Research Associate (Water Resources)

Heriot Watt University

Edinburgh, , GB

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dynamic and well-qualified researcher to work on “Sustaining Himalayan Water Resources in a Changing Climate (SusHi-Wat)”. The entire project seeks to develop a broad-system model of Himalayan catchment processes, encompassing the controls on the storage and flows of water quantify and quality, agricultural water demand, the optimization of reservoir management and the impacts on riparian and in-channel ecosystem services. It is a multi-disciplinary project being led by Heriot-Watt University and involving collaboration between leading UK and India research organisations. The position being advertised is funded by the UK-NERC and the successful appointee will be required to develop improved, optimised water resources operation and management strategies for harnessing the buffering capacity of the numerous hydropower and irrigation surface water reservoirs within the contiguous Himalayan basins in India to combat the effect of projected climate change. The testing of the impacts of different assumed scenarios of future changes (e.g. climate change only, climate and socio-economic changes, etc.) on river basin processes and how these will affect the ability of decision makers to ensure sustainable basin-wide water management for water security, economic development and social welfare will also be investigated. This post is based in Edinburgh but the successful candidate will be required to make regular trips to India sometimes for extended periods to participate in field works, workshops, etc.; so, readiness to embark on long haul travel is essential.

You will be responsible for conducting the research as outlined above under the supervision of Professor Adebayo Adeloye, the project’s Lead-PI. You will hold a PhD in Hydrology, Water Resources or Irrigation Engineering; further relevant post-doctoral experience will be beneficial. You will possess quantitative and qualitative research skills in the field of climate change impacts assessment for water resources, rainfall-runoff modelling, optimisation of water resources systems, irrigation water scheduling for improved water productivity, and stakeholders engagement. Good working knowledge of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software tool and ability to code in Matlab will constitute a distinct advantage. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management and IT skills. You will also have fieldwork experience, especially in the developing world.