Professor in Risk Resilience

University of the South Pacific - Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

Location:Suva - Fiji

Salary:FJ$129,078 to FJ$139,543
£46,125.25 to £49,864.85 converted salary* per annum

Hours:Full Time

Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract


Placed on:10th January 2018

Closes:18th March 2018

Job Ref:LES070

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The Opportunity

The Professor of Risk Resilience will lead a robust research programme in climate and disaster risk resilience. The goal is to produce top-quality research while building local knowledge and capacity through outreach, collaboration, and partnerships. The Professor must be a person of professional integrity with strong leadership and communication skills.

The successful applicant will:

  • Develop and lead Pacific Islands focused research projects in quantitative risk assessment at the physical and social science interface.
  • Utilise robust innovative research tools which may include anthropology, remote sensing, food security quantitative modeling, disaster risk management and reduction, disaster recovery and policy.
  • Lead a robust research team that takes advantage of USP’s unique role as a Pacific Islands regional university and attracts external funding.
  • Exemplify and promote collaborative research within PaCE-SD, across the faculties and programmes of the university, and across the Pacific Islands region in collaboration within CROP and Donor partners.
  • Develop and deliver postgraduate courses in risk based approach for climate and disaster resilience to be offered through the flexible learning programme.
  • Supervise MSc and PhD research students.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer reviewed outlets.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in risk resilience, climate change, disaster risk management, or a related field from a recognised institution.
  • Extensive teaching and research students supervision experience.
  • Demonstrated research leadership and a distinguished record of research and publication.
  • Integrity.
  • Strategic leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as a strong team player.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Ideally 10 years of experience in research and tertiary teaching (significant research led contribution in a professional environment may be counted towards this requirement if appropriate).
  • Pacific research experience.
  • Experience in research or development projects, implementation, and/or administration.
  • Fluency in at least 1 of the regional languages of the Pacific Islands is desirable.

The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Professor FJ$129,078 to FJ$139,543 per annum.

The University may pay an inducement allowance to secure the services of an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries: Ann Yabaki (tel.: (679) 3231982 email;

Closing date for applications: 18 March 2018.

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office (tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: or

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria; academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.