Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hydrology/Hydrogeology

Hydrological modeller within project on flood & drought resilience in southern Africa

Project details

This post represents an exciting opportunity for someone to work on a unique integrated basin-scale socio-hydrological research project. Project CONNECT4 Water Resilience investigates the connectivity between water resources and society in the Limpopo River Basin (LRB), southern Africa to model and identify appropriate water management strategies at the relevant scales and build resilience to hydroclimatic extremes.

As part of the project research team, we are seeking a motivated, creative postdoctoral researcher who will specifically work on the application of an integrated groundwater-surface water model with the objectives of (1) assessing how flood and drought cycles propagate in space and time across the LRB and (2) developing water management scenarios in consultation with LRB communities and stakeholders and in collaboration with the project's social scientists. The modelling approach will be applied at two overlapping scales, i.e. over the full extent of the LRB and to four strategic sub-catchments currently studied by the project partners in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

In this position, the postdoc will join the very active hydrology research group at the Northern Rivers Institute (NRI), University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and become part of a large international and interdisciplinary research project. The project is funded by NERC under the SHEAR programme (Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience) and forms part of a collaboration with the University of Birmingham (UK), Anglia Ruskin University (UK), the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (Botswana), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), University of Venda (South Africa). A number of African government policy-makers and NGO partners are also involved in the research, including the Water Authorities of Botswana and Mozambique, Water Research Commission (South Africa), Dabane Trust (Zimbabwe) and the Red Cross. The researcher will be expected to work in close collaboration with these institutions.

The post

You will be employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northern Rivers Institute (NRI) within the School of Geosciences. You will be responsible for the modelling and management scenario tasks necessary to achieve the post objectives and to contribute to achieve the overall project aims. You will join and engage in a strong and vibrant research group at NRI and work in close collaboration with hydrologists and social scientists of the University of Birmingham, Anglia Ruskin University and the project's university, governmental and NGO partners in Africa. The position will require a limited number of (inter)national travels to our partners, for up to 2-3 weeks at a time, together with a social scientist from the team based at Anglia Ruskin University or the University of Birmingham. You will further improve your hydrological modelling skills by applying models to water management questions and incorporating socio-economic data. You will also be expected to lead scientific dissemination activities (journal publication, attendance of conferences). You will benefit from joining a community of scientists, water resource managers and policy makers active in water resources research and management in Southern Africa. The successful candidate should begin the post no later than the beginning of April 2018.

Application procedure and funding

Applicants will have a PhD in environmental/earth science, physical geography or engineering (hydrogeology, hydrology or environmental engineering) with experience in hydrological and/or groundwater modelling. Experience or a keen interest in applying models to water resources management and conveying modelling results to wide audience of both scientists and practitioners would be advantageous. A full UK or International driving licence is desirable.

Salary will be paid from £33,199 per annum on Grade 6 of the University Salary Scale. Consideration will be given to making an appointment at Research Assistant level for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD, Grade 5. As this post is subject to external funding from NERC it will be available for 16 months. Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Jean-Christophe Comte (e-mail: jc.comte@abdn.ac.uk).

All general enquiries should be directed to the Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email h.m.clark@abdn.ac.uk. More detailed information and formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdnjobs.co.uk/vacancy/research-fellow-371097.html.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 20 January 2019.

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