This is an achive of previously available research or academic opportunites available in disaster research.


Academic/research positions

Three faculty positions in Social/Cultural Geographies addressing contemporary crises of sustainability in Asia

The Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS) seeks to appoint three established or emerging research leaders in the field of Social/Cultural Geography whose work addresses contemporary crises of sustainability in Asia. This could include, but is not limited to, issues of environmental justice, sustainable practices and futures, or the socio-spatial dimensions of climate change. The successful candidates will be expected to play leading and innovative roles in the Department’s Social and Cultural Geographies (SCG) group and to build an ambitious programme of research.

Two positions are at Assistant Professor level on the tenure-track and one at Associate or Full Professor level with tenure.

Deadline for applications is 16 April 2021.

Researcher in complex network modelling and systemic risk

CICERO invites applications for a temporary position for 2 years, with the possibility for a permanent position, for research on the impacts of climate change on sectors, countries, regions and globally considering cross-sectoral interlinkages and systemic risks. Our new colleague will perform climate and socioeconomic data analysis, write articles and contribute to research applications and external communication.

We seek a researcher with competence in complex network modeling and analysis of systemic risk. Applicants must be interested and have some experience with applying and integrating knowledge from other disciplines in economic analyses. This includes particularly the development of approaches to better represent the economic consequences of climate extremes and decision-making under uncertainty.

Lecturer in geo-environmental hazards at Cardiff University

As part of an on-going programme of investment and development, the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University is seeking to appoint a lecturer in Geo-environmental Hazards. You should share our passion for high quality research-led teaching, including field-based learning. You will be able to contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including both natural hazards and other environmental hazards that often arise from human impact on the Earth’s surface and resources. You will also supervise MSc and PhD thesis students.

The successful candidate must develop and sustain an internationally-recognised, externally-funded research programme addressing environmental/geohazards and their impacts. We are seeking candidates who complement our current research programme and who are able to integrate across existing areas of expertise. Current areas of research interest in the school at large include tectonics, geodynamics, magmatism, natural resource exploration, marine science, palaeoclimate, climate/environmental change, hydrology and hydrogeology, high-latitude and montane environments, and environmental/geohazards and their impacts.

Deadline for applications: 5 December 2020

PDRA position for two years on multihazards based out of King’s College London

King’s College London is recruiting a two-year postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) to contribute to Tomorrow’s Cities, an interdisciplinary research hub aiming to integrate multihazard disaster risk management into urban policy and practice. The PDRA will be focused on the multihazards integrating theme, working across the four hub cities: Istanbul, Kathmandu, Nairobi and Quito. Working with others in the hub, the PDRA will be expected to:

  • contribute to the development and implementation of the multi-hazard integration theme
  • contribute to research that characterises the multihazard landscape of the study regions and implications for disaster risk reduction
  • support knowledge exchange and communications regarding multihazard approaches (both across the four hub cities and beyond)
  • work closely with city teams and others to help embed multi-hazard approaches into the Hub activities

The PDRA will work most directly with Prof Bruce D Malamud (at King’s College London) and Dr Joel Gill (at the British Geological Survey). Flexible hours and part time are possible. This position is for someone who already has right to work in the UK.

For a detailed description of the project, the PDRA responsibilities, and the person specification, please see this advert. Deadline 15 November 2020, position to start in November/December 2020).

Postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Bristol

A research associate position is available in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. The successful applicant will work on the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Risk Hub, funded by the UK Research Institute. The project seeks to bring disaster risk management to the centre of global urban policy and practice, strengthening the voice and capacity of the urban poor.

Deadline for applications: 9 February 2020

Research associate opportunity at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich is one of the largest and most renowned universities in Germany. The Teaching and Research Unit on Human-Environment Relations at the Department of Geography is looking for a research associate with a focus on future risk trends, adaptation and transformation in coastal cities (E14 TV-L, 100%).

The TRANSCEND project (Transformation Decisions for the Adaptation and Sustainability of Cities in the Face of Environmental and Socio-economic Change) is a five-year transdisciplinary research undertaking, focusing on high-risk coastal cities. The project aims to develop transferable tools whose application to high-risk cities will be facilitated through multiplier activities in Asia and beyond.

Deadline for applications: 5 February 2020

Lectureship in humanitarian studies at UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

We are seeking to appoint a lecturer in humanitarian studies, who will carry out research, teaching and administration within the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), especially in the areas of conflict, crises and humanitarian studies.

This is an open-ended academic position, available from 1 April 2020.

