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Senior/principal scientist (flood and water management)

Are you an enthusiastic and highly motivated scientist looking for a new challenge? We have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our team of flood and water management experts, solving some of the world’s most pressing water-related problems. 

About the role

You will join colleagues in our water resources and environment team, part of our flood and water management group. You’ll work with colleagues to support our clients in all aspects of water resource management, focussing on developing innovative solutions to help them adapt to current and future pressures (such climate and population change), protect the environment and increase system and environmental resilience to shocks. You will have technical knowledge, experience and a strong interest in hydrology and water resources including the development and use of numerical models. The ability to lead teams and direct research in this area would be an advantage.

You will:

  • Carry out (and support colleagues) with numerical modelling, data analysis and management of large datasets
  • Manage projects, working with UK government departments and agencies, water companies and others in the water industry.

About you

You will have experience in hydrology and water resource modelling, ideally within the UK water resources industry, as well as an appreciation of environmental issues and an understanding of the challenges the industry faces. Using your practical experience of handling and analysing large data sets, we’ll expect you to work closely with colleagues to refine our analytical approaches. You are someone with good interpersonal skills, and an infectious energy and enthusiasm for your work. You will enjoy discussing and presenting data to your team, colleagues and the wider industry. You will also be able to effectively communicate your findings to non-technical audiences in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

In addition, you will be a problem solver, whether working collaboratively or independently. You have high standards, and can prioritise and shift focus between projects as required. You will have experience with scripting languages, e.g. Python, R, and expertise in statistical analysis. You may also have experience of developing web-based applications and water quality modelling. You'll have a BSc in a relevant discipline e.g. civil or environmental engineering, environmental science, geography. An MSc, PhD or equivalent experience is desirable.

About us

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre – people who have the desire and determination to succeed and be ambitious, not only for themselves but for their colleagues and clients too. We are relentless in our drive to create an exceptional working environment and we look for energy and positivity to ensure our staff remain inspired. We offer a stimulating working environment that seeks to surprise colleagues and clients with what we can achieve together. We share knowledge, ideas and experience to underpin our value of working collaboratively. 

Our work is authentic, based on evidence and facts, and we aspire to be aware, manage, understand and master the challenges of expanding world issues and complex customer problems.

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10 per cent contribution from the employer (up to 15 per cent with matched funding) 
  • Life insurance cover of three times salary.
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays, 
  • Permanent health insurance.
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs.
  • Onsite restaurant, gym and nursery.
  • Active sports and social club.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme. 

Our head office is based at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships.

Flexible working

While this is a full-time role, helping our people achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us, and we would be happy to explore flexible working and job share arrangements, including part-time and remote working. Please talk to us about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

How to apply

To apply send a two page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter that clearly states the three key reasons to exemplify why you are the right candidate for this job to personnel@hrwallingford.com or contact Sharon Draper, Personnel Advisor, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA, United Kingdom. 

This vacancy will remain open until we find the right person.

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