Research Associate in Ecosystem Model Development

Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Salary Range: £40,858 – £42,609 per annum


Job summary

 We are seeking a Research Associate to work in collaboration with the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Department of Life Sciences, and the Grantham Institute on ecosystem model development. We are looking for an experienced modeller/programmer to develop a new modular computational platform for ecosystem and land-surface modelling in order to facilitate cross-model integration and intercomparison. You will be based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and will work closely with Dr Athanasios Paschalis, and with the Grantham Institute Director of Policy and Translation.

The Grantham Institute is supporting Dr Paschalis in establishing this novel, interdisciplinary research initiative on ecosystem model development and will work with him and the successful applicant on stakeholder engagement and research dissemination activities.


Duties and responsibilities

 You will work together with researchers form collaborating departments to redesign the computational framework of the ecosystem model T&C and translate it into Python. You will engage with scientists nationally and internationally and coordinate online workshops and webinars to disseminate the outputs of the project. You will also contribute to the development of future research and industry funding proposals.


Essential requirements


  • Research Associate: PhD (or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences
  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences
  • Excellent track record on numerical model development with an emphasis on Object Oriented programming.
  • Experience of programming in Python/MATLAB
  • Knowledge of computational methods


Further information

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for up to 12 months and will be based at South Kensington Campus.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Athanasios Paschalis at . In addition to submitting the online application, please send us a CV and examples of your work that are relevant to the application.

For any queries regarding the application process, please contact Briony Webb at


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Closing date: 28/07/2021

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