Job description for Research Assistants for foresight study at RySS

Andhra Pradesh Foresight Study

Call for 2 Research Assistants

In the framework of a two-year collective research project (Oct. 2018 – Sept. 2020) between Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), Andhra Pradesh, CIRAD (France) and FAO (New Delhi) on the future of Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF)  in Andhra Pradesh (retrospective path and structural transformation since the 1970s, and future scenarios up to 2050, using the model/interface Agribiom on agri-food systems), we need two Research Assistants (RAs).

Research Assistant 01 : Data mining/engineering, statistics, bio-economic modelling

Research Assistant 02 : R-Shiny specialist. The details are:

Research Assistant 01:

  • Major Responsibilities are:
  • Data mining/engineering, statistics, bio-economic modelling
  • Searching, compiling, documenting and checking historical data from various fields and sources in order to build or consolidate consistent time-series on the India and Andhra agri-food economy (from population or land-use to diets and GDP).
  • Expected qualifications & requirements
    • Basic Qualifications:
      • Post Graduation in Management Studies/ Economics/ Statistics/ Agriculture/ Rural Development/ Computer Science or any other related fields with specialization in data mining, data analysis, database management and GIS applications.
    • Desirable Qualifications:
      • Knowledge of computer programming, usage of GIS applications, knowledge of statistical packages such as ACCESS, SPSS, STATA, SAS, R-Shiny will be an added advantage.
    • Other specific requirements are:
      • Knowledge and experience in data harvesting and database management
      • Knowledge and experience in data processing and code writing in various software environments (Excel, Access, SAS, R, Stata…)
      • Interest in agriculture, livestock, poverty and environmental issues
      • Knowledge and experience in agriculture economics and econometrics will be a plus
      • Discipline, curiosity, senses of initiative and teamwork
      • Might have to travel in India for data harvesting
    • Work Experience:
      • Minimum of 2 years experience in related fields is required.  In exceptional cases, experience condition may be relaxed.

Research Assistant 02:

  • Major responsibilities are:
  • R-Shiny specialist for screening historical statistics, maps, bio-economic model
  • Building an interface with R-Shiny to project at different scales (India, Andhra, Districts) historical data in various fields (from population or land-use to diets and GDP), and input/check scenario assumptions according to a simple bio-economic model
  • Expected qualifications & requirements
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Post Graduation in Management Studies/ Economics/ Statistics/ Agriculture/ Rural Development/ Computer Science or any other related fields with specialization in data mining, data analysis, database management and GIS applications.
  • Essential Qualification:
  • Thorough knowledge of R- Shiny.
  • Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of computer programming, usage of GIS applications, knowledge of statistical packages such as ACCESS, SPSS, STATA, SAS.
  • Other specific requirements are:
  • Knowledge and experience in R-Shiny
  • Knowledge and experience in data processing and code writing in various software environments (Excel, Access, SAS, Stata…)
  • Interest in agriculture, livestock, poverty and environmental issues
  • Knowledge and experience in agriculture economics and econometrics will be a plus
  • Discipline, curiosity, senses of initiative and teamwork
  • Work Experience:
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in related fields is required. In exceptional cases, experience condition may be relaxed.

Duration of contract for RA 01 and RA 02

  • 9 months from date of appointment.

Place of Work

Research Assistant 01:

  • Andhra Pradesh (RySS at Guntur or Hyderabad) with travel to Delhi and other places in India as required by the project.

Research Assistant 02:

  • New Delhi (CSH) with travel to A.P. and other places in India as required by the project.

Employer for both RA01 and RA 02

  • RySS (Government of A.P.), under the scientific authority of Dr. Bruno Dorin (CIRAD, France; CSH, New Delhi).

Remuneration

  • An all inclusive remuneration of Rs. 50,000.00 per month (full-time job) for RA 01 or RA 02.  Salary is negotiable in deserving cases.

Application

  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages), detailed CV and letters of recommendation (if any) in PDF format, zipped into a single file named with the family name then the first name (“FAMILY_FirstName.zip”), to be sent to zbnf.research@gmail.com with copy to bruno.dorin@csh-delhi.com
  • Deadline: 14 January 2019
  • Only short listed candidates will be intimated about the date of interview with Dr. B. Dorin and RySS officials.