Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3692/2

Location: Durham, County Durham, DH1 5FA
Salary: £32,548
Qualification required: PhD
Closing Date: 21 August 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3692/2
The purpose of this role is to lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project that is a collaboration between Durham University and Northumbrian Water Ltd., based in Durham. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow through the aid of discipline specific academic expertise. It does this by linking them with an academic supervisory team and a researcher in a university to work on a specific project.

Working as part of an agile team, the KTP Research Associate will be involved in integrating analytical and computational methods from the physical sciences with ‘crowd-sourced’ information from communities in order to design tools and working practices that reduce potential risks and impacts of sewer flooding through better communication with customers.
Skills required: A PhD with the necessary training in both social science and physical science research methods is essential.

The Associate will have the following experience:
• Working with communities using participatory techniques to engage them in catchment management.
• Undertaking flood simulation modelling.
• Evidence of communicating spatial information using GIS software.
• Experience of project management and meeting project deliverables.
• Working in collaboration between academic and non-academic partners to deliver shared outcomes.
• Excellent research skills and a comprehensive understanding of analytical processes.
• Experience of presenting complex information to a range of audiences.
• Delivering written reports.
• Proven ability to run projects with a range of stakeholders.


You will have the following skills:
• The ability to develop and apply participatory approaches from the social sciences.
• Technical capabilities to running and analysing outputs from existing computer simulation models.
• Analytical skills to analyse and visualise geospatial data.
• Complex project management.
• Excellent computer literacy: significant experience of working with Microsoft Office Suite; using e-mail and web-browsing software.
• Strong organisational skills.
• Effective inter-personal and verbal communication skills.
• Proven ability to prioritise workloads and deliver to agreed deadlines.
• Flexibility, enthusiasm and an ability to work effectively.
Knowledge Base Partner: Durham, University of
Company partner: Northumbrian Water Limited
Company business area: Supply water and waste water management to both business and domestic customers within the North East of England.
Contact: Prof. Louise Bracken, Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University, Durham. DH1 3LE., Tel: 0191 33 41846
L.J.Bracken@durhan.ac.uk

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