Research Associate in Extreme Drought Projections

University of Bristol

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧


CONTRACT TYPE/WORK PATTERN: Open ended / Full time

CLOSING DATE: 14 Feb 2023

FACULTY/DIVISION: Faculty of Science

SALARY: £35,333 – £39,745 per annum

The role

The School of Geographical Sciences is seeking to appoint a Research Associate for a 2 year position to work on extreme drought projections for the UK. The Research Associate will be working as part of a team of hydrologists, hydrogeologists, climate scientists and social scientists led by Dr Gemma Coxon as part of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship ‘Projecting extreme droughts in rapidly changing human-water systems’.

This post presents an exciting opportunity to work on a global water challenge with an energetic interdisciplinary team and high potential for impact. There will be a strong focus on career development for the successful candidate with opportunities and funding available for training, placements with project partners such as the Met Office and international research visits.

What will you be doing?

The primary activity of the successful applicant will be to produce an ensemble of extreme hydrological drought projections for Great Britain. They will produce a range of relevant plausible future extreme meteorological drought events and run these through a national scale hydrological model. They will work closely with Dr Fai Fung at the Met Office, water companies and regulators to identify drought hotspots, compare outputs with key stakeholders and assess the resilience of river flows to changes in water supply.

You should apply if

  • You have a good honours degree (or equivalent) with subject knowledge in the relevant area and a relevant postgraduate research degree.
  • A strong understanding and experience of climate model outputs and surface water hydrology
  • Strong analytical and coding skills within a package such as MATLAB, R, Python or FORTRAN.
  • Experience of writing up results for publication in leading international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability and enthusiasm to engage with stakeholders and partners across the water sector

Additional information

For informal queries, contact: Dr Gemma Coxon (

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development