Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Quality, Climate and Health

Apply by 15 April 2020 | Salary range: £32,817 – £40,322 p.a.

We are seeking an excellent researcher to join Dr Charles’ water quality team. Dr Charles leads research on interdisciplinary approaches to improving the safety and reliability of drinking water services in low- and middle-income countries. This research is funded from UNICEF Bangladesh and REACH to support development of the SafePani model for safe drinking water delivery in coastal Bangladesh.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for developing and implementing research in coastal Bangladesh to advance the SafePani model for safe drinking water delivery. Interdisciplinary research is critical to address this challenge, and experience in one or more of a range of disciplines focused on delivery of safe drinking water would be appropriate for the postholder, such as microbiology, health sciences, geography, engineering, and chemistry.

This research will be focused on drinking water challenges in Bangladesh. As such, the role will involve significant overseas travel. You will be engaging with stakeholders and practitioner partners in the UK and internationally, potentially including co-designing research, communicating and validating results, managing relationships and providing training. You will publish research articles for leading peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and working papers. In addition, you will present papers at national conferences, and lead seminars to disseminate research findings.

You will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in areas related to the understanding water quality management, relationships between water, climate and health, and advancing delivery of novel management approaches. You will have the ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities and budgets. Experience in field research in low-income countries and stakeholder engagement processes is essential. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a team and to build relationships with practitioners. A strong publication record, appropriate for career stage, and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field is a must.

This is a full-time post offered for 2 years in the first instance. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Find out more and apply.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 15 April 2020, and interviews will be held at the end of April/beginning of May 2020.

Questions about the post may be emailed to Dr Katrina Charles:

UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

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