If you are interested in joining an interdisciplinary team working to improve lives through socially sustainable and resilient infrastructure solutions, and you are a self-motivated, proactive, and productive leader with excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills, then we hope you will apply to join the Global Project Organizations (GPO) lab!

Every year we add new researchers to the team that are seeking an environment where they can be challenged and contribute meaningful engineering research of societal importance. PhD alumni go on to positively impact society as faculty, government, and industry leaders; please see the Research Team tab of the website under alumni to learn more.

We typically seek 1-2 new excellent PhD students to join our GPO Lab every year. Successful candidates will either have strong interest and expertise in an existing area or an idea to expand our impact in a related area. In GPO, we conduct novel but applied research, contributing new knowledge to advance theories and improve practice through new policies or interventions. Learn more about the Vision and Values of GPO.

GPO research areas:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency, and Recovery (e.g., housing, schools)
  • Engineering education for social justice and equity
  • Sustainable and reliable infrastructure service delivery (safe water, sanitation)
  • Collective action to reduce water consumption or enhance water reuse
  • Organizational management and knowledge mobilization

Strong reading, writing, organizational, and analytical skills are required for all positions.

To express your interest in joining GPO, please fill out and submit the form below. Please note that we receive many expressions of interest and cannot respond to all requests.  To enable us to evaluate your fit as a potential team member in GPO, please email the following information to Dr. Javernick-Will with “GPO PhD Student Openings” as the subject of the email.  Candidates must apply to the University of Colorado Boulder in the Civil, Environmental, or Architectural Engineering department to be considered as a prospective member of GPO.


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