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Associate Research Fellow, Technology and Policy Programme

We are looking for a talented researcher to join us as an Associate Research Fellow for our Technology and Policy Programme. The position is full-time and based in Bangalore, India.

The Technology & Policy Programme deals with both, the governance of technology and the technology of governance. Artificial Intelligence, advanced computing, biotechnology, and cognitive science are the research focus areas under this programme.

As an Associate Research Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, you will

      • Do high-quality analysis, research and writing right from day zero

      • Teach Takshashila’s public policy students across our various courses, as well as get involved in curriculum development

      • Write frequent blogs and op-eds on current policy issues in order to persuade the larger public, and to inject fresh ideas into the public debate

      • Own a few activities related to the programme, including administration, programme delivery, developing institutional partnerships and more

What we are looking for in you:

      • At least 3 years work experience in the technology space, demonstrated experience in working well in different teams and in different roles.

      • A willingness to try new things, and not be afraid of failure, and bring a creative and entrepreneurial energy to the job.

      • A great communicator with strong interpersonal, writing and editing skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

      • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of economics. Should be able to unpack microeconomic concepts both through reasoning and through equations — and be able to apply it to real world situations which have sparse data.

      • Interest in (and some knowledge of) a wide range of public policy issues concerning India, and a passion to understand them better and try solving them.

      • Active engagement on social media, engaging in public debate with civility, but while trying to persuade others on ideas that you believe in.

      • An even temperament, an ability to conduct dispassionate analysis, and not let partisan biases and blind spots affect your work.

Within 1 month of joining us, you will…

      • Have decided your research focus

      • Have your first op-ed out in a newspaper, batting for a policy idea

      • Get plugged into the startup-like dynamic work culture at Takshashila

Within 3 months, you will…

      • Have created your first research output

      • Have created learning modules for Takshashila’s courses

Within 6 months, you will…

      • Have your first full policy brief or working paper published

      • Have taught a full module at Takshashila’s public policy courses

      • Have a strong corpus of blog posts and articles on chosen topics

      • Lead a team of researchers and guide them in conducting research

Within 1 year, you will…

      • Be seen by peers outside Takshashila, as a new voice in your chosen field within public policy.

      • Have a strong body of work that can speak for itself

      • Start a new line of work or a new programme at Takshashila that is championed by you.

The Takshashila Institution can offer you a salary commensurate with demonstrated ability and experience. Further, Takshashila allows staff to keep all their earnings from writing, and encourages them to write more.You also get budgets specifically for your research programme.

Any questions can be directed to research@takshashila.org.in.

Application Process:

Submit a resume, two references and your best academic and non-academic writing samples. After this, interviews and test exercises will be given to talented applicants.

Associate Research Fellow, Geostrategy Programme

We are looking for a talented researcher to join us as an Associate Research Fellow for our Geostrategy Programme. The position is full-time and based in Bangalore, India.

The Geostrategy Programme deals with India’s engagement with the world and vice versa. Taking a realist approach, the Programme conducts forward-looking research on what India should do to increase its power in the international arena. China Studies, Defence Economics, and New World Order Framework are some of the focus areas under this programme.

As an Associate Research Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, you will

      • Do high-quality analysis, research and writing right from day zero

      • Teach Takshashila’s public policy students across our various courses, as well as get involved in curriculum development

      • Write frequent blogs and op-eds on current policy issues in order to persuade the larger public, and to inject fresh ideas into the public debate

      • Own a few activities related to the programme, including administration, programme delivery, developing institutional partnerships and more

What we are looking for in you:

      • A PhD in international relations or at least 2 years of demonstrated experience in conducting research.

      • A willingness to try new things, and not be afraid of failure, and bring a creative and entrepreneurial energy to the job.

      • A great communicator with strong interpersonal, writing and editing skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

      • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of economics. Should be able to unpack microeconomic concepts both through reasoning and through equations — and be able to apply it to real world situations which have sparse data.

