Research Associate in Multi-Resolution Flood Modelling

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed term for 18 months
Salary: Grade 7
£30,175 - £38,183 per annum. Potential to progress to £41,709 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.


The Department is in the top four in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and in the top 50 worldwide (QS University Ranking by Subject 2017: “Civil and Structural Engineering”). The Department has one of the largest urban water research groups in the UK, which includes the Fluid Mechanics Group (FMG) and the Pennine Water Group (PWG) that is now part of the Sheffield Water Center (SWC), with a track record of producing top quality fundamental, experimental and industry-relevant research in water engineering. A Research Associate position is available to join this world-leading research setting, which will be an exciting opportunity to conduct high quality fundamental research and meanwhile address hydraulic modelling software industry needs. The post is associated with the 5-year research project “Smart forecasting: joined-up flood forecasting (FF) infrastructure with uncertainties”, which is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC).

The post seeks candidates holding a PhD (or shortly due to complete) in computational mathematics, engineering, hydraulics or fluid dynamics with a demonstrated potential of model code development and validation. A strong mathematical background, established programming skills, and ability to carry out numerical analysis and code development are central to the post. Practical experience in modelling shallow flow problems is desirable. The postholder is expected to: be autonomous in building the necessary skills to address the needs of a research task, possess high organisational and planning skills, work well under pressure and within an inter-disciplinary team including scientists and engineers, have good interpersonal ability, be prepared to travel for research placements and visits, provide day-to-day reporting in tracking of the project deadlines, be able to communicate (verbally and in writing) their research effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to be keen on publishing scientific journal papers.

The main duties and responsibilities of this post include:

  • Exploit the properties of multiwavelets and the discontinuous Galerkin methods to develop a smart modelling structure.
  • Integrate in the structure the physical and algorithmic features necessary to enable modelling of practical hydraulic problems
  • Develop systematically a well-commented software implementation of the structure (in C or FORTRAN)
  • Work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) and the project team, and help in the supervision of PhD and MSc students.
  • Plan and document short-term research tasks as part of day-to-day reporting and progress meeting organisation, and produce technical reports for describing complex concepts to lay readers.
  • Prepare, with guidance from the PI, other project deliverables and presentations in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to and lead research papers for publication.
  • Carry out strategically identified exchange visits and placements.
  • Disseminate the research findings by presenting annually at targeted international conferences.

This post is fixed term for a period of 18 months.

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