Research Scientist – Climate Change and Water - 9554

South West, National
Horizon House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to help develop the evidence the Environment Agency needs to adapt to climate change. You will be joining a team of scientists that leads research on climate change impacts and adaptation for all the Environment Agency’s activities. In this role you will help provide scientific advice and analysis on climate change impacts and adaptation across the water environment. Understanding risks to water resources is one of the most important and scientifically challenging areas of climate risk assessment. The purpose of this role is to provide the highly specialised scientific knowledge, expertise and technical skills that are needed to conduct the required analysis as well as providing advice and support to others, in this critical area. This will include:

• Providing scientific analysis and interpretation to support adaptation by the Environment Agency and others
• Undertaking and managing research to meet current and future needs for climate change science in water resources, hydrology, water quality and water supply
• Developing innovative approaches to solve environmental problems.
The Climate Change and Resource Efficiency Research team provides expert scientific advice and analysis. The team of nine has leading expertise in climate impacts and adaptation. With strong links to academia and within the Defra family, we use and commission scientific research to improve the way the Environment Agency tackles the challenges faced by climate change.
This is a scientific role providing complex, technical support to others. Whether you developed your expertise through academic research or as a practitioner you will:

• Have an excellent understanding of climate change science including using climate change information in a research context and providing adaptation advice
• Possess a detailed understanding of hydrology and the management of water resources and water quality in the United Kingdom
• Have experience both undertaking and managing research in water and climate change impacts
• Possess experience in providing scientific advice to non-specialists.
• Hold a relevant degree (environment science, engineering, geography) and likely to have a PhD or similar
• Will be highly numerate with demonstrable skills in modelling, statistics, data analysis and interpretation of scientific results
• Be a good communicator and comfortable providing scientific advice to non-specialists
• Be able to work with a range of internal and external customers
Closing Date: 20th January 2019 at 23:55 hours

The successful candidate will be based at Horizon House in Bristol, other Environment Agency offices may be considered for the right candidate. However, the work will require frequent travel to other Environment Agency locations.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

For further details please contact Stuart Allen on Tel: 07887756579 or by email:

20/01/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Scientific Knowledge
Applies scientific knowledge in hydrology, water resources and climate change to provide sound, science-based evidence to our internal and external customers
Applies Analytical Knowledge and Experience
Applies acquired knowledge and experience to produce and interpret results from data derived or analysed from computer models
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.