Data Analyst (Global Water Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Beijing, China
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 


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Job Summary:

In this role, you will work closely with cutting-edge global water and climate datasets, e.g., Aqueduct suite of tools, publicly available satellite imagery, and global hydrological model outputs. You will assess water and physical climate risks for governments, development banks and multi-national corporations, support the development of machine learning algorithms for near-real time water quantity and quality monitoring and forecasts, and assist in data-driven analysis and project development in China. To carry out these tasks, you must work with teams and colleagues across the WRI’s Global Water Program as well as international offices in the US, China, and India. This role is based in Beijing, China, and reports to the Senior Manager for the Global Water Program.

Research & Analysis (70%)

  • Conduct quantitative research and spatial analysis about global water and physical climate risks to governments, development banks, and multi-national corporations
  • Support the development of machine learning algorithms for near-real time water quantity and quality monitoring and forecasts
  • Develop and execute Python and Google Earth Engine scripts for data acquisition, processing, and analysis
  • Work with cloud storage and computing platforms, e.g., AWS, Google, Azure
  • Contribute to written outputs, including peer-reviewed articles, WRI working papers, and blog posts
  • Collect data and information from public websites and literature

Technical Support & Outreach (30%)

  • Prepare professional visualizations for presentations, publications, and online applications
  • Provide technical support to Aqueduct partners and users as needed
  • Present project and analysis at internal and external meetings and conferences
  • Assist in data-driven analysis and project development in China
  • Advise staff and partners on data, modeling, and visualization on request


  • Bachelor’s degree in earth science, environmental engineering, or other related fields, Master’s degree preferred; maximum of 4 years of related professional work experience
  • Knowledge on water resources, experience in water-related projects
  • Proficient in Python and GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS and/or QGIS)
  • Experience with Google Earth Engine is a strong plus
  • Proven ability to take initiative and responsibility and deliver high quality results
  • Excellent time-management skills and a flexible attitude
  • Fluent in writing and speaking in both English and Mandarin
  • Experience with cloud computing and web development is a plus