Mathematical Modeller – Research Associate

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Fixed Term (3 years)

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a scientific research organisation, carrying out important research into the environment and climate change. Part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), CEH is funded by the Government and income from competitive tenders.

We are offering an exciting three year Research Associate position within the Hydrological Forecasting Group based at CEH Wallingford. The role will focus on researching and developing hydrological modelling and forecasting systems for use in the UK and overseas at local, regional and national scales, particularly in support of flood warning and environmental management. The Group works closely with many national government agencies across the world and supporting integration of new research into operational practice will be a key activity.

The role involves researching new modelling methods - incorporating weather radar, Numerical Weather Prediction products, digital terrain models and spatial datasets relating to soil, geology and land-cover - and assessing these against existing methods. These and other models are being developed to provide flood forecasts in probabilistic form in recognition of their inherent uncertainty and the importance of this in decision-making for flood warning and related impacts.

You should be highly numerate, enjoy the challenge of researching, developing and implementing modelling systems of the natural environment, work well within a project team and have some experience of developing and critically assessing mathematical models.

It is essential that you have at least a 2.1 degree and either a PhD or relevant postgraduate experience in a highly numerate science subject, or equivalent qualification.

You should have a strong interest in researching, developing and implementing modelling systems of the natural environment and have demonstrable experience of mathematical modelling.

You will be able to demonstrate excellent team working skills providing examples of how you work independently and within a team.

You must be able to demonstrate through examples how you would communicate effectively with different audiences, including colleagues, senior managers, external scientists and customers.

You will also have established programming skills including experience of Fortran or C/C++.

Knowledge or experience of Python, R, GIS, Windows, Linux Systems and cloud-/super-computing would be beneficial.

What we offer

NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holidays per annum. 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.

Towards the end of the Research Associate traineeship consideration is given to availability of open ended employment opportunities with CEH. 


To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit.

How to apply:

Applications are handled by 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 IRC243337.

Closing date: 3rd January 2018
Interview date: 29th January 2018

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