Research Fellow in Hydrological Modeling (Global Environmental Change & Earth Observation)

University of Southampton

Southampton, , GB

The University of Southampton seeks a hydrologist/hydrological modeller with experience in the above areas for a two year research position. You will be part of a team on the recently launched 4 year RCUK-Global Challenges Research Fund FutureDAMS project, led by the University of Manchester, and collaborating with six UK universities and research organizations, and partners in West Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. You will be working directly with Professor Justin Sheffield and joining other post-docs and PhDs from different disciplinary backgrounds, working on related water and food security projects.

The project’s objective is to transform how new dams and systems of new and existing dams are assessed, selected, designed, and operated to provide water, food, and energy security for all. This will be achieved through both research (the creation of new knowledge) and capacity development (raised capacities of partner and non-partner organisations), underpinned by development of shared interdisciplinary tools that integrate engineering (on system modelling, dam selection, design and operation), social sciences (on economic, social and political and processes and impacts), physical sciences (climate, hydrology, ecology) and agricultural sciences (crop production systems). 

To support this objective, you will carry out research to develop plausible water and temperature futures for nexus system assessments, using global hydrological models, climate datasets and climate model output. Furthermore, you will contribute to the design and build of a system of systems integrated simulator which connects state-of-the-art water, energy, food, and ecological models with uncertainty techniques to model historical and future dam infrastructure scenarios at basin/regional scale. We seek candidates with excellent data analysis and computational skills in hydrology and hydrological modelling (hydroclimate data analysis, hydrological modelling, hydrological forecasting, climate change impact assessment, data visualization), to undertake research on developing large-scale hydrological predictions for current and future climates, focusing initially on case studies for the Volta, Irrawaddy, and Tigris-Euphrates rivers. You will have knowledge and experience of working with large datasets and hydrological models in a Linux/Unix environment, including scientific programming skills in Python, C, Fortran or similar, and using these to address local to regional scale water issues. Previous experience of working on hydrological problems in developing regions, and a knowledge of water security challenges, are both desirable, but not required. 

You will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students at Southampton, University of Manchester and other Co-I institutions to develop and carry out research, write research reports and journal papers. There will be opportunities to travel nationally and internationally to participate in project meetings and workshops, and potentially for field work in the case study river basins. There will also be opportunities to develop knowledge and professional skills in multi and inter-disciplinary research projects and international development issues. 

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Further details and informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Justin Sheffield ([email protected]).

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1034418WR on all correspondence.