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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for a Researcher who will investigate:

  • the sources and loads of antimicrobial compounds (ACs), antimicrobial resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibacterial resistant genes (ARGs) to water systems connected to human, aquaculture, and agriculture activities;
  • decay, dilution and transport of these compounds in water;
  • the associated exposure and risk to human, aquaculture, agriculture and ecosystem health and productivity;
  • and options to prevent water pollution and mitigate risks (beyond a more rational use of antibiotics), as well as their costs and effectiveness.

During the one-year assignment, the researcher will be based in Sri Lanka at IWMI headquarters, spend time as a visiting scientist at the AMR Hub hosted by ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya collaborate with WorldFish in Penang, Malaysia, and travel to workshops in low and middle income countries.

The successful candidate will:

  • Review current literature, projects, and models used to assess antimicrobial resistant compounds in water systems;
  • In conjunction with ongoing research projects on AMR with partners, compile and harmonize data on drivers, loadings, and occurrences/concentrations of ACs, ARB and ARGs over time and space through longitudinal (time series) research studies;
  • Contribute to discussions for recommendations for surveillance standards/protocols that would provide the information necessary to understand and model AMR risks and impacts throughout the environment connected to water systems; build surveillance databases for system analysis to support aquatic system (water management) modelling;
  • Analyse existing and potential management options for mitigating AMR risks.
  • Based on the water quality model and the previous analysis, assess options, trade-offs and intervention scenarios to mitigate risks cost-effectively;
  • Oversee the collection of key biological samples at selected study sites. This will allow other AMR hub team members to process and analyse for AMR genes, pathomicrobiomes to identify indicators pathogens of significance to fish, livestock, human health, water management, and to identify hot spots for transfer of AMR;
  • Act as WorldFish and IWMI focal point in the AMR hub in Nairobi;
    • Coordinate research on ABU and AMR issues as related to aquaculture production systems and water management and frame as One Health research;
    • Collaborate with other AMR hub partners to identify and develop projects in low and middle income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Africa (e.g. Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Zambia, Vietnam etc.);
    • Develop and strengthen partnerships at national and international levels for pursuing AMR work in relation to fish food aquaculture systems and water management;
    • And support the AMR hub in all workshops, capacity building activities, protocol development and harmonization of approaches across various CG centers (ILRI, IFPRI, IWMI and WorldFish) and partners (OIE, FAO, Cefas, Fleming funds).

The success candidate will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) related to the field of Water resources, Agriculture, Microbiology and 2 years of professional experience;
  • A strong record of relevant peer reviewed publications;
  • Experience in conducting research in multi-disciplinary, multi-partner projects across several regions or countries;
  • And a strong interest in international travel as potential study sights include Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Vietnam and others.

S/he will also have knowledge of:

  • Hydrologic modelling and river basin management modelling (water use and allocation);
  • Surface water quality modelling (contaminant loads, transport and fate) from point source and diffuse loadings;
  • Knowledge and experience with water pollution by antibiotics and pathogens, wastewater treatment and water pollution control options.
  • Programming experience (Python, C++, Java, etc.) as some programming may be necessary.
  • An understanding of and experience with risk assessments in general and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) in particular.
  • Experience with or past exposure to AMR research or public health.

It is preferable if they also have:

This is an internationally recruited position with a salary of $40,000/annum, plus 15% contribution to a retirement fund, fully paid health, long-term disability, AD&D and travel insurance and a transportation allowance of $400/month. If the successful candidate requires international relocation to Sri Lanka, s/he will be eligible for a housing allowance and extra baggage stipend. The duration of the contract will be for a one-year period, with possibility for extension contingent upon funding.

Visit for to apply for the position and find out more about the International Water Management Institute. Your application must include:

  • your curriculum vitae with a list of relevant publications,
  • a cover letter that addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above,
  • contact information of three professional referees that we may contact if you are short-listed for the position.

We will accept applications through 24:00 (Sri Lanka) on 11 August, 2019 (Sunday).

The International Water Management Institute ( is an international, non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

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


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