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Flood Resilience Innovation Centre Researcher

Reference:  AE0165
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Research and Enterprise
School/Department:  Institutes
Subject Group/Team:  Energy and Environment Institute
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
x 2 posts, Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Thursday 27 June 2019
Interview Date:  Thursday 18 July 2019

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the Job Description below.



Building on its strengths in flooding, geoscience, climate change, logistics, computer science and engineering, the University of Hull is establishing a Flood Resilience Innovation Centre (FLIC) to provide a nucleation hub for research and innovation focused on flood risk and resilience. The £3.4M Flood Resilience Innovation Centre (FLIC) will be based within the University’s Energy & Environment Institute and is supported through £1.9m in funding from the European Regional Development Fund. FLIC will deliver a programme of R&D and Innovation (RDI) support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Humber region and help SMEs access University expertise through collaborative RDI projects and access to specialist equipment procured as part of the project.  Collaborative projects and partnerships may also involve large companies and other research organisations where appropriate.  

Flooding is a significant and growing problem regionally, nationally and internationally. Humberside is the second most flood-prone region in the UK, with 205,000 properties, 32,500 businesses and 115,000 hectares of prime land at risk of tidal, fluvial or surface water flooding. In the UK, 5.2 million homes and other properties (more than one sixth of the total) are at risk of flooding, with 490,000 properties at significant risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Climate change and sea level rise projections suggest that our climate will become stormier, yielding more frequent heavy rainfall events, and that sea levels will rise by 0.35 m by 2060 and 1.0 m by 2110.

The University is now recruiting the FLIC team to work with SMEs to help develop and commercialise innovative new products and processes addressing flood resilience in the broadest sense.  The full team will comprise one Project Manager, one Business Development Manager, three Technical Research Managers, two Researchers, one Finance and Audit Officer and one Administration Officer.  

We are seeking ambitious and talented candidates for the following vacancies:

Researcher  (2 posts) – will conduct individual and collaborative research activities supporting industry needs to promote flood resilience, mitigation, management and response.  As needed, they will work with the FLIC Technology Research Managers and other academics/specialists to ensure appropriate provision of expertise to regional SMEs to develop, implement and exploit R&D and innovation activities.  This may include engagement with large companies and other agencies as part of collaborative research, innovation and interventions.  

We are seeking candidates with expertise in any of the following areas:

  1. Environmental sensing applications (e.g., turbulent flow visualisation and quantification, dynamic monitoring of object deformation under hydrodynamic stress); 
  2. Human physiological stress monitoring (e.g., core, skin and body temperature monitoring, heart rate monitoring, accelerometer monitoring and interpretation); 
  3. Electronic engineering, employing, for example, MEMS and/or high-speed telecommunications technologies; 
  4. Artificial intelligence and/or big data approaches and their application to disaster risk modelling, supply-chain logistics or disaster response and evacuation logistics;
  5. Qualitative and semi-quantitative assessment and analysis of business resilience to flood hazard and risk.  

The positions are fixed term as outlined in the Job Description, with the possibility of extension subject to funding and project requirements.  

For further information about the Energy and Environment Institute visit: https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/institutes/energy-and-environment-institute.aspx

Interviews will be held during week commencing 8th July 2019 or week commencing 15th July 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to deliver a short presentation as part of the interview process.

For an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Dr Rob Thomas, r.e.thomas@hull.ac.uk / 01482 463484. 

The closing date for this job vacancy has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

At Hull we are committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion at every level, because we believe a diverse workforce brings broader expertise, improved innovation and greater success for all. 

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.


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