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Research Associate in Dams and Food Security
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-11939

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/06/2018

Salary: £31,604 to £33,518 per annum according to experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Civil Engineering

Hours per week: Full-time

Contract Duration: 36 months

A postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and highly motivated individual as part of a new RCUK-funded project “FutureDams: 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.

As part of the FutureDams project, you will be responsible for conducting research to assess the role of dams in delivering improved food security in developing countries. You will use remote sensing and other data to map current patterns of agricultural land and water use in the case study river basins, and identify impacts of current dams on agricultural productivity and livelihoods. Using this information, you will also develop and apply crop modelling tools to estimate future changes in crop production and water demands under different future agricultural development and climate change scenarios, and work collaboratively with the project team to investigate trade-offs between agriculture and other water users (e.g. hydropower, environment).

Work for this project 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 have extensive opportunities to collaborate with academics from a range of disciplines (Hydrology, Engineering, 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 agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, agronomy, land surface hydrology, water resources or a related discipline, demonstrated expertise in the geospatial data analysis and modelling of agricultural production, 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 land and water use, including links with the energy generation and ecosystem conservation (

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 Tim Foster, Lecturer in Water-Food Security


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


The closing date for this job has now passed.