Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher (ICARUS) - Department of Geography

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.

We are seeking and experienced Post Doctoral Researcher to work on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project (HydroCast) to explore the potential of Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting (SHF) for Irish catchments. Together with an experienced Post Doctoral researcher, the project will be undertaken by the PI (Dr. Conor Murphy) and two PhD researchers. The duration of the project is 48 months with an expected commencement date of the 1st April 2018. The successful candidate will play a critical role in leading various work packages, developing advanced project outputs and assisting the PI (Dr. Conor Murphy) in the supervision of PhD researchers.

The HydroCast project (Figure 1) seeks to advance the skill of SHF methods of varying complexity for Irish conditions. With Ireland’s unique hydrology and varied climate, the project will provide a test bed for ground-truthing cutting-edge approaches and developing novel methods for merging of skill from the most promising models. Realisation of the project aims will make a large step towards developing capacity for operational SHF, while the integration of key stakeholders will provide a path efficiently linking science, policy and decision-making. In realising these outcomes, the project is structured to establish i). the predictability of river flows at various lead times across seasons; ii). the sources of predictability; iii). the additional skill that can be derived in moving from simple to complex methods and; iv) the potential of hybrid methods to extract maximum predictability of river flows at various lead times (from weeks to months).