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ERC funded PhD Scholarship: Risk and Resilience Analysis of Container Supply Chains

   Faculty of Engineering & Technology

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  Prof Z Yang  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are inviting applications for 7 PhD scholarships in the areas of container transport risk, resilience and sustainability analysis. The 7 PhDs will focus on different technical topics but will have the overarching theme on the non-classical risk analysis of container supply chains (CSCs). The successful PhD candidates will have the opportunity to work with 4 postdoctoral research fellows in the ERC project and interface with over 40 on-going research projects in LOOM in safety science. The project will involve research investigation relating to ports, shipping lines and collaboration with transport research institutes from EU, America and Asia, thus providing the chance of a wide range of knowledge transfer. Each candidate will be given an opportunity to attend at least one international conference during the period of their PhD studies.

The PhD candidates are financially supported by European Research Council (ERC), and the successful applicants will work with a team of 11 postdoctoral/doctoral researchers in this ERC project on container transport risk, resilience and sustainability analysis within LOOM at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. The studentships will cover a tax-free bursary for three years, plus tuition fees. LOOM enjoys an international research reputation on maritime risk studies and has been actively engaged in niche and unique research in marine, offshore, and transport studies for more than 20 years . LOOM has strong connections with several government and industrial organisations in the UK.

The studentships are available for UK/International applicants, on any or a combination of the research areas of climate risk, security and safety risk analysis. Illustrative topics include but not limited to:

1. Risk-based climate adaptation for sustainable CSCs and/or climate economics

2. Maritime cyber security analysis and risk of cyber-physical systems

3. Security risk analysis of container cargo thefts and risk based policing

4. Arctic shipping and resilience of coastal community

5. Safety of autonomous ships

6. Holistic safety management framework in dynamic environments

7. New theoretical frameworks for risk-based resilience and sustainability studies in CSCs

8. Human reliability analysis using psychological science.

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree or Master’s degree in a subject relating to safety science, environmental science, transport engineering, human factors, decision science, logistics management and/or economics, and committed to study a full time PhD. If you are interested in applying and have any questions about the suitability of your degree and experience, please feel free to contact us.

Official applications should be made via LJMU’s online application process using the following link: Please be sure to quote the reference LOOM/ERC and the particular area of your research interest in your application. Please also provide a two-page research proposal and a full CV.

It is hoped successful applicants will commence during the next set enrolment period for PhD candidates of the 1st -15th February 2022. 

Informal enquires about the position and requests for further information should be directed to the research team using the email address, Prof Zaili Yang: [Email Address Removed].

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