3 year Post-doctoral Fellowship to study the Fluvial Geomorphology of the Baleh River, Sarawak
University of Nottingham’s Malaysia (UNM), , Malaysia
Start reviewing process: 11 September 2019

We are looking to appoint a skilled and motivated post-doctoral researcher to an exciting new project on the island of Borneo, Malaysia (see full decsription in the attached PDF). The post-holder should have field experience of assessing river sediment loads, especially the fine fractions transported in suspension. The post is for 3 years, and is based at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus in Kuala Lumpur. The project is focussed on the Baleh River, which situated within the headwaters of the Rajang Basinl in the State of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

The post-holder will be responsible for collecting field data needed to help understand fine sediment loads and transport dynamics in this large river. Their role will be to help assess how much fine sediment the river is carrying and the flow conditions that are most important for this transport. We are seeking someone with field experience related to sediment transport monitoring (installation of equipment, calibration, direct sampling); skills in any other aspects of fluvial geomorphology and/or hydraulic modelling would be advantageous but are not essential. The work will feed into a larger project that aims to identify critical, habitat-forming processes in the river and, in turn, identify functionally important flows.

The overall aim of this project is to identify a set of flows that drive geomorphic processes and thermal dynamics in the river and which are therefore important for shaping habitat conditions. This is a high impact research project, the first of its kind in Malaysia, and represents a collaboration between academics and Sarawak Energy Berhad. The work will focus on a 25-km reach immediately downstream from the proposed dam site.

The post and application procedure
The Post-doctoral Fellow will focus on understanding fine sediment dynamics in the river, assessing suspended sediment loads and developing fine sediment budgets for study sites. The work will involve installation of monitoring equipment, field data collection and data analysis. He/she is expected to take a lead role in preparing papers for publication. He/she will work as part of a team of four researchers on the project, and will be supervised by academics at University of Nottingham Malaysia (Prof Chris Gibbins) and from the Fluvial Dynamic Research Group (RIUS) at the University of Lleida, Spain (Drs Ramon J Batalla and Damia Vericat).

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based in the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at University of Nottingham’s Malaysia (UNM) campus, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur Salary is RM 8000 (Malaysian Ringgit) per month; this is a generous salary which sits within the range of that given to Assistant Professors at UNM. You will benefit from private medical insurance while employed on the project. Contact Prof. Chris Gibbins for an informal discussion about the project.

To apply, please send a CV and letter; the letter should outline your relevant skills, experience, and your motivation for applying ( The post will remain open until an appointment is made, so please submit an application at your earliest convenience.


Damià Vericat (on behalf of all project participants)

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group