Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford
Reference Number IRC243337
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £28200
Date Posted 14 November 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Closing Date 10 January 2018
Interview Date 09 February 2018

Salary: £28,200 - £30,000 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th January 2018
Interview Date: 9th February 2018

Description of work area

Mathematical modeller, researching and developing hydrological modelling and forecasting systems.

Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained

We are offering a three year Research Associate position within the Hydrological Forecasting Group based at CEH Wallingford. The role will focus on researching and developing hydrological modelling and forecasting systems for use in the UK and overseas at local, regional and national scales, particularly in support of flood warning and environmental management. The Group works closely with many national government agencies across the world and supporting integration of new research into operational practice will be a key activity.

The role involves researching new modelling methods - incorporating weather radar, Numerical Weather Prediction products, digital terrain models and spatial datasets relating to soil, geology and land-cover - and assessing these against existing methods. These and other models are being developed to provide flood forecasts in probabilistic form in recognition of their inherent uncertainty and the importance of this in decision-making for flood warning and related impacts.

You should be highly numerate, enjoy the challenge of researching, developing and implementing modelling systems of the natural environment, work well within a project team and have some experience of developing and critically assessing mathematical models.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment

  • you will have at least a 2.1 degree and either a PhD or relevant postgraduate experience in a highly numerate science subject, or equivalent
  • you should have a strong interest in researching, developing and implementing modelling systems of the natural environment
  • you should have demonstrable experience of mathematical modelling
  • you will be able to demonstrate excellent team working skills providing examples of how you work independently and within a team
  • you must be able to demonstrate through examples how you would communicate effectively with different audiences, including colleagues, senior managers, external scientists and customers
  • you will have established programming skills including experience of Fortran or C/C++
  • knowledge or experience of Python, R, GIS, Windows, Linux Systems and cloud-/super-computing would be beneficial
  • a willingness to occasionally travel and work overseas. Any experience of doing so is desirable.

Training and skills you will acquire

  • understanding of science areas and relevant mathematical modelling approaches (e.g. hydrology and water resources, flood modelling, forecasting and impacts, probabilistic forecasting using ensembles, model performance assessment, rainfall estimation approaches)
  • enhanced IT skills to enable development, testing and running of hydrological models and analysis and presentation of model results. These include troubleshooting approaches, scientific programming, GIS, data management skills and super-computing (e.g. the JASMIN system)
  • knowledge of available datasets and their characteristics for use in driving and testing models
  • presentation and scientific writing skills
  • communication and interaction with end-users and customers of research.

Towards the end of the Research Associate traineeship consideration is given to availability of open ended employment opportunities with CEH.  We have successfully appointed most of our recent Research Associates to open ended roles.

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support.NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Further information regarding working for CEH can be found on our website.

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