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Research Assistant/Associate in Water Security Management

Requisition ID:  5293

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046 per annum

            Research Associate: £30,942 - £32,817 per annum


Closing Date: 5 November 2020


The Role


We are seeking a dynamic researcher to undertake comparative analysis of water management structure, policy and practices.  You will have experience in institutional and policy analysis applied to water and river basin management in an international context.


You will join the UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub – a flagship UK funded research programme that is developing a systems approach to address the challenge of global water security and contribute to global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. You will join Newcastle University’s internationally leading water and environmental engineering groups within the School of Engineering, but benefit from exciting collaboration opportunities with Water Security Hub partners in the UK, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.  You will be based in the UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub, will join our team of researchs leading core activities on water management. You will work under the direct supervision of Dr Jaime Amezaga at Newcastle University and in close collaboration with colleagues (UK and overseas) from across the Hub. You will principally work on the comparative analysis of water management practices in the Hub countries to facilitate the Hub’s impact on water security in the case studies and at international level.


We particularly welcome applicants with practical experience in institutional and policy analysis applied to water and river basin management in an international context. Candidates will endevour to understand water policy definition and implementation, and water management structures and practices, including the ways particular groups and interests are represented and participate in these processes. In collaboration with other Hub researchers and they will engage with the Hub Collaboratories to explore how a systems approach can improve water security in the research basins and contribute to the global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. Previous experience and/or knowledge of the developing context for water management in the focus areas of the project (Malaysia, India, Ethiopia and/or Colombia) is welcome.


The post is available on a fixed term basis for two years in the first instance.


For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jaime Amezaga (jaime.amezaga@newcastle.ac.uk) or Dr. Claire Walsh (claire.walsh@newcastle.ac.uk)






Key Accountabilities


  • To identify and scope academic and policy literature to understand water policy and management in the four study areas
  • To characterise River Basin Management practices in each area within the global framework of Integrated River Basin Management, in collaboration with project partners
  • Co-develop with project partners a systems approach to understanding each of the basins as a mechanism to understand and improve water security
  • To co-ordinate with partners, stakeholders, and other researchers in the four areas to design and deliver a programme of research on the issues above, providing methodological support to other research partners in the Hub
  • To support the development of strong impact pathways through engagement and networking with relevant stakeholders within and beyond the river basins
  • To help project communications to gather evidence of the project’s impact and develop material for dissemination amongst the international water management community
  • To maintain accurate, secure, detailed and up-to-date records for all work carried out under the Hub, including working with established work plans and Hub logframes
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes at the project meetings and to groups overseeing the research project
  • To write up results from your own research activity and provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in a variety of forms (reports, journal articles, chapters, book)
  • To comply with University policies, including financial regulations, equal opportunities policy, Health & Safety policy, promoting race equality policy, information systems security policy, data security, intellectual property rights and safeguarding policies
  • To engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory
  • To carry out other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post, as requested by the project

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of Integrated River Basin Management
  • Experience of work in water management in an international context
  • Experience of collaborative or consortium working with academic and stakeholder partners


  • A developing track record of peer reviewed publications in internationally recognised journals and experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community
  • Experience in institutional and policy analysis applied to water governance
  • Knowledge of innovative ways of presenting research outputs
  • A level of proficiency in one or more of the languages spoken in the project areas


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability and willingness to communicate your research at national and international conferences, to fellow academics in other disciplines and to stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build trust with collaborating groups
  • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Good planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Willingness to travel, potentially for extended periods, including to Hub partner destinations (Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia)



  • A good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject e.g. Engineering, Geography, Planning
  • PhD (Research level) (or close to completion, or equivalent experience Assistant level) focussed in water management or a related areas


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to new minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5293