Postdoctoral Researcher in African Hydrology and Climate

University of Oxford - School of Geography and the Environment

The REACH Programme is a 7-year, £15m programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This project, led by the University of Oxford, involves a research consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice. It aims to improve water security for 5 million poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by 2022. 

Reporting to Professor Richard Washington, the post holder will be one of two researchers engaged in the delivery of climate science research within the programme. The post holder is, in addition, expected to play a key role in aligning and integrating with DFID’s Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme. This post presents a unique opportunity to work across these two major research programmes, sharing and leveraging relevant results. 

Within REACH, the position will involve analysis of climate data from both climate models and observations in order to understand and plan for water security in Kenya and Ethiopia. It is also expected that there will be close collaboration with interdisciplinary research staff linking climate and hydrological analysis in a risk-based framework of water security in Kenya and Ethiopia. The post holder will work closely in conjunction with the University of Reading and the Met Office, as well as with Professor Washington’s African Climate research group. 

The successful candidate must hold a PhD/DPhil (or have recently submitted) with post-qualification research experience in climate science including expertise in analysis of climate dynamics in the tropics/Africa. Proven capacity or potential to work collaboratively and develop strong partnerships with different stakeholders and institutions is essential.

This is a full-time post for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 15 September 2017 and interviews will be held week beginning 2 October 2017.

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