Postdoctoral Research Associate (SWEEP Impact)

University of Exeter

Exeter, , GB

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This post is available from the 1st October 2018 for either 6 months at full time (1fte) or 12 months at part time (0.5fte) covering maternity. This post will be based in Prof Richard Brazier’s research group within Geography in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, based at the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

About the role

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate (SWEEP Impact) to participate in the ‘Whole Catchment’ project, as part of the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP), which will bring together spatial understanding of how south west catchments function, particularly in terms of their water quality and water management. The project will deliver high-resolution understanding of where ‘Upstream Thinking’ interventions might lead to socio-economic benefits to both South West Water, but also to the region in general, through construction of an open source, open access GIS tool which will guide decision-makers and land managers as to the potential for catchment-based approaches to mitigate environmental problems.

SWEEP is an exciting new project led by the University of Exeter and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a 5-year programme designed to bring together academic, business and policy sectors to address the fundamental challenge of translating academic research into impact. It will co-create bespoke solutions and tools targeted at the better integration of the natural environment into decision-making and management. SWEEP is recruiting a cohort of Impact Fellows who are the research leaders of tomorrow, and who are also passionate about delivering impact from research. SWEEP Impact Fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop research facing skills within a leading research intensive University, whilst also working directly with external partners and stakeholders to deliver impact and real world change.

About you

  • Your role will include high-level construction and operation of spatial data within a GIS to map and model both the existing understanding of land use, management and impacts upon water quality, and close liaison with South West Water, to deliver this understanding into their business model.
  • You will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds; develop excellent working relationships with external non-academic partners and make presentations at conferences and other events.
  • You will be an authority in hydrology, water quality and water resource management and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop applied research programmes and methodologies.
  • You will be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
  • You will be able to construct and operate a high-level GIS database at a regional scale, collate, analyse and visualise complex data describing water resources, in particular water quality, ecological status of surface waters and flood risk potential.

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

For further information please contact Prof Richard Brazier, e-mail [email protected].

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce