PhD Candidate (m/f): Building disaster resilience through collaborative image-based damage mapping and other volunteered geographic information approaches
The department of Earth Systems Analysis (ESA) of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)/ University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate m/f, to work on a project entitled
"Building disaster resilience through collaborative image-based damage mapping and other volunteered geographic information approaches"
The project is part of a large-scale research project funded through the Horizon 2020 funding scheme of the European Commission, entitled "Integrating Risk Perception and Action to enhance Civil protection-Citizen interaction" (RiskPACC).
The project is led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (Germany), and overall has 20 participating organisations from 10 European countries. The overall aim of RiskPACC is to build better individual and collective disaster resilience via citizen participation. The project address what is termed the risk perception action gap (RPAG), i.e. the problem that both citizens and civil protection agencies (CPA) need to be involved in the effort to build lasting resilience, thereby raising risk awareness and preparedness. RiskPACC employs a co-creation approach to inventorize resilience-building initiatives and best practices as well as the specific needs of CPAs and citizens, and proceeds to develop tools and approaches to address those needs. This includes a framework and methodology to understand and close the RPAG, a repository of best practices, and tooled solutions based on new forms of digital and community-centred data and associated training guidance, which will be tested in 7 different case studies.
ITC will bring in expertise in geomatics and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), and in particular image-based damage mapping and involvement of volunteers, as well as knowledge in the area of climate change impacts and adaptation, urban resilience, differential social vulnerabilities and climate change.
It will be your responsibility to address the following specific problems, often in collaboration with other project partners:
We are looking for a creative and motivated candidate. You should:
The project involves supervisors from ITC's Earth Systems Analysis (ESA) and Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management (PGM) departments, and requires occasional work in the field in connection with the planned case studies. In addition independent participation in project meetings, conferences or teleconferences may be necessary. Preparation of project deliverables (reports, etc.) is also needed. As PhD Candidate some limited teaching in ITC courses may be required.
We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
You will be fulltime employed for four years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.
Please submit your application before 12 July 2021 (on the UT's vacancy page choose "Apply Now" below). Your application must contain a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a letter elaborating the motivation for the application. The RiskPACC project will begin on 1 September 2021, hence we would like you to start working as soon as possible. Job interviews (likely via Skype/ MS Teams) will likely be held in early-mid August.
Applications submitted by email will not be considered.
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