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This is an exciting opportunity to join the ambitious and newly formed School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Swansea is a coastal city that is both picturesque and cosmopolitan, offering an excellent quality of life. Our stimulating, multidisciplinary environment enables and inspires excellence.

The School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics is a cutting-edge research and teaching environment within the Faculty of Science and Engineering with state-of-the-art facilities.  

We are seeking to appoint a researcher on the European Commission-funded research project “FirEUrisk” ( The project aims to develop, test and disseminate an Integrated and Science-Based Strategy for wildfire risk management in Europe.


This large-scale project is carried out in collaboration with 38 University and institutional partners, and supported by a diverse stakeholder advisory board. The project started in April 2021 and runs for four years. 

Our team at Swansea is involved in several aspects of the project, with a leading role in further developing and validating the end-user model WEPPcloud-WATAR to be applicable across Europe to enable predicting fire effects on soil and ash erosion, and associated risks to water quality. Other contributions include (i) producing fuel maps for South Wales, (ii) developing fire risk exposure metrics for current and future climate scenarios in a GIS platform, (iii) coordinating dissemination activities targeted at policy makers, and (iv) quality control of project deliverables.


Applicants are therefore expected to have substantial experience in the area of soil hydrology and erosion, GIS, Python and a background in wildfire. Experience with processing of Earth Observation data will be an advantage. Involvement in field data collection such as fuel assessments. The post holder will join the Centre for Wildfire Research at Swansea University and work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) at Swansea, Prof. Stefan Doerr, Co-Investigators Drs Jonay Neris, Cristina Santin and Emilia Urbanek, and academic and non-academic partners at participating institutions.

In addition to research duties, the post holder will also contribute to project management and administration in conjunction with the PI, including organising project meetings, partner liaison and outreach.

This position is fixed-term until the end of March 2025. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as active engagement and personal contribution to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.

The Faculty has an under-representation of women in the areas of research and academia, so would particularly encourage applications from this background. We also have an under representation of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merits.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to:

Shortlisting Date: 7th December 2021

Interview Dates: 14th December 2021

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