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Research Associate in Improving Resilience of Coastal Communities

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,236 to £36,261 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th November 2018
Closes: 18th December 2018
Job Ref: IRC19289

The Research Associate (RA) will be based in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE). IIE undertakes advanced research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics such as climate change, sustainable development, infrastructure systems, and security; as well as specialist themes such as water management, high-speed railways, construction materials, geo-mechanics, and structures.

The RA will work in a multidisciplinary research team, which will include members of IIE, International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), and Department of Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics. The team, led by Prof. Dimitri Val, have expertise in infrastructures systems, water networks, coastal and river flooding, marine resources, renewable energy, risk/reliability analysis, statistics, and applied probability. 

The RA will work on the EPSRC-funded project “Improving Resilience of Coastal Communities (IRoCC)”. The project aims to demonstrate how a model-based simulation approach can be used to support decision-makers in developing an efficient strategy for improving the resilience of a coastal community, which is susceptible to natural hazards (e.g. flooding). A coastal town in Scotland will be selected as a case study. The RA will be involved in collecting data about the local infrastructure networks (energy, water, transport, etc.) supporting the town community, simulation of the performance of these infrastructure networks under possible hazard scenarios (e.g. floods), and then, based on the simulation results, developing a strategy to improve the resilience of these infrastructure networks. You will have a first degree in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or other cognate discipline, and a PhD or close to completion in Civil Engineering or other cognate discipline, together with knowledge of civil engineering systems.

The post is available for 12 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dimitry Val at or on 0131 451 4622.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC19289

Closing date: 18 December 2018.

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