Research Analyst - Remote Sensing & GIS

Tags: Environment
  • Added Date: Monday, 08 August 2022
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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for a Research Analyst who will be responsible for supporting IWMI researchers by performing Remote Sensing & GIS operations.


Perform GIS/RS operations at IWMI\u2019s Digital Innovation Unit along with other team members, including, but not limited to, geometrical corrections, projection standardization, orthorectification, image classification, application of standard algorithms/models, time series analysis using multi-sensor satellite imageries, and preparation of standard outputs. Develop spatial models processing and analysis of bulk data. Create geospatial datasets and cartographic outputs from primary/secondary data sources. Perform bulk download and processing of spatial data using existing R/Python scripts. Provide technical support to researchers in carrying out complex geospatial analysis for various research/management projects at IWMI headquarters and in the regional offices. Assist in the collection, compilation, evaluation, interpretation, maintenance and distribution of spatial and non-spatial data (and metadata) through the Water Data Portal while also adhering to IWMI/international standards. Assist in training and capacity building activities of the Digital Innovation unit. Perform other related assignments as required


The successful candidate will possess the following:

A bachelor\u2019s degree in geoinformatics, information technology, geography, agriculture, water resources or environmental sciences with a focus on GIS/databases/information management, masters preferred. At least 3 years of relevant professional experience at an entry-level position in the fields of GIS and RS. Working experience in Esri\u2019s ArcGIS and associated extensions, and ERDAS IMAGINE; knowledge of other GIS and remote sensing software such as ENVI, QGIS, SNAP, GRASS etc., will be an added advantage. Basic knowledge of R or Python and its relevant packages to access, download, and analyse various spatial/non-spatial datasets Knowledge of the challenges posed by global environmental change, on the one hand, and rapidly developing GIS/RS techniques, on the other. Knowledge of Metadata standards and platforms.



Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. A positive attitude, a solid work ethic and a demonstrated capacity to learn new technologies as well as take on additional responsibilities over time. Self-motivated, enthusiastic and be able to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Committed and reliable, with good organizational skills and time management.



This is a nationally recruited staff position and only citizens of Sri Lanka are encouraged to apply. IWMI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes transport and health insurance. The duration of the contract will be for a three-year period with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funds.


Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, a cover letter that addresses IWMI\u2019s requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Applications will be received through 24:00 (IST) on August 22, 2022 (Monday). 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.

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