Post-Doctoral Fellow (Spatial Hydrologist)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

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The successful candidate will have the option of being based in an IWMI office in Africa (Ghana, South Africa or Ethiopia) or headquarters in Sri Lanka.

This is an exciting opportunity for an early-career scientist to be part of a growing team of experts developing tools for water accounting and water balance assessments applicable to a range of scales (field to basin). Apply these approaches and their application for water resources assessment and allocation across multiple spatial scales for improved understanding of water resource use and availability in the locations where IWMI works.

Contribute to the IWMI’s Digital Earth Africa program, by working with IWMI’s Water Secure Africa initiative (WASA) to leverage state-of-the-art remote-sensing approaches and data management technologies. Develop applications for the Open Data Cube (ODC) that can generate timely and quality information to better understand water use and availability, water risks, and water values, which aims to enhance the ability of African Governments, communities and companies to better manage their water.


  • Contribute to the scientific advancement and methodological developments of IWMI’s suite of water accounting methodologies;
  • Develop hydrological applications based on the use of remote sensing data and hydrological models to understand hydrological processes and quantify water budgets across scales;
  • Develop technical guidance on the application of different water accounting approaches suited to particular biophysical and water management contexts;
  • Prepare high quality research reports and journal articles;
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to implement innovative, remote sensing based approaches for improved water management across the regions in which IWMI works.



  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and the ability to process large temporal and spatial datasets in a Python environment;
  • Ability to use advanced spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems tools and hydrological modelling approaches for multiple scale assessments;
  • Independent and critical scientific thought including a sound understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of spatial tools for water resource assessments at difference scales;
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written;
  • 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.



  • PhD in water resources, spatial hydrology or a related subject;
  • Prior experience of working on large spatial data sets and writing and executing scripts in Python for water resources assessments;
  • Experience designing and implementing approaches for data scarce environments;
  • Strong analytical mind-set.


  • Proficient in French at a technical level.
  • Experience of working with multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary teams.


This is an internationally recruited position with a two-year contract with the possibility for extension. It offers a competitive base salary and comprehensive health, life, AD&D, LTD and travel insurance, as well as a transportation allowance. If the successful candidate requires international relocation, s/he may be eligible for additional allowances, which could include housing, shipping assistance, education, and home leave travel support for employee and eligible dependents.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Wednesday, 22 November, 2020 24:00 (IST). Your application must include your curriculum vitae, publications list and a letter describing your motivation and how your knowledge and experience match the requirements stated above. It must also include the names and contact information of three professional referees (indicating your relationship to each) who will be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of regional and gender diversity in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.