Researcher (Crop Water Productivity and Water Resources)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for a highly motivated researcher for developing spatial tools for irrigation systems and crop water productivity assessments and applying these tools for improved management of water resources in the locations where IWMI works.

The position holder will also contribute to the scientific development and application of these approaches for water resources assessment and allocation across multiple spatial scales; provide scientific and technical support to the research activities with inputs from remote sensing and GIS technologies, including planning and execution of research projects and dissemination of knowledge generated by IWMI; and contribute to the development a research portfolio on water productivity assessment tools.


  • Provide scientific and technical support for the development of water resources and hydrological modeling tools to analyze water use, availability and allocation across multiple spatial scales;
  • Lead the development of remote sensing based approaches for the identification of irrigated areas and the performance of irrigation systems;
  • Develop applications based on the use of remote sensing data and GIS technology to understand hydrological processes with particular emphasis on water consumption (evapotranspiration) estimates for different land uses with various physical and management conditions;
  • Link water resources assessment and allocation, hydrological modeling and irrigation performance to provide recommendations for interventions;
  • Contribute to the methodological developments of IWMI’s suite of water productivity assessment tools combining inputs from ground measurements, hydrological modeling, and remote sensing data, undertaking field missions as required;
  • Implement crop water productivity assessments;
  • Promote the use of these tools for improved water resources management across multiple scales, including the preparation of research proposals;
  • Identify new research areas, partnerships, and capacity building needs;
  • Prepare high quality research reports and journal articles.



  • PhD in water resources, hydrology, irrigation engineering or a related subject;
  • 5 years’ experience in agriculture and water related research in developing countries;
  • Experience in linking hydrological processes to agricultural production systems and in identifying opportunities and interventions for improved agricultural water management in developing countries across Africa and Asia;
  • Experience in Remote Sensing tools and methods for irrigated area identification, ET estimation and crop yield;
  • Prior experience of working on large spatial data sets and writing and executing scripts in Python;
  • Must have a strong analytical mind-set;
  • Proven record of high quality reporting, including peer-reviewed articles in international journals as first author.


This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a housing allowance, transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave, retirement and health insurance package. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possible extension.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of regional and gender diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.