Data Engineer/Architect

Position: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate (Data Engineer/Architect)  

Number: 1  

Job Description: The selected candidate would be a part of DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc (DST-CPR-IISc’s) STI Statistics team and will work on projects and activities related to STI indicators.  

Required Skillset:  

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office skills, particularly with Excel and its analytical tools/functions. 
  • Experience in text-based analytics, data extraction/ scraping techniques.  
  • Experience in one or more visualization tools (e.g. Tableau, Power BI). 
  • Experience in data management, data profiling and data cleansing. 
  • Experience in designing data architectures/pipelines and interactive dashboards.  
  • Knowledge of computational statistics; various measures and metrics of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) 
  • Familiarity with STI indicators and scoreboards would be an advantage.    

Necessary Qualifications: Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctoral Degree from a recognized university; Specialization in Data Science would be an advantage.   

Desirable Criteria: Training and experience in advanced data handling tools and techniques; R/Python; web development; creative design skills; innovative ways of data & information representation. Good understanding of Indian scientific landscape.  

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit your resume/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability to The subject of email should be ‘Application for Data Engineer/Architect’.  
  • Resume/CV file should be named in ‘Your name_Data_CV.pdf’ format and cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_Data_Cover letter.pdf’ format.  
  • Last date of submission is 8th November, 2021.    
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021.

Renumeration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (as per DST guidelines – SR/S9/Z-05/2019) 

Job Opening: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate

Position: Project Associate/Senior Project Associate 

Number: 1 

Duration: 8 Months 

Job Description: The project associate shall work with DST-CPR, IISc research teams on two research projects– (a) ‘Research Assessment in Practice’ project in South Asia (in collaboration with CLACSO-FOLEC, Argentina and IDRC, Canada) and (b) ‘Open Science Partnerships and Open Research Data Practices’ project in India. 

Both projects entail a substantial primary fieldwork research component (including personal interviews and focus group discussions) as well as a policy outreach component (including preparing policy reports, conducting webinars, and engaging with stakeholders).  

Responsibilities: The project research associate is expected to work in collaboration with DST-CPR, IISc research teams. The key responsibilities of the project associate, in both projects, include: 

  • Conducting a scholarly literature review  
  • Designing fieldwork instruments (questionnaire guide for interviews/FGDs) 
  • Managing roll-out of primary fieldwork and policy outreach components 
  • Organizing and conducting semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions 
  • Analysing data/responses from qualitative fieldwork
  • Preparing policy reports and manuscripts for scholarly communication

Necessary Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in public policy / science / social science / engineering, and a keen interest in science policy research. Doctoral degree is preferred but not mandatory. Doctoral candidates who have defended their dissertation and awaiting receipt of degree/diploma may also apply. 
  • Prior experience in conducting qualitative fieldwork (personal interviews / focus group discussions) or mixed methods research; and working knowledge of qualitative data analysis software platforms (such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti) 
  • Good communication and editorial skills.  
  • Demonstrable writing skills (in English). Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or Latex.

Additional requirements: 

  • Prior experience in STI policy research is desirable 
  • Prior knowledge with quantitative data methodologies is desirable. 
  • Prior experience of engaging with different stakeholders is desirable.

Application Instructions: 

  • Please submit your resume/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability, and a recent writing sample (preferably a research article/working paper employing qualitative / mixed method research design) to subject of the email should be ‘Application for Project Associate/Senior Project Associate’. 
  • Resume/CV file should be named in ‘Your name_CLACSO_CV.pdf’ format,cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_ CLACSO_Cover letter.pdf’ format, and writing sample file should be named in ‘Your name_ CLACSO_writing sample.pdf’ format.
  • Last date of submission is 8th November, 2021. 
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021. 

Renumeration:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Job Opening: Programme Manager

Position: Project Scientist/(Senior) Project Associate (Programme Management) 

Number: 1 

Duration: 1 Year 

Job Description: The selected candidate would be a part of DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc (DST-CPR-IISc’s) programme management team and will provide organisational and management support to various current and future projects and activities of the Centre.  


