Research Associate in Hydrological Modelling
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position funded by a European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 project, ‘DOWN2EARTH: Translation of climate information into multilevel decision support for social adaptation, policy development, and resilience to water scarcity in the Horn of Africa Drylands’. This is a large, interdisciplinary project comprising 14 partner institutions in 7 countries. It is designed to strengthen climate services in the drylands of East Africa through research on climate, water, and food, as well as social adaptation and policy development.
This position will be based in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Water Research Institute at Cardiff University. The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in Earth and environmental sciences. The Water Research Institute addresses the grand challenge of sustainable water management for people and ecosystems in a changing world.
Working with Dr Michael Singer and Dr Mark Cuthbert (at Cardiff and others at other partner institutions), the role of the Research Associate (RA) is to develop, test, and implement a new hydrological model for the Horn of Africa drylands. This model captures the essential components of dryland hydrology and will be driven by stochastic climate to explore to resolve the water balance for historical decades, near-term (seasonal) forecasts, and future climate projections. The model will form the basis of an app that will provide hydrological forecasts and projections to a range of stakeholders in East Africa. It will also be run via a server so the output is delivered directly to the app and citizen science data can be fed back to improve the model.
The PDRA will work closely to co-develop research with other interdisciplinary researchers within the project consortium, as well as with relevant stakeholders who may be consumers of the new technology developed in DOWN2EARTH. They will also play a leading role in developing and delivering training to enable others to use and implement the model on their systems.
In addition to these duties, the PDRA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate respected peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the DOWN2EARTH project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.
The successful applicant will hold or have nearly completed a Ph.D. in a relevant subject. Expertise in hydrology and/or climate science and modelling experience (ideally in Python) is essential, but there will be opportunities for the PDRA to learn some aspects of the science (e.g., dryland hydrology) and coding on the job.
This position is full time (35 hours per week). It is available from 1st September 2020 and is a fixed-term appointment until 31st August 2022, with a possibility of extension beyond that timeframe.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Michael Singer, email:
For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:
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Closing Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020