Scientist: Resilient Farm & Food Systems - ICRISAT Development Centre

International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Patancheru, Telangana, India 🇮🇳

Scientist –Hydrology – ICRISAT Development Centre

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals, for the position of ‘Scientist – Hydrology with ICRISAT Development Centre’’ to support activities of Global Research Program Resilient Farm and Food Systems (GRP-RF&FS) on Natural Resource Management. The incumbent will be based at ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad, India to support ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) in different R4D projects. 

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi- arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these disadvantaged populations to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agricultural production systems.

ICRISAT is headquartered at Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and eight country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT envisions a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics. ICRISAT conducts research on its mandate crops of chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet in the arid and semi-arid tropics. The Institute focuses its work on the drylands and in protecting the environment. Tropical dryland areas are usually seen as resource-poor and perennially beset by shocks such as drought, thereby trapping dryland communities in poverty and hunger and making them dependent on external aid. Please visit –


  • Undertaking water balance studies at field and watershed scale on climate and agricultural water management interventions for sustainable natural resources management
  • Adapting and or developing experimental methods/equipment/ software/concepts to support research in integrated water resource management and hydrological sciences
  • Analyzing primary and secondary data of various agricultural water management interventions in the study area.
  • Modeling the climate and agricultural water management interventions and assess their impacts on catchment hydrology.
  • Writing research reports and scientific publications.
  • Organizing capacity-building programs on water balance/ water management for different stakeholders and field functionaries.
  • Writing and communicating research and development findings to various stakeholders for scaling up; documentation and peer reviewed publications


·       Ph. D in hydrology/water resources/environmental engineering/related NRM disciplines with atleast 10 years of experience in designing low-cost water harvesting structures

·       Demonstrated skills in undertaking hydrological studies at various scales, estimating crop-water requirements and water productivity

·       Planning and executing various watershed interventions at field/community scale 

·       Rich experience in hydrological modelling such as SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) model, instrumentation for hydrological monitoring (runoff gauging, lysimetric setup, soil moisture measurement system, groundwater monitoring, etc.)

·       To effectively communicate research for development concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders (CSR/Academic/development agency/Farmers, etc.)

·       Experience in conducting watershed interventions and farmer participatory field demonstrations on sustainable crop intensification

·        Independently plan and carry out research on the nominated research project and work towards completion of the aims of the project

·       Perform data analysis, preparation of reports, and communicate this information to different stakeholders

·       High-level written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated experience in preparing reports and research papers within the required timeframe for a range of audiences.


This is a contractual position for a period of 12 months.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 11 January 2023, with their latest Resume, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

Key Skills: Hydrological Studies, landscape Management, catchment survey, RWH structure design

Additional/Preferred Skills: Instrumentation, data analysis

Preferred Qualifications: Hydrology modelling

Preferred Industry Experience: National, International, NGO, government


ICRISAT offers a rewarding career opportunity in dryland agricultural research to have a lasting impact on millions of lives and communities. The state of the art research infrastructure with high performance culture, ICRISAT provides global exposure and learning. For more details, visit





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development