Research Associate in Multi-Resolution
Flood Modelling

An exciting post-doc opportunity is available to join the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering (CSE) at the University of Sheffield (UoS) for conducting high quality fundamental and industry-relevant research in flood modelling. The post is part of a 5-year research project "Smart forecasting: joined-up flood forecasting (FF) infrastructure with uncertainties" funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC). The prospective post holder will be based in one of the largest urban water research groups in the UK working across our Fluid Mechanics Group and Pennine Water Group that is now part of the Sheffield Water Center.

The post holder will be tasked to develop a mathematical modelling foundation for flood simulation in considering both deterministic and stochastic contexts. The core technical task will entail combination of mathematical theories at the interface between numerical analysis (incl. finite volume, discontinuous Galerkin and stochastic Galerkin methods), multi-resolution analysis (incl. multi-wavelet scale decomposition of functions) and computational hydraulics (for handling of real-world features). These theories will be merged from the perspective to produce a platform for realistic modelling of flooding across various scales for mesh-grid and/or uncertainties. The post will involve close guidance from a mix of project partners including applied mathematicians, scientists and consultants from the hydraulic software industry and the UK Environment Agency. It will also entail a range of activities including research placements to the academic and industry partners (i.e. demo visits, short stays for training/exchange), annual participation in international conferences, public engagement and flood expo events, co-supervision of PhD students, mild teaching involvement on the research subject, organisation of an industry relevant workshop.

The post seeks candidates holding a PhD (or shortly due to complete) in computational mathematics, engineering, hydraulics or fluid dynamics with a demonstrated potential of model code development and validation. A strong mathematical background, established programming skills, and ability to carry out numerical analysis and code development are central to the post. Practical experience in modelling shallow flow problems is beneficial. The appointee is expected to be: autonomous in building the necessary skills to address a research task needs, possess high organisational and planning skills, work well under pressure and within an interdisciplinary team including scientists and engineers, have good interpersonal ability, be prepared to travel for research placements and visits, provide day-to-day reporting in track of the project deadlines, be able to communicate (verbally and in writing) their research effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences and to be keen on publishing scientific journal papers.

The post is initially available for 18 months and can be extended to 42 months on the basis of annual review of performance. Salary ranges from 30,175 - 38,183 per annum. Potential to progress to 41,709 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

Applicants should further look at the full details of post (reference UOS016742) in the job section of the University (, where applications should be formally submitted. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be addressed to Dr Georges Kesserwani (

Deadline for application is 27 August 2017

posted: 18 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.