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Research Fellow
Apply Before : 31-Jan-2020
General Information
Job Location : Nepal with frequent field visits | Kathmandu
Job Category : Research and Development
No. Of Job Opening : 1
Employement type : full-time
Employement Level : Senior-Level
Offered Salary : Negotiable
Apply Before : 31-Jan-2020
Job Specification
Education : Master’s degree
Experience : Experienced
Other Specification


We are seeking exceptionally competent applicants who are passionate about reducing risk in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, and sharing knowledge and expertise with people within these communities. The applicants must have a Master’s degree or related post graduate degree in structural engineering, architecture or other relevant fields. Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD program are also welcome to apply.

  1. of Engineering is seeking applicants whose interest lies in the retrofitting of masonry houses taking into consideration the use of locally available materials and cultural and social appropriateness.

Interpersonal and Communication

  • Strong sense of obligation and responsibility to support and help others through sharing of knowledge and experience.
  • Desire to learn and understand different cultures and program contexts, and work in a collaborative and diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, taking cultural norms into account, verbally and in writing.
  • Optimistic, flexible, humble, patient and a good sense of humor.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Willingness to travel, live and work in rural areas of Nepal


This fellowship is open to non-Nepalese students with preference to those from South Asia

Women, are strongly advised to apply.


The research fellow will directly work with Build Change and can seek guidance and support from professors at Pulchowk Campus. Also, Build Change will provide technical guidance throughout.

Job Description


The general objective is to determine the most effective method of seismic strengthening/retrofitting of the buildings representing the vernacular typology of the area considering the earthquake hazard, technology and materials of construction specific to the locality.

The specific objectives include:

  • To determine the earthquake hazard of the selected/chosen area in terms of PGA, Spectral Acceleration or other intensity parameters.
  • To identify the typology of the buildings specific to the locality considering the culture, live style, available materials and technology of construction.
  • To determine the most effective method of structural condition assessment inclusive of earthquake damages.
  • To determine the structural weaknesses including seismic vulnerability of the buildings through the detailed analysis.
  • To determine the type of intervention, if required, in the building to restore with necessary seismic capacity of the buildings.
  • To identify existing retrofit designs and techniques for rural houses in Nepal.
  • To collect, organize and synthesize information about each retrofit technique or technical design for practical field trial.
  • To compare and contrast the cost, cultural and social aspects and sustainability of piloted retrofitting techniques.

The fellow will be required to produce research paper(s) and “Completion of the Fellowship” will only be awarded after the presentation of the research paper based on work undertaken during the tenure as a fellow.


The fellow will be based in Kathmandu and in relevant rural areas of Nepal.


  • Select an area for the research work or will be allocated.
  • Collect all necessary information on the existing typology of buildings, available materials and technology of construction.
  • Conduct a desk review to identify existing retrofit techniques and designs for rural houses applicable to Nepal via research in coordination with private sector, government and non-government organizations.
  • Research and collect comprehensive information about each retrofit technique or technical design for practical field trial.
  • Seek guidance and support from the allocated supervisors at Pulchowk Campus and/or Retrofit Alliance members to review different techniques and select the most appropriate ones to be showcased in a catalogue for wider publication.
  • Select and pilot various retrofit methods inclusive of the DFID housing retrofit project, and government approved type design on few pilot houses. The selection of houses, design and construction work will be managed by the research fellow. Build Change will provide technical guidance throughout.
  • The cost per technique will be determined and the piloting of retrofitting will be carried out on the considered houses.
  • The piloted retrofitting techniques will be analyzed on factors such as cost, cultural and social appropriateness, and sustainability (other factors may be also included).
  • The techniques selected/proposed shall be based on the availability, accessibility, and affordability, as far as possible.
  • There should be a possibility of extending the method and technique to be applied in other rural areas of Nepal.
  • Time and resources allowing, additional work could be conducted to further develop a combined, cost and performance optimized type design for rural housing in Nepal.
  • Write reports on research progress at regular intervals that would support DFID housing retrofit project.


This fellowship will provide following allowances:

  • Return air fare in economy from fellows home country to Nepal
  • Accommodation will be provided by Build Change Nepal, in Build Change’s guest house in Sanepa, Lailtpur.
  • Living Allowance of Rs. 45,000 per month and a transportation allowance of Rs. 10,000 per month. The allowance is calculated from the date of arrival until the date of departure.
  • Transport in country, for purposes linked to the fellowship will be covered by Build Change.
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