Research Fellow in Hydrological Modeling and GIS

University of Southampton

Southampton, UK 🇬🇧

The School of Geography & Environmental Science is seeking a postdoctoral researcher/fellow in hydrological modeling and GIS for a one year position (with potential to extend depending on funding) with experience in the following areas: Hydrological Modelling, Hydrological Forecasting, Water Resources Management, Climate Change, GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing.  

The successful candidate will contribute to research projects on hydroclimate variability under climate change, focused mainly (75%) on 1) A new European Space Agency (ESA) funded project, AFRI-SMART, to develop new approaches based on Earth Observation (EO) data, modelling and assimilation, for sustainable agriculture and water resources in Morocco; and (25%) on 2) ongoing GCRF and NERC funded work using EO data and GIS to assess impacts of sand-mining on bed-level changes and river bank erosion in the Mekong delta.

The post holder will work directly with Professor Justin Sheffield, to develop a hydrological monitoring and forecasting capacity nationally to understand the variability and predictability of water resources and hydrological extremes across scales in Morocco. They will collaborate with research partners to integrate this modelling framework with EO products and local-scale models of irrigation needs, working closely with stakeholders and end-users in Morocco.

In addition, the successful candidate will work with Dr. Julian Leyand to utilise their EO and spatial analysis skills to establish the impacts of sand mining on river in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. The candidate will synthesise existing data to deliver hazard maps and contribute to a research paper and potential policy documents. There will likely be an opportunity to visit Vietnam to participate in a locally organised workshop.

You will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to carry out research, write research papers, and disseminate research at national and international meetings. The post-holder will also have opportunities to develop knowledge and professional skill sets in: multi-disciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

The post is tenable from 1st January 2023 and there is potential to work remotely. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Justin Sheffield (Head of School; or Doctor Julian Leyland (

The University of Southampton is a top 1% world University and one of the UK’s top 10 research-intensive universities. The School of Geography and Environmental Science carries out world-leading and impactful research across various disciplines, placing us 3rd in the UK for research outputs (REF 2021). The School is in the top one hundred geography departments worldwide (QS World Rankings 2021). We are ranked 5th in the Guardian rankings for geography and environmental sciences.

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The School of Geography and Environmental Science is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates, and particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to groups who are under-represented within academic posts at the University, including, but not limited to: people from Black and minority ethnic groups; and disabled people. The School are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies, flexi-time and flexible working. We are a Disability Confident employer and the School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award.

*Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Janice Poon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 2112422WR on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.





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