International Researcher (Water Quality Modelling and Antimicrobial Resistance)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Colombo, Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

New Delhi, Delhi, India 🇮🇳


International Researcher – Water Quality Modelling and Antimicrobial Resistance will contribute to the CGIAR Initiative “Protecting human health through a One Health approach”, and potentially other projects, by leading research that contributes to better understanding of the sources, transport, fate and risks of water pollutants in watersheds, with outcomes being adopted for environmental and health risk mitigation, and in planning and management of water bodies, in Asia and Africa. The applied research will cover different pollutants, with emphasis in pathogens and waterborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The researcher is expected to design and supervise water quality surveillance programs and co-develop and use models that allow to predict in time and space the concentration of pollutants in water bodies, with the ultimate goal of assessing risks from pollution in watersheds and test ex-ante the cost-effectiveness of solutions to manage and mitigate risks.

The person is expected to contribute to research for development (R4D) initiatives, provide scientific guidance, contribute to research oversight and quality control, support partnership development and resource mobilization as well as disseminate research results to target audiences. The position holder will be based in Delhi, Addis or Colombo and work with multi-disciplinary researchers and partners of IWMI, including ILRI, IFPRI, WorldFish and other One CGIAR institutes, at various scales.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute with high-quality and innovative applied research on key research areas, including water quality modelling, monitoring and management, and analysis of waterborne AMR
  • Lead the characterization and modelling of loads, concentrations and human exposure to selected water borne pathogens (including antimicrobial resistant bacteria) in selected watersheds
  • Contribute to the analysis of the relative contribution of the use of polluted waters to food safety risks in selected food value chains
  • Analysis of existing and potential management options for mitigating risks for water pollution in general and waterborne pathogens and AMR in particular
  • Lead and contribute to writing papers for peer reviewed journals, scientific and technical reports and communication outputs such as blogs or policy briefs
  • Contribute to IWMIs research portfolio on water quality, pollution control and health risk assessment and mitigation and assist project leaders and research group leaders in project reporting
  • Ensure that project-specific deliverables and deadlines are met, and work closely with peers, project leaders, supervisors, internal and external research teams and partners, to ensure timely delivery of research outputs;
  • Initiate, develop and strengthen collaboration with research partners, other CGIAR centers; uptake partners, private sector, investors and civil society
  • Representing IWMI in conferences, workshops, seminars and other events in the researcher’s field of work
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences;
  • Manage small project and project components of larger projects and supervise consultants and students
  • Lead or contribute to proposal development in the researcher’s field of wor


The successful candidate will posses the following:


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in environmental sciences/engineering, public health, hydrology, agronomy or similar
  • Handson experience of at least one water quality modelling system
  • Good knowledge in hydrologic modelling as well as river basin management
  • Good knowledge water pollution by antibiotics and pathogens, wastewater treatment and water pollution control options
  • Knowledge on waterborne antimicrobial resistance development and spread
  • A good track record of relevant scientific publications, and experience of working on applied research in the field of water quality
  • At least four years of working experience in water quality monitoring and modelling preferably in a developing country context
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities, and plan, organize, implement and monitor work activities with limited supervision
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken 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.


  • Knowledge on mathematical modelling and programming experience (Python, C++, Java, etc.).
  • Understanding and experience of risk assessments in general and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) in particular.


This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, long-term disability insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. Globally recruited staff who are employed at a duty station outside of their home base/country of nationality will also receive relocation assistance, a housing allowance, home-leave plane tickets for self and eligible dependents and education assistance for eligible dependents.

The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possible extension.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply for the position by following the application instructions at We will be accepting applications through 24:00 (IST) August 8, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.