Research Assistant

University of East London
London, United Kingdom
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At UEL, we pride ourselves on the real-world relevance of our research and academic programmes and the impact we are making in our east London community and the wider world. UEL is one of the top new universities for research. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) put our world-leading research at 17 per cent – nearly double the previous REF. At the same time, more than 90 per cent of our research was assessed as 'internationally recognised' and more than 60 per cent was rated 'internationally excellent'.

A Research Assistant is sought for a new NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and DFID (Department of International Development) funded research project: C-FLOOD (Compound flooding from tropical cyclone-induced sea surge and precipitation in Sri Lanka). You will be based at the Docklands Campus of University of East London and will:


• Develop and run a tropical cyclone weather (atmospheric) model and an appropriate hydrologic model;

• Assist in data analysis and provide necessary data for spectral wave and coastal hydrodynamic models being developed in the University of Peradeniya;

• Assist in the analysis of stakeholder engagement meetings;

• Assist in the organisation of project activities; and hence;

• Make a valuable contribution to the NERC and DFID Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience interdisciplinary programme.
You will be a civil engineering or cognate discipline graduate with a PhD related to Coastal Engineering, Hydraulics or Hydrology, with an interest in natural hazards and social science research methods and be willing and able to travel to Sri Lanka to couple numerical models developed by overseas project partner institution and stakeholder field activities in cities away from tourist areas. You will also have an aptitude for analysing stakeholder engagement activities.
Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.


For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Ravindra Jayaratne, Reader in Coastal Engineering at UEL by email or by telephone on +44 (0)208 223 2536.


This is a fixed-term contract that is available full-time at 37 hours per week over a 12-months period. This role may be available as an 18-month fixed term contract at 0.6FTE.


Interviews are likely to take place on the week commencing 16th of September 2019 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not. The post will commence around the 14th October 2019.


We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits such as easy access to a world-class gym and sports complex, and some great places to socialise.


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