Postdoctoral Research Associate in Glacier Hydrological Modelling

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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We seek to appoint a highly motivated individual to join the Physical Geography research theme within the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. This person will contribute to the creation of new knowledge by undertaking collaborative research in the fields of glacier hydrological melt and runoff modelling. The successful candidate will develop and apply numerical models of snowmelt, ice-melt and runoff for the Vilcanota-Urubamba basin in southern Peru as part of the NERC Newton-CONCYTEC Newton-Paulet Fund project RAHU (WateR Security And Climate CHange Adaptation in PerUvian glacier-fed river basins). The main goal of the RAHU project is to develop an integrated glacier-water security assessment model to transform our understanding of the impact of glacier shrinkage on water security and to inform policy practices in Peru. We seek a candidate to develop glacier surface mass balance models using both full energy balance components and simplified approaches. 

The successful candidate will have a strong publication record and both the technical and numerical skills to deliver innovative science contributing to our project goals. The appointee will be expected to liaise with project investigators and partners in the UK and Peru, contribute to fieldwork activities in the Peruvian Andes, undertake glacio-hydrological melt and runoff modelling, and produce peer-reviewed journal publications along with selected research impact activities. S/he will demonstrate strong initiative and excellent teamwork skills.

• First degree in an area of numerate geosciences (Geophysics, Earth Science, Physical Geography, Physics or Mathematics) and normally a higher degree relevant to the research area. 
• High-level analytical and numerical capability. 
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly. 
• Fluency in relevant techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new approaches. 
• Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.

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