Senior Scientist/Engineer - Hydrodynamics and marine water quality

We are looking for an experienced engineer/scientist with expertise in hydrodynamic modelling and water quality.

Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
Job reference

Our Coasts & Oceans Group works with clients around the world to model and optimise the design of coastal projects. Typical studies include hydrodynamic and water quality modelling for new waterfront developments, and configuring sustainable marine intakes/outfalls for the power and water sectors. We are looking for an experienced engineer/scientist with expertise in hydrodynamic modelling and water quality. The role includes understanding customer requirements, numerical modelling and design, engaging with national regulators, providing training courses, writing proposals and reports, and contributing to research and development. Knowledge of TELEMAC, or other hydrodynamic models, would be a significant advantage. The successful candidate will apply their knowledge on large-scale engineering and environmental projects worldwide.

You will report to the head of the Dispersion and Water Quality Team within HR Wallingford’s Coasts & Oceans Group.

Key qualifications and skills

  • Degree in physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering;
  • Post-graduate qualification in a related field;
  • Experienced in coding in FORTRAN, Python and/or Matlab;
  • Project Management experience;
  • Good understanding of coastal processes;
  • Good understanding of marine outfall dispersion, and water quality;
  • Experience in intake / outfall modelling and design;
  • Enthusiasm, pragmatism and resourcefulness;
  • Ability to contribute to and lead research;
  • A good communicator in English (written and verbal).

How to apply

If you are excited about this role but are unsure about whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by emailing

Click the Apply now button below to submit your application. Your application should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: 28 June 2024

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.

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