Physics and Earth Sciences Division

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is a unique institution devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences. The founder of the Institute, Professor P.C. Mahalanobis, decided to diversify its activities in a way that quantitative data on various sciences - social, biological, physical etc. could be generated within the Institute. It was also foreseen that the diversification would result in a symbiotic relationship between statistics and other academic disciplines. With this in mind, many units in other disciplines were set up. These included Economics, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Crop Science, Anthropometry and Human Genetics, Biometry, Biochemistry, Geology, etc. In close collaboration with the statisticians of the Institute, scientists belonging to these units started conducting basic and applied research. Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis, believed that statisticians and scientists working in other branches of science in close proximity will greatly contribute to the development of statistical methods of data analysis. He received strong support from Sir Ronald Fisher and Prof. J.B.S. Haldane, both of whom were closely associated with the Institute. Accordingly several science departments in different discipline established and started to flourish.


There are three units under this division

Physics and Applied Mathematics Unit at Kolkata

Geological Studies Unit at Kolkata

Theoretical and Applied Sciences Unit, North-East Centre at Tezpur



Announcement No. PESD/PAMU/VS/24/05/2024, 24 May 2024


Opening for Visiting Scientists in PAMU



The Physics and Applied Mathematics Unit (PAMU) of the Indian Statistical Institute invites applications for position(s) of Visiting Scientist from bright candidates who have recently obtained PhD degree in Physics / Applied Mathematics. Those who have submitted their PhD theses and are awaiting the degree may also apply.

This is a rolling advertisement against which applications will be reviewed periodically in a financial year. The application deadline for the next round is 09th June 2024.

The job will require carrying out high level research work in the applicant’s area of interest and / or teaching one or more courses at ISI. Collaboration with one or more faculty members working in PAMU is required. For more details, please visit

For a position of Visiting Scientist, a selected candidate will be offered initially for a period not exceeding 31st August 2024, which may be terminated earlier/extended further, subjected to satisfactory performance of the candidate and availability of fund.

Applications as a single pdf file should be sent to the email address with “Application for Visiting Scientist Position” in the subject line.


Application must contain:

A research proposal (500 words), preferably prepared in collaboration with a faculty member of PAMU, a curriculum vitae which must include date of birth, academic qualifications, professional experience (if any), a list of publications, a copy of appropriate certificate for a candidate belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/EWS category. A forwarding note from the concerned faculty member is necessary. Applicant’s age should not exceed 35 years as on 09th June 2024 with usual relaxation for reserved categories.


Parthasarathi Ghosh

Professor In-Charge (Officiating)

Physics and Earth Sciences Division

Indian Statistical Institute






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