The Person and the Job
If you have a background in the productive use of domestic or agro-industrial waste resources (waste compost, co-compost, wastewater, urine, fecal
sludge, etc.) preferably in agriculture this could be just the assignment for you.
IWMI seeks two postdoctoral fellows in its Resource Recovery & Reuse (http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/CRP5/Chapter-6.aspx) group which will contribute
from the agricultural and environmental perspective to the development and application of safe business models on resource recovery in urban and
peri-urban low-income settings across Asia and Africa. This position reports to the Theme Leader, Water Quality, Health and Environment.
• design and supervise field data collection and analysis of existing reuse projects and enterprises in view of their agronomic
performance, acceptance and environmental impact and risk;
• work within a multi-disciplinary team merging social, economic, environmental, and technical analysis related to the recovery of water,
nutrients, organic matter and biogas from waste, including joint collecting and analysis of data;
• guide action research on safe and productive reuse options with local partners;
• model waste use and environmental and agronomic impacts within feasibility studies for planned reuse cases at different scale;
• liaise with public and private sector stakeholders on the feasi bility of waste reuse options applicable to the local context;
• contribute ideas about linking in safe ways agriculture and san itation to enhance food security and business opportunities alo ng the
sanitation value chain in low-income settings; and
• prepare scientific reports and articles for peer-reviewed journals and represent IWMI, as required, at national and internatio nal events.
You must possess:
• a recent PhD in the area of expertise described above;
• a degree in Civil, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering, S oil Science and Plant Nutrition, or related disciplines;
• knowledge of analysis of plant nutrients and heavy metals in wa ter, crop and soil;
• knowledge of current guidelines for the agricultural use of was te products, especially by WHO;
• knowledge of sanitation and food security and safety challenges in low-income countries;
• excellent written and spoken English; other languages would be an additional advantage;
• ability to establish priorities, plan, organize and monitor own work in a multiple task environment;
• strong interpersonal skills to maintain effective relationships in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams;
• ability to work respectfully with local and international partn ers and
• proven ability to write scientific papers.
It would be useful if you have:
• experience in project management;
• known about pathogenic risk factors of poor sanitation;
• worked on environmental impact assessment or modeling; and
• experience of material flow analysis, GIS or have some backgrou nd in economic analysis.
A postdoctoral contract is available for two years and is non-renewable. IWMI salaries are competitive with those of similar international
institutions and offer a range of benefits including housing and utilities allowance, vehicle allowance, education allowance, annual home leave,
health insurance package and shipping assistance.
The position will remain open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications on 6 November 2011
Please submit your application on-line at: www.iwmi.org/About_IWMI/Vacancies/ Review of applications on 6th November 2011