      • Interest in (and some knowledge of) a wide range of public policy issues concerning India, and a passion to understand them better and try solving them.

      • Technical ability with data analysis, and knowledge of tools like R.

      • Technological savviness when it comes to adopting new tools for work, teaching, research and to keen on improving productivity through them.

      • Active engagement on social media, engaging in public debate with civility, but while trying to persuade others on ideas that you believe in.

      • An even temperament, an ability to conduct dispassionate analysis, and not let partisan biases and blind spots affect your work.

The Takshashila Institution can offer you a salary commensurate with demonstrated ability and experience. Further, Takshashila allows staff to keep all their earnings from writing, and encourages them to write more. You also get budgets specifically for your research programme.

Any questions can be directed to research@takshashila.org.in.

Application Process:

Submit a resume, two references and your best academic and non-academic writing samples. After this, interviews and test exercises will be given to talented applicants.

Head of Policy School

The Takshashila Institution is an independent think tank and a school of public policy. At Takshashila, we are running the marathon to transform India.

We are shaping the elite opinion and creating an army of good leaders. Takshashila is a pioneer in the modern public policy education in India. We provide the best public policy education in the country.

Over the last 7 years, we have trained 3,000 people in public policy. We run multiple education programmes that vary in their intensity and duration. We are now looking for a Head of Policy School who will help scale our education programmes.

Job Description:

As Head of Policy School at Takshashila, you will be Takshashila’s face for public policy education. You will one of the core members contributing towards building the Takshashila brand. In particular, you will contribute towards the strategic growth of Takshashila’s education initiatives. You will head Takshashila’s entire public policy education portfolio. You will work with internal and external stakeholders to design the curriculum, plan the marketing strategy, create the schedule, execute the programmes, document processes, report on progress, and make recommendations on how to scale and improve the programmes.

Key responsibilities:

  • Maintain and improve brand credibility and reputation of the Takshashila’s policy school. Evangelize policy school’s work outside of Takshashila network 
  • Expand the work of policy school to include new programmes new domains within public policy 
  • Collaborate with other institutions/organisations who have common interests: identify such organisations, ideate and develop joint programmes, and jointly own such programmes
  • Reach out to and engage new faculty from across the world
  • Be accountable to the board for the revenues and the performance of the education programmes. On a quarterly basis, collate and report on the finances and impact of the programmes
  • Improve collection and reporting of policy school data 
  • Ensure an engaging and enriching learning experience for the students
  • Collaborate with the PR and marketing team to expand the reach of Takshashila’a education programmes
  • Manage the team which is responsible for delivery of Takshashila’s various education programmes - Be responsible for the performance of these team members
  • Mentor junior resources in the organisation in terms of improving their programme management skills
  • Work with the internal/external tech teams to build/maintain a world-class learning management system

If you are interested, please email your CV to contact@takshashila.org.in

Program Overview

The Takshashila Bangalore Fellows Programme is a recurring programme for gathering the best international and Indian scholars of the frontier areas of public policy in Bengaluru for a week-long stay which will result in research outputs, op-eds, public talks and interviews etc.

The larger objective of the programme is to make Bengaluru a hub of public policy discussions in India.

Takshashila Bangalore Fellow benefits

  • Visit: Takshashila will pay for economy class return airfare tickets to Bengaluru
  • Stay: Takshashila will arrange for a fully paid 4-day stay in Bengaluru at a comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city
  • Knowledge sharing: Three days of focused interactions on a research topic of mutual interest with Takshashila’s research staff and with other notable institutions in the Takshashila network.
  • Excursion: Takshashila will sponsor a field visit to an area of historical importance in Bengaluru’s vicinity

Who can become a Takshashila Bangalore Fellow?

We are actively looking for prominent and eminent practitioners/scholars in the area of public policy who would be willing to spend a minimum of three days for this programme. If you have anyone in mind, please help us by filling up the nomination form below.

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