Research Associate in Enabling Water Smart Communities (Governance and Design)

University of Manchester

Manchester, UK 🇬🇧

Job reference: SAE-019820

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/09/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 pro rata per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Hours per week: Part Time (0.8 FTE 28 hours per week)

Contract Duration: From 1 December 2022 until 30 September 2025

School / Directorate: School of Engineering

‘Enabling Water Smart Communities’ is a new collaboration between Anglian Water, the University of Manchester, the University of East Anglia, and numerous other industry, policy and public sector partners. Water Smart Communities are settlements that combine different elements of water management to deliver multiple benefits for society and the environment. They use a holistic and integrated approach to urban water management to contribute to green high-quality open spaces, promote sustainable use of water resources, build resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, contribute to biodiversity and deliver water efficient homes.

The University of Manchester role in this project is to understand how the design, construction and use of Water Smart Communities are affected by the visions and expectations that a variety of actors have about how water is used in everyday life. The University of Manchester has some of the most innovative and highly regarded centres for sustainability research in the UK. The successful candidate will benefit from a place within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a world-leading centre for interdisciplinary climate change research and be part of vibrant and supportive research institutes across the University of Manchester (in both Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities). The successful candidate will have access to unrivalled specialist expertise and opportunities to develop transferable skills. The candidate will be supervised by Dr Claire Hoolohan (Tyndall), co-supervised and mentored by Dr Alison Browne (Human Geography), and have close connections with the academic team at the University of East Anglia (Dr Tom Hargreaves).

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Claire Hoolohan

Email: [email protected]

General enquiries:

Email: [email protected]

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

SAE-019820 Research Associate in Enabling Water Smart Communities (governance and design) FPs





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