Research Fellow in Environmental Modelling

School/department: School of Global Studies, Department of Geography 
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term until 30 June 2019
Reference: 2049
Salary: starting at £32,004 and rising to £38,183 per annum
Closing date: 19 June 2017. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: June 2017
Expected start date: 1 July 2017

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship to work with Professor Joseph Alcamo on an interdisciplinary project funded by the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), a collaborative initiative by the University of Sussex and Institute of Development Studies to develop interdisciplinary research in sustainability.

Entitled “global modelling of health risks associated with conventional and unconventional river pollution” the project will develop and apply a first version of a global model that estimates the number of people exposed to different types of health risks from river pollution. This new exposure model will become part of an existing continental-scale model of river pollution, “WorldQUAL”.

The new exposure model will be used to estimate the public health risks of river pollution at different locations in a worldwide river network, with an accent on developing countries.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed interdisciplinary scientist who will play a key role in this research and contribute energetically to SSRP. S/he will survey existing large-scale health exposure models related to environmental risks (e.g. SWIMODEL) and select an appropriate model to apply on the continental-scale. During this survey s/he will consult with health science experts at Sussex, Brighton, and elsewhere.

The successful candidate will work with his/her Supervisor and the WorldQual modelling team at the University of Kassel to incorporate the model in WorldQual using existing data bases and case study data. S/he will then use the new exposure model to spatially analyse different types of health risks related to river pollution.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Global Studies but will interact with colleagues from the Health Sciences and the wider SSRP team across campus.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Alcamo (

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How to apply

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