International Scientist- Spatial Data Science At CIFOR-ICRAF


International Scientist- Spatial Data Science

Job type: Globally Recruited
Job category: Science/Research
Hiring Organization: CIFOR-ICRAF
Education level: MSc or PhD
Experience: Relevant experience
Deadline: March 18, 2024
Location: Nairobi, Kenya


CIFOR-ICRAF is seeking an International Scientist specializing in Spatial Data Science with a focus on machine learning analytics. The position is within the Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL) and requires expertise in GIS, spatial data analysis, and remote sensing. The ideal candidate will have experience in developing and deploying machine learning models based on remote sensing data, proficiency in programming languages such as R, Python, and Julia, and familiarity with SpatioTemporal Asset Catalogs (STACs).

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Develop and deploy machine learning models using ground truth and remote sensing data.
  • Conduct spatial data (GIS) analysis tasks using R, Python, Julia, and QGIS.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the SPACIAL STAC.
  • Contribute to the development of monitoring systems and platforms.
  • Engage with stakeholders and contribute to training development.
  • Represent CIFOR-ICRAF at conferences and meetings.
  • Manage spatial data science fellows and interns.


  • MSc or PhD in spatial data science, remote sensing, GIS, or related field.
  • Strong background in machine learning and AI.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as R, Python, or Julia.
  • Experience in handling spatial data.
  • Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP).
  • Experience with interactive decision support systems.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Strong English writing and presenting skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Terms and Conditions

  • Competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
  • Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya CIFOR-ICRAF Offices.

How to Apply

To apply, visit CIFOR-ICRAF vacancies page and submit:

  1. A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations.
  2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae.
  3. The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone and email addresses.

The application deadline is March 18, 2024. We will acknowledge all applications but will only contact short-listed candidates. CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

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