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Research Associate in Effective Flood Resilience

Environment and Geography
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
21 February 2020
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Role Description


We are looking for a talented and motivated post-doctoral research assistant who is able to collect data and co-develop a methodology to assess the effectiveness of resilience measures undertaken by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect themselves against flooding. You will work under the supervision of the project PI and in close collaboration with partners and stakeholders to develop an analytical tool that will enable lenders and insurers to accurately assess and understand the likely risks of flooding face by SMEs. You will work in the Department of Environment and Geography within an interdisciplinary team of researchers in an iCASP-funded project titled “Bridging the knowledge gap to boost SME resilience”.


  • Conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research.
  • Work in close collaboration with project partners, lenders and insurers in collecting data and co-developing a methodology to assess the effectiveness of resilience measures undertaken by SMEs to protect themselves against flooding.
  • Conduct a rapid evidence assessment
  • Mine existing quantitative data to answer research questions and tailor results to inform insurers, lenders and surveyors as well as other stakeholders
  • Write up research results and dissemination through reports, events, public engagement and outreach activities, as well as to contribute the writing journal articles
  • Develop close communication and activities to engage insurers, lenders and surveyors in the co-production of the research
  • Develop collaborative working internally and externally, duties to include: the building of the internal team; collaboration with colleagues on joint projects as required; participation in and identification of external networks in order to share information and identify potential opportunities for collaboration and possible sources of funding.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You should have a PhD or equivalent experience in global environmental change, climate change adaptation, climate risks or related areas
  • You should demonstrate knowledge on flood risk, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
  • You must demonstrate knowledge of a range of participatory research techniques and methodologies
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to undertake mixed methods research, with an emphasis on quantitative research, and experience in conducting workshops and related participatory methods
  • Competency to conduct collaborative research projects and work in a team
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences and exhibit work in other events

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr. Marco Sakai on

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