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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydraulic Modeller

University of Exeter - Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

Location: Exeter, Hybrid
Salary: The starting salary will be from £32,982 to £38,205 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th January 2024
Closes: 26th February 2024
Job Ref: P91368

This full time post is available immediately on a fixed term term basis until 30 September 2025. 

Summary of the role

The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Prof Richard Brazier’s research on the OfWat/South West Water (SWW)-funded Catchment Systems Thinking Co-operative (CastCo) project.

The work will be co-supervised by Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve, who leads the Stormwater Intelligence Group within the Centre for Water Systems.

Hydraulic Modeller role:

You will be familiar with the range of approaches that can be used to map and model rural and urban drainage systems and the ways that these systems interact with water industry assets, for example, wastewater networks, wastewater treatment plants, and combined sewer overflows. You will also understand the ways in which Nature-Based Solutions, blue-green infrastructure or Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be implemented at a range of scales to buffer the impacts of excess rainfall/runoff on urban assets and infrastructure and as such will be able to model the ways in which water industry assets might be better protected against flooding events.

You will be expected to work with real world data and establish methods to integrate such with more traditional hydraulic modelling practices. You will be able to work within a team including researchers who will integrate catchment-based solutions to protect water industry assets with urban-based solutions, so an ability to collaborate on modelling across the rural/urban divide is essential. The work will focus initially upon the south west of England, to draw together understanding of the assets that SWW manage. The mapping and modelling approaches will be used to characterise the potential for water industry assets to be managed using ‘upstream thinking’ interventions and the candidate must therefore be able to understand these approaches to water resource management.

The researcher will embed within a unique team of University and Water Company staff to deliver components of the CaSTCo project, funded by OfWat, with a specific emphasis on upscaling the approaches previously developed in the Upstream Thinking program of work, delivered by UoE researchers in partnership with SWW. 

About you

You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion) or an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study/place of work (for e.g. a water company) and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to: Use appropriate software/models of urban drainage systems to a high standard, interrogate and understand water company asset data, work closely with both academics and water company specialists to integrate their findings with multiple strands of research, understand the basics of upstream thinking approaches, especially of relevance to the water industry. You must also be able to work with business-sensitive data, within a partnership between the UoE and SWW and must have a demonstrable track-record of meeting deadlines and working within tight timeframes to deliver high-quality work.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

For further information please contact Prof Richard Brazier, Director of CREWW, e-mail r.e.brazier@exeter.ac.uk

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