Two, 36-month postdoctoral research positions within the Geography Departments at the Universities of Leicester and Loughborough, UK are available with a start date of 1st January 2011. The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the UK and is held jointly between Dr Mark Powell and Dr Nick Tate (Department of Geography, University of Leicester), Dr Stephen Rice and Prof Ian Reid (Department of Geography, Loughborough University) and Dr Jo Wood (Department of Information Science, City University). It aims to understand the development of small-scale bed structures and bedforms in coarse-grained alluvial rivers and the implications for near-bed flows and bed load flux.
This Research Associate will be responsible for a programme of laboratory flume experiments designed to quantify the inter-relationships between bed-surface grain size and structure, near-bed flow regime, initial motion conditions and sediment transport rate under contrasting flow and sediment supply regimes.
The ideal candidate will have a background in process-based fluvial geomorphology or sedimentology and/or open channel hydraulic engineering. S/he will be expected to work with the Leicester RA (responsible for the characterisation of the bed surfaces) to integrate the data on the near-bed flow field and sediment movement with the analyses of bed surface maturation.