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[Met-jobs] Fully-funded PhD studentship in compound natural hazards at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (for UK/EU students)

From Christopher White <chris.white@strath.ac.uk>
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Date Wed, 1 Aug 2018 09:51:14 +0000

Fully-funded PhD studentship in compound natural hazards at the University of 
Strathclyde, Scotland (for UK/EU students)

While natural hazards can be caused by a single variable being in an extreme 
state, such as extreme rainfall leading to a flash flood, such events are more 
typically the result of a complex interaction between several variables, either 
occurring in sequence or concurrently. The severity of the highest impact 
weather-related hazards, such as droughts, floods and storms, depend on how, 
when and where they combine and interact as well as the inter-relationships 
between these hazards and the conditions that cause and influence them. This 
combination of hazards is referred to as ‘compound’, or ‘coincident’, events.

The Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health in the 
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of 
Strathclyde, Scotland, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide in 
Australia and Newcastle University in England, is looking for an exceptional 
candidate to explore these complex interdependent relationships between natural 
hazards. The project will merge climate, meteorological and hydrological 
sciences with engineering to address key questions such as what are the causes 
and interdependencies of various natural hazards, what are impacts of such 
events on the natural and build environments (i.e. energy generation, water 
management, humanitarian aid), and how such information can be integrated into 
hazard modelling, natural hazard risk assessments and forecast/warning systems 
to improve our ability to prepare for, and build resilience to, such events 
both now and in the future?

The ideal candidate should have a desire to work in an interdisciplinary, 
applications-focused field of growing importance. He/she will be a practical 
self-motivated person who will lead the development and direction of their 
project. Applicants should hold (or expect to get) a minimum of an upper second 
class honours degree or an MSc with distinction in engineering, physical 
sciences, maths, or a related field. They should have some programming 
experience in analytical languages such as MATLAB or R. A background in 
HPC-based computer modelling and/or statistics is desirable but not essential. 
Students with some prior research and/or work experience in the 
climatological/meteorological/hydrological sciences will be given priority.

This PhD comes with a Research Council UK (RCUK) fully-funded studentship, 
including fees and a generous circa £14,500 p.a. stipend. The studentship is 
due to commence 01 October 2018 and will remain open until filled. The 
studentship has strict eligibility criteria as outlined below: 

 - RCUK fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to 
EEA or International students.
 - EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in 
the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting 
their PhD.
 - If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a 
fees-only studentship.
 - International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are 
‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK 
without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be 
‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to 
remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC 
law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have 
the Right of Abode.
 - Students with full refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

The successful candidate’s supervision will be led by Dr Chris White at the 
University of Strathclyde <https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/> 
with the support of Associate Professor Seth Westra from the University of 
Adelaide <https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/seth.westra> and 
Professor Hayley Fowler from Newcastle University 
<https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/staff/profile/hayleyfowler.html>.

For further details and how to apply, please see here: 
<https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduateresearchopportunities/engineeringpgropportunities/civilenvironmentalengineeringpgropportunities/buildingresiliencetocoincidentnaturalhazards/>

Please contact Dr Chris White if you have any questions 
<chris.white@strath.ac.uk>. 
 
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Dr Chris White
Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Research
Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
University of Strathclyde
Web: <https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/>
Email: <chris.white@strath.ac.uk>
Phone: +44-141-548-4366 

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