Postdoctoral Researcher


Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, University of Cambridge


Cambridge, UK


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication as part of the European RISE project to help communicate seismic risk across Europe. This position will suit someone who enjoys employing a rigorous methodology to develop evidence-based tools of immediate practical benefit.

More than 170 million people in Europe are at risk from significant earthquake activity and yet we know that it is very difficult for people to act on information about future low-probability, high-impact events.

The successful candidate will be working at a very practical level to develop, implement and then evaluate new pathways of seismic communication in three European countries: Italy, Switzerland and France. There will be close collaboration with international teams, led by ETH Zurich. This work will involve an in depth knowledge of existing psychological research into how people understand risk, as well as the development of new knowledge into the interpretation of graphically-displayed and dynamically-changing risk information through empirical research.

The ideal candidate will likely have a PhD in psychology or a closely related discipline, and a background in risk communication (especially in the context of natural hazards or other low-probability, high-impact events) would be very advantageous. The ideal candidate will have a range of research skills including reviewing literature; designing and implementing experimental and correlational studies; experience with diverse research methods (both qualitative and quantitative); and analysing complex data. Excellent English is essential - French, German or Italian language skills would be helpful.

Duties include developing, conducting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative studies to evaluate how people understand and perceive risks when they are presented in different formats, and what actions they take as a result of that information. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research programme and to work with diverse stakeholders. They will be responsible for the supervision of Research Assistants, likely working on location in France, Italy and Switzerland and will need to be able to run studies online and in person (with the help of the RAs) in a variety of countries. They will need to be as interested in the practical implementation of a seismic risk communication system as in researching the psychological aspects of how people understand risk.

The Winton Centre is committed to the highest standards of academic research, both in terms of replicability and reproducibility, and in Open Science practices. 

Closing date: 11th August

More details and application form available here:

Contact Name

Alexandra Freeman

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