Research Fellow or Assistant in Governance of Disaster Risk and Energy Systems

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 May 2022

School/Department 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 30 Months
Salary £33,809 per annum (Research Fellow) or £31,060 per annum (Research Assistant)
Apply by 26/05/2022

Role Description

We welcome applications from passionate and skilled researchers to join our team to contribute to developing tools and models to improve societal resilience to droughts 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 and evolution of infrastructure systems. In particular, we would like to improve the representation of institutional, infrastructural, societal dimensions in drought risk analysis and nexus thinking. The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has received a lot of attention due to its capability to capture conflicts, trade-offs, and synergies holistically across these systems and related decisions. The new drought risk management framework that we develop utilising this nexus thinking and societal dimensions will be applied and validated in selected African partner countries through primary research via online surveys and expert workshops and interviews. Using a socio-technical systems view, we will create a step-change in the implementation and use of drought management tools by different stakeholders. The successful applicant will also work on another project in the centre which aims to analyse the impacts of large desalination plants on different stakeholders in terms of human, natural, physical, social, and financial capital in arid countries in Gulf region.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in the governance of disasters and energy systems and have knowledge of socio-technical systems view. 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): n.ozkan@cranfield.ac.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hr@cranfield.ac.uk Please quote reference number 4051.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 26 May 2022


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