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PhD in Understanding and Managing Extremes at Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

PhD in Understanding and Managing Extremes at Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

Call for PhD Applications XXXIV cycle, deadline 9th March 2018

PhD in Understanding and Managing Extremes is a 48-months full-time joint Programme with Università degli Studi di Pavia and with EUCENTRE Foundation.

The UME PhD aims to train graduates and professionals with strong scientific and professionals capabilities, aware of the cultural, technical and management contents related to the understanding and management of the extreme situations caused by natural disasters.

The course is organized into two curricula:

  • Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (main topics: seismology, geophysics, geology, geotechnical behavior of materials and structures, structural analysis, design of new structures and assessment existing structures)
  • Hydrological, Weather, Geological, Chemical and Environmental Risks (main topics: hydrology, meteorology, climatology, climate change, soil and atmospheric physics, fluid mechanics, environmental monitoring, chemical risks)


Hydrological, Weather, Geological, Chemical and Environmental Risks 

In the first year of the PhD, students will attend courses on:

  • Hydrological risks
  • Weather related risks
  • Extreme Value Theory
  • Near Real Time Loss Estimation Tool
  • Flood Risk Assessment and Management
  • Probability and Statistics
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Remote Sensing and Surface Coastal Process
  • Environmental and Chemical risks

The PhD Programme has been designed to deal with three main areas:

  • disaster risk assessment, focusing both on natural hazards (such as flood, drought, landslides, wind storms) and on technological hazards (such as chemical accidents)
  • emergencies management, focusing on aspects related with law, economics, resource management, finance, insurance and sociology
  • risk mitigation, focusing on infrastructures, policies and strategies for the disaster risk reduction


Key characteristics of the programme

  • Exclusive international exposure, broad and interdisciplinary curricula
  • Unique opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled students coming from all over the world, guided by the most important and highly qualified academics and professionals in the field


Career opportunities

The UME PhD graduates are easily employed in universities, national and international research and academic institutions, private companies working in the field of structural design or catastrophe/disaster risk management (e.g. insurance and reinsurance companies), international institutions (such as UN-ISDR), national civil defence agencies, risk modellers or brokers.



To participate in the PhD programme selection, you have to submit your application following the information provided in the call for applications.

In order to apply, the applicant must:

  • visit the website
  • enter data required for registration
  • select the PhD programme and curricula of interest
  • fill in the online application
  • upload the documents indicated in the PhD programme tables


Deadline for Applications: March 9, 2018 – 1 pm CET.


Number of positions: 8 with scholarship



For assistance with the application or for any further information, please contact secretariat@umeschool.it, Tel. +39 0382 375860