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Employing unit Department of Meteorology
Start date As soon as possible
Closing date 31st July 2015
Reference number SF08012
Post type Full-time, Fixed-term, 40 months
Grade 6
Payscale £28,695 - £31,342 per annum


The Departments of Meteorology and the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading (UoR) invite applications for an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in meteorology, and an ability to communicate climate information with a range of stakeholders.

The post is part of the BRAVE research consortium, ‘Building understanding of climate variability into planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa – Second Phase’, funded under the NERC/DFID/ESRC programme, Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) The locational focus of the BRAVE project is Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana.

The project is led by Dr Rosalind Cornforth in the Department of Meteorology (UoR), with co-investigators from the UoR and the British Geological Survey (BGS), as well as partners from a large number of water resources research, governance, and (international) aid agency organisations in Ghana and Burkina Faso.

The closing date for applications is 16:00 on Thursday 3 September 2015.

NERC invites existing researchers to apply for internships of up to six months, based in business, policy and civil society organisations. The intern will usually spend between 80% and 100% of their time embedded in the partner organisation and applicants can be at any career stage. PhD students must be in their second year and working within the NERC remit. The internship should be completed by 30 April 2016. Earliest start date is 1 November 2015.

Interns will explore and demonstrate how partners can make use of NERC funded scientific knowledge, data, models or other tools to understand and manage their impacts and/or dependencies on the environment. Projects may involve one or more business, policy or civil society partner and one or more researchers. Applications should be in the NERC Innovation Priority Areas of:

•       Infrastructure

•       Risk management

•       Sustainable food production

•       Environmental data

•       Natural resources

For full details, please see the Announcement of Opportunity.

NERC are working with Arup through our strategic partnership to co-fund proposals through Arup’s annual Global Research Challenge around future cities, circular economy and evidence-based decision making in urban environments.

The call focuses on four areas:

  • Enabling the urban circular economy
  • Evidence-based decision making in cities
  • Low carbon multimodal mobility
  • New approaches to financing city infrastructure

Please click here for the information pack.

Arup anticipate funding between five and eight projects with budgets ranging from £30k to £50k. NERC will co-fund where there is an academic component focusing on translation of existing NERC-remit data, expertise and skills up to £25k.

Please click here for further information on the topics and how to apply.

Please click here for an application form.

To submit your expression of interest, please email the completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 June 2015. Entries will be evaluated by the Arup Research Fund assessors and NERC and full applications will be due by 17 July 2015.

NERC's Policy Placement Fellowship Scheme allows researchers and other staff involved in environmental science research to work closely with policymakers within government and other public and third sector organisations in the UK. The scheme also allows placements of government and third sector policymakers to work within NERC head office and research centres. The placements will be for 12 months initially.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on 8th July, interviews will be held the week commencing 27th July 2015.

Any queries regarding these calls please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.