  • Provide assistance in the overall management of Centre’s projects including financial management, event organization and record-keeping. 
  • Facilitate collaborations and partnerships with national/international researchers, institutes and programmes. 
  • Identify funding and career development opportunities for researchers and policy fellows affiliated with the Centre. 
  • Provide coordination support between the Centre, IISc and DST administrations.  
  • Provide subject-matter-expertise to researchers in preparation. of research grants. 
  • Provide outreach and communication support to the researchers 
  • Provide assistance in managing Centre’s website and social media engagements  

Necessary Qualifications:  Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctoral Degree in Science/STI Policy/ Engineering/Technology from a recognized university.   

Desirable Criteria: Training and Experience in programme management/grant management. Demonstrated organisational and communication skills; Good understanding of Indian S&T policy system.  

Application Instructions: 

  • Please submit your resume/CV with an accompanying cover letter detailing your job suitability to subject of the email should be ‘Application for Programme Manager’.
  • Resume/CV file should be named in ‘Your name_ Program manager _CV.pdf’ format and cover letter should be named in ‘Your name_Program manager_Cover letter.pdf’ format. 
  • Last date of submission 8th November, 2021. 
  • Likely interview date for short-listed candidates would be between 15th to 24th November, 2021. 

Renumeration:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience (as per DST guidelines – SR/S9/Z-05/2019) 

Note: The selected candidate would be expected to physically work from the DST-CPR at IISc Bengaluru. 

International Open Access Week-2021

International Open Access Week-2021

Update: Here’s the the YouTube playlist of this event’s videos.

DST-Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science and J.R.D. Tata Memorial Library, Indian Institute of Science, invite you to the (online) event to observe and celebrate the International Open Access Week 2021; the session will feature three lectures; see below for details. This year’s OA Week event at IISc is the fifth in a series. It is also special, since it is being held in honour of Prof. Arunachalam, a champion of the open access movement in India, who turned 80 in September 2021. The event theme is in alignment with this year’s OA Week theme: “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.”

Date: 29 October 2021

Time: 7.30 PM (IST) | 2.00 PM (GMT) | 10 AM (EDT)

Venue: MS Teams (link below)

Click here to join the meeting

Padmanabhan Balaram, Former Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru-On Subbiah Arunachalam’s work on Scientometrics, Open Access Movement

    Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)-On Open by Default and Equitable by Design: The Future of the Open Access Movement

Abstract: The Future of the Open Access Movement: The Open Access movement is about to mark its 20th anniversary. At a meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute in December of 2001, a small but diverse group met to explore ways to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles freely available on the internet.  They explored the most effective and affordable strategies for serving the interests of the researchers and the institutions that support research, examined ways to make the transition to open access and economically self-sustaining, and discussed how separate initiatives could best work together to achieve broader success. The result was the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), which offered the first definition of open access. The BOAI is a statement of principle, a statement of strategy, and a statement of commitment. Two decades later, while much progress has been made, significant work remains to be done. This talk will explore the key challenges facing the Open Access movement and propose areas of concentration to ensure that global research enterprise is one that is truly open by default, and equitable by design.

      Leslie Chan, Professor, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada- On Opening Sciences from Below

Abstract: Mainstream discourses have tended to frame Open Science as a set of neutral standards, tools, and practices to be followed, often with the objective of pursuing utilitarian or market-driven outcomes. This talk reflects on some of these framings and proposes other ways of conceiving open science, considering both the benefits and the potential harms to communities affected by the research. Drawing lessons from OCSDNet and the Open Science and Decolonization of Knowledge project, I outline an inclusive, open science involving a highly dynamic process of negotiating and challenging power relations within highly situated socio-political contexts and involving actors and institutions, and communities with varying claims for knowledge legitimacy. Science policy-making needs to take these power imbalances into account so as not to perpetuate and exacerbate existing inequities.

About the Speakers:

Padmanabhan Balaram is a renowned Indian scientist and former director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is a recipient of the third highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Bhushan (2014) and the TWAS Prize (1994). Recently, Prof. Balaram has been conferred with R. Bruce Merrifield Award (2021) by the American Peptide Society. He has also been the Editor of Current Science from 1995-2013.

