Senior Model Integration Scientist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wallingford, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 


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Brief Description

Salary: £35,222 - £38,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: 5
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 16th December 2018
Interview Date: 7th January 2019

About the Role:

The Hydro-JULES model and its associated datasets will enable UK science to tackle outstanding research questions in hydrological science and will provide a national resource to support research both specific to the Hydro-JULES project and beyond.

You will work in the Hydro-JULES team, which supports and enables collaborative work across the research and academic community to (i) address important science questions in the fields of hydrology, land-atmosphere feedbacks, carbon and nutrient cycles, data science and integration with novel instrumentation and Earth observation technologies; (ii) quantify the risks of hydro-climatic extremes (e.g., floods and drought) in a changing environment to support long-range planning and policy decisions; and (iii) improve hydrological forecasting using new sensors and modelling technology. Within the team, you will be working closely with, and co-managing the activities of an NCAS computational scientist who will provide a supporting role.

Main Duties:

  • lead the design and development of the Hydro-JULES model, taking responsibility for the release of code, data and model configurations within a version-controlled environment
  • manage the  strategic design and oversight of the implementation of flexible interfaces between model components and between the hydrological model and other Earth system model components including the Met Office Unified Model (via JULES), models of the shelf seas and coastal oceans, and models of biogeochemistry and terrestrial nutrient transport
  • lead the development of protocols for testing, evaluating and benchmarking the model and its components, and maintain model documentation
  • lead the publication of technical reports and scientific papers in highly-ranked peer-reviewed academic journals
  • contribute to the design of an open access repository to define and store model options and configurations and provide managed access via JASMIN and national HPC facilities
  • contribute to the process of community consultation and interactions with researchers, stakeholders and users to ensure that the modelling system designed to take account of foreseeable future design requirements
  • participate in internationally-coordinated hydrological and Earth system model experiments
  • offer strategic leadership to CEH scientists in the development of ideas for new research activity and prepare proposals for research funding, including externally funded grants and fellowships
  • initiate collaborative engagements with partner institutes and universities. This will include participating in steering or working groups concerned with the overall direction of the research project and/or in the context of the wider research field
  • take responsibility for mentoring and training other staff and students within the research team, both at CEH and partner organisations.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.