Senior Research Associate for Urban Data Analytics Lab of the Clean Air Programme

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India’s leading public policy research institution is looking to expand its big data analytics work to support their efforts to improve urban environment and combat climate change. For this an Urban Data Analytics Lab (UDAL) has been established under the sustainable cities group of CSE that has been working to reduce the energy and pollution footprint of cities, prepare roadmaps to reduce air pollutionand resource intensity from the transportation, housing, and construction sector, assist the stakeholders in the implementation of energy efficiency and pollution control norms. CSE is looking for a Senior Research Associate to work in UDAL.  

Job Profile

The work domain includes data mining and analytics to improve the existing policies on pollution control and energy efficiency of urban environment with focus on but not limited to air quality and building energy. 

He/she will need to track and mine data on air pollution, energy consumption, and other environmental parameters in India as well as in other countries, assist the team in researching and analyzing to develop new knowledge to support CSE’s advocacy on sustainable cities. The candidate must be willing to travel both within India and abroad as per the project requirements.  

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Data mining, wrangling, analysis and visualization. Maintain, update and expand UDAL’s big data bank. 
  • Conduct research on urban design and planning issues. Analysis of economic, energy and pollution impact of government policies and programs and develop strategy for cleaner and healthier future.
  • Write high quality research reports and develop digital tools to support the reports.
  • Communication and dissemination of technical and policy-related issues with stakeholders and the public in general. 

Location: The position is based in New Delhi. 

Essential skills

  • Advance programming skills in python
  • Experience in data science, analytics and modelling.
  • An interest in sustainability in general and innovation opportunities related to applications and use of data for research and decision-making.
  • Good problem solving and decision making skills are essential.
  • Good writing skills, with the ability to convey issues analytically with clarity.
  • Software proficiency – ArchGIS and other advanced software.
  • Language proficiency - English and Hindi or other regional languages.
  • Willingness to travel. 

Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor or Master in Data Science / Civic Tech. Additional background inUrban Planning / Architecture / Engineering / Environment Sciences would be preferred.
  • Candidates having 2-3 years in institutions such as research organizations, civic tech startups, research and development, testing and certification non-profit or academia. Candidates with lesser experience will be considered for junior positions. 
  • If you have enjoy playing with data and have an eye for recognizing relevant information fast, enthusiastic about tracking latest developments, conduct research, believe in making impact, and most importantly have strong interest to work towards improving cities for a better and healthier future then you are the candidate we are looking for. 

CSE pays a competitive salary that will be commensurate with qualification and experience.

Application DeadlineMarch 22, 2021.  

Application procedure : 

Candidates can send applications online (preferable) or by postal services, as convenient. 

For online submission: Please visit and choose ‘SRA – UDAL’. 

Or Post it to:

Ms. Jagdeep Gupta, 
Executive Director- Planning & Operations
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110062
Tel: 29956394/6339/5124, Fax: 29955879 

NP: Only short listed candidates will be informed. The shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview and written test.