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5-year Tenure track position in “Volcanic hazards and risks”

5-year Tenure track position in “Volcanic hazards and risks”


Clermont Auvergne University


Clermont-Ferrand, France


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Natural Hazards (NH)


Entry level

37000 euros/year (gross)

Preferred education

Application deadline
12 May 2019

18 March 2019

Job description

Job profile: Research and teaching in volcanic hazards, vulnerability, resilience, risk communication, and physical-economic-societal impacts of eruptive events.

We invite applications to join the volcanology group of the “Laboratoire Magmas & Volcans” in Clermont-Ferrand, France (, within the context of a large, recently funded, project on “Risk and Socio-Economic Vulnerability Associated with Natural Disasters” (“challenge 4” of I-Site Cap 20-25, Research activities will be focused on physical and socio-economic impacts of volcanic eruptions, hazard quantification, risk evaluation, vulnerability–resilience assessment, and risk/hazard communication strategies. The applicant must thus possess demonstrable expertise in the area of volcanic hazards, but interests in vulnerability and risk are also desirable. The recruited candidate will be required to develop collaborative projects with other laboratories involved in this new initiative (i.e., mathematics, economics, human and social sciences, atmospheric physics, law, etc.). Our aim is to recruit an experienced specialist in the area of volcanic hazards and risk with recognized international experience. The successful candidate will play a central role in the development of research activities in the area of volcanic hazard and risk, in particular in developing countries. The I-Site initiative provides grants – from funds already available – to support research projects in collaboration with our partner departments. Upon arrival, financial support will be provided, within the framework of the research project the recruited candidate will conduct, for the recruitment of one to two temporary researchers (doctoral and/or post-doctoral).

The position will involve teaching French students in Earth Sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If necessary, language training will be provided to non-native French speakers. The teaching load will be 64 hours per year during the three first years, and 98 hours per year during the two following years (representing respectively one third and one half of the regular load of 192 hours). The successful candidate will be central to the development of an international teaching module “Natural disaster risk reduction and management” to be taught as part of our “Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences” course in collaboration with other disciplines such as economics, psychology, geography and law. At the end of the five year probationary period, the recruited candidate will have the opportunity to apply for a permanent position at professor level.

How to apply

Further information may be requested from Olivier Roche ( Applicants must apply before Sunday May 12, 2019. Details on the application procedure may be found at: