Science and Technical Officer

River Restoration Centre
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 29, 2022

We are hiring!

Full-time, 3 year contract, renewable thereafter

Starting from £35,558 per annum

Location: RRC Office, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Flexible working will be actively considered

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) is seeking an individual who wants to make a difference in the field of river restoration, working to restore natural processes and support habitat enhancement at the interface between practice, science and policy in the UK and Ireland.

About the Role

RRC is looking for an individual with expertise in ecology and hydromorphology to coordinate and deliver applied research projects and provide technical specialist advice to practitioners. We are seeking a driven candidate who will be key to the delivery of an ongoing Ofwat-funded project, where you will use national-scale datasets to assess ecological responses to different human stressors. By statistically deriving pressure-impact relationships affecting riverine species and communities, you will help design and develop a decision-support software (CatchmentLife) that will support river restoration planning. The decision support software will be made available to a wide community of end-users from public and third sector organisations. As such, we require the successful candidate to be effective at communicating and presenting technical issues within river restoration to non-specialist audiences You will also work on the RRC’s other activities developing guidance and communicating best practice, the coordination of an international river restoration science conference, training, applying for research grants and tenders, supporting project bids and developing practical decision support tools for river restoration tailored for a broad range of statutory agency, public, private and third sector organisations.

About You

You will have a relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in ecology, physical geography or a similar subject. From this, you will have a detailed understanding of how hydromorphological processes and habitat conditions govern ecological functioning, and how such knowledge can be applied in river management and restoration contexts. Ideally, you will have developed and delivered training courses and workshops, and understand the differing needs of public, private, third-sector and local volunteer groups. You will have the ability to write complex technical and/or scientific reports, as well as non-technical summaries and guidance tailored to a specific audience or for a broader appeal. You will be able to quickly integrate into a small busy team of highly motivated individuals sharing common purpose and values: understanding river form and function, restoring natural processes, communicating evidence-based knowledge and sharing best practice.

About RRC

RRC is an independent, not-for-profit information and advisory centre, supporting all aspects of river restoration, habitat enhancement and best practice river and catchment management. Our office is based at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire and we are funded through UK environmental agency collaborative agreements, funded projects, advisory work and our programme of events. We work to ensure UK river restoration programmes and projects are planned, implemented and evaluated with a high degree of technical confidence and rigor, and are implemented by practitioners trained to a high degree of understanding and competency.


The River Restoration Centre (RRC) is proud to be hosted at Cranfield University.  Whilst our employment contracts are through Cranfield University all day-to-day work is solely directed by the River Restoration Centre. The position will involve travel to locations across the UK, Ireland, and occasionally abroad.

RRC at Cranfield University

Cranfield aims to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work together and realise their full potential. Find out more about the commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. Cranfield’s Working Arrangements Framework provides RRC staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Marc Naura, RRC Science and Technical Manager, on 01234 752979 or

You must apply through the Cranfield University application process – LINK HERE. In addition, you will also need to email us a covering letter explaining why you would love to work at the River Restoration Centre.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 29th August 2022.

Interviews will be held on Monday 12th September 2022.

If you are interested in this position, please email and we will update you when the application form link is available.