Flood Resilience Innovation Centre Technology Research Manager : University of Hull






Research and Enterprise



Subject Group/Team: 

Energy and Environment Institute


£34,189 to £39,609 per annum


Fixed Term until December 2021 x 3 posts

Post Type: 

Full Time

Closing Date: 

Thursday 27 June 2019


Building on its strengths in flooding, geoscience, climate change, logistics, computer science and engineering, the University of Hull is establishing a Flood Resilience Innovation Centre (FLIC) to provide a nucleation hub for research and innovation focused on flood risk and resilience. The £3.4M Flood Resilience Innovation Centre (FLIC) will be based within the University’s Energy & Environment Institute and is supported through £1.9m in funding from the European Regional Development Fund. FLIC will deliver a programme of R&D and Innovation (RDI) support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Humber region and help SMEs access University expertise through collaborative RDI projects and access to specialist equipment procured as part of the project.  Collaborative projects and partnerships may also involve large companies and other research organisations where appropriate.  

Flooding is a significant and growing problem regionally, nationally and internationally. Humberside is the second most flood-prone region in the UK, with 205,000 properties, 32,500 businesses and 115,000 hectares of prime land at risk of tidal, fluvial or surface water flooding. In the UK, 5.2 million homes and other properties (more than one sixth of the total) are at risk of flooding, with 490,000 properties at significant risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Climate change and sea level rise projections suggest that our climate will become stormier, yielding more frequent heavy rainfall events, and that sea levels will rise by 0.35 m by 2060 and 1.0 m by 2110.

The University is now recruiting the FLIC team to work with SMEs to help develop and commercialise innovative new products and processes addressing flood resilience in the broadest sense.  The full team will comprise one Project Manager, one Business Development Manager, three Technical Research Managers, two Researchers, one Finance and Audit Officer and one Administration Officer.  

We are seeking ambitious and talented candidates for the following vacancies:

Technology Research Manager (ref AE0166) (3 posts) – will work with other team members and relevant partners to identify and support relevant innovations to a detailed level.  They will play a central role in developing and managing collaborative R&D projects, working with the FLIC Researchers and other academics/specialists to ensure appropriate provision of expertise to regional SMEs to develop, implement and exploit R&D and innovation activities eligible under the project.  

We are seeking candidates with expertise in any of the following areas:

  1. Environmental sensing applications (e.g., turbulent flow visualisation and quantification, dynamic monitoring of object deformation under hydrodynamic stress); 
  2. Human physiological stress monitoring (e.g., core, skin and body temperature monitoring, heart rate monitoring, accelerometer monitoring and interpretation); 
  3. Electronic engineering, employing, for example, MEMS and/or high-speed telecommunications technologies; 
  4. Artificial intelligence and/or big data approaches and their application to disaster risk modelling, supply-chain logistics or disaster response and evacuation logistics;
  5. Qualitative and semi-quantitative assessment and analysis of business resilience to flood hazard and risk.  

The positions are fixed term as outlined in the Job Description, with the possibility of extension subject to funding and project requirements.  

For further information about the Energy and Environment Institute visit: https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/institutes/energy-and-environment-institute.aspx

Interviews will be held during week commencing 8th July 2019 or week commencing 15th July 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to deliver a short presentation as part of the interview process.

For an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Dr Rob Thomas, r.e.thomas@hull.ac.uk / 01482 463484. 

Link to advert https://jobs.hull.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=AE0166


Closing date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2019
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