Regional Researcher (Water Productivity)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Doctorate

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Description

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing team of experts working on the development of spatial tools for irrigation systems and crop water productivity assessments, and to apply these tools for improved management of water resources in the locations where IWMI works. The purpose of this position is to lead the scientific development and application of these approaches for water resources assessments across multiple spatial scales. The successful candidate will provide scientific and technical input to the research activities focused on the use of remote sensing data and GIS technologies, including the planning and execution of research projects and the dissemination of knowledge generated; and to both initiate and contribute to the development a broader research portfolio on spatial tools to assess irrigation performance. The work will support IWMI’s research agenda as well as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programs (CRP) on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and other CRPs in which the Institute is participating.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Initiate and lead the development of research projects focused on remote sensing-based assessments of agricultural systems and irrigation scheme performance;
  • Develop applications based on the use of remote sensing data to understand hydrological processes with particular emphasis on water consumption (evapotranspiration) estimates for different agro-ecosystems with various physical and management conditions;
  • Provide scientific leadership and contribute to the methodological developments of IWMI’s suite of water productivity assessment tools combining inputs from ground measurements, surface energy balance and hydrological modeling, and remote sensing data
  • Plan and lead field missions as required;
  • Prepare high quality research reports and journal articles.

Requirements

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Essential:

  • PhD in water resources, remote sensing, irrigation engineering or a related subject;
  • 3 years post-PhD professional experience
  • Experience in linking hydrological processes to agricultural production systems and in identifying opportunities and interventions for improved agricultural water management;
  • 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;
  • Experience of Google Earth Engine;
  • Proven record of high quality reporting, including peer-reviewed articles in international journals as first author.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

Essential:

  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to process large temporal and spatial datasets;
  • Understanding of different modelling approaches to calculate actual evapotranspiration from remote sensing datasets;
  • Sound understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of spatial tools for water resource assessments at difference scales, from field level crop water productivity assessments to basin scale use and availability;
  • The ability to develop new approaches for the assessment of both irrigation scheme performance and larger scale water use and availability;
  • Good command of spoken and written English;
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Strong analytical mind-set.

Desirable:

  • Experience in conducting field surveys for validation of remote sensing data;
  • Machine learning techniques;
  • Knowledge of irrigation water management and interventions to improve water use efficiency and productivity.
  • PhD in water resources, remote sensing, irrigation engineering or a related subject;
  • Experience in linking hydrological processes to agricultural production systems and in identifying opportunities and interventions for improved agricultural water management;
  • 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;
  • Experience of Google Earth Engine;
  • Must have a strong analytical mind-set;
  • Proven record of high quality reporting, including peer-reviewed articles in international journals as first author.

Benefits

This is a Regionally Recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. If successful candidate requires international relocation s/he may be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and home leave transportation for employee and eligible dependents.

The duration of the initial contract will be for 2 years with the potential for extensions, dependent upon continued funding and institute requirements.

Your application must include a your curriculum vitae, cover letter, which addresses IWMI's requirements as stated above, list of publications, and three professional referees. The CV, references and publications list must uploaded as one document. The cover letter transferred to the application form.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity an inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff. Women are encouraged to apply.