Job offer in england Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Exeter

The post is available from 1st April for 12 months and based at the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral SWEEP Impact Fellow to participate in the ‘Whole Catchment’ project, as part of the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP), which will bring together spatial understanding of how south west catchments function, particularly in terms of their water quality and water management. The project will deliver high-resolution understanding of where ‘Upstream Thinking’ interventions might lead to socio-economic benefits to both South West Water, but also to the region in general, through construction of an open source, open access GIS tool which will guide decision-makers and land managers as to the potential for catchment-based approaches to mitigate environmental problems.

SWEEP is an exciting new project led by the University of Exeter and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a 5-year programme designed to bring together academic, business and policy sectors to address the fundamental challenge of translating academic research into impact. It will co-create bespoke solutions and tools targeted at the better integration of the natural environment into decision-making and management. SWEEP is recruiting a cohort of Impact Fellows who are the research leaders of tomorrow, and who are also passionate about delivering impact from research. SWEEP Impact Fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop research facing skills within a leading research intensive University, whilst also working directly with external partners and stakeholders to deliver impact and real world change.

This specific post will include high-level construction and operation of spatial data within a GIS to map and model both the existing understanding of land use, management and impacts upon water quality, and close liaison with South West Water, to deliver this understanding into their business model.  The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds; develop excellent working relationships with external non-academic partners and make presentations at conferences and other events.

The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in hydrology, water quality and water resource management and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop applied research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to construct and operate a high-level GIS database at a regional scale, collate, analyse and visualise complex data describing water resources, in particular water quality, ecological status of surface waters and flood risk potential.

For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P58622 in any correspondence.

For further information please contact Prof Richard Brazier, e-mail

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.