UK:Research Associate in School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University

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Reference Number:  2919

Location:  Science Site, Durham

Faculty/Division:  Science

Grade:  Grade 7

Position Type:  Full Time

Contract Type:  Fixed Term

Salary (£):  30424 – 34223

Closing Date:  25 October 2013

Job Description

An opportunity exists for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on an EPSRC-funded research project titled ‘Organisational Operational Response and Strategic Decision Making for Long Term Flood Preparedness in Urban Areas’. This PDRA post is for a period of 2 years and 3 months. The post is available with an immediate start.

The aim of the project is to develop a framework which can be used to influence the behaviours of organisations, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), faced with urban flooding and flood risk. Effective organisational preparedness can mitigate the impact of a major flood event on organisations and create more resilient businesses.

Based at Durham University, the PDRA will work as part of a team involving researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, West of England and Kingston bringing together the academic fields of organisational business continuity, agent based modelling and simulation, flood prediction, economic modelling and the social/behavioural sciences.

The PDRA at Durham will undertake research in developing an agent-based approach to model and simulate the actions and interactions of private and public organisations in the context of responding to and preparing for flood events. The research will focus on agent based modelling and simulation, organisational behaviour in the short term response to and longer term preparedness for flood events.


The key responsibilities will involve (i) undertaking research within the framework of the grant, (ii) deciding on specific research avenues to follow and methodologies to use, (iii) pursuing the research under his or her own guidance, (iv) collaborating with the project’s other researchers from the Universities named above; (v) presenting the research at research seminars, conferences and project meetings, (vi) writing up the research for highly reputable journals, (vii) planning and managing his or her own activities in relation to the pursuance of the research.

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