Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

This NERC funded post is available from 3 January 2022 to 2 January 2024 to participate in the research project: â€śEVOFLOOD: The Evolution of Global Flood Hazard and Risk”, which will investigate the controls on future changes in global river morphology and flood conveyance capacity.

The post

You will have a background, skills and knowledge in geomorphology, hydrology and/or environmental science appropriate for undertaking spatial data analysis and numerical modelling of fluvial and catchment processes.

The post will involve working with a team of national and international collaborators as part of the broader EVOFLOOD research project, which is a 5 year NERC funded initiative that includes researchers at 9 UK institutions. The successful applicant will focus on numerical modelling of catchment processes (sediment delivery to rivers and channel evolution), and will liaise with a team of project investigators, postdoctoral researchers and project partners to generate, manage, analyse and exchange large spatial datasets. The post will also involve disseminating results in research publications and at national and international conferences; and engaging in impact activities.

About you

You will:

  • be able to lead/contribute to the development of research objectives, present information on research progress and outcomes
  • make presentations at conferences and other events
  • contribute to the preparation of proposals to external bodies
  • possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing the completion for Grade E) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to contribute to and develop research programmes and methodologies
  • be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader (Grade F) as required
  • have a secure knowledge of relevant catchment and/or fluvial processes; expertise relevant to undertaking experimental design and the analysis of large spatial datasets; and experience of the application and evaluation of numerical models in geomorphic/hydrologic contexts
  • be a nationally recognised authority in Environmental Science, Geomorphology or Hydrology (Grade F)

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we are the fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Further information

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Andrew Nicholas, [email protected] or (01392) 723338.





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