Job: Crop Modelling & Remote Sensing Expert

Job: Crop Modelling & Remote Sensing Expert

Geodatics is inviting applications for the position of CROP MODELLING AND REMOTE SENSING EXPERT based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Deadline: 15th of March 2017.


About Geodatics
Geodatics is a social business start-up that integrates geodata, satellite data and farmers’ knowledge into tailor made advise for smallholder farmers, with the objective to improve their production, food security and income. Geodatics offers its services to other businesses that provide products or services to smallholders.  During the initial development stages, Geodatics is partly funded by the ‘Geodata for Agriculture and Water’ (G4AW) program, a program that focus on improving food security in developing countries by using satellite data. See also The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is executing this program, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The Crop Modelling and Remote Sensing Expert will be the main responsible implementing existing scripts that integrate farm and field data with soil maps, weather data and satellite images into farmer advice. Data will be sourced from a central database (farm, plot data), maps (soils, landscapes), weather stations and open sources providing satellite images.

The expert collates weather data and evaluates the validity of the agronomic advice, which is generated on a day-to-day basis. He/she discusses the quality and underpinning of the services delivered with the Geodatics partners. The modeling and remote sensing expert maintains server- based applications and databases, and will work in close relationship with Wageningen University and other Geodatics partners. He/she will be responsible for quality control procedures and reporting of quality to the Regional Project Manager.

He/she will develop scripts in R or equivalent to process relevant information for farmers, update databases with latest images and weather data and ensure the quality of extracted data and time- series. Further, the expert oversees processing procedures and collates data to provide weekly updates of the status of the current growing season that can be communicated to farmers. He/she spots new means to determine landscape productivity and works in collaboration with partners on new techniques to extract information from better data, e.g. Sentinel 2 imagery. 


Key tasks  

  • Apply crop modeling scripts and analyse the outcomes
  • Download and analyse remote sensing imagery.
  • Download and process daily weather data.
  • Keep updated on new methods for the processing of optical imagery.
  • Support and come up with initiatives for quality improvement and service development.
  • Collaborate and discuss processed data and outcomes with partners.


Ideal candidate  


  • Master degree in crop science, plant sciences or remote sensing.
  • Knowledgeable in crop modelling (preferable in cereals and legumes or similar).
  • Able to implement and write processing scripts in R or Python.
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Personal characteristics

  • Confident, flexible, solution driven.
  • An inquisitive mind that is not afraid to explore new roads and take initiative.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills, with eye for detail.
  • Ability to work independently and work well in a multi-disciplinary and international team.
  • Well organized, keeping to deadlines, pro-active and responsible.  


How to apply
Letters of interest and CVs should be preferable sent electronically to, before the 15th of March 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Please mention as subject: Application Crop Modelling and Remote Sensing Expert Geodatics. 

Posted on: 27 February 2017