Job ID: 108299

Professor in Risk Resilience (Re-advertisement)

University of the South Pacific

  • Jun. 22, 2018
  • Professor in Risk Resilience (Re-advertisement)
  • University of the South Pacific
  • Jul. 15, 2018
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Natural Sciences

Professor in Risk Resilience (Re-advertisement)
The University of the South Pacific – LES070

Build a legacy with us!

The University of the South Pacific is one of only two regional universities in the world. We are the leading tertiary education provider and research facility in the South Pacific. The USP recognises the importance of research leadership and therefore provides incentives to encourage research and publications output through a visionary strategic plan.

We have 14 campuses across 33 million square kilometers of ocean. The USP is owned and supported by 12 Pacific Island countries. We are committed to leaving a lasting legacy for all of these countries by developing their leaders of tomorrow. We have significant ambitions for the future and we need great talents and personalities to achieve them. The USP provides support for cutting edge research and innovations and has good ICT facilities and satellite links to most countries in the Region. USP offers programmes through distance and flexible learning in a variety of modes and technologies throughout USP’s 14 campuses.

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 post graduate 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.
- Work as an integral member of the vibrant culturally diverse PaCE-SD team.
- Respect, contribute to and support PaCE-SD in accordance with USP policies and procedures.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

- A PhD in risk resilience, climate change, disaster risk management or 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:

- At least 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: 15 July 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.

  • USP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Ann Yabaki
    Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development
    University of the South Pacific
    Laucala Campus
  • (679) 3231982

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