Data Analyst, Global Water Program
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Location: Beijing (China)
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Job Title & Program: Data Analyst, Global Water Program

Location: Beijing, China

Job Summary:

In this role, you will work closely with cutting-edge global water and climate datasets, e.g., Aqueduct suite of tools, publicly available satellite imagery, and global hydrological model outputs. You will assess water and physical climate risks for governments, development banks and multi-national corporations, support the development of machine learning algorithms for near-real time water quantity and quality monitoring and forecasts, and assist in data-driven analysis and project development in China. To carry out these tasks, you must work with teams and colleagues across the WRI’s Global Water Program as well as international offices in the US, China, and India. This role is based in Beijing, China, and reports to the Senior Manager for the Global Water Program.


Research & Analysis (70%)

  • Conduct quantitative research and spatial analysis about global water and physical climate risks to governments, development banks, and multi-national corporations
  • Support the development of machine learning algorithms for near-real time water quantity and quality monitoring and forecasts
  • Develop and execute Python and Google Earth Engine scripts for data acquisition, processing, and analysis
  • Work with cloud storage and computing platforms, e.g., AWS, Google, Azure
  • Contribute to written outputs, including peer-reviewed articles, WRI working papers, and blog posts
  • Collect data and information from public websites and literature

Technical Support & Outreach (30%)

  • Prepare professional visualizations for presentations, publications, and online applications
  • Provide technical support to Aqueduct partners and users as needed
  • Present project and analysis at internal and external meetings and conferences
  • Assist in data-driven analysis and project development in China
  • Advise staff and partners on data, modeling, and visualization on request


  • Bachelor’s degree in earth science, environmental engineering, or other related fields, Master’s degree preferred; maximum of 4 years of related professional work experience
  • Knowledge on water resources, experience in water-related projects
  • Proficient in Python and GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS and/or QGIS)
  • Experience with Google Earth Engine is a strong plus
  • Proven ability to take initiative and responsibility and deliver high quality results
  • Excellent time-management skills and a flexible attitude
  • Fluent in writing and speaking in both English and Mandarin
  • Experience with cloud computing and web development is a plus

About WRI

The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982. WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems:

  1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  6. Sustainable Cities: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.
  7. The Ocean: We are charting the path for a New Ocean Economy that is good for jobs, economic growth and human health -- while protecting and restoring the ocean.