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Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Volcanic Risk

Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Volcanic Risk

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,974 - € 5,439
  • Deadline
    15 Apr 2023

Population growth, technology dependency and increased global system complexity mean that we are at catastrophic risk from volcanic eruptions. Yet, global preparedness to the impacts of multi- and cascading hazards caused by moderate to large scale volcanic eruptions is lacking, with eruptions capable of far-reaching impacts that would require a rapid and coordinated national and international response. The project “Global response, vulnerability and preparedness to volcanic, cross-border multi-hazards” will address this gap and the societal challenge of building disaster resilience societies to volcanic hazards.

You will design an operational framework for the communication for global volcanic hazards and risk and work towards the development of a holistic assessment tool for the determination of volcanic risk to society at global scale. The project will use a multi-disciplinary approach, combining volcanology, geospatial modelling using both structured and unstructured (crowdsourced) data to a) identify present vulnerability and direct and cascading social, economic and environmental risks from volcanic multi-hazards (primary and secondary) for different magnitude eruptions, and b) provide recommendations and a road map for improvements in the communication of global volcanic hazards and risk.

You will work on partnership mapping and engagement (e.g., co-creation activities) and conduct collaborative research with relevant sectors and disciplines. You will carry out crowdsourced data mining and will also work on the development of existing multi-hazard risk analysis tools using diverse sources of geospatial data. You will interpretate and communicate of results to a range of interested parties. You will also contribute to CDR activities and GeoAcademy short courses in volcanic hazards and geoscience communication that are currently being developed.

Your profile

  • Completed a PhD in Geography, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Social Science or a related discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in natural hazard studies, geographic information or spatial data science and computational social science
  • A background in multi-disciplinary research and interest in or knowledge of volcanic hazards
  • Affinity with science communication
  • Able to work both in a team and independently
  • Willing to engage with a broad range of interested parties in a multi-disciplinary context
  • Demonstrated knowledge and outputs in the discipline area relative to career opportunity
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Conceptual, analytical, problem solving and research skills and an ability to develop innovative solutions
  • A desire to contribute towards CDR community-building activities, enhancing organisational reputation and committed to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion

Our offer

  • An inspiring and challenging international environment
  • Fulltime position for 2 years
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,974.- and € 5,439.- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Researcher level 3)
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of fulltime employment
  • Professional and personal improvement programmes

Information and application

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr Heather Handley (e-mail: h.k.handley@utwente.nl).

Please submit your application before 16 April 2023 (choose “apply now” below). Your application should include:

The University of Twente wants to be an organization that optimally deploys diversity, talents and capabilities in the labor market for now and the future. In the framework of our diversity and inclusiveness policy, we strongly stimulate people with a (work) disability to apply for this position.

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About the department

The Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR), within the Faculty for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), focuses on a synergetic and common effort to increase the well-being and the global sustainable growth by significantly decreasing disaster risk. For more information about the CDR, ITC and UT please see the following links: CDR and ITC.

The CDR is committed to providing a working environment where everyone is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged based on their ethnicity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares the CDR’s values to apply.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.

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Handley, H.K. (Heather)

Handley, H.K. (Heather)
Associate Professor

Handley, H.K. (Heather)
Associate Professor

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

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