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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/fees/fee-status/

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:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/electrochem-sci-eng/
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hazelab/

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

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:

https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships

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