Research Associate, Hydrological Modeller - based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

We wish to recruit an outstanding hydrological modeller as part of the new NERC-funded Hydro-JULES programme which will create a community hydrological model for next-generation land-surface and hydrological science in the UK.

About the role

The RA Hydrological Modeller will work in the Hydro-JULES team. Delivered by CEH in partnership with the British Geological Survey and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the Hydro-JULES programme will develop a state-of the art terrestrial hydrological model to couple to the JULES land-surface model and related hydrological models. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and innovative scientist to work at the interface between weather, climate and hydrological science. You will be responsible for developing new approaches for representing soil moisture and runoff generation in large scale hydrological applications within the Hydro-JULES programme. You will be required to collaborate with atmospheric, hydrological and groundwater scientists from partner organisations.

Main responsibilities:

  • lead the design, development and evaluation of soil moisture and runoff generation modules within the Hydro-JULES programme
  • contribute to the development of protocols for testing, evaluating and benchmarking the model and its components, and maintain model documentation
  • lead the publication of technical reports and scientific papers in highly-ranked peer-reviewed academic journals
  • contribute to the process of community consultation and interactions with researchers, stakeholders and users to ensure that the modelling system designed to take account of foreseeable future design requirements
  • develop ideas for new research activity and contribute to proposals for research funding, including externally funded grants and fellowships
  • work collaboratively with partner institutes and universities.

About you

  • You will have a relevant PhD (or MSc with equivalent research experience in hydrology, atmospheric science or land surface science).
  • You must have a strong track record, commensurate with career stage, of computational modelling in either hydrological, atmospheric or land-surface science with the ability to propose and develop new theoretical approaches and implement them in a high-level scientific programming language.
  • You should have the ability to work independently to produce high-quality work to tight deadlines.
  • You will have an aptitude for and experience of working in interdisciplinary research teams with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to develop effective collaborations and the ability to take a lead role within a team to ensure project delivery, when appropriate.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The interview date for this position is 10th January 2019.

Closing Date: 

16 December 2018


Circa £30k per annum