UK: Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Assessing Societal Impacts of Surface Water Flooding at King’s College London.

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Based: College’s Strand campus in London

Description: A post-doctoral research associate is required to work for 39 months as part of a wider, multi-institutional consortium developing the evidence base on the impacts of surface water flooding in Britain. Possessing a PhD in geography or other appropriate earth, environmental, or social science discipline, the postholder will apply archival, text mining and documentary analysis techniques to online newspaper and other digital administrative records to construct a database of surface water flooding events and their impacts. Following on from that, the postholder will use interview and other case study methods to reconstruct the societal impacts of selected case study flood events to inform the identification, parameterization, and testing of generalizable vulnerability and impact functions of a surface water flooding hazard impact model.

The post is funded by a NERC grant held by Professor David Demeritt as part of project SINATRA (Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding), a large NERC consortium grant awarded under NERC’s Flooding from Intense Rainfall programme and involving Reading, Bristol, Newcastle, Hull, and Exeter Universities, as well as private sector partners Halcrow and JBA and a host of public sector research organizations including the Flood Forecasting Centre, Met Office, Environment Agency, and Health & Safety Laboratory.

Salary: The appointment will be made on the Grade 6 scale, currently £33,654 per annum, inclusive of £2,323 London Allowance, per annum.

Informal enquiries: May be made to Professor David Demeritt at

To apply for this post:
College’s website: The job pack contains detailed instructions on how to make your application. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully, as incomplete or incorrect applications may not be considered.All correspondence MUST clearly state the job title and reference number R6/DAR/699/13-JT.

Deadline: The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2013.

Interviews: will be held on 14 October 2013.

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