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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geosciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geosciences


Italian National Research Council, Institute for Hydro-Geological Protection

The Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI) is an institute of the Department of Earth System Sciences and Technology for the Environment, of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The mission of the institute is to design and execute scientific research and technological development in the fields of natural hazards, environmental protection, and the sustainable use of geo-resources. IRPI carries out its mission by operating at different geographical and temporal scales, and in different climatic, physiographic and geological zones.

Our goals are:

* Produce new knowledge on potentially hazardous natural phenomena and their interactions with the natural and human environments. * Develop technologies, innovative services & products useful to the definition, prediction and mitigation of natural risks, to land planning, and to the sustainable and effective management of geo-environmental resources. * Conduct research and technological development (R&D) activities in the vast field of natural hazards and the protection of land and environmental. * Perform scientific and technological consulting for public authorities and private business. IRPI performs outreach activates, including training and dissemination, on natural hazards and their consequences.


Perugia, Italy


Relevant divisions
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Geomorphology (GM)
Natural Hazards (NH)

Full time


29000 € / Year, The mentioned figure is a gross amount; postdocs in Italy pay a minimal amount of taxes (final month pay around €2000) and get medical insurance with a very small yearly contribution. Travel and accomodation are not provided by the hiring institution.

Required education

Application deadline
28 December 2023

1 December 2023

Job description

We are selecting postdoctoral candidates to work within the project URGERE – URban GEodiversity for a Resilient Environment.

The project is lead by CNR IRPI (Perugia, Italy), in collaboration with University of Perugia and CNR IREA (Naples, Italy). It is concerned with resiliency of cities and urban areas in Italy, with respect to geo-hydrological hazards and environmental impact on ecosystem services, human life and infrastructure. To do that, project activities focus on the variety of the abiotic parameters, mostly geomorphological: namely geomorphodiversity, a measure of the potential of morphological evolution of the landscape. Human presence contributes substantially to the modification of the landscape, especially in urban areas. Urbanization is a growing phenomenon, and human presence and activities enhance environmental fragilities in cities. We propose a quantitative geodiversity index, GmI, focused only on geomorphological parameters, calculated at national scale with high-resolution set of elevation and thematic data, homogeneously available all over Italy. Assessment of geodiversity as an asset for territorial planning, and of the mutual relationships among urban centers, geodiversity and geo-hydrological hazards from the national down to the local level, are the aim of the project.

The advertised position is a full-time, on-site position at CNR IRPI (Perugia, Italy), for up to 18 months, provided the contract may start within April 2024. 12 months otherwise.

Requirements are a PhD in a related quantitative field (see official call at the link below), plus two years of professional/research experience after PhD. Preferential qualifications are experience on the topics of geomorphology, geomorphometry, study of landforms, spatial analysis and numerical modeling, supported by journal publications and/or conference proceedings. Additional preferential qualifications are working knowledge of GRASS GIS and Linux OS, experience with use of spatial representations with 3D point clouds, knowledge of R and Pyhton programming languages.

How to apply

Official call (in Italian with minimal translation in English) for post-doc position at CNR IRPI (Perugia, Italy):
(Codice Bando IRPI-008-2023-PG-Prot 373604)

Deadline: December 28, 2023