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Research Fellow - FLOODTWIN and CWCR

UWE, Bristol

Location: Bristol
Salary: £29,679 to £35,410 per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd February 2024
Closes: 7th March 2024

The Centre for Water, Community and Resilience (CWCR), based at UWE Bristol, seeks a Research Fellow (0.8 FTE) to support the FLOODTWIN project and research development with the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience. The division of time is 0.6 FTE to FLOODTWIN; 0.2 FTE to CWCR.

The FLOODTWIN project is one of five projects funded under Natural Environment Research Council’s ‘Digital twins (DT) for Environmental Science’ Call. The project is focused on Water-related hazard forecasting in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. It is running for 15 months from January 2024 to March 2025.  This project involves collaboration with a research team led by the University of Hull, working with British Geological Survey, Imperial College, London and University of the West of England, Bristol. This post is to co-develop the social science integration in FLOODTWIN.

Background information about the FLOODTWIN project:

This research fellow post will provide research support for the interdisciplinary team in FLOODTWIN. This part of the job involves developing and delivering the social science/science communication research within the NERC funded FLOODTWIN project: Water-related hazard forecasting in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. This is one of five projects funded under Natural Environment Research Council’s ‘Digital twins (DT) for Environmental Science’ Call. A digital twin is dynamic virtual copy of a physical asset, process, system or environment that looks like and behaves in real time identically to its real-world partner. This post supports a key objective in the project: Undertake extensive stakeholder engagement in a co-creative approach to DT development enhancing stakeholder ownership and assessing their interaction and use of the DT. The job involves interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary working with organisational stakeholders in flood risk management in the Hull area. The process involves elements of co-production, designing creative participatory methods, co-design of digital environments, visualisation, rapid gamification and scenario-ing, working with stakeholders. The post involves both individual and team working.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly self-motivated candidate to join us, in a research project involving co-working between hydrologists and social scientists. You should have a sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in at least one related discipline or an (inter)disciplinary area (e.g. geography, hydrology, science communication, risk management), and expertise in social science methods. You will be working towards completion of, or have completed, a PhD. You will be a team player who can collaborate well with other researchers and with the ability to work across disciplines and with a range of different professional stakeholders in water risk management.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus. 

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 38,000 students and 4,000 staff from right across the globe. Based in Bristol, one of the UK’s most exciting and forward-thinking cities, we are regionally embedded and globally connected, with an established network of employer and academic partners.

Further information

Please see the Job Description for more details.  Further enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Lindsey McEwen (Lindsey.McEwen@uwe.ac.uk; 0117 32 83383).

Interviews are scheduled to take place at our Frenchay Campus week commencing 25th March.

This is a fixed-term post until 31st March 2025, and is part-time working on a 0.8 FTE contract.

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