Hydraulic Modeller (at graduate level or above) - Floods & Water (Ref 2021_23)

Are you a bright, enthusiastic and highly motivated hydraulic modeller who is looking for a new challenge?  Are you passionate about understanding and managing flood and surface water management systems across both natural and built environments? 

If so, then this opportunity may be what you are looking for.  We have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our team of flood and water management experts, developing hydraulic modelling solutions to solve some of the world’s most pressing water-related problems. 

About the role

We are currently looking to expand our catchment and drainage management team, based in the Flood and Water Management Group at HR Wallingford.  We have UK and international projects in hydrological and hydrodynamic modelling for river and drainage systems, natural flood management as part of an integrated approach to risk mitigation, flood risk modelling and mapping, sustainable drainage, climate change impact analysis and resilience.  We use state of the art modelling software, carry out local, regional and national scale hydrodynamic modelling, build new tools and web applications, develop frameworks and write guidance.  Whether you are a recent graduate or looking for a more senior role, you will join our team of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path and encouraged to work towards a professional qualification.

About you

We are looking for people who either have a strong interest in pursuing a specific field of work or would like to apply their numerical skills and technical knowledge to benefit a number of areas. We are interested in candidates with some or all of the following attributes (or an aspiration to attain them):

  • A good degree in a relevant discipline (essential) e.g. Civil/Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography or Mathematics. A higher degree in a water related discipline would also be advantageous; 
  • Technical knowledge and a strong interest in hydrology, hydraulics and drainage including the application and/or development of numerical models (experience of the InfoWorks ICM modelling software would be beneficial);
  • Some programming experience (skills in Python and/or the R statistical package would be useful, together with an interest in using these skills in the development and implementation of innovative solutions to water management);
  • Experience and confidence in data analysis and dealing with large volume data sets;
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS e.g. ArcView, QGIS);
  • Knowledge and interest in decision-making methods for strategic planning;
  • Good attention to detail, record keeping, presentation and report writing skills; and
  • Ability to work within a team to deliver a common goal.
Flexible working

We are interested in relevant applicants looking for either part time, full time or fixed term employment.  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.  

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.

About us

We deliver smart solutions wherever water interacts with people, infrastructure and the environment. Our specialist research and consultancy services help to protect vulnerable communities, improve lives and create resilience in the built and natural environments.

It’s our exceptional people that make us who we are. We are a diverse team, working together to push the boundaries of conventional thinking. We are innovators, bridging the gap between academia and industry. As a not-for-profit company, we don’t have shareholders; instead our profits are used to fuel our research and to develop our people, our tools and our technology. We value the independence this brings us; we have the freedom to make decisions that sustain our colleagues, our business and our environment in the long term, creating a company that we are all proud to be part of.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Additional information

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays,
  • Permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules).
  • 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
Right to work in the UK

As part of our process of recruitment you will need to satisfy certain conditions of employment such as the right to work in the UK; and provide appropriate documentation to verify ID, nationality, employment and/or academic history.

If you don’t already have the legal right to work in the UK, you are still welcome to apply for a job with HR Wallingford.

We strongly recommend that you use the Home Office website to review the legal requirements of working in the UK as this will give you an indication of whether you may be eligible to work in the UK under the Points Based System (PBS) for immigration.

How to apply

Click the "Apply now" button below to complete our online application form. You will need to attach a two-page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter explaining your suitability for this role.

Closing date: 15 August 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Contact us for more information
Sharon Draper
Sharon Draper
Personnel Advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899