Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIITD)
Social Science Faculty Positions in Economics/ Sociology/ Psychology at the Center for IT & Society, IIIT Delhi
Center for IT and Society
There is an emerging need for focused and rigorous research on evaluating the impact that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have on the society, while at the same time evaluating the societal influence in shaping ICTs. This requires multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary perspectives that can analyze and interpret these changes within their social, political and global contexts.
The Center for IT and Society at IIIT-Delhi, seeks to tackle this by bringing together competent researchers in the areas of anthropology, sociology, media studies, economics, policy, psychology and other similar fields and create research opportunities for both partnership and engagement with the Computer Science and Design researchers at the institute. By deconstructing the complex web of information technologies and its impact on the civic as well as the everyday lives of people, the center also aspires to provide policymakers, technocrats, not for profit organizations, multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, the general public and other such stakeholders a clearer sense of the levers that connect various social dimensions with how IT and related services evolve in the South Asian and the global context. The Center is also instrumental in designing a cutting edge B. Tech programme in IT and Social Sciences.
We are looking for tenure-track faculty in Economics/ Sociology/ Psychology with the following areas of focus:
Digital Anthropology/Ethnography, Digital Sociology, Economic Anthropology/Sociology, Social Network Analysis, Digital and Social Media, Internet Governance and Policy, Mobile Health, HCI, Cognition, Social Psychology, Psychology of Programming, Digital Creative Industries, Economics of Information and/or Innovation, Auctions and Game Theory, Social and Economic Networks, Sharing Economies, Computational and Empirical Economics incl. Big Data applications.
Research, Innovation and Development
IIIT Delhi emphasizes on research, innovation and development to create impact through published papers, reports, projects, and technology development. It strongly focuses on graduate education through the PhD program (attracting over 100 PhD scholars in the past six years). It also extends significant support for initial career development through an initiation research grant, support for international conference travel, professional society membership, and encouragement of continuing collaborations with foreign partner institutions (with options for short-term leave support). It has implemented systems of yearly appraisal / feedback and a tenure process to help faculty members aim high and create an institute whose reputation is benchmarked against international standards. Hence, all faculty members are expected to pursue research leading to publications in journals of repute and high impact, and engage in sponsored projects and collaborations. Strong support is provided for research and the teaching load is light. IIIT-Delhi currently has around 60 faculty members, most of whom have their PhDs from top universities around the world.
The faculty in the center, besides pursuing research, are also expected to offer courses. An interdisciplinary undergraduate program is also being planned in which new faculty members would be involved. The center has plans to offer specialized Master's and PhD programs in the near future.
Compensation and Quality of Life
The Institute provides a compensation of over Rs. 1.50 lac/month for a starting Asst. Prof. (to be revised based on 7th pay commission) and allows a faculty member to supplement it through research grants, summer sabbaticals in R&D labs/companies, consultancy, etc. The campus is situated in Okhla Phase-III, with a Metro station within ½ km. Further, modern, good quality and spacious housing options are available for faculty within the campus.
IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, www. iiitd.ac.in) is an Autonomous Institute created by Govt. of Delhi with a mission to become a world class R&D led Institution in IT and interdisciplinary areas. It offers one of the most vibrant and exciting academic environments in India and is an ideal place for a young researcher who wishes to work in India in these exciting times. It has recruited over 50 faculty members in 7 years, most holding PhD from US and Europe, and has built strong research groups in areas like Security, Biometrics, Mobile Computing, and Data Management. The Institute already has three research centers namely CERC, CCB and AI. The center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) is funded by Infosys
We seek candidates having a PhD from a top Institution in India or abroad, preferably having post-doc experience and a strong publication record in relevant areas. Scholars with training in social sciences (Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Media Studies, Communications etc.) are preferred. Candidates who are conducting research relevant to the center's theme and having the capability to independently drive a research program, and provide innovation and quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are welcome to apply.
For applying: Applications are processed regularly. Next deadline: August 31st 2017.
Technical Seminar: On a mutually convenient date; often when the candidate is visiting India. E-seminar is also possible.
Interaction with Selection Committee:
Held regularly every few months. Interaction over Skype is also possible.