GCARE’s Research Fellow in Nature-Based Solutions

University of Surrey - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Interview Date: Thursday 12 April 2018

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals at post-doctorate research level to work on an exciting Horizon 2020 funded consortium project, OPERANDUM (Open-air laboratories for nature-based solutions to manage environmental risks). The objective of OPERANDUM is to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories through co-designed, co-developed, deployed, tested and demonstrated innovative green and blue/grey/hybrid nature-based solutions (NBS). It aims provision of science-evidence for the usability of NBS, best practices for their design based on participatory processes. 

The work will be undertaken at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE; www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare), University of Surrey, UK, under the supervision of Professor Prashant Kumar. GCARE is a multidisciplinary centre, researching in areas of air pollution, air-climate interactions, built and natural environments in the context of cities, megacities and rural areas, with an aim to develop engineering driven solutions and regulatory strategies for mitigation of environmental risks by means of advanced measurements and modelling techniques. The GCARE’s research projects are funded by the RCUK (e.g., EPSRC, NERC, ESRC), numerous national and international funding bodies (e.g., QNRF, EU H2020, British Council, UKIERI) and the industry. 

The appointee will primarily work on OPERANDUM project. You will also partly contribute to new/existing projects (e.g., EU H2020 iSCAPE; NERC ASAP-Delhi), dissemination of GCARE’s research activities nationally and internationally, and help support new grant applications.

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD degree (or who will receive it by 02 April 2018 at the latest) in the fields of civil, environmental, mechanical or chemical engineering/science or related disciplines. You will work with a number of European project collaborators to help deliver various parts of the project. The projects include numerous multidisciplinary activities starting from the development of database, geo-catalogue (inventories) for various types of NBS, global assessment of NBS, their implementation in OPERANDUM OALs across Europe, contributing to the development of criteria for monitoring NBS and assessing extreme events (e.g., drought, heat waves), participating in experiments run by OAL leads. You should have background knowledge in the area of nature-based solutions/hydrometeorological risks and keenness to learn new topics, adopt and work with a team of diverse collaborators. A prior knowledge of statistical analysis tools (e.g., R, MatLab, GIS) and relevant hydrometeorological risks modelling tools/software, as well as programming skills in C++ or similar for database handling, are desirable. The candidate should be motivated and enthusiastic to work in a multidisciplinary environment and must have experience of communicating findings in top-ranked journals. You will preferably hold a UK/EU/International driving licence.

Information and application

Please make an online application, including:

(i) a maximum of 2 Page curriculum vitae (including your educational details with grades obtained and mapping of your skills against the profile and responsibilities of the job),

(ii) a separate list of journal and conference publications in maximum 1 page (including a description of two of your best publications, within 100 words for each paper, highlighting scientific breakthroughs and skills used/developed).

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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