Opportunities

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Postgraduate degrees offered by UK universities

Academic and research positions being advertised by UK and international partners

Traineeship opportunities at the DRMKC

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) is looking for several motivated people willing to contribute to the development of different disaster risk management-related activities.

  • INFORM developer (one position). INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. We are looking for a trainee to contribute to the development and validation of quantitative early-warning indicators of worsening situations impacting health conditions and/or slow-onset related events inducing humanitarian crises and disasters.
  • INFORM impact analysts (two positions). We are looking for an independent assessment of the use and impact of INFORM. The trainees for this role will be responsible for interviewing all the partners to understand the current impact, as well as to extract best practices and suggestions for improvements which could increase the impact of INFORM.
  • Graphical designer (one position). We are looking for a trainee to contribute to the design of the new graphical interface of the DRMKC website and promotional material.
  • Optimising communication with the general public (one position). The DRMKC is the internet's "What to do in case of...?" corner. The primary duties in this trainee role will be to identify and organise good practices on risk awareness communication and to optimise the usability and navigation of the DRMKC website for a non-expert public. .
  • Risk data hub developer (one position). The DRMKC is currently developing a web-based platform — the 'risk data hub' — intended to improve the access and sharing of curated EU-wide risk data, tools and methodologies for fostering disaster risk management. The trainee will contribute to the development of the DRMKC's risk data hub by classifying and managing hazard-related geospatial data and good practices on disaster risk assessment methodologies.

List of trainee profiles

Deadline for application: 13 June 2018.

BGS (geo)hazard and vulnerability specialist researcher

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is advertising for a (geo)hazard and vulnerability specialist researcher on a fixed term appointment, for 3 years.

The BGS is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation. A fixed term vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic geohazard and vulnerability specialist to be based at our headquarters in Keyworth, near Nottingham.

The salary scale is £30,357 per annum to £37,947 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare salary sacrifice scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

The closing date for applications is 10 June 2018.

Full details

Imperial College Enterprise DTP: MRC iCASE Studentships

If you would be interested in applying for a MRC iCASE Studentship, please visit the Enterprise DTP website for further information. There are four studentships available this year in a range of areas, but project four is specifically focussed on environmental epidemiology, working with Dr Mireille Toledano.

IRDR Masters Programmes

We have scholarships for IRDR Masters Programmes for overseas students wanting to study in 2018–2019. These include (A) The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme; and (B) IRDR Scholarships for Overseas Students.

Please share the following information with any individuals or institutions who this may be of interest to. We are especially looking to share these with those from Commonwealth Countries and ODA countries so if you have any connections with relevant institutions please do share the following information.

For further details please see below and the IRDR website:

(A) Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme — deadline 17 April

Applicants to the MSc in Risk Disaster and Resilience can apply for scholarship funding through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, if they meet the eligibility criteria below. The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2018
  • By August 2018, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK
  • Apply for admission to UCL for the MSc in Risk Disaster and Resilience (selected other UCL MSc programmes also eligible).

(B) IRDR Scholarships — deadline 27 April

The IRDR have four new scholarship awards for overseas fee paying MSc and MRes students in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction for academic year 2018/19. All of these scholarships are awarded as a reduction in overseas full-time student fees, and are open to students applying to any of the following programmes:

  • MSc in Risk Disaster and Resilience
  • MSc in Risk and Disaster Science
  • MSc in Space Risk and Disaster Reduction
  • MRes in Risk and Disaster Reduction

Details of the Scholarships

Scholarship 1 (two awards): £12,500 towards overseas tuition fees:
One award for any overseas fee paying student, and one for students domiciled in an ODA nation.

Scholarship 2 (two awards): £5,000 towards overseas tuition fees:
One award for any overseas fee paying student, and one for students domiciled in an ODA nation.

Director, William A. Anderson Fund (Associate or Full Professor)

The University of Delaware seeks a senior disaster scientist or engineer to join the faculty and serve as the founding director of the newly established William (Bill) A. Anderson Fund (BAF) Flagship Institution. View more details, and apply now.

PhD Opportunity at Boise State University — Earthquake Attitudes and Preparedness

Boise State University seeks a Ph.D. student for a new project titled: Assessing the influence of cultural variables, perceptions, and earthquake hazard information on household emergency preparedness. Please contact Dr. Brittany Brand if you have questions.

Work with the Start Network

The DFID funded START consortium is looking for an innovative individual with experience of humanitarian financing mechanisms to join the Start Labs Manager to oversee the piloting of new innovative financial solutions that will enable NGOs to respond earlier, faster and more effectively to people in crisis. This post is a maternity cover starting in January for 7 months.

Research grant calls open to UK-based researchers