Research Fellow

University of Birmingham

Birmingham, , GB

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7.29, salary £32,817.

Grade 7 

Full Time/FTC for up to 1 year 


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We seek a researcher with expertise in analysing remote sensing imagery to work full time over 1 year on a newly funded NERC project “EVOFLOOD: The evolution of global flood hazard and risk”.

The EVOFLOOD project is a 5 year collaborative endeavour across 9 Universities (Birmingham, Hull, Southampton, Oxford, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Reading, and Brighton) that will produce a major advance in the science of predicting global flood hazard and risk. This will be achieved by representing the dynamic evolution of river channels and their floodplains within Global Flood Models (GFMs). To achieve this ambitious aim the EVOFLOOD team will be appointing a total of 9 postdocs during the life of the project covering many aspects of geomorphology, hydrology and numerical modelling. At Birmingham we will be appointing one of the first researchers to join this team. Working closely with Greg Sambrook Smith at Birmingham and Louise Slater at Oxford University (the overall lead for this work package within the project), we seek a candidate with a specific focus on using remote sensing imagery to generate global estimates of floodplain gradients, river long profiles, and the frequency and duration of floodplain inundation. These analyses will generate critical data to feed into the later modelling efforts of the project, while also generating substantive research outputs in their own right.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work within the NERC funded EVOFLOOD project to contribute to overall project objectives within work package 1
  • Take a leading role in those aspects of the project which relate to using remote sensing imagery of river systems
  • Use computational methods to retrieve, prepare and evaluate global data from a range of sources, especially those that relate to hydro-climate and satellite data
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results and prepare metadata/data for other research staff working on complementary aspects of the project
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed academic journals based on the research undertaken

Skills and Knowledge

  • A PhD that demonstrates relevant experience in using remote sensing imagery, preferably within a river or earth surface process context
  • High level analytical capability using large global datasets and remote sensing imagery
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant programming techniques and methods

For further information please contact Greg Sambrook Smith, [email protected] 

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