Research Fellow (Socio-hydrological research)

University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a unique NERC-funded socio-hydrological research project, investigating the resilience of water resources and society to hydroclimatic extremes in the Limpopo River Basin (LRB), southern Africa. The successful candidate will specifically work on the application of basin-scale integrated groundwater-surface water models. The researcher will join the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen and will work in collaboration with the University of Birmingham (UK), Anglia Ruskin University (UK), the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (Botswana), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), University of Venda (South Africa).

Applicants will have a PhD in environmental/earth science, physical geography or engineering (hydrogeology, hydrology or environmental engineering) with experience in hydrological and/or groundwater modelling. Experience or a keen interest in applying models to water resources management and conveying modelling results to wide audience of both scientists and practitioners would be advantageous. A full UK or International driving licence is desirable.

You will be employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northern Rivers Institute (NRI) within the School of Geosciences. You will be responsible for the modelling and management scenario tasks necessary to achieve the post objectives and to contribute to achieve the overall project aims.

The position will require a limited number of (inter)national travels to our partners, for up to 2-3 weeks at a time, together with a social scientist on the team based at Anglia Ruskin University or the University of Birmingham.

The successful candidate should begin the post no later than the beginning of April 2018.

Salary will be paid at £33,199 per annum on Grade 6 of the University Salary Scale. Consideration will be given to making an appointment at Research Assistant level for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD, Grade 5.

As this post is subject to external funding from NERC it will be available for 16 months.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Dr Jean-Christophe Comte

Please do not send application forms or CVs directly to Dr Comte

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 January 2019

Please quote reference number GEO358R on all correspondence 

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.