Postdoctoral Research Associates (SuDS Modeller and Environmental Economist)

University of Exeter

Exeter, UK 🇬🇧

Job details

Job reference: P81139
Date posted: 06/03/2023
Application closing date: 03/04/2023
Location: Exeter (Hybrid)
Salary: The starting salary will be from £31,411 up to £36,386 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience
Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).
Contractual hours: 36.5
Basis: Full-time
Job category/type: Research

Roles – Additional information.pdf

JD P81139 – SuDS modeller.pdf

JD P81140 – Environmental Economist.pdf

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

Two full time posts are available immediately on a fixed term term basis until 31 March 2025. We have an SuDS Modeller role and an Environmental Economist role  available. These roles offer the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

Summary of the role

The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) wishes to recruit two Postdoctoral Research Associates to support the work of Prof Richard Brazier’s research on the OfWat/South West Water (SWW)-funded Catchment Systems Thinking Co-operative (CastCo) project.

The work will be co-supervised by Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve, who leads the Stormwater Intelligence Group within the Centre for Water Systems and colleagues from the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy institute (LEEP).

For information on the SuDS Modeller role and the Environmental Economist role, please read the ‘Roles – additional information’ attachment.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study/place of work (for e.g. a water company) and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to: Use appropriate software/models of urban drainage systems to a high standard, interrogate and understand water company asset data, work closely with both academics and water company specialists to integrate their findings with multiple strands of research, understand the basics of upstream thinking approaches, especially of relevance to the water industry.   The applicant must also be able to work with business-sensitive data, within a partnership between the UoE and SWW and must have a demonstrable track-record of meeting deadlines and working within tight timeframes to deliver high-quality work.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Prof Richard Brazier, Director of CREWW, e-mail

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.





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