Research Associate (Water Research Institute)

Cardiff University

Cardiff, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

The Water Research Institute was recently launched as part of Cardiff University’s flagship research Institutes to address key societal challenges.  Bringing together 7 Schools (Biosciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Business, Earth Sciences, Psychology and Geography), the Institute focuses on addressing the challenge of  ‘Water for people and ecosystems in a changing world’. Further details can be found on our web-page: www.cardiff.ac.uk/water-research-institute.  

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, skilled and experienced post-doctoral researcher to develop, both independently and as a team, a set of research objectives and research proposals at the interface between climate and water sciences. The successful candidate will have an established expertise of climate models, hydrology and catchment sciences. The role requires excellent communication skills to develop the interface between the Water URI 50 researchers and a range of water sector research organisations, in particular with the Water URI partner Met Office, acting as the main contact point between the two organisations.

The post holder will conduct research at the interface between climate and water sciences and contribute to the overall research performance of the Water URI and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same. 

This post is full time and fixed term for 3 years.

Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum (Grade 6)

Date advert posted:  Friday, 14 October 2016

Closing date: Monday, 31 October 2016

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds.

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

Research 

•    To conduct research at the interface between climate and water sciences and contribute to the overall research performance of the Water URI and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
•    To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
•    To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
•    To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
•    To participate and facilitate research activities in the Water URI.
•    To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,  explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects
•    To engage with other research organisations relevant to the Water URI activities, in particular with the Water URI partner Met Office, acting as the main contact point between the two organisations.

Other

•    To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
•    To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
•    To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
•    Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Essential Criteria 

1.    Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience
2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields: climate models, hydrology, catchment sciences
3.    Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
4.    Proven ability to publish in national journals
5.    Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding
6.    Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
7.    Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
8.    Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

Desirable Criteria

9.    Relevant professional qualification(s).
10.    Evidence of collaborations with industry
11.    Proven ability to work without close supervisio
12.    Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
13.    Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.
14.    A willingness to take responsibility for academically


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EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

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