Research Assistant (Early Stage Researcher), Engineering (ENG153R)

In 2016 serious concerns on the achievement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 targets, due to the continuing loss of biodiversity and degradation of aquatic habitats, led to the urgent adoption of a new Resolution for implementing ecosystem restoration measures. Moreover, on December 2018 the EU raised to 32% the binding renewable energy target for 2030, bringing further input to hydropower development. Meeting these targets sets challenging issues for mitigating the impacts of man-made structures in rivers that fragment habitats and prevent movement and migration of aquatic organisms. To address these challenges, the EU ETN Project ‘RIver flow regulation, fish BEhaviour and Status’ (RIBES) will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the interdisciplinary field of Ecohydraulics to find innovative solutions for freshwater fish protection and river continuity restoration in anthropogenically altered rivers. The 15 ESRs will carry out an innovative and integrated research programme within a multidisciplinary and intersectoral Network, including 8 leading European Universities, consultancy companies, public agencies and hydropower industry, encompassing experts in fish biology, river ecology, environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. 

School/Section: Engineering
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Competitive
Salary: £36,096 + monthly mobility allowance
Ref No: ENG153R
Closing Date: 09-JUN-2020


Job Description

This post is based within the School of Engineering and is a part of the Marie Curie European Training Network ‘RIBES’. Fish hydrodynamics influences nearly all aspects of fish life-cycles and thus has significant implications for fish conservation. 

The successful candidate will have some background knowledge of fundamentals of fluid mechanics, fish biology and physiology, laboratory experimentation, instrumentation, and computations. 

Salary will be paid at the rate of £36,096 per annum. Individuals will also be provided with a monthly mobility allowance. 

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Vlad Nikora at   

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Global Talent Visa.  As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English.

Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on for further information.

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Job Reference Number: ENG153R 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9 June 2020

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