description

This position is responsible for developing, enhancing and managing vulnerability component and overall model performance of AIR’s earthquake portfolio risk analysis models that cover worldwide regions. The candidate will work closely with a team of structural engineers, seismologists, and specialists in financial application of probabilistic earthquake risk assessment. The candidate is expected to be a highly motivated, detail oriented, well organized, and an independent worker and collective team player.

 Responsibilities, but not limited to:

·        Data acquisition, and understanding building inventory and its vulnerability subjected to earthquakes at any interested region worldwide

·        Development of fragility functions and monetary loss curves for structural and non-structural components subjected to earthquakes for the regions of interest

·        Development of regional liquefaction and landslide model

·        Implement the research of building vulnerability into AIR’s earthquake portfolio risk analysis models, and validate its probabilistic risk assessment

·        Real time building damage assessment due to manmade and natural catastrophes

·        Provide technical supports about earthquake modeling and results to AIR’s staffs and clients

·        Technical writing for internal and external publications


·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·        Proficient in programming with at least one of C/C++, R, Python, and MATLAB

·        Experience in probabilistic and stochastic risk assessment and modeling, particularly in the field of engineering

·        Strong analytical skills for data analysis

·        Knowledge of structural design and nonlinear structural analysis

·        Knowledge of ground failure (liquefaction and landslide) and site effects a plus

·        Knowledge of GIS application (e.g, ArcView) a plus


·        PhD in Earthquake Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, or other related Engineering disciplines.

Additional Information

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

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