Couples in academia are a rising trend, one that academic institutions simply cannot ignore. Harini Barath speaks to six couples from different Institutes in India about the extra constraints and challenges they battle when looking for jobs, and how Universities and Institutes can help. The conversations reveal a pressing need for discussion and clarity in policy.
India has now developed a few internationally recognized research institutes in the life sciences. These centers have developed a critical mass of outstanding scientists, are well equipped for modern research, attract international scientists, and have become competitive for junior faculty recruitment with institutions in the US/Europe. However, the success of these relatively few centers also poses challenges. First, when Indians doing their postdocs abroad consider applying for a junior faculty … More
My husband Amitabha Bandyopadhyay and I decided towards the beginning of 2005 that we would be looking for jobs in India. Two factors mainly contributed to this decision:1)The opening up of job opportunities in India and2)The possibility to being close to our families.I was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Connie Cepko's laboratory and Amitabha was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Cliff Tabin's laboratory. Both the labs were in the Genetics … More
Applying for a new job is always challenging, irrespective of the time and place. In my opinion and I am sure that many will agree with me that it is a monumental task if you are applying from abroad for a job in India. The complexity of the application procedure is multiplied if you are looking within academia for research positions.
Attracted by the availability of jobs, the improving infrastructure and funds to do research in India, and the likely stagnant research budget of the United Statues, an increasing number of Indians doing their graduate or postdoctoral work abroad are interested in returning to India. However, searching for an academic job in India is often arduous, opaque and less efficient than it could be.