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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral researcher/fellow in hydrology for African water and food security

From Justin Sheffield <>
Date Mon, 2 Apr 2018 13:37:18 +0100

University of Southampton, Department of Geography, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Hydrology (Hydrological Modelling, Hydrological Forecasting, Water Resources Management, Water Security, Sustainability). 

The University of Southampton seeks a hydrologist/hydrological modeller with experience in the above areas for a two year (renewable for up to three years) research position. You will be part of a team on the recently launched 4 year RCUK-Global Challenges Research Fund BRECcIA project, Building Research Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa. BRECcIA comprises 6 Universities located in 4 countries (Malawi, Kenya, Ghana and the UK), as well as partnerships with 8 international organisations.  You will be working directly with Professor Justin Sheffield and joining three other post-docs from different disciplinary backgrounds.

We seek candidates with excellent data analysis and computational skills in hydrology (hydroclimate data analysis, hydrological modelling, hydrological forecasting, data assimilation, data visualization) to carry out research on quantifying and understanding hydrological variability and its extremes (floods and droughts) across scales from local to regional, and how this intersects with water and food security. This understanding will be used to develop decision support tools and strategies for better managing water resources and mitigating the impacts of extreme events. You will have knowledge and experience of working with large datasets and hydrological models in a Linux/Unix environment, including scientific programming skills in Python, C, Fortran or similar, and using these to address local to regional scale water issues. Previous experience of working on hydrological problems in sub-Saharan Africa, and a knowledge of water and food security challenges, are both desirable, but not required.

You will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students at Southampton, and liaise with African scientists, students and stakeholders to develop and carry out research, write research reports and journal papers., and develop teaching and training materials. There will be opportunities to travel to Africa to participate in project meetings and workshops, and to develop knowledge and professional skills in: Trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

Please contact Prof. Justin Sheffield for informal enquiries and further details (

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