Research Associate (Water Resources Modeller)

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, , GB

Salary: £22,000 – £24,000 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Band: 7
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11th December 2017
Interview Date: 17th January 2018

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role where you can build on your skills, and develop a career within a fascinating and globally important field of science? If so, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) is looking for an enthusiastic person to join its Water Resources Systems Group, researching and applying hydrological models and tools in the UK and internationally.

You will focus on water resources management from field to global scales, applying a range of CEH models to understand the hydrology of catchments in the UK and abroad. Within the role, you will develop broad hydrological expertise with a specialisation in water resources modelling.

The NERC Research Associates’ Programme is an initiative which is intended to offer individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a research institute, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

The programme is aimed particularly at those who have recently completed postgraduate studies, but is open to individuals from other backgrounds and of all ages. Individuals will work on highly topical research projects, both important for future research within the environmental research community and appropriate to their backgrounds. Research Associates are given specific, measurable objectives which will be intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained

You will contribute effectively to a variety of current and planned projects that involve hydrological modelling, including those in the UK (for example, under the NERC funded DRY project investigating drought) and India (as part of the UPSCAPE project focusing on the Cauvery basin in southern India) and sub-Saharan Africa.

You will work on developing and applying some of CEH’s hydrological models, with a focus on our DiCaSM catchment scale model and GWAVA (Global Water Availability Assessment) model. You will tackle issues such as integrating climate and hydrological data to better understand water availability and improving estimation of water demands and abstractions from both surface water and groundwater sources.

You will gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience in areas such as the application of climate change scenarios to understand future water availability, estimation of the gap between water supply and demand, and evaluation of the impact of human intervention on surface and groundwater river basins.