Research Fellow or Assistant in Disaster Risk Modelling

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 22 May 2022


Cranfield University


School of Water, Energy and Environment

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

18 Months


£33,809 per annum (Research Fellow) or £31,061 per annum (Research Assistant)

We welcome applications from passionate and skilled researchers to join our team to develop agent-based models to address complex problems, in this case improving disaster risk modelling in Africa.

About the Role

Management of Disaster Risk and Societal Resilience (MADIS) is an internationally funded project through Belmont Forum and EPSRC. Our project partners include Penn State University in the USA and University of São Paulo in Brazil. MADIS aims to address the dearth of knowledge on the interaction and interdependencies between different risk, resilience and vulnerability indices and their relationship to the impacts of droughts. In particular, we would like to improve the representation of institutional, infrastructural (with a specific focus on energy infrastructure), societal dimensions in drought risk analysis. Currently, we have two roles to fulfil for this project. While the other role will focus on analysing governance aspects using social science methods, this role will develop an agent-based model to assess the effectiveness of different governance structures and different renewable energy policy goals to respond to disasters and the resulting economic, social and environmental impacts on different stakeholders and communities. The model we develop will be applied and validated in selected African partner countries through primary research via online surveys and expert workshops and interviews.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in the development of agent-based models to analyse governance issues, ideally related to disaster risk management. With excellent team-working and inter-personal skills, you will have peer reviewed journal publication record.

In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development by collaborating with a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here .

Cranfield Energy and Power is one of eight themes at Cranfield University offering world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. Providing a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply is fundamentally important to our lives. Cranfield is advancing the potential solutions in energy and power to ensure our future needs are met.

As one of the four centres within Energy and Power, Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy (CESS) pioneers multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together energy and power systems modelling, digital tools (peer to peer trading, AI), social, policy and regulatory aspects of energy transitions, with a focus on simulation and modelling.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here .

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here .

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Reader in Energy Economics and Head of Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy, on (T): +44 (0)1234 75 4296 or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4048

Closing date for receipt of applications:   22 May 2022

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