Heather Joseph is a United States-based advocate for open access and particularly academic journal publishing reform. She is the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and a member of the PLOS Board of Directors. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognised as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices. Among her many achievements, she convened the Alliance for Taxpayer Access and the Open Access Working Group, which provided critical advocacy for establishing the landmark, 2008 NIH Public Access Policy and the 2013 White House Memorandum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research. She is the recipient of the Miles Conrad Award-2021 from NISO (National Information Standards Organization).

Leslie Chan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the director of the Knowledge Equity Lab. An early practitioner of the Web for scholarly exchange and online learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the role and design of network in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. Leslie has also been exploring the dynamics of university-community partnership and the meanings around knowledge co-creation, participatory research, and how community engaged modes of knowledge production could contribute to equitable frameworks of valuing diverse knowledges. Since 2000, Leslie has been serving as the director of Bioline International, an open access platform for scientific journals from the global south. He is on the advisory board of several international organizations, including the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and the steering committee of Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI).


Programme: Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’

Day 1 (18 Feb., 2021)

9:00 – 9:15  GMT

14:30 – 14:45  IST



Dr. Marion Clarke, Research Unit Manager, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

Prof. T. A. Abinandanan, Coordinator DST-Centre for Policy research, IISc Bangalore, India

9.15 – 10.15  GMT

14:45 – 15:45  IST


9:15 – 9: 45  GMT

14:45 – 15:15  IST

Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head STIP Secretariat, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

9:45 – 10:00  GMT

15:15 – 15:35  IST


 Dr. Matias Ramirez, Senior Lecturer, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

 Christina Miariti, Programme co-Director, TIPC

10:00 – 10:15  GMT

15:35 – 15:45  IST


10:15 – 10:45  GMT

15:45 – 16:15  IST



11.00 – 11.55  GMT

16:30 – 17:25  IST


11:00 – 11:20  GMT

16:30 – 16:50  IST


Prof. Shubhini A. Saraf, Coordinator DST-Centre for Policy research, BBAU Lucknow, India

11:20 – 11:40  GMT

16:50 – 17:10  IST


Prof. Johan Schot, Academic Director, Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC)

11:40 – 11:55  GMT

17:10 – 17:25  IST


11:55 – 12:00  GMT

17:25 – 17:30  IST



Day 2 (19 Feb., 2021)

9:00 – 9:15  GMT

14:30 – 14:45  IST


Prof. Jeremy Hall, Professor and Director at SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK 

9.15 – 10.15  GMT

14:45 – 15:45  IST


9:15 – 9: 35  GMT

14:45 – 15:05  IST

Dr. Adrian Ely, Reader in Technology and Sustainability, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

9:35 – 9:55  GMT

15:05 – 15:25  IST


Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Chairperson, Centre for Society and Policy, IISc Bangalore, India

9:55 – 10:15  GMT

15:25 – 15:45  IST


10:15 – 10:45  GMT

15:45 – 16:15  IST



11:00 – 11:45  GMT

16:30 – 17:15  IST


11:45 – 12:00  GMT

17:15 – 17:30  IST



12:15 – 13:15  GMT

17:45 – 18:45  IST



Day 1 (18 Feb., 2021)

Dr. Imogen Wade, Research Fellow in Transformative Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex 

Dr. Venkat Nadella, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow, DST-CPR-Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Ms Yasemin Aslan, PhD scholar, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex 

Dr. Nimita Pandey, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow, Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the GoI and UNESCO New Delhi

Ms Nora Nedge, PhD Scholar, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex  

Implementing transformative innovation policies across geographical contexts: TIPC in South Africa, Sweden and the European Union
Financing Science, Technology and Innovation: Lessons from Polycentric System of Governance
A Novel Index Knowledge Triangle: The Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index of Turkey
Gender Equity and Inclusion in STI: Towards Institutional Transformation
Investing in Science, Technology and Innovation: Learning from a complimentary approach piloted in East Africa
Day 2 (19 Feb., 2021)
Dr. Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee, Senior Policy Fellow, DST-CPR Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Dr. Alexandra Boni, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València

