Research Associate – Agricultural Water Management Scientist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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

About the role

The NERC Research Associates' Programme is an initiative which is intended to offer individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers.

The programme is aimed particularly at those who have recently completed postgraduate studies, but is open to individuals from other backgrounds and of all ages. Individuals will work on highly topical research projects, both important for future research within the environmental research community and appropriate to their backgrounds. The role will involve developing skills in agricultural water management and modelling through working on a variety of applied research projects in the UK, Europe and Asia.

About you

You will have an MSc in a related subject (physical/environmental/agricultural science or civil engineering), or good degree (2.1 or higher in a related subject) with relevant experience. Knowledge and understanding of hydrology and water resources management for agriculture (irrigation) would be an advantage, as would experience of using hydrological data or applying hydrological models. You will be able to demonstrate programming ability with Visual Basic, Python or Fortran is essential, as is familiarity with (one or more of):  geographical information systems (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS/GRASS), relational database management systems (e.g. ORACLE, SQL Server, MySQL), or statistical packages (e.g. R, SAS). You will have good written and oral communication skills and be able to work within a team. You will have the ability to develop effective internal and external collaborations within the scientific area. You will have good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently and to deadlines. It is essential that you are able to travel to study sites in the UK, Europe and Asia.

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.

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC241843.

Closing Date: 31st August 2017
Interview Date: 21st September 2017

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