Experienced Water Resource Scientists

HR Wallingford provides world-leading independent analysis, advice and support on disciplines ranging from engineering and environmental hydraulics, to the management of water and the water environment.

We are recruiting enthusiastic and creative Water Resource Scientists to join our expanding team. We are looking for experienced applicants, from Scientists to Principal Scientists, to enhance our expertise and reputation in water resource management. With a strong portfolio of ongoing UK consultancy work, and an established reputation of applied water resources research, this is an excellent opportunity for industry experienced individuals to help shape this area of our business.

Our UK water resource projects typically include close work with water companies to assess the performance and resilience of their water supply systems and strategically plan for the future. We are also work with government agencies and departments to evaluate options for policy reform and adaptation to long term climate and demographic pressures. External research and internally funded company research programmes further strengthen our position as industry innovators and technical experts.


  • Must have experience of working with UK water companies to deliver Water Resource Management Plans and/or Drought Plans.
  • High level of numeracy, including experience in writing and maintaining bespoke code (Python, R preferable).
  • Familiarity with current UK water industry guidance.
  • Appreciation of the challenges facing the UK water industry and a strong ambition to innovate to help the industry meet these challenges.


  • International water resources planning.
  • Experience of standard industry models (Aquator, HySIM etc.).
  • Experience of data visualisation, machine learning techniques and the application of advanced decision making methods.
  • Experience of Demand Assessment and Options Appraisal.
  • Postgraduate water resource related study.
  • Statistical expertise.
  • Business development and establishing strong client relationships.

You will also need to have the following professional and interpersonal skills/qualities:

  • Good verbal and written communication.
  • Positive attitude to meeting challenges and taking ownership.
  • Collaborative approach and a strong team player.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision as part of/or running small teams.
  • Self-motivated and able to research and work on own initiative.

Indication of responsibilities

Responsibilities will vary depending on level of experience but in general you will:

  • Manage your own time and that of others.
  • Lead analytical work and run custom water resource computational models.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and provide guidance and mentoring.
  • Actively engage with clients and support business development and bidding activities.
  • Ensure that work is completed to HR Wallingford's quality standards.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be based at our campus style head at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, UK.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre. We offer a stimulating working environment with competitive salaries commensurate with experience. We also offer an excellent benefits package that includes: a generous defined contribution pension scheme with a minimum 10% employer contribution; at least 22 days holiday plus three days company holiday plus eight bank holidays, permanent health insurance; flexible working hours which allows for leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs; childcare vouchers; and access to a staff restaurant, as well as an on-campus sports and social club.

We will also be pleased to discuss part time and/or part time remote working with applicants invited to interview.

How to apply

Please email a two page CV and a covering letter to Linda Schonfelder(email l.schonfelder@hrwallingford.co.uk), Personnel Assistant, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA, United Kingdom

posted: 07 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.