Research Fellow (Volcanic Hazard and Risk)

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 12th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The Earth Observatory in Singapore (EOS) at NTU Singapore is a national science Research Center of Excellence. Its mission is to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami and climate change in and around Southeast Asia, toward safer and more sustainable societies.

We invite applicants for a Research Fellow position to work on an AXA-funded project on better quantifying volcanic hazard and risk in SE Asia. There will be two main components to the study that the incumbent will lead:

1)      Investigating the uncertainties associated with deriving frequency-magnitude relationships for volcanoes that have little to no eruptive history (typical of SE Asia). This will involve applying different statistical methods to the eruption records of a set of volcanoes and evaluating how, and by how much, the approach and any limitations in the underlying data influence our estimates of future hazard. How can we better quantify and, if appropriate, reduce the uncertainty in estimates of future eruption frequency-magnitude?

2)      Using 3D tephra dispersion models to dynamically simulate a large explosive eruption impacting a major city, and work with AXA colleagues to assess the impacts. In addition to the tephra modelling, this component will require investigation of open-access exposure datasets (and ground-truthing to validate their use for volcanic impact assessments), and the vulnerability of select assets within the tephra hazard zone.

Along with the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will be expected to publish the scientific outcomes of their research in international peer-reviewed journals, actively participate in the various volcanology-related education and outreach activities of the group, and be involved in the mentoring of EOS PhD students.


PhD in volcanology, hazard and risk or geo-statistical studies or equivalent.
Evidence of innovation and/or research publications in the areas of physical volcanology, volcanic hazards and risk or statistics.
Prior experience in volcanic hazard, risk assessment and/or geo-statistical studies an advantage
Skills and interests in developing open-source models, methods and datasets.
Enthusiasm, good team work and collaboration, good English oral and written communication skills, and an ability to conduct independent research.


Interested applicants are invited to submit a full CV, and a cover letter outlining your interest and fit for the post to CVs should include academic qualifications, publication list, and names and contact details of two referees.

Address any questions to Dr Susanna Jenkins (

Applications will be reviewed from 31 January 2019 and the position will close when a suitable candidate has been identified.

We regret that only successful candidates will be informed.