Deadline for applications: 27 January 2020

Interviews: 25 February 2020

Research associate position at CRIMEDEM

The Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDEM) is a unveristy-wide research center that conducts research, education and trainig in the field of disaster medicine and humanitarian helath, located in Novara, Italy, within the University of Eastern Piedmont.

If you are interested in conducting high quality research in the fields of disaster medicine, global health and/or humanitarian assistance apply to this position with CRIMEDIM. Position holders will be encouraged to conduct research with the aim of publishing it in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, the position includes supervision of PhD students and junior researchers and managerial and administrative work in the context of awarded EU-funded projects in the fields of public health interventions in emergencies, prehospital and hospital disaster management, and humanitarian assistance.

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer — Human Geography

Northumbria University, UK

Northumbria University seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Human Geography within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Deadline for application: 03 November 2019

Professor / Associate Professor — Human Geography

Northumbria University, UK

Northumbria University seeks to appoint a Professor or Associate Professor in Human Geography within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences to provide expertise in an area of Human Geography and further enhance research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities.

Deadline for application: 03 November 2019

Assistant Professor — Climate Change Studies

University of New Mexico, USA

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will contribute to research, teaching and academic life in the department and will have expertise in Climate Change Studies.

Candidates should be capable of teaching courses in multiple areas within our curriculum, and of supporting MS and PhD students in research projects that may range from environmental resource management to Geographic Information Science, while maintaining an active research agenda related to understanding climate change. We are searching for someone who works at the intersection of climate change science and human responses to climate change impacts. In particular, research should address ramifications of climate impacts on human populations, which may include adaptation, migration, and marginalization. Salary is competitive and based on experience. Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all PhD degree requirements prior to their initial appointment with UNM.

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.

Government/civil service/public sector

Senior Social Scientist

GNS Science, Avalon or Auckland preferred, consideration given to other GNS Science locations

A full job description for this position is available on the website - https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/Sd2L8/Senior-Social-Scientist,31347.html.

You can apply via our website and going to vacancies. If you apply on work premises it will register you as a staff member and you will not be required to answer all questions. If you apply offsite it will not know you are a staff member and you will need to complete a full application. You only need to register once, then it will recognise you each time!

Deadline for application: 11.55 pm on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

Group leader: climate change — Public Health England

Public Health England is committed to assessing and reducing/preventing the public health impact of environmental hazards. This post is a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of an exciting and dynamic area of environmental public health based upon development and delivery of evidence-based advice on the health effects of climate change.

The post holder will have delegated responsibility within this specialist area of expertise in order to protect public's health from risks related to short- and long-term effects of environmental and climate change. They will develop the evidence base for the public health impacts of climate change and of the health benefits of policies and interventions aiming to reduce exposure to environmental hazards, working closely with partners.

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation's health.

Full details

Deadline for application: 31 July 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

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.


Terms of reference consultant, Technical Coordination of WHE Gender Working Group

The individual consultant will work together with colleagues from the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) to lead the coordination and technical delivery of the WHE Gender Working Group including the further development and implementation of the Working Group’s terms of reference. The consultant will also lead the development of WHO technical and strategic guidance and training for gender-sensitive preparedness capacity building, and will also enhance existing WHO guidance, frameworks, tools and trainings to better integrate gender-responsive and gender-inclusive measures.

Technical Officer (Disaster Risk Management)

Primary location: Philippines - Manila

A full job description for this position is available on the website - https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1902405&tz=GMT%2B08%3A00.

Deadline for application: 10.59pm on Monday, 10 June 2019.

Postgraduate degrees

PhD opportunities at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, fully accredited online university with headquarters in Barcelona (Spain), is looking for PhD candidates for Network and Information Technologies Doctoral Programme to start September 2020.

The thesis proposal sets up the scientific and technical basis for a significantly improved resilience to natural hazards (such as climate related hazards, earthquakes, etc.) and their human and socioeconomic impacts in urban zones.

Deadline for applications: 12 February 2020

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.

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.

Funding calls

UKRI-GCRF/DFID Collective Programme, Climate Resilience Network Development Call

Applications are invited up to a maximum value of £200 000 (100% fEC) and 15 months duration. Climate Resilience Network Development Scoping grants are intended to support the building of new researcher-practitioner-policymaker teams to search for novel solutions for complex climate risks. Successful teams will be invited to apply for a second stage round of larger Climate Resilience Network Plus awards to co-design solutions.

Deadline for submissions is 16:00 on 25 March 2020. Grants are expected to start on 1 October 2020.



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.