Center for Urban Water

Metro Colombo Urban Development Project
Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development

The Center for Urban Water is set up to manage urban floods in Metro Colombo by operating pumps and control gates currently being constructed under a world bank funded project. The activities covered by the center are shown in the above diagram. Its functions will not be confined to flood management, but also will cover urban water management in the city.

This is a call for RA’s in computer science, Civil Engineering and Information management who are interested in joining the center to be part of the development team.

There is a provision in the program for qualified candidates to register with a university to obtain M.Eng degree if the arrangements can be made either with the University of Peradeniya or the University of Moratuwa. If selected the candidates will spend 1 day at the university and 4 days at the center, the work carried out at the center fulfilling part of the requirements for M.Eng. programme. There can be lectures during the weekends. Currently 5 staff members are enrolled in this programme.

The successful candidates will have a one year contract and an allowance of Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 100,000.00 per month depending on the experience and qualifications that should also cover any expenses associated with the M.Eng. programme.

The following positions are available for eligible candidates

  1. RA in Weather Data Integration:
    1. BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science or a related field with a 1st class or 2nd Upper
    2. Experience in enterprise software development, cloud computing, statistics, machine learning, and Linux would be a plus
  2. RA in Cloud Computing:
    1. BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science or a related field with a 1st class or 2nd Upper
    2. Experience in cloud computing, machine learning, networking, and Linux system administration would be a plus
  3. RA in Data Infrastructure development (2 positions)
    1. BSc Engineering or BSc  with at least 3.5 out of 4.00 on GPA scale.
    2. Expertise/Interest in spatial data management systems such as ArcGIS Server, City Engine, etc.
    3. Experience with relational data base design and development (mySql), CMS experience with Drupal and networking will be a plus
  4. RA in Hydrological and Hydrodynamic model development (2 positions)
    1. BSc Engineering (specializing in Civil Engineering) or advanced degree with a 2nd, class or above .
    2. Experience with hydrological and hydrodynamic models will be an added qualification. Knowledge of programming languages (Fortran, C, R ) will be a plus
  5. RA in Real-time data integration for environmental services
    1. BSc Engineering, BSc or advanced degree with a 2nd class or above .
    2. Experience/interest and background for modeling either transportation systems or similar services and big data analysis
    3. Knowledge and programming ability in Mathematica or Matlab will be required.

If you are interested please fill the below form

The CV should include a recent photograph and brief transcript with GPA. Information can also be sent to CUrW administration office addressed to:

Tel: 0112186003/0112186004

For clarifications contact Prof. Srikantha Herath (

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CUrW has opportunities for enterprising young engineers and scientists interested in high performance computing, data integration, IoT development and information management. On the job M.Eng and M.Sc. opportunities are available for qualified candidates. 

We are also looking for partners to join us in environmental monitoring and education.


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