Hydrological Forecasting Analyst

Do you have knowledge of hydrological models?

Do you want to join a dynamic and growing company?

Flood Foresight is a globally scalable operational system providing data on rainfall severity, flood inundation footprints and depth, and flood impacts.  Flood Foresight supports operational flood management in the infrastructure, insurance, utilities and civil contingencies sectors.  Flood Foresight is in operation in several countries internationally including the UK, Australia, Pakistan and Myanmar, with ongoing projects to set up the system in Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Ghana and a number of other countries.

Due to a growing number of Flood Foresight projects, we are looking for a Hydrological Forecasting Analyst to join the Flood Foresight team.

The role involves the following:

In depth knowledge of hydrological models at a variety of scales (such as GloFAS) is key for this role.

The research and development nature of Flood Foresight means that there is always the opportunity to further improve the methods and data used in the system. You will take a lead role in developing the science used in Flood Foresight, in particular the hydrological models used by the system.

You will work closely with a team of scientists and software developers located in several JBA offices and the role will require liaising with clients, projects managers and other team members.

You will be involved in mentoring and supporting the technical development of less experienced colleagues in the team.

There will be the opportunity to contribute to research and development projects, collaborating with academia and other researchers.


The location for this role is flexible although ideally the role would be located with other members of the Flood Foresight team – at the Skipton BD23 3FD, Coleshill B46 3AD or Wallingford OX10 9BS offices.

Further information:

Contact John Bevington or Kay Shelton

Reference: RNO21-22
Closing date: 30 April 2022
Location: Coleshill / Skipton / Wallingford
Contact: John Bevington 01491 836688

Qualifications and experience

Who we are looking for:

You will have an environmental or physical science related qualification, at PhD or equivalent level. Chartered status (e.g. ICE, CIWEM, CMet) is important to JBA and valued by our clients therefore applicants should be chartered or show a desire to work towards becoming chartered.  We will support you through our professional mentoring programming to gain chartership if required.

Strong and proven communication skills are a prerequisite for this position.

You will have the ability to work on your own and as part of a team, have experience of problem solving and communicate effectively both in writing and verbally with colleagues and clients. Strong time management skills are essential. 

Core skills required include:

  • Knowledge of hydrology and rainfall-runoff models covering a range of scales, with particular emphasis on broadscale modelling and linking to forcing data.
  • Programming – preferably R or Python.
  • GIS (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS) / spatial data analysis.
  • Working to programme and budget.
  • Teamwork and mentoring junior staff.
  • Report writing and quality assurance.
  • Client liaison.

Desirable skills include:

  • Experience of validation and calibration of hydrological models.
  • Knowledge of the principles of flood inundation mapping.
  • Contract management and tender preparation.
  • Project management.

To apply please email your completed application form
and equality and diversity form to careers@jbagroup.co.uk

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