Hyrdo-JULES Programme Leader

NERC - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
70000.00 GBP Annual
05 Oct 2017
02 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.

We are looking for an experienced world class Hydrologist

Up to c. GBP70K per annum based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Are you a visionary and innovative leader in hydrological or land surface modelling? We are seeking a leader for a new 5-year, ca.GBP6 million research programme that will deliver the next generation, high resolution physically based land surface and hydrological models for the UK. The programme (Hydro-JULES) is supported under NERC National Capability funding to CEH, the British Geological Survey and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

Leading a multi-disciplinary team the successful applicant will deliver a major advance in land-surface and hydrological science to fully represent the terrestrial water cycle in models. Through novel systems research into the flow of water, both vertically and laterally, coupled to land surface-boundary layer science, the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) model, and hydrological models will be advanced to incorporate state-of-the-art hydrological science developed under this programme. This is an ambitious research programme to create a new collaborative and community activity around an open access and fully coupled modelling framework. To deliver this capability for the community the research will be undertaken in collaboration with a number of other national and international organisations, universities and institutes. Key partners include the University of Reading and the UK Met Office. The successful candidate will be considered for a visiting Professorial position at the University of Reading.

The individual: The post requires proven expertise in hydrological model development, coupled with excellent leadership, management and negotiation skills. The successful applicant will have an outstanding CV that demonstrates the ability to direct the research of a large team, produce high-impact outputs, attract research funding and an established national and international reputation in the fields of hydrology and mathematical modelling. On behalf of NERC and key stakeholders the Hydro-JULES programme leader will take an active role in working with the community on the further scientific development of the JULES modelling system.

To reflect the importance and seniority of this position the successful candidate will be appointed to a salary of up to c. GBP70K per annum. Under exceptional circumstances this position could be managed as a 3-5-year secondment.

To discuss this role further please contact Professor Mark J Bailey (), Director CEH. For more information on CEH please go to

To register your interest in this post please email . You will be sent a candidate pack with further information and details on how to formally apply. The application closing date is 2nd November 2017, interviews will take place on 1st December 2017.

From April 2018, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at . From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.