Hydrological Analyst

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Hybrid working options available, with 50% of your time onsite
Salary: £34,562 – £36,556 (depending on experience)
Closing Date: Wed, 1st March 2023, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.  
Interview Date: Mon, 13th March 2023

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  

A bit about you…  

Are you a committed hydrologist? 

Would you like to develop scientific research on hydrological droughts and climate change adaptation? 

Would you thrive on the opportunity to become a recognised expert in UKCEH, nationally and internationally? 

You will be contributing to a range of national and international science initiatives, including high-profile Research Council UK and National Capability projects.  

You will also contribute to the delivery and improvement of operational systems such as the UK Hydrological Outlook and National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP) including the Hydrological Summary and reporting on extreme events. This is a rewarding opportunity to see our research translated into applied tools which have a positive impact on our society! 

As well as leading on tasks within projects, you will supervise members of the science team.  

Main Responsibilities  

Analysis and research focus: 

  • Advancing drought monitoring, through the application of drought indices applied to a wide range of hydrological variables, to characterise drought severity 
  • Enhancing drought early warning methods by statistically identifying links between drought indices and emerging datasets of drought impacts (on e.g. agriculture and the environment), in the UK and in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia
  • Supporting activities including the international WMO HydroSOS initiative 
  • Improving our understanding of past, present and future hydrological extremes and variability, including drought and low flow frequency  
  • Advancing work on non-perennial (or intermittent) rivers, including assessing spatiotemporal variability, hydrological state classification and working with citizen science data 


  • Participating in the production and delivery of operational services within the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme and the UK Hydrological Outlook
  • Developing analysis methods and computer codes, ensuring good data management practices of large datasets
  • Development of new proposals on emerging and relevant topics
  • Outreach and communication to scientific community, stakeholders in the UK and internationally and non-scientific audiences 

Here are some essentials we are looking for: 

  • Either a PhD in scientific discipline or a Master’s with relevant experience, and a Second Class Honours degree or higher in earth/environmental sciences, geography, physical sciences or statistics/mathematics
  • Proven numeracy skills or statistical analysis in hydrology
  • Experience of programming (preferably Python or R)
  • A collaborative and inclusive team member, with the ability to develop effective relationships across the organisation and with international project partners
  • Good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently and to deadlines 

We would be delighted if you also had the following skills/experience: 

  • Experience working with and/or calculating drought indices, for example the Standardised Precipitation Index, Standardised Streamflow Index
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of one or more of the following would be an advantage: Linux OS, GIS system, HPC and/or Machine Learning techniques
  • Experience of hydrological modelling
  • Experience of working with large and/or spatial datasets 

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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