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Research Engineer Structural

Boston, Massachusetts, US
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Sep 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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Job Description

Become a member of the exposures group and join our growing research and model development team at Extreme Event Solutions in Boston. As an engineer in the exposures group, you will work with a collaborative team of engineers, analysts, and economists to transform national census, building surveys, geospatial data, and satellite imagery into detailed models of the built environment for over 100 countries. In this role, you will use a variety of quantitative techniques, tools, and programming languages to build databases that capture the locations and characteristics of the buildings where people live and work. The property databases that you and the team develop will serve as inputs into Extreme Event Solutions catastrophe models and will be used by the modeling teams to predict how much property damage would be caused by simulated catastrophes ranging from hailstorms to earthquakes and estimate corresponding industry losses.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, and have strong technical and analytical skills. They will also have excellent research skills and be able to work well independently. It is expected that they will apply their engineering knowledge and work with the team to create and deliver best-in-class property databases to the market.

About The Day-to-Day Responsibilities Of The Role

As a member of the exposures engineering group, you will be primarily responsible for evaluating and assigning the building characteristics to the properties in the databases. Your work will consist of the following:
  • Collect and analyze data on buildings characteristics for buildings around the world to use in assessing the potential vulnerability of the building stock to natural catastrophes
  • Use information obtained from engineering reports and building codes to develop classifications of the building stock by structural type, occupancy, and height
  • Derive regional cost estimates for buildings of varying types throughout the world
  • Employ the use of GIS tools to locate buildings and determine the proximity to natural hazards
  • Develop custom tools and/or applications for use in building classification
  • Create and deliver presentations of analysis methods and results to coworkers and senior management
  • Write technical documentation for internal use and distribution to clients
Provide support to clients


Experience, Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Ability to gather, understand, and critically analyze data on building construction types
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new concepts and skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with handling raw data and manipulating large data sets
  • Programming experience in a high-level language such as SQL or C#
Desired Experience
  • Insurance industry knowledge
  • Experience in GIS
  • Experience in risk modeling and/or economic modeling
  • Experience in project management
  • Foreign language skills
  • BS or BEng degree in a quantitative field such as engineering, construction science or construction management
  • MS/PhD preferred
Additional Information

Extreme event solutions at Verisk (formerly AIR Worldwide) provides risk modeling solutions that help individuals, businesses, and society become more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, Verisk founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, supply chain disruptions, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber incidents. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on Verisk's advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, longevity modeling, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. Verisk's extreme event solutions team is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit For more information about Verisk, a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialized markets, and financial services, please visit

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 fifth 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. Verisk's Statement on Racial Equity and Diversity supports our commitment to these values and affecting positive and lasting change in the communities where we live and work.

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.

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Effective November 15, 2021, and subject to applicable law, all prospective hires for this position will be required to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date, or qualify for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement, as a condition of employment. Hired candidates who do not demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will no longer meet the requirements for employment and their offers of employment will be immediately rescinded, in accordance with applicable law.

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