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 will examine the hypothesis that fire spread in informal settlements can be technically treated using similar physics models and tools found in wildland forest fire analysis. The project has a significant amount of physical experiments and analysis, in both the UK and in South Africa, to develop physics models that can be employed within computational fluid dynamics software. 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 experimental and computational quantification and modelling of fire spread within informal settlements, 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 June 2017.
Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum
Closing Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 5pm (GMT)