Water Resources Hydrologist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Water Resources Hydrologist
Permanent and Full Time (37 hours per week)
Salary £28,125 – £29,636 (depending on experience)
Location: at our Wallingford site, hybrid working with 50% of your time onsite
Closing date: Friday 6th January 2023, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

We are an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Home to 600 scientists, supported by our experienced professional service teams, we provide the data and insights that researchers, governments, and businesses need to tackle some of the major environmental challenges we face today.   
We want you to love what you do whilst looking after yourself, so we support you with excellent benefits such as:   

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after 5 years   
  • Above standard pension contributions   
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave 
  • A flexible approach to work, enabling you to maintain a healthy work/life balance   
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues   

Plus loads more – https://www.ceh.ac.uk/employee-benefits  

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role where you can build on your skills, and develop a career within a fascinating and globally important field of science? If so, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is looking for an enthusiastic person to join its Water Resources Systems Group, researching and applying hydrological models in the UK and internationally. 

We are seeking a  Hydrologist to help UKCEH deliver scientific evidence to underpin integrated water management approaches and assist in the development of decision-support tools for governments and agencies across the world. Within the role, there will be an opportunity to  develop broad hydrological expertise with a specialisation in water resources modelling.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Applying a range of hydrological models and quantifying their uncertainty in data-scarce situations
  • Integrating water demands with other research areas such as ecology and water quality
  • Applying water quality models under a range of climate change scenarios
  • Developing tools to manipulate/analyse large datasets
  • Contributing to  the production of reports and scientific papers detailing major research findings

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications

  • A good degree in physical/environmental sciences, maths or engineering
  • Understands the importance of knowledge transfer and has ideas on how to contribute to this
  • Good IT skills with experience in one or more of GIS, Microsoft SQL server, Access databases and Excel, with an ability to programme in FORTRAN, Python, R or VB

Experience/Proven abilities

  • Knows when to seek advice and guidance when solving problems
  • Takes responsibility for tasks within a project or service
  • Able to work independently and manages own time effectively
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability
  • Makes active contributions and provides support to other team members


  • Understands the wider context of scientific area
  • Keeps up to date with peer literature & thinking in scientific area
  • Scientifically numerate and with good mathematical skills 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of environmental modelling, with some experience in applying mechanistic models
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of hydrology and water resources management
  • Experience of working on applied hydrology projects in the consultancy or research sector

Desirable Skills

  • Understands the importance of budgetary control and value for money
  • Experience of working on applied hydrology projects in the consultancy or research sector
  • Able to talk about work undertaken to non-specialists
  • Has developed effective scientific writing skills
  • Experience of machine learning
  • Ability to programme in FORTRAN, Python, R or VB

Other Requirements

  • Ability to travel to study sites in the UK and internationally (desirable only)

If you are excited about joining us, please send us your CV and covering letter, telling us how amazing you would be for this role, by clicking the “apply” button.

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