Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow (Landslide-Flood Protection)

University of Exeter

Exeter, , GB

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to support the work of Georgie Bennett. This NERC funded post is available immediately (or to start by August 2020) until 14/01/2022.

About the post

The successful applicant will investigate and model cascading landslide hazards across the Philippines, with the aim of enhancing landslide-flood prediction in response to the frequent, extreme rainfall events that affect this region. You will use multiphase flow models to simulate landslide-flood interaction and propagation, such as R.avaflow.

The research will be undertaken in the context of the 3-year SCaRP project funded under the NERC Newton Agham funding partnership with the Philippines. You will join a large interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and project partners involved in SCaRP including Mapua University, University of Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in the Philippines.

There is scope to adapt or enhance the project in a direction of the applicant’s interest. The PDRA/PDRF will share their findings in scientific publications for international, peer reviewed journals and present the work and national and international conferences, and to stakeholders and project partners at project workshops and meetings in the UK and the Philippines.

The research will be based at the University of Exeter in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. The post will involve one of two visits to the Philippines for project workshops and fieldwork, as well as a visit to R.avaflow developers in Vienna and at least one visit to collaborators University of Glasgow.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

For Postdoctoral Research Associates:

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. The applicant should also have experience in landslide-flood modelling and model development, ideally with R.avaflow or similar models.

For Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in subject area and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

Please make it clear in your application which post you wish to be considered for.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

For further information please contact Georgie Bennett, e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01392) 725866.





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