Hydrological Data Scientist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Hydrological Data Scientist
1 Year Fixed Term Appointment and Full Time (37 hours per week)
Annual Salary £28,125 – £29,636 (depending on skills and experience)
Location: Wallingford, hybrid working a possibility, with up to 2 days working from home
Closing Date: Mon, 5th December 2022
Interviews: Wed, 14th December 2022

We are seeking a Hydrological Data Scientist to join a research team which manages and analyses hydrological UK data, working on various high-profile projects including the UK National River Flow Archive https://nrfa.ceh.ac.uk/ , National Hydrological Monitoring Programme and Hydrological Outlooks. 

The NRFA is the UK’s focal point for hydrometric data, providing stewardship of data for over 1500 river gauging stations. These data are taken on from the UK Measuring Authorities (e.g., the Environment Agency), and then quality-controlled, archived, and disseminated to a large community of users. 

The post will also support a wide range of other projects, for example with data management and secretariat responsibilities. Current projects include a UK consortium of public bodies for observation of the environment, and an international network of river flow gauging stations to assess the effects of climate change on trends in global river flows. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Support the acquisition, quality control and dissemination processes for the UK National River Flow Archive, the UK’s focal point for hydrometric data
  • Process and undertake quality control of incoming river flow submissions from the UK hydrometric Measuring Authorities at the national scale, while also taking on a “regional representative” role within the NRFA, overseeing the data and metadata stewardship for gauging stations for a region of the UK
  • Contribute to the activities of the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme – producing monthly Hydrological Summaries and Outlooks for the UK, analysis of extreme events, trend analysis of hydrometeorological data – and its wide range of outputs (reports, blog posts, briefings, peer-reviewed papers)
  • Process and undertake quality control of incoming global river flow submission from international partners and assist in expansion of the world-wide network of river flow gauging stations
  • Provide wider data management support to the Hydrological Status and Outlooks Group, and secretariat support to various collaborative research initiatives 

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications 

  • Degree in Earth/Environmental/Engineering/Data Sciences; Geography 
  • Knowledge of hydrology and environmental science 

Experience/Proven abilities related to the position 

  • Ability to process, manage and analyse data in a robust and reproducible manner  
  • Demonstrate an ability to produce written and graphical work of a high standard for publication 


  • Scientifically numerate, with good mathematical and IT skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with colleagues and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills to meet project deliverables and deadlines 
  • Ability to work with initiative to solve problems, seeking guidance where appropriate 

Desirable skills  

  • Database management and SQL 
  • Experience of programming (preferably R) 

Core Behaviours & Values 

What we offer  

To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, click here: https://www.ceh.ac.uk/employee-benefits    

How to apply  

To apply for this position, click the Apply button. As well as a CV, please upload a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the post. 

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(A similar post has been advertised for a Hydrologist on an open-ended Research Associate contract)