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Centre for Risk Research


Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities in the Centre for Risk Research. We currently have one vacancies that is listed below:


Antarctic Gateway Partnership
Antarctic Gateway Partnership

1. PhD Studentship in Risk & Law for Autonomous Vehicles


Title: PhD Studentship Examining the Use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for Antarctic Exploration: Identification of Risks and Considerations for Regulations

Overview: A key deliverable of the Antarctic Gateway Partnership Proposal is to build an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle capable of operating under ice and exploring ice cavities in Antarctica's ice shelves. Successful long range missions under ice needs to be supported by robust risk analysis [1][2], which in turn should inform the development of regulations to ensure the safety of operations of AUV. This PhD studentship is to examine the risks of the deployment of autonomous underwater vehicles in Antarctica and provide recommendations towards developing a sound legal framework for such an activity.

[1] Brito, M., Griffiths, G. and Challenor, P. 2010. Risk Analysis for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Operations in Extreme Environments. Risk Analysis, 30, (12), 1771-1788. 

[2] Brito, M., Griffiths, G., Ferguson, J., Hopkins, D., Mills, R., Pedersen, R. and MacNeil, E., 2012. A Behavioural Probabilistic Risk Assessment Framework for Managing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployments. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 29(11), 1689-1703.

Funding Body: Antarctic Gateway Partnership:

Scholarship Information: For Australian and NZ permanent residents, Antarctic Gateway Partnership Scholarships at the University of Tasmania are offered at an annual living allowance of $25,849 per year (2015 current Australian Postgraduate Award rate), income tax free. A top-up of $5,000 per year may also be awarded to outstanding applicants. Scholarship awards will be decided on merit in competition with other applicants across the four Theme areas.

For international students, Antarctic Gateway Partnership living allowance scholarships are also available. Tuition fees apply to all international candidates. Tuition fee scholarships are available on a competitive basis to appropriate candidates undertaking research projects closely aligned with the Antarctic Gateway Partnership's research objectives.

Contact: For more details about this position and the application process please contact Prof. Neil Bose ( ) or Dr. Mario P. Brito (






Here is a list of other vacanies that have recently been filled in the Centre for Risk Research:


Risk Research Associate

Dr Peter Fraser-Mackenzie has been appointed to work on a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, funded by ESRC, the Technology Strategy Board (KTP), Star Financial Systems Ltd (£304,900). The project will seek to optimise risk management decisions through effective human-technology distributed cognition. Peter has previously worked in the Centre for Risk Research as a Research Associate on  a successful one-year KTP project on the modelling and prediction of spread-trader risk.

Risk Research Analyst

Juan Carlos Moreno Paredes was recently appointed to act as Research Analyst on a two year KTP project, funded by ESRC, the Technology Strategy Board (KTP) and London Capital Group (£214,000) that will develop a real-time model of spread-trader performance.

Risk Research Fellow

Following the award of a prestigious EPSRC post-doctoral prize, Dr. David McDonald spent a year in the Centre for Risk developing an innovative model of discrete choice (£35,000). More recently, David has been appointed as Research Fellow in the Centre for Risk Research on a one-year KTP, sponsored by EPSRC and WBX (£53,659). This project will examine novel ways of modelling the wisdom of the crowd.

Risk Research Fellow

Nikolaos Kililis has recently been appointed as a Research Fellow on a two-year project sponsored by EV Analytics (£214,000). The project will explore new approaches to modelling complex, uncertain environments.

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