Research Associate in CWCR (Drought)

University of the West of England, Bristol - Geography & Environmental Management

Fixed-term until 31 January 2019 (9 months) at 0.8 FTE.

We are seeking a Research Associate to work as part of a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary team on two funded elements within NERC’s Drought and Water Scarcity Programme. The Research Associate will also provide some social science support for research development and delivery with UWE’s Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience. The two projects are:

  • The UK Research Council-funded project entitled: DRY – Drought Risk and You - Developing a drought narrative resource in a multi-stakeholder decision-making utility for drought risk management. The project is focused around a science-narrative theme. The research involves creating a decision-support tool that shares the evidence base gathered in the project. This includes use of story-mapping.
  • The UK Research Council -funded project entitled: ENDOWS - Engaging diverse stakeholders and publics with outputs from the Drought and Water Scarcity Programme - which is co-producing resources for knowledge exchange with communities and businesses across the UK Drought and Water Scarcity programme.

The Research Associate will work under the supervision of the Director of the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience.

The post is 0.8 FTE and fixed-term starting on 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

It is essential that you will have a Masters level qualification and be registered, or are willing to register, for a PhD.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Lindsey McEwen on 0117 32 83383 or email:

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • A generous holiday allowance of 27 days;
  • Up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • Flexible working;
  • Excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • Option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • Family friendly policies;
  • Onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
  • Option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m being spent on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation between now and 2020 to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

Please see the full job description and person specification for the role.

We are a well-established university, with over 29,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,000 staff. UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West. We are globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries, making this a diverse and interesting place to study. We achieved 88% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2017, this excellent result puts us as the top university in the South West for student satisfaction.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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