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JOB VACANCY - Deadline 30th January - Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Innovative responses to flood risk

Published: 16 January 2013

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Innovative Responses to Flood Risk (Full Time, Fixed Term, 36 months) at the University of Leeds.

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** The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st January, 2013 **

Job Summary-

Faculty of Engineering
School of Civil Engineering
Institute for Resilient Infrastructure (Civil Engineering) & the Sustainability Research Institute (Earth & Environment)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Innovative Responses to Flood Risk
(Full Time, Fixed Term, 36 months), University Grade 7 (£30,122 - £35,938 p.a)

Applications are invited for the above high-profile, demanding, multidisciplinary position commencing March 2013, working to catalyse a new collaboration between the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure (Civil Engineering) and the Sustainability Research Institute (Earth & Environment), funded from EPSRC's Innovative Solutions to Flood Risk sandpit and led by Professor Nigel Wright in collaboration with Dr Dabo Guan:

  • "Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities", developing new strategies for managing urban flood risk as part of wider, integrated urban planning intended to achieve environmental enhancement and urban renewal in which multiple benefits of creating blue-green cities are rigorously evaluated and understood;
  • "Organisational Operational Response and Strategic Decision Making for Long Term Flood Preparedness in Urban Areas" which is a programme of novel and transformative research that aims to create a single framework that can be used to influence the behaviours of organisations faced with urban flooding and flood risk.

You will have excelled in a research environment at the interfaces between Engineering and other disciplines, becoming conversant with both risk management and flood modelling with an understanding of governance and stakeholder issues. You should have a PhD (or be working towards one), or equivalent professional research experience, and have a track record of publications in high-impact journals. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to distil complex socio-technical analysis into accessible outputs for scientific and general audiences. Ideally, you will have experience of writing research grant proposals to private and/or public sector funding bodies and thus be ready to contribute to the long-term success of this new collaboration.

This position offers the potential to develop a strong research profile that will lead to a successful academic career. The postholder will be able to play a key role in the University of Leeds' internationally-recognised water@leeds transformation project.

Informal enquires to Prof Nigel Wright, Professor, Water & Environmental Engineering, tel+44 (0)11334 30350, email  

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