Professor in Risk Resilience

University of the South Pacific - Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

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The Opportunity

The Professor of Risk Resilience will lead a robust research programme in climate and disaster risk resilience. The goal is to produce top-quality research while building local knowledge and capacity through outreach, collaboration, and partnerships. The Professor must be a person of professional integrity with strong leadership and communication skills.

The successful applicant will:

  • Develop and lead Pacific Islands focused research projects in quantitative risk assessment at the physical and social science interface.
  • Utilise robust innovative research tools which may include anthropology, remote sensing, food security quantitative modeling, disaster risk management and reduction, disaster recovery and policy.
  • Lead a robust research team that takes advantage of USP’s unique role as a Pacific Islands regional university and attracts external funding.
  • Exemplify and promote collaborative research within PaCE-SD, across the faculties and programmes of the university, and across the Pacific Islands region in collaboration within CROP and Donor partners.
  • Develop and deliver postgraduate courses in risk based approach for climate and disaster resilience to be offered through the flexible learning programme.
  • Supervise MSc and PhD research students.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer reviewed outlets.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in risk resilience, climate change, disaster risk management, or a related field from a recognised institution.
  • Extensive teaching and research students supervision experience.
  • Demonstrated research leadership and a distinguished record of research and publication.
  • Integrity.
  • Strategic leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as a strong team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Ideally 10 years of experience in research and tertiary teaching (significant research led contribution in a professional environment may be counted towards this requirement if appropriate).
  • Pacific research experience.
  • Experience in research or development projects, implementation, and/or administration.
  • Fluency in at least 1 of the regional languages of the Pacific Islands is desirable.

Remuneration
The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Professor FJ$129,078 to FJ$139,543 per annum.

The University may pay an inducement allowance to secure the services of an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries: Ann Yabaki (tel.: (679) 3231982 email; yabaki_@usp.ac.fj).

Closing date for applications: 18 February 2018.

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at https://www.usprecruits.usp.ac.fj. Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office (tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: hrhelp@usp.ac.fj or personnel@usp.ac.fj).

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria; academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

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