Call for Research Officers (full time)

Cluster on Chronic Health Conditions & Public Policies

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru


Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH) is a premier multidisciplinary academic research institute in India engaged in public health research, education and policy engagements.

Who are we looking for?

The cluster on Chronic Health Conditions & Public Policies at IPH focuses on studying how public policies shape prevention and management of chronic health conditions and their major risk factors. We are looking for motivated researchers to join the cluster to work on a research study that aims to understand the role of State and other key players in shaping tobacco use/control in post-1990s India. The study proposes to use a mixed-methods approach and a range of techniques (case studies, historical analysis, thematic qualitative analysis, trend analysis) to understand what sort of regulatory configurations (in given contexts) are associated with significant reduction in tobacco consumption in Indian states.

We are looking for two positions of Research Officers who will work closely with the Principal Investigator. Candidates shall benefit from extensive institutional experience in mentoring young researchers and professionals into public health career.

Essential requirements

Candidates should have a postgraduate degree in social sciences (preferably, in political science, anthropology, economics, labor/corporate law, business/trade history, development studies). Candidates should be comfortable with the use of all basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

We are looking for at least three years of research experience and good familiarity with and reasonable expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. We require candidates to have published a few papers in peer reviewed journals as first/second author. Excellent (written and oral) communication skills in English and at least one (preferably more) regional languages is required. Candidates should be comfortable and desirous of working in multicultural team environment including with people from very different disciplines/worldviews. IPH is a learning organization and we expect candidates to be keen to read/learn newer approaches/skills on the job.

Desirable requirements

It is desirable for candidates to have some orientation, and preferably experience of working in health/public health issues. A doctoral degree in any of the disciplines mentioned earlier as well as a long-time commitment to the position/institution will be treated favourably.

Job location

This position is based in IPH Bengaluru office (see location here).


This is a Research Officer level position at IPH and pay will be commensurate with the candidate’s skills and experience and will range between Rs.35,000 – Rs.55,000 (CTC) per month as per IPH salary policy. The contract will be for one year (with a probation period of 3 months) to begin with and there will possibility for review/renewal.

Job description

Research Officers will:

  • work with a team of 3-4 people from different disciplinary backgrounds and will report to the Principal Investigator.
  • contribute to conceiving the design, collecting data and analysing data for specific aspects of the overall study.
  • take up managerial role, in part, for specific aspects of the study as well as the overall project administration.
  • need to make extended travel/stay for ethnographic work/data collection during certain phases of the study.
  • liaise with varied stakeholders (academia, industry, governments, civil society, trade unions) to understand their interests and establish strategic relations.
  • take lead role and contribute in scientific and popular writing.
  • participate in and represent study/project interests at academic/learning opportunities available at IPH and other relevant fora.

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Send your cv to ( with job title as subject

Last date for receiving applications form shall be

Sunday 30th Sep 2018

Keep the following information/documents ready for the online application:

  1. Your basic details including name, permanent and current address and other identifying details
  2. Resume/CV (PDF only)
  3. Name, phone number, and email address of two references who are willing to provide a reference for your work. This could include your teachers/mentors/supervisors.
  4. One page statement describing your motivation and fit for applying for this role  – up to 200 words (Explaining your interests, strengths, and qualifications for this role and how it will benefit your future professional goals)


All applications shall be reviewed and only those that are shortlisted shall be contacted over phone and/or email for an interview over Skype/in-person in the third week of October 2018. The post is expected to be filled before 1st November 2018.

Candidates applying for these positions shall not have any economic ties and shall not have represented any tobacco business or organisation that represents the interest of the tobacco industry in the past two years.

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Tobacco control: Mapping policy concerns


Tobacco use imposes a huge disease, economic and ecologic burden in India. It kills about a million adults a year in India. India is among the world’s’ largest growers and exporters of tobacco leaf. Hence, public policy around tobacco needs to consider varying and at times conflicting interests of state and non-state actors. As one of the ways to understand policymakers’ concerns on tobacco, IPH has sourced data on tobacco-related inquiries and responses transacted in parliamentary debates. This project is to analyze these textual data to develop a typology of concerns raised in the assembly around tobacco. The project activities involve managing qualitative datasets and thematic analysis of data. The outputs would include a report, a seminar, and a possible publication

Tobacco control: inter-state analysis of key indicators

Tobacco use imposes a huge disease, economic and ecologic burden in India. It kills about a million adults a year in India. There are various nationally representative surveys that have captured the tobacco use prevalence and other related aspects over time. These include Global Adult Tobacco Survey, National Family Health Survey, National Sample Surveys etc. This project is about analysing select surveys to produce inter-state comparisons on some of the key indicators of tobacco use and related aspects. The project activities involve sourcing and managing datasets, analysing datasets, generating trends in prevalence and other related indicators, producing graphical representations of data. The outputs would include a report, a seminar, and a possible publication.

Road safety: Local data and stakeholder mapping

Road injury has become one of the grave public health challenges in India. Every year, 140,000 Indians die from road injuries while 30 to 50 million sustain serious injuries. Karnataka, with a population of over 61 million, accounts for the second largest number of road injuries and fifth highest number of road traffic deaths in India. In 2011, the capital city of Bengaluru alone witnessed 6,031 accidents injuring 4,952 persons. This project aims to make select stretches of roads in Bengaluru safer. Activities would include:
 – Source and generate road safety related data from various sources [website, reports, department etc.]
– Develop information for sensitization programs at schools, colleges and for other relevant stakeholders
– Map stakeholders who are crucial to the implementation of the project


Emerging voices: Distance learning program

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers.  EV4GH coaches “Emerging Voices” to participate actively in international conferences where global health issues are addressed, and to raise their voice in scientific and policy debates. EV4GH is now a thematic working group of Health Systems Global. The activities would include:
  • Helping with the timeline and lesson plan for Distance Learning

  • Looking at the existing content for Distance Learning phase of EV4GH

  • Revising the content as per the current venture.

We are always keen to meet energetic and talented professionals who would like to join our team. If you wish to be considered for any future positions, please send your CV and covering letter to :


Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru
3009, II-A Main, 17th Cross, KR Rd, Siddanna Layout,
Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

Admissions open for 2018!

This course will enable health professionals to write scientific research articles that can be published & to equip them with skills to cite & manage references/ bibliography.

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