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Research Associate in Hydrology

Requisition ID:  15484

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jan-2022


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: £31,406.00 - £44,706.00  per annum

Closing Date:   1 February 2022



The Role


We are seeking a dynamic researcher to develop novel, high-resolution datasets for use with a new physically-based flood modelling system and to develop the hydrological model to assimilate new data streams in PYRAMID.    You will work with an interdisciplinary group in the School of Engineering as part of the UKRI NERC-funded PYRAMID project, bringing expertise in data and hydrological modelling for the purposes of creating a dynamic, near-real-time urban flood risk model.    You will hold a PhD in a relevant subject, have strong programming skills and experience in climate/rainfall dataset development, working with national-scale datasets and physically-based hydrological modelling. Additional skills in software engineering are desirable, but not essential.


Based in the School of Engineering, you will work alongside other NERC PYRAMID researchers and have access to a wider team of experts in big data, computer vision, artificial intelligence, geospatial engineering, hydrology / hydrodynamic modelling and climate change impacts within Newcastle University and at our project partner, Loughborough University.

The post is available fixed term for 6 months in the first instance.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Elizabeth Lewis Elizabeth.lewis2@newcastle.ac.uk



Key Accountabilities

•    Lead the physically-based hydrological modelling (SHETRAN) aspects of the modelling platform. This will build on previous and ongoing work at Newcastle University and will include integration with national datasets, integration to the modelling platform, improving the representation of hydrogeology in the model and investigating automatic calibration methods for use with a physically-based hydrological model.
•    Develop SHETRAN further to assimilate new information created by other members of the PYRAMID team, either through direct modification of the SHETRAN code (written in FORTRAN) or by creating an external set-up system
•    Work closely with the other team members to integrate climate data and SHETRAN outputs into the flood modelling platform
•    Engage effectively with project stakeholders to co-develop a useful flood modelling tool

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Experience of developing, setting-up and running physically-based hydrological models
•    Good data analytical skills, with the ability to work methodically and accurately in designing, executing and writing up research independently
•    Programming ability in Python/FORTRAN

•    Experience of collaborative 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
•    Knowledge of innovative ways of presenting research outputs
•    Skills / expertise in hydrology/hydrodynamics


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


•    A good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject e.g. Hydrology, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Geospatial Engineering, Mathematics
•    PhD (or close to completion, or equivalent experience) in Hydrology



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15484