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Research Associate in Agricultural Water Security
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-11438

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/03/2018

Salary: £31,604 to £38,833 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Environmental Services

Hours per week: 1 FTE

Contract Duration: 1 May 2018 for 36 months

School / Directorate: School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and highly motivated individual as part of a new RCUK-funded project “DAMS 2.0: Design and Assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions of water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems” ( under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) program.

The Dams 2.0 project aims to address the negative impacts of historic dam projects on communities and the environment by developing new multi-disciplinary planning and assessment tools that can be used to improve the design, selection, and operation of dams to ensure water, food, and energy security for all.

 As part of the project, you will be responsible for modelling and analysing the impacts of historic and future dam developments on agricultural production, and evaluating how agricultural water demands can be balanced sustainably and equitably with those of hydropower, cities, and freshwater ecosystems under future uncertainty. Work will focus on three main case study systems, the Nile and Volta River basins in Africa, and the Salween River basin in Myanmar. You will also have extensive opportunities to collaborate with academics from a range of disciplines (Engineering, Power Systems, Economics, Development Studies) at the University of Manchester, along with researchers from several other UK universities (UCL, Newcastle, Southampton, Surrey, Cambridge), international organizations (World Bank, IWMI, IUCN) and stakeholders in each of the three case study regions. 

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Hydrology, Water Resources, Agricultural Water Management, Irrigation Engineering or a related discipline, demonstrated expertise in the development and application of models and geospatial data analysis to agricultural production systems, a growing publication track record, and strong written and oral communication skills.

You will be based in the Water Resources Section of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. You will be part of a dynamic and growing group of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working on the assessment and management of agricultural water use, including links with the energy generation and ecosystem conservation ( The University of Manchester is a member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities, and was ranked 35th in the world and 5th nationally according to the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities in 2016.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Timothy Foster


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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