Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The person appointed will contribute to research under the GCRF/EPSRC-funded IRIS-Fire project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
IRIS-Fire is a real opportunity to impact the lives of over one billion people across the globe who live in informal shack settlements. These settlements (i.e. shantytowns, slums) are at constant risk of lethal, large-scale destructive fires; shacks death and injury from fire constitute ‘a serious public health problem’ (WHO 2016).
The aim of IRIS-Fire is to develop innovative methods and tools to evaluate and model fire risks, with informal settlements of the Western Cape acting as a ‘living laboratory’, to improve the resilience of informal settlement communities against large-scale fires.
IRIS-Fire aims to develop algorithms and frameworks to map the fire risks within informal settlements based on satellite imagery and/or geographical information systems. Additional data to quantify and qualify the risk will be obtained from unique experiments to be conducted within IRIS-Fire, and looking historically at large scale fire spreads in informal settlements. The project will also have a significant amount of interaction with the inhabitants of the informal settlements in South Africa through education and training activities.
The successful applicant will predominantly be working on the development of the risk mapping algorithms and frameworks for informal settlements in South Africa, working with a diverse and international team of researchers. We are interested in speaking with any interested candidates, regardless of specific technical background, but who have a desire to help Improve the Resilience of Informal Settlements against Fire (IRIS-Fire).
This post is full-time and fixed term until 30th April 2020. The post is available from July 2017.
Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum
Closing date: Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 5pm (GMT)