Senior Specialist Scientist (Coastal Flood Modeller) - SEPA



Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Reference: EF9809

Salary:The salary band for this post is Band D, £44,184.00 to £48,812.00, starting salary will be on the base of the salary scale, £44,184.00

Working pattern: Permanent, Full-time

Location: Flexible currently working from home

Closing date: 16 June 2024 at midnight

Scotland is facing a climate emergency. Winter rainfall will increase. Summer thunderstorms will get worse. Droughts and summers like 2018 will become the norm. The sea level around Scotland will rise by at least 1m and maybe 2m by 2100. Nothing can stop these happening, so we need to help Scotland adapt. We need to save lives in the face of the climate emergency but we are much more ambitious than that. We need to do it in a way that also brings social, economic and environmental success. It’s a massive challenge.

The Hydrology function leads SEPA’s work on floods and plays a major role in the effort on droughts. The function has an overall budget of £11M and 160 staff. It comprises 4 units, each with 1-4 teams. These teams must also draw on support from teams across SEPA and its partners, and in turn provide support to SEPA’s regulatory duties.

We are looking to recruit expertise to support the development of our flood modelling and mapping products, data analysis and provision of hydrological and coastal advice for Scotland. We need experts who can apply their experience in flood management to support the development of our understanding of future flood hazards and apply this to the development of our products and services to support a range of customer needs. The roles will also be required to:

  • Support SEPA’s wider flood risk management work, for example with regard to delivering training, mentoring and support for staff.
  • Lead or participate in projects (e.g. investigative studies, flood hazard map development, or supporting innovation and partnership working).
  • Lead on at least 1 aspect of flood modelling or mapping work nationally. For example, leading the development of major coastal flood modelling/mapping contracts. This lead aspect will be delegated depending on business need and may change over time.

This work will be done in close coordination with other flood modelling & mapping specialists and under the overall technical direction and supervision of the relevant national lead specialist.

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