RA with BIPP

Job Title:

Research Associate, Bharti Institute of Public Policy


Research and Strategy

Reports to position:

Associate Director


BIPP, ISB, Mohali/Hyderabad

Reportees to Position:



Fixed Term



Job Purpose

The Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) at the Indian School of Business seeks to impact public policy by delivering cutting-edge education, research, and engagement. The Bharti Institute intends to focus on evidence-based policy – a theme which underlies these three dimensions in a mutually reinforcing manner.

We are seeking to recruit motivated candidates for the position of Research Associate. This person will work with other RAs, data scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and policy analysts as a team under the guidance and supervision of BIPP Executive Director, Prof. Ashwini Chhatre. We value diversity in the workplace and especially encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

This is a research position in an academic setting. You will assist with analysis of problems in public policy, broadly focusing on food and agriculture, energy and environment, and financial inclusion for the poor, with the objective of creating knowledge products for policy impact.

Job Outline

·         Data compilation: Assist with scraping data from websites or documents and compilation into usable formats for analysis.

·         Database management: Linking different datasets, ensuring data quality, processing raw data into processed datasets for modelling and estimation.

·         Synthesis: Literature search and review, summary, presentation, and analytical writing.

·         Quantitative modelling: Econometric analysis for exploratory data analysis and causal estimation, including visualization and reporting.


Best Match


You should consider yourself a good fit for this position if you want to pursue a PhD within two to three years and want to get some research experience to enable you to prepare a strong application.

The empirical skills you develop as Research Associate at BIPP will help you in building a competitive profile for admission to doctoral programs in public policy, environment or development economics, sustainability sciences, and related interdisciplinary fields. The track record of ISB RAs includes admission to top-ranked PhD programs at University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Columbia University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, University of California – San Diego and Santa Cruz, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Clark University, University of Virginia, Stockholm School of Economics, and University College London.



You will be supervised and mentored by Prof. Ashwini Chhatre and will get the opportunity to work on research projects led by faculty associated with the institute. In addition, you will be part of a vibrant BIPP community, consisting of multiple RAs, post-doctoral research fellows, and policy analysts. The extended research community on campus also includes the Max Institute for Healthcare Management, Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing, and Punj-Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management. 

ISB is a research-intensive environment. You will interact with a range of resident and visiting faculty members along with the other RAs, research fellows, and policy analysts. You will attend regular seminars by faculty members where research papers are presented and discussed. The RA group at ISB is a close-knit community and participates in the social and cultural life of the School. Salaries are competitive or better compared to similar positions in India.


Knowledge / Education

Specific Skills

Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Economics, Political Science, Geography, or related applied social science discipline. (Outstanding candidates without a Masters’ degree will be considered)

2-3 years of relevant work experience.


·         Training and experience in quantitative analysis and facility with using software for data manipulation and analysis, with an emphasis on ability to use R, STATA, and/or Python.

·         Strong evidence of analytical writing ability and ability to produce brief documents describing results of analysis or synthesis of literature review.

·         Evidence of case/report writing experience in high quality academic or non-academic publication and comfort in understanding and summarizing academic research

·         Willingness to travel at short notice, interact with stakeholders (government officials, private sector representatives, policy analysts, etc.), and manage assigned tasks with minimal supervision.

·         Preferred: Skilled in any one of (1) web development, (2) python programming, (3) GIS and Remote Sensing, or (4) database management.



How to apply

Send an email with a cover letter describing your fit for the position, a copy of your CV (include language fluency), and academic transcript, along with the names and contact information of two references to Nitisha_Jaiswal@isb.edu . We will accept applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

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