Research Associate in Eco-hydrological Modelling

Imperial College London

Job description
Job summary

Are you passionate about (eco)hydrology, computational modelling, and looking for developing negative emission technologies to contribute towards a global carbon net zero?

We are looking for a research associate to conduct research embedded on the interdisciplinary NERC funded research project “Quantifying the true carbon removal potential of enhanced rock weathering”, a collaboration between the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Life sciences at Imperial College London, and the department of Geography at the University of Birmingham.

During the project you will oversee developing the mathematical and computational framework of enhanced rock weathering in soils, focusing on the interactions between surface hydrological processes and soil biogeochemical processes. Model development will be in collaboration with ecologists and environmental scientists and Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham. It will be embedded within the process-based eco-hydrological modelling activities of the eco-hydrology lab of Dr Paschalis.

The post will commence in March 2024, and is for an initial 24 months with the possibility of extension conditional on research funding.

Duties and responsibilities

During this post you will:

  • Conduct data analysis on the experimental data that will be produced in during this project.
  • Collaborate with ecologists and ecosystem scientists to pin down the dynamics of enhanced rock weathering.
  • Embed the dynamics of enhanced rock weathering in ecohydrological process-based models.
  • Collaborate with the team on field campaigns in the UK and assist data collection.
  • Author publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present your work in national and international conferences.
  • Assist the research activities of the ecohydrology team led by Dr Paschalis
  • Be given the opportunity to get involved in teaching and project supervision of MSc, MEng and PhD students.

Essential requirements

  • A PhD in hydrology, environmental sciences/engineering, earth sciences or a closely related field, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience,
  • A deep understanding of physical hydrology.
  • Advanced computer skills, including programming in MATLAB and/or Python/Julia/FORTRAN/C/C++
  •  A strong background in mathematical modelling, and experience developing and using hydrological and ecosystem models.
  • Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work

Further information

As Imperial College staff, in addition to a competitive salary and package of attractive terms and conditions of service, we offer many more benefits to enjoy. This includes career development tailored to your ambitions, an attractive pension scheme, and generous family leave packages. We have a flexible, supportive work environment and encourage you to achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance!

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Athanasios Paschalis at [email protected] .

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at [email protected] .

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant.

Further information is available within the job description.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds and disabilities. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the interview process and to perform crucial job functions, as well as other support including staff networks. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or parental status, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.


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