Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia and EUCENTRE Foundation have issued a call for PhD applications in Understanding and Managing Extremes. Eight positions with scholarships are open. The deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.
The UME PhD is aimed at training graduates and professionals with strong scientific and professional capabilities, and an awareness of the cultural, technical and management issues related to understanding and managing extreme situations caused by natural disasters.
The course is organized into two curricula:
- Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (main topics: seismology, geophysics, geology, geotechnical behavior of materials and structures, structural analysis, design of new structures and assessment existing structures)
- Hydrological, Weather, Geological, Chemical and Environmental Risks (main topics: hydrology, meteorology, climatology, climate change, soil and atmospheric physics, fluid mechanics, environmental monitoring, chemical risks)
The PhD Programme deals with three main areas:
- Disaster risk assessment, focusing both on natural hazards (such as flood, drought, landslides, wind storms) and on technological hazards (such as chemical accidents)
- Emergencies management, focusing on aspects related with law, economics, resource management, finance, insurance and sociology
- Risk mitigation, focusing on infrastructures, policies and strategies for the disaster risk reduction
The programme provides international exposure alongside broad and interdisciplinary curricula. It is also a unique opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled students from all over the world, guided by highly qualified academics and professionals in the field. UME PhD graduates can find employment opportunities at universities, national and international research and academic institutions, private companies working in the field of structural design or catastrophe/disaster risk management, international institutions, national civil defence agencies, risk modellers or brokers.