Senior Hydrologist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Salary: £40,000 circa 
Grade: 5
Contract Type: Open-Ended 
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: 19th April 2018
Interview Date: 14th May 2018

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Senior Hydrologist to lead on a variety of exciting, high-impact projects within a dynamic, research-focused team based at our Wallingford site. The aim of the research is to better understand hydro-climatic variability at a range of timescales from seasonal to multi-decadal, including future impacts of anthropogenic climate change.

The outcomes will support the development of improved datasets and tools for water resources and management, e.g. seasonal hydrological forecasting products, long-term climate change projections and adaptation approaches. Such tools are increasingly called upon to solve the pressing water-related problems faced by societies across the globe in the 21st Century.

You will contribute to a range of long-term CEH projects (e.g. the UK Hydrological Outlook), externally funded projects (e.g. a current portfolio of Research Council-funded projects on drought and water scarcity) and a major programme delivering hydro-climate services to improve water resources management in developing countries. You will also be responsible for developing projects and seeking opportunities to secure income to support future research.

Role Responsibilities:

  • effectively lead national and international research projects funded by a range of stakeholders, including the Research Councils and policy and regulatory sectors
  • line-manage and provide technical direction and mentoring to a small, dynamic team of hydrologists and modellers
  • conduct research into how climatic variability and environmental changes impact on water resources in the UK, Europe and globally
  • develop innovative approaches to representing climate model output (e.g. downscaling and bias correction of GCM, RCM or reanalysis data) in hydrological impact applications
  • contribute to the development and application of tools, methods and models to assess interactions between climate and hydrology for the past, present and future (monthly/seasonal forecasting and long-term projections) at a range of spatial scales (local to global) and in a variety of geographical settings (UK and international)
  • present outcomes at national and international scientific events and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals
  • engage in national and international networks and forum and establish effective relationships with prospective collaborators and partners
  • seek new business opportunities and support the development of bids and proposals to secure external funding for water resources science in CEH.


Organization Description


The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

This position is based at CEH’s headquarters in Wallingford, in the Thames Valley to the west of London. The research carried out at Wallingford forms part of a CEH-wide science programme, covering Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Water and Pollution science which is supported by the Environmental Data Centre.