The Working Group Coupled Human Landscape System: Risk & Resilience at the Department of Geography, University Innsbruck (Austria) is seeking candidates for a POSTDOC POSITION (F*M) for Agent-Based Modelling in context of disaster risk and resilience (full-time, 30h per week, with the possibility to increase up to 38 h; for a period of four years. Starting date is to be arranged.)

Application deadline postponed to 06.08.2023!

Your tasks:
• Conduct independent research on global change issues and the impact of natural hazards on communities in mountain regions;
• Analyse and further develop methods to study decision-making behaviour and everyday practices in dealing with natural hazards; and evaluation of resilience-building strategies and risk management plans.
• Evaluate resilience-building strategies and risk management plans, including the development or adaptation of an agent-based model to simulate changing socio-economic conditions and decision-making.
• Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to enhance the conceptual model for analysing coupled human-landscape systems in mountain areas (e.g. Hossain et al. 2020) by identifying crucial couplings and interactions within the human-landscape system at different spatial and temporal scales.
• Contribute to the development of a numerical prototype for the coupled model for the human-landscape interaction system, which will be tested and evaluated together with the interdisciplinary team. Another PostDoc will focus on landscape evolution model and the hazard processes.

• Conduct independent research;
• Manage scientific projects, including applications and implementation;
• Independent teaching as well as supervision of students in the geography study program;
• Publish scientific publications and actively participate in university self-administration.

Your profile:
• PhD degree in the fields of e.g. geography, social sciences, computational social science, digital humanities or a related field is required.
• Expertise in social simulation, agent-based modelling and social studies and qualitative data analysis;
• Strong background in computational and programming skills;
• Experience in interdisciplinary research and respective collaboration with various disciplines. Additional experience with human-environmental interactions, coupled human-landscape (natural) systems (CHANS), risk and resilience is an asset.
• Motivation to take initiative and responsibility in your own research.
• Dedication to scientific excellence and high-quality work.
• Very good English language skills both in oral and written communication are required;
• Willingness to teach in the Bachelor’s and Master’s curricula of geography;
• Demonstrated publication activity in peer-reviewed journals,
• Independent team-oriented working style, project-related cooperation and communication skills.

For further information on the job offer, see here.