Research Associate - Hydrological Modeller

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Fixed Term 3 years 

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.

We offer a prestigious Research Associate training programme to develop skilled UK/EU scientists for the future of European environmental research. Within this 3 year training programme we are offering an exciting opportunity for a Hydrological Modeller to contribute directly to research activities in the Water Resources Science Area, including, using Earth observation data, monitoring and models to assess the status of regional and global water resources, now and in the future. You will be involved in various aspects of CEH research in the Water Resources area, contributing to CEH’s excellent peer-reviewed science.

There will be opportunities to be involved in a variety of national and international water resource projects and to apply your modelling skills overseas, especially in Europe, southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

You will have a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in geography/earth/environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering or mathematics and a relevant post-graduate qualification in the form of an MSc plus two or more years’ experience or a PhD. You will have mathematics qualifications to at least A-level or equivalent standard.  You will demonstrate a strong understanding of hydrology and water resources, and evidence of a strong interest in researching, developing and implementing hydrological models. Some expertise in modelling water demands for agriculture (irrigation) and energy is desirable. Excellent IT and computer programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Python, R), giving examples of application of those skills in an environmental context. Some experience of ArcGIS and/or visualization software is desirable.

Additional Information

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

How to apply

To apply for this role please visit and search for reference IRC233390. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) by telephone on 01793 867000.

Eligibility to apply: To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. CEH can only apply for a work permit in cases where there are no suitably qualified or experienced resident workers; otherwise applicants should normally be resident in the UK or a national of the European Union.

Interview Date: 24th November 2016

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