Research Fellow in household water demand modelling (IMPETUS)

United Kingdom
Sep 22, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Research Fellow in household water demand modelling (IMPETUS) Energy & Climate Change Group

Location: Highfield Campus

Salary:  £29,301 to £36,001

Full Time, Fixed Term until 29/12/2017

Closing Date:  Tuesday 25 October 2016

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

Reference: 782916AT

A research fellow is required to work in the Sustainable Energy Research Group on “IMPETUS: Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making”, an interdisciplinary domestic water demand modelling analysis project until December 2017.  The project is developing an agent-based microsimulation approach to the modelling of domestic water demand under a number of scenarios, including prolonged drought.

The project is funded through NERC’s UK Droughts and Water Scarcity programme and is collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Reading (lead), Oxford and Newcastle along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

This role will involve

  • Consolidating an existing review of water demand modelling approaches;
  • The further development of a preliminary ‘domestic water consumption microsimulation model’ using survey and other data;
  • Collaboration with the PI (Dr Ben Anderson) to develop spatial demand estimates for selected catchment areas;
  • Close collaboration with other project partners to integrate the results of these model(s) into a project wide integrated drought modelling framework;
  • Substantial contributions to internal and external dissemination of results through stakeholder workshops, papers, presentations, journal articles and media activities.

The work will be performed at the University of Southampton but regular project-related travel in the South East and London will be expected together with attendance at national and international conferences and events as appropriate. The project will be interdisciplinary and will involve close collaboration with non-academic project partners and substantial exposure to policy and strategy fora.

Applicants should have:

  • A PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in quantitative data analysis or modelling
  • Experience of developing microsimulation (or similar) models

For informal enquiries, please contact:  Dr Ben Anderson (

You will join one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education rated number one for research power in REF2014.  We have an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Faculty has nearly 200 academic staff working in a number of research themes ( We have exceptional research facilities particularly in our state-of-the-art facilities at our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus (fluids and structures/infrastructure) which includes a 138m towing tank.

The University of Southampton is the top one per cent of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities.

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities. 

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Georgina Warren on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote vacancy reference number 782916AT on all correspondence.

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