Pakistan nationals: Research Intern (Groundwater Modeling)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Lahore, Pakistan 🇵🇰


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from enthusiastic students to assist with a groundwater modeling project at its office in Lahore, Pakistan.

Scope of internship

The intern will provide support to the team at IWMI’s office in Lahore, Pakistan, in carrying out different groundwater studies in the Indus Basin. The intern will assist in groundwater model development, calibration and validation, sensitivity analysis, documentation, and application of the model at different spatial scales. The intern may also be involved in data review, planning regional investigations and interpretation of parameters from aquifer tests, and in the use of geographic information system (GIS) applications to develop and review model inputs and outputs. The intern will also assist in developing climate change scenarios using climate and land use estimations, and in preparing donor reports and research publications.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in collecting hydrological variables from national and international data archives.
  • Assist in correcting groundwater levels above the mean sea level using a high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM).
  • Pre-process the primary data using different image processing software.
  • Collect and compile Earth land surface datasets, including rainfall, DEM, watershed characteristics, soil characteristics, and land use and land cover data from various satellite remote sensing archives.
  • Assist in parameterizing the groundwater model (e.g., MODFLOW) using the data collected from different data repositories.
  • Assist in calibrating and validating the groundwater model for different land use and climate change scenarios.
  • Analyze the datasets collected for computing the changes in water storage on different spatiotemporal bases.
  • Compile and review the information available on artificial groundwater recharge, including groundwater levels, lithology, environmental impacts and aquifer characteristics.
  • Analyze the datasets for watershed characteristics to identify the potential recharge zones.
  • Assist in identifying the potential groundwater recharge sites as per the criteria developed and model outputs.
  • Assist in organizing different stakeholder meetings and disseminating the results at different levels.
  • Assist in preparing a progress report on the modeling work and a final report on potential zones for artificial groundwater recharge.

Qualifications, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in water resources management, hydrology, geohydrology and/or geoscience, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of groundwater hydrology principles, and surface water and groundwater interactions.
  • Prior experience with groundwater model development and application; specifically, simulating the impact of climate change on groundwater recharge, surface water-groundwater interactions and groundwater yield, including a detailed analysis of underlying systems, using MODFLOW or similar groundwater modeling codes.
  • Basic knowledge of at least one image processing software (such as ArcGIS, ENVI, QGIS, etc.) and at least one programming language (such as MATLAB, Interactive Data Language [IDL], Fortran or Python).

IWMI will provide a monthly stipend to the selected candidate during the internship period. In addition, all other field costs will be covered by IWMI.

The duration of the internship is 06 months with the possibility of extension based on the project and budget availability. This is a nationally recruited internship and only citizens of Pakistan are eligible to apply.

To apply, visit Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Pakistan time) on November 18, 2021 (Thursday).

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.





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