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[liberationtech] Social Science Faculty Positions in Centre for IT & Society at IIIT-Delhi

Shriram Venkatraman at
Mon Mar 13 18:44:41 PDT 2017

*Social Science Faculty Positions in Centre for IT & Society at IIIT-Delhi*

*About IIIT-Delhi*

IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, 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. With strong research
groups and associated centers in areas like Security, Biometrics, Mobile
Computing, Data Management, AI, Computational Biology, the Institute is
seeking to expand into areas such as IT and Society as well.

*Centre 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 interdisciplinary
perspectives that can analyze and interpret these changes within their
social, political and global contexts.

The Centre 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
centre 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 Centre is also instrumental
in designing a cutting edge B. Tech programme in IT and Social Sciences.

We are looking for tenure-track faculty in Anthropology/Sociology/Political
Science/Technology and Media Studies with the following areas of focus:

Digital Anthropology/Ethnography, Digital Sociology, Computational
Sociology, Society and Computing, Economic Anthropology/Sociology, Social
Network Analysis, Digital and Social Media, Civic and Community Media,
Communications Rights, Internet Governance and Policy, Mobile Health,
Education, Digital Creative Industries, Emerging Technologies in South
Asia, Media Anthropology/Sociology, Social Psychology.

Economics of Information and/or Innovation, Auctions and Game Theory,
Social and Economic Networks, Economics and Electronic Commerce, Sharing
Economies, Computational and Empirical Economics including Big Data


We seek candidates having a Ph.D. 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.

*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 Ph.D.
program (attracting over 100 Ph.D. 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. IIIT-Delhi is located within the academic
belt of New Delhi, alongside other research institutes of international
reputation. The institute is well connected with the city via the New Delhi
international airport, railways and an efficient domestic metro service.


The faculty in the center, besides pursuing research, are also expected to
offer innovative 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 Ph.D. programs in the
near future.

*Application Schedule*

*For applying:* Applications are processed regularly. Next deadline: August
31st, 2017. For further queries please contact
faculty-applications at

Further information on the application process can also be had from

*Technical Seminar:* On a mutually convenient date; often when the
candidate is visiting India. E-seminar is also a possibility.

*Interaction with Selection Committee:* Held regularly every few months.
Interaction over Skype is also possible.

Shriram Venkatraman
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