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European University Cyprus – Centre of Excellence in Risk and the Decision Sciences (CERIDES)

Qualification type: PhD
Funding amount: Full Tuition
Hours: Full Time
Start: October 2016

This position is in the Center of Excellence in Risk and the Decision Sciences (CERIDES) the first multi-disciplinary research center of European University Cyprus. This is an opportunity to work within a group that specializes in the areas of risk and safety. The successful candidate is anticipated to work in the area of: ‘influence of the financial crisis in Occupational Safety and Health’.  The Greek financial crisis is very recent in the news.  Cyprus, Ireland and Portugal in the last few years have avoided bankruptcy due to financial assistance by the EU and IMF.  Spain, Italy and Slovenia have been in the news due to financial problems.  Austerity measures have been established in all the aforementioned countries, with direct impact on social cohesion and social welfare.  Smaller companies suffer the most.  The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in its 2013 reports the geographical impacts of the crisis.  Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), already a “difficult issue” is often neglected as the situation worsens.

The current financial crisis has had a number of effects on the workplace as well as the state enforcement agencies:

  • Job insecurity and work intensity
  • Increase in temporary / precarious / uninsured work. An evolution of an informal economy.
  • Violence and harassment in the workplace as a consequence of occupational stress
  • Absenteeism and presenteism due to occupational stress
  • Higher unemployment, flexibilisation of labour regulations and restructuring processes

In addition to the impact on workers and organisations, safety in an enforcement level is also affected.  More and more labour inspectors – civil servants – leave their work (and they are not replaced by new recruits) and / or are assigned with more and extra duties; investigation of precarious and uninsured work being a usual addition.  Apart from the obvious monetary – fiscal impacts on safety (and safety budgets) the crisis, due to its intensity and long duration may have created impacts on safety cultures and identities.

Candidate requirements

High honours degree in Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Physics, or similar numerical discipline, excellent knowledge and use of the English language PLUS: working ICT knowledge and understanding of ability to travel.  Scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees.

How to apply

To apply for this studentship submit a PhD application using our online application system. Please choose PhD in Occupational Safety and Health in the relevant field and clearly mention in your proposal your intention to go for the aforementioned position.

Click here for more information on the structure of our PhD program

Click here for the full application (including the proposal) – Choose PhD in Occupational Safety and Health

 

For more information or for an informal discussion please email Dr George Boustras, Director of CERIDES at g.boustras@euc.ac.cy

European University Cyprus – Center for Risk, Safety and the Environment (CERISE)

Qualification type: PhD
Funding amount: Full Tuition + Salary for 36 months
Hours: Full Time
Start: October 2015  CLOSED

This position is in the Center for Risk, Safety and the Environment (CERISE) in the Faculty of Science, part of European University Cyprus. This is an opportunity to work within a group that specializes in the areas of risk and safety. The project is part of a wider EU Funded Horizon 2020 project [EU-CIRCLE (A panEuropean framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change – 653824) / funded by the European Commission within the framework of Horizon 2020, DRS9-H2020-2014 “Disaster Resilience & Climate Change topic 1: Science and innovation for adaptation to climate change: from assessing costs, risks and opportunities to demonstration of options and practices] which aims to create a pan-European framework supporting critical infrastructure – such as energy grids, water supply, road and water transport networks – to become more resilient to natural hazards. An open source modelling environment will allow users from multiple scientific disciplines to work together integrating existing tools and data into a holistic resilience model.

Candidate requirements

1st class honours degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or similar numerical discipline, excellent knowledge and use of the English language PLUS: working ICT knowledge and understanding of management of processes for the protection / resilience of Critical Infrastructure.
Scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees and a stipend of approximately 1000 Euro per month for 36 months.

How to apply

To apply for this studentship submit a PhD application using our online application system. Please choose PhD in Occupational Safety and Health in the relevant field and clearly mention in your proposal your intention to go for the aforementioned position.

Click here for more information on the structure of our PhD program

Click here for the full application (including the proposal)

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Internship Opportunities

We are always looking for talented and motivated people to join us, throughout the year. The interests and research ideas of the candidates are expected to comply with and adapt to the Center’s research fields.

Student Skills Required:

  • Good communication skills (English is the working language of the organization)
  • IT literate, e.g. MS Office Suite and Statistical Software (SPSS)
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Self- reliance and capability for independent work
  • Willingness to achieve the goals of the team
  • Flexible working hours

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