Research Fellow - Engineering and Environment

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Thursday, 1 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 29 August 2019

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) specialising in glacio-hydrological modelling of high elevation catchments. The successful candidate is to be employed by Northumbria University to work as a researcher on the NERC funded project “Peruvian Glacier Retreat and its Impact on Water Security (Peru GROWS)”. The PDRA will use the glacio-hydrological model TOPKAPI to simulate glacier and snow melt, glacier mass balance and runoff from the large Rio Santa catchment in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, the largest glacierised area in Peru. The PDRA will contribute to measurements of mass balance, meteorology and runoff lead by the Peruvian project partners. They will focus on select sub-catchments to setup and validate the model and study key processes such as the contribution of debris-covered glaciers to runoff, and runoff generation mechanisms. They will then run the model for the entire catchment for the past decades using re-analysis and project future changes in glaciers, snow and runoff through an ensemble of future model simulations. The PDRA will work closely with researchers at the British Antarctic Survey, Leeds University, Cranfield University and Heriot-Watt University, and with our project partners in Peru, Catolica University and INAIGEM in particular. The PDRA is also expected to lead and contribute to dissemination of results in peer-reviewed journals, and at conferences.

The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge in glaciology and hydrology, with an emphasis on field observations and melt modelling. Experience in analysis of meteorological and climate data is very important, and familiarity with melt and surface processes on glaciers is crucial. Coding and modelling skills are indispensable. Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or close to completion) in Earth Science, Engineering, Hydrology, Glaciology, Physical Geography or related discipline.

The candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University and will be aligned with the Cold and Palaeo Environments and Extreme Environments research groups. Further details about the research group can be found here:

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences encourages a collaborative and supportive working environment through in-work socialisation and self-supporting events for career advancement. Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. 
Northumbria University is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, a city that boasts a friendly culture, rich history, and vibrant arts scene. At your doorstep you can find the beaches along the Northumberland Coast and the hills of Northumberland National Park. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Francesca Pellicciotti at

To apply for this vacancy please click on the following link: 

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.