PARATUS is a four-year project that will start on the 1st of October 2022. The PARATUS consortium encompasses 19 partners from 11 countries: Netherlands, Spain, France, Austria, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany, Poland, and Thailand.
In the PARATUS project, we aim to develop an open-source platform for dynamic risk assessment that allows us to analyse and evaluate multi-hazard impact chains, risk reduction measures, and disaster response scenarios in the light of systemic vulnerabilities and uncertainties. These services will be co-created within a unique transdisciplinary consortium of research organisations, NGOs, SMEs, first and second responders, and local and regional authorities. To gain a deeper understanding of multi-hazard impact chains, PARATUS will first conduct forensic analysis on historical disaster events, augment historical disaster databases with hazard interactions and sectorial impacts, and exploit remote sensing data with artificial intelligence methods. Building on these insights, PARATUS will then develop new exposure and vulnerability analysis methods that enable systemic risk assessment across sectors (e.g. humanitarian, transportation, communication) and geographic settings (e.g. islands, mountains, megacities). These methods will be used to analyse risk changes across space and time and to develop new scenarios and risk mitigation options together with stakeholders, using innovative serious games and social simulations.
You will contribute to the co-development of a web-based simulation and information service for first and second responders and other stakeholders to evaluate the impact chains of multi-hazard events with particular emphasis on cross-border and cascading impacts. We have several sub-objectives: (i) design of multi-hazard impact chains and definition of the quantifiable components. (ii) model population with hazard, exposure and vulnerability data tailored to the specific user. (iii) co-development of future scenarios based on changes in causes (climate change, socio-economic changes), (iv) co-development of planning alternatives and selection of optimal risk reduction options.
Information and application
For more information, you can contact Prof Dr Cees van Westen (e-mail: email@example.com) or Dr Funda Atun (firstname.lastname@example.org). You are also invited to visit our homepage.
Please submit your application before 2 September 2022 (choose “apply now” below). Your application has to include:
- A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
- a full Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained;
- Official transcripts from all universities attended
- Names and e-mail addresses of three references
The job interview will be held in September and October 2022.
The University of Twente wants to be an organisation that optimally deploys diversity, talents and capabilities in the labour 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.
About the organization
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.