Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury

Closing date: 10 May

Link: https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails?jobmc=19598FFS

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
Applications are invited for continuing position in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the level of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US System), Senior Lecturer Above the Bar, Associate Professor, and Professor. The level of appointment will depend on each successful candidate’s relevant experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the further growth of the fire engineering programme in a dynamic and productive department. The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in fire engineering at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to establish a vigorous research programme. The appointee will be expected to supervise final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, collaborate with others in the University, and to contribute to Departmental, College, and University activities. The appointee will also be expected to develop links with and contribute to the wider engineering profession at local, national and international levels.

Mōu | Who You Are
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline and have a demonstrated record of published research in fire engineering, with a preferred focus on fire safety design practice (nationally and/or internationally) or risk assessment issues in fire engineering.

Research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas is an advantage (though applicants with interests in other fire engineering specialties are also encouraged to apply): fire dynamics, material behaviour in fires, fire safety systems, fire safety design practice, structures in fires, evacuation, human behaviour in fires, performance-based fire safety design, fire risk assessment or fire risk management.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
The successful candidate will have access to a range of test facilities (with technical staff) and expertise in related disciplines. Staff and students have access to some of the best modern facilities and technologies for teaching, learning and research in the southern hemisphere. Every area has been designed with the principles of highly flexible learning spaces, collaborative open areas and engineering on display. In particular, the department has a new fire engineering laboratory with capacity to test fire and structural fire behaviour up to two-storeys high. Large-scale fire testing facilities are also available from time to time at the Building Research Association New Zealand (BRANZ) in Wellington, through collaborative research programmes. In addition, A Virtual Reality (VR) evacuation laboratory is set up at the department.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora — Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference. 

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here.

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

What we offer
The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • relocation support
  • widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • University and Faculty scholarship support for graduate students
  • A unique bequest funded endowment (Erskine fund) that supports an extensive visiting Fellowship programme
  • generous annual leave provisions
  • flexible working arrangements
  • supportive working environment
  • professional development and study opportunities
  • living in revitalised Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • a unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

For more information on our Benefits, please visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus/benefits/

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies:  

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies (NZD): Lecturer $89,645 – $108,144 p.a. , Senior Lecturer $113,826 – $142,591 p.a. , Associate Professor $148,098 – $159,640 p.a. , Professor $169,672 – $213,321 p.a.

The closing date for this position is: 10 May 2024 (midnight NZ time)

Please note, applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following:

  • cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals and teaching philosophy (combined)
  • Resume which includes a list of relevant research publications (combined).

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at [email protected]

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Andres Valencia [email protected]

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

Post-Doctoral Research Position: Wildfire Recovery and Risk Reduction in Northern California 

Position Length: 16 months, flexible start date as soon as January 2024 
Location: Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, University of North Texas 
We seek a full-time motivated post-doctoral researcher to coordinate qualitative and geospatial data collection and analysis activities for a research project on wildfire recovery funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary research team from the University of North Texas, USDA Forest Service, and the University of California Berkeley. 
Using a coupled social-ecological approach, this research seeks to understand how post-wildfire recovery and mitigation alters future wildfire vulnerability. The post-doctoral researcher will take a leadership role on analysis of stakeholder interviews regarding post-fire programs and outcomes in two counties in Northern California (Lake & Sonoma Counties). Qualitative data analysis and collation of geospatial data will inform wildfire risk modeling and community stakeholder engagement.
More details: https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/77138

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Application link: https://wpi.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/WPI_External_Career_Site/job/Worcester/Post-Doctoral-Fellow_R0002572

JOB TITLE: Post-Doctoral Fellow

LOCATION: Worcester

DEPARTMENT NAME: Fire Protection Engineering – NFR JM

DIVISION NAME: Worcester Polytechnic Institute – WPI

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Applications are being sought for a qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the area of wildland fire science. The primary responsibility will be to support and an ongoing research project by the Department of Justice and expand the research on providing experimental data and methodologies to assess the reliability of fire pattern indicators used in wildland fire investigation. Knowledge and experience in fire or wind-tunnel testing will be a plus.


Additional responsibilities will include research support on other projects and proposals, including writing grant applications. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to publish scholarly papers and to take on a mentorship role for undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate should have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and strong written and verbal communication skills. A one-year appointment is anticipated with a possible extension to an additional year.

To apply: Please provide a letter of interest, a complete CV, at least two exemplar publications, and at least three academic / research references.

Applications and associated information are requested to be submitted by October 31st, 2023 but will be accepted until the position is filled. The target start date of this position is December 1st, 2023 but January 1st 2024 will also be accepted.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineering or any related field.

An annual increase of 3% is possible for satisfactory progress in position

FLSA STATUSUnited States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with​ diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

PhD Studentship in Battery Fire Safety at Imperial College London

About the Project

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of energy storage, leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree. The focus will be on advancing fundamental understanding of thermal and fire hazards of lithium-ion batteries, which will underpin the development of safety control strategies and countermeasures for lithium-ion batteries. The post is supported by full bursary and fees at the UK student rate for ‘home’ students.


Project Description

Lithium-ion batteries play an important role in advancing the electrification of road transport and facilitating a swift transition towards renewable energy sources. Although they are generally stable under normal conditions, lithium-ion batteries are inherently flammable and susceptible to thermal runaway when exposed to abuse or internal defects. As the demand for lithium-ion batteries continues to soar, understanding their thermal and fire hazards throughout their lifecycle has become imperative.

This research aims to contribute fundamental insights into the intricate interplay between battery cycling conditions and thermal and fire hazards. The research will involve the coupling of a cutting-edge battery electrochemical model with an advanced thermal runaway model, which will be parameterised and validated using experimental data. The project outcomes will lay a scientific foundation for enhancing safety of future energy storage systems.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree or a 4-year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Materials, Chemistry, Physics or a related field. You are expected to have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, complemented by a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. A willingness to work on both computations and experiments, with excellent teamwork and communication skills, is essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:


For information on how to apply, go to:


For further details of the post, please contact Dr Huizhi Wang, [email protected]. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Huizhi Wang. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

3 PhD positions at the University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire invites applications for its Doctoral Training Center Studentships. Successful applicants will commence their studies September 2023.

Deadline is 31 March 2023 and information on the 3 positions are found bellow:

PhD No1: DTC35

Project Title: Utilisation of digital tools to enhance fire safety of occupants in high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs) during evacuation.

Industrial collaborator: OFR consultants (https://ofrconsultants.com/ )

PhD No2: DTC12-22-54

Project Title: Data-driven computational mechanics in fire engineering applications

Industrial collaborator: DELTA Fire Engineering (https://deltafireengineering.co.uk/ )

PhD No3: DTC12-22-55

Project Title: Deep-seated fires in waste and recycling facilities

Industrial collaborator: WISH (https://www.wishforum.org.uk/)

If you are interested in applying please follow the link below:


Informal project-related enquiries about the posts can be made to Dr. Eleni Asimakopoulou ([email protected])