Research Associate - Hydrological/Mathematical Modeller

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Fixed Term for 3 years

About us

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is part of the Natural Environment Research Council 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.

The NERC Research Associate Programme

The NERC Research Associates' programme is an initiative which is intended to offer you 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. You will work on highly topical research projects important for future research within the environmental research community. You are given specific, measurable objectives which will help develop your skills as a researcher and to demonstrate your suitability for a research career.

About the role

We are offering a 3-year Research Associate traineeship within the Hydrological Processes and Extremes Group. The role will focus on the development of spatially-distributed hydrological models for a range of environmental applications at local, regional and global scales.

Towards the end of the Research Associate traineeship, consideration is given to availability of open ended employment opportunities with CEH.  We have successfully appointed most of our recent Research Associates to open ended roles.

Some of training areas you will acquire:

  • Understanding science areas (e.g. hydrology and water resources, flood modelling, forecasting and impacts, ensemble forecasting, model performance assessment)
  • IT skills to develop and run distributed hydrological models, and analyse and present the outputs. These include scientific programming, GIS and data management skills
  • Knowledge of available datasets and their characteristics for use in driving and testing models
  • Presentation and scientific writing skills.

About you

You must have at least a 2.1 degree and either a PhD or a Masters with relevant postgraduate experience in a numerate science subject.

You should have experience of developing and using mathematical models and established programming skills (Fortran, C/C++, Python, R) and be able to demonstrate through examples how you would communicate effectively with different audiences, including colleagues, senior managers, external scientists and the public (non-experts).

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

Some experience of ArcGIS and/or visualisation software would also be desirable.

You must also be prepared to work overseas when required.

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.

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. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC244383.

Closing date: 25th March 2018.

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