ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya
RESEARCH FIELDEngineeringEnvironmental science
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE20/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONSpain › Barcelona
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK38,5
OFFER STARTING DATE27/06/2021
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020
European Training Network (ETN) project: PhD 14 Engaging communities at risk
PyroLife trains the new generation of interdisciplinary experts in holistic integrated fire management, through knowledge transfer between South and NW Europe and application of lessons learned in prevention of floods and other risks. Our unique integrated training program, crucially developed with industry, provides 15 ESRs the in-depth, interdisciplinary, integrated and transferable knowledge and skills required to complete their research and maximize future employability. Individual projects target risk quantification (fire danger, vulnerability, (mega)fire behaviour, environmental and economic impacts), risk reduction (fire resilient home, garden and landscape design, prevention and governance), and risk communication (stimulating stakeholder and community resilience and preparedness).
• A PhD position in the diverse PyroLife training network together with 14 other PhD candidates that study landscape fire using an integrated approach.
• A strong, engaging, collaborative and inclusive network of academics and practitioners.
• The first doctoral training program on integrated fire management worldwide, with research, collaboration and training focused on understanding fire, risk communication, integration across disciplines, scales, sectors, and countries, and personal development.
• Enrolment in a fully-funded PhD program.
• Team up with other PhD students in the network that work in other risk communication topics.
• Research including an applied traineeship that will provide hands-on experience to work with communities located in areas with a high and/or new risk of wildfires.
• Become part of a dynamic team, that works with and for the fire community and society.CareNet research group, from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in Barcelona, is offering a PhD position for Early Stage Researcher (ESR) interested in approaching wildfires from a social sciences perspective: PhD 14 - Engaging communities at risk, as part of the ETN PyroLife.
As a PhD candidate of the Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), the ESR will have to develop his/her research project and study plan, by following the training program and activities organised by the PyroLife Consortium and his/her supervisors. Their research plan will include two 4-month secondments in Europe or abroad and travel to international training courses and fieldwork. During the whole process, they are also expected to become active members of the PyroLife network, the CareNet research group and the Doctoral School of the UOC.
24 working days of holidays + 9 days of conciliation, flexibility in working hours, eWork
H2020/Marie Cure Actions
Required Research Experiences
RESEARCH FIELDEnvironmental science
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELEngineering: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
Specific (PhD 14 Engaging communities at risk)
• Previous training in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, social psychology, political sciences, social/cultural geography). Candidates with previous training in environmental sciences, willing to receive training in social sciences are also encouraged to apply.
• Knowledge of the literature in the fields of political ecology, environmental anthropology, disaster studies, and science and technology studies is desired.
• Previous experience/training in community engagement, ethnographic research and/or participatory approaches is desired but not required.
• A genuine interest in landscape fire and resilience and in understanding the social, economical and political dimensions involved. Experience with (the management of) fire, forests, water, storms or other risks is appreciated;
• Ambition to obtain a PhD degree, and become a scientific expert able to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services, for social and economic benefit;
• Good communication skills and good proficiency in English (both oral and written);
• Willingness to (learn how to) communicate risk, engage with communities and make inter- and transdisciplinary linkages;
• Willingness to travel including moving to another country for the PhD project, completing two 4-month secondments in Europe or abroad, and travel to international training courses and any fieldwork; (Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in-person activities have been postponed and/or have moved online).
• Ability to function as a team member, work independently and take responsibility for own research goals.
• Meet the mobility and early stage researcher requirements defined for the MSCA-ITN projects.
• Availability to start as soon as possible.
EURAXESS offer ID: 637323
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