Research Associate with Professors Aaditya Dar and Shilpa Aggarwal


  • Professors Aaditya Dar and Shilpa Aggarwal have multiple open RA positions to work on development economics projects in the broad areas of governance and agriculture respectively.  The positions with Prof. Dar will be based out of the ISB Mohali campus and those with Prof. Aggarwal at Hyderabad. 
  • The RA will be responsible for various aspects of research such as data preparation, conducting econometric analyses, launching surveys, managing field operations, liaisoning with government and non-profit stakeholders, and preparing presentations and papers. The position with Prof. Aggarwal requires travel to field sites in Africa.
  • Ideally, the RA would begin work from May 1, 2023, and commit to working for at least one year.


  • Master’s degree with a strong academic record and quantitative skills, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • While a degree in economics is not required per se, candidates should have a strong interest in empirical economics. Engineering or computer science students wishing to transition to economics are encouraged to apply.
  • Proficiency in microeconometrics and programming is important. Candidates with prior research experience are strongly preferred, especially those skilled in Stata/R/Python. Knowledge of SQL is a plus.
  • Candidates with experience operationalizing field surveys (using SurveyCTO or ODK) will be preferred.


  • Salary is competitive, and compensation will be commensurate with experience.
  • RAs will work in close collaboration with ISB faculty, attend research seminars, take PhD level classes, and most crucially learn practical skills required to succeed in a graduate program in economics, public policy, or a related discipline. RAs will gain hands-on field experience working on project sites in India and Africa.
  • ISB faculty also invest significantly in the professional development of RAs, mentoring them to pursue an academic career. Previous RAs have gained admission to top PhD programs like Boston College, Cornell, Notre Dame, Rice, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UT Austin, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


  • Interested candidates should complete this online form  We encourage applications from students who belong to groups that are under-represented in the profession.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • If you have any questions, please contact or
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Mohali or Hyderabad

Positions Vacant: Multiple