Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS) Specialist

The MANILA OBSERVATORY is a Jesuit scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region.  It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction through its principal focus on the areas of climate change and disaster science.


Laboratory: Geomatics for Environment and Development

Position: Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS) Specialist

Report to: Laboratory Head


  • Enhance literature review of RS-GIS-based historical and projected land use and cover mapping, informal settlements mapping hydrologic modeling techniques and hazard mapping
  • Collect secondary data to facilitate updated informal settlements as well as land use and cover mapping, hydrologic modeling and projected land use and cover scenario modelling
  • Assist in generating updated informal settlements as well as land use and cover maps as derived and classified from collected satellite imagery
  • Generate a hydrologic model for different land use and cover conditions
  • Assist in the design and conduct of delimited primary surveys of informal livelihoods
  • Help in groundtruthing RS-GIS-based informal settlements and land use and cover maps
  • Participate in workshops and meetings as a resource person
  • Co-generate technical and scientific reports
  • Write a technical narrative including executive summary, findings, recommendations and annexes
  • Assist in the presentation of the research study in public events and activities


  • PhD or Masteral degree in Physics, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, or any related fields
  • At least two years of experience in area of specialization
  • In-depth knowledge of RS- GIS mapping skills, especially using QGIS, ArcGIS, ArcMap and ENVI
  • Knowledge and experience in RS-GIS-based informal settlements as well as land use and cover mapping and  hydrologic modelling
  • Proficient in oral and written communication particularly research/writing skills
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills and a multi-disciplinary team worker


All interested applicants must submit the following:

a) An Application Letter addressed to Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory.
b) Curriculum Vitae with three professional work references (including their emails and contact numbers).
c) Transcript of Records and recent passport size photograph.

Please submit the required documents via e-mail to, with “Applicant- RS-GIS Specialist” as subject. Deadline for the submission of application is 31 January 2019.