Dr. Mansimran Khokhar, Senior Scientist D, DST-CPR Panjab University, Chandigarh

Dr. Joshua Moon, Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex 

Dr. Saumya Pathak, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow. DST-CPR BBAU Lucknow University
Looking at India’s climate change initiatives in agriculture through an innovation systems lens

Evaluating transformative innovation policies in a formative way

Public-Private Partnerships in STI: Key to Multi-stakeholders Participation in STI

Fear and Apathy in Implementation: Learning the lessons of learning lessons for epidemic preparedness 

Internationalisation of Indian Standard Medicine: Strengthening Patent Regime, Strategies and Modulation of Policy

Thematic Group discussions (Break-out rooms)

  • Conceptualising STI Policy: Global context
  • STI Policy for Transformative Change
  • Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • STI Governance Developmental Context
  • STI roadmaps for the SDGs
  • Open Science and Science Communication
  • Implementation and Evaluation of STI Policy
  • Inclusivity and Equity in STI

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR
18 Feb 14:30-17.30 IST
19 Feb 14:30-17.30 IST
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, India

As the world continues to tackle the pandemic and persistent sustainability challenges, Science Technology and Innovation (STI) is increasingly recognised as a key driver for much-needed change in society and economy. In the mid-2020, The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India initiated a process of formulating India’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP). After several months of public and expert consultation, the 5th National STI policy – with its core principles being decentralized, evidence-informed, bottom-up, experts-driven and inclusive – is now drafted and open for further feedback. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has built a STI Policy cadre consisting of DST-STI-Policy fellows that are part of STIP Secretariat at DST. These fellows are simultaneously pursuing their research projects in STI Policy research domain.

Transformative Innovation Policy

SPRU has engaged with STI policy research for several decades. In the most recent years, a transdisciplinary project named Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium was launched. In this project, we advanced the notion of “Transformative innovation Policy” (TIP) as a new frame of innovation policy aimed at addressing the persistent sustainability challenges that the world is facing today. At the core of TIP theory, is the idea of transformations in socio-technical systems in an experimental and inclusive manner. The knowledge and competence of SPRU on societal transformations and innovation is however broader than the research project of TIPC and includes many interdisciplinary scholars whose work is dedicated to this critical area of research.

The expected learning objectives of this workshop are as follows:


  • Critically engage with the theoretical foundations of transformative innovation policy from a Global South perspective
  • Learn about policy experimentation work at the Consortium
  • Debate theories and examples of transformative change with SPRU colleagues


  • Critically engage with the contents of a new national STI policy for India
  • Learn about the process of making of a STI policy at the national level
  • Understand the STI ecosystem of India and the contextual nature of transformations from Indian colleagues

A longer-term objective of this workshop is to create a STI Policy knowledge network to pursue collaborative research projects in the future.

Confirmed sessions of the workshop:

  • Highlights of India’s STI policy and the participatory process of formulating it
  • Highlights of the Transformative Innovation Policy consortium work in South Africa, Sweden and Colombia in 2020
  • A brief history of Science Technology and Innovation Policy of the world in the 21st century
  • Health system transition in India through the lens of STI policy
  • SPRU’s engagement in STI policy in the Global South in the past 50 years
  • Analysis of the Data Governance regulations in the Indian context
  • Short presentations of scholars in SPRU, TIPC, and DST-CPRs on their STI policy research
  • Debates and moderated discussion in small groups on 8 themes of STI policy
See the links below for
Detailed Programme
Click here for Registration
Deadline: 14th February, 2021 (limited seats, register fast!!)


Suryesh K Namdeo (DST-CPR-IISc)

Radhika Trikha (DST-CPR-PU)

Saumya Pathak (DST-CPR-BBAU Lucknow) 

Anurag Panda (DST-CPR-IIT Delhi)

Pragya Chaube (DST-CPR-IISc)


Bipashyee Ghosh (SPRU)

Sumit Kumar (SPRU)

Pip Bolton (SPRU) 

Christina Miariti (SPRU)

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR