Research Fellow or Research Assistant in Agricultural Water Management

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£33,309 per annum (Research Fellow) or £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant)
Dec 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 19, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 12 months
Salary £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow) or £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant)
Apply by 19/01/2020

Role Description

Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) or Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) in Agricultural Water Management

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career.  Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

You will contribute to the delivery of Cranfield University’s work in agricultural drought risk management for the DRisk2 (Multi-scale management of irrigation abstraction and drought risks in UK) project, which is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

Building on the results of previous hydrological and atmospheric modelling studies and the DRisk project (, you will develop an approach to integrate farm-scale irrigation demand and catchment-scale water availability to provide a fuller understanding of drought risk. The DRisk2 web application will be used to inform and co-design responses to support increased agricultural drought resilience and environmental protection. You will work closely with a web developer and staff at Cranfield University and with environmental and agricultural project partners with international expertise in agricultural water management, irrigation demand modelling and hydrological modelling.  

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in geography, environmental sciences, agriculture, agricultural engineering or related disciplines and be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of agricultural systems and agro-hydrological processes. You will have modelling and programming experience.

For an informal discussion, please contact: Ian Holman, Professor of Integrated Land and Water Management,

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

This is demonstrated in our success in achieving a Bronze Institutional Athena SWAN which recognises our commitment to progress gender diversity in STEM, as well as the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ which demonstrates our commitment to supporting Research careers.  We also run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.

Interviews to be held: 06 February 2020

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