Research Fellow or Research Assistant in Ecosystem Services Modelling

Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom
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Role Description

Cranfield University has been awarded research funding under the NERC Towards as Sustainable Earth scheme that aims to improve our understanding of human-environment systems to help attain sustainable development goals. You will join an international team of researchers to deliver the project ‘Social-economic-environmental trade-offs in managing the Land-River-Interface’.

You will use a combination of hydrological, water resource and ecosystem service modelling to investigate how management policies and practices affect the provision of sustainable development goals by altering the ecosystem services provided by rivers and the land that surrounds them (e.g. floodplains and riparian zones).

Your work will focus on the trans-boundary Sutlej-Beas River system that has its headwaters in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau and flows through north-western India. The insights on human-environmental interactions and trade-offs within a climate change context will inform the management of this important river system and others in the region.

You will work closely with staff at Cranfield University and leading academic institutions in India and China with international track records in hydrology, ecosystem services assessment, climate change impact and adaptation, and agricultural land management. You will have the opportunity to travel to India and China during the project.

You will have a PhD (or near completion) in geography, environmental sciences, water resource engineering or related disciplines and be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of river processes and their links to ecosystem service provision and sustainable development goals. You will be proficient in the use of Geographical Information Systems (e.g. ArcGIS) and have experience working with and analysing hydrological and spatial datasets to develop catchment hydrological or similar spatially-distributed models. Ideally you will have experience with ecosystem service assessment approaches or natural capital accounting and/or experience with climate and socio-economic scenario modelling.

If you have ambition to build your own reputation through research, an impressive publications record and a great student teaching approach, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Robert Grabowski, Lecturer in Catchment Science, on +44 (0)1234 75 8360 or (E);

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.