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


Visiting Scientist Positions:

Announcement No.: NOV/VS/2020, November 24, 2020.

Short-term Visiting Scientist positions (TWO) in the Geological Studies Unit (GSU), Kolkata.

Candidates having good academic record and publication may apply for short-term Visiting Scientist positions by 15 December 2020, for conducting collaborative research work with one or more faculty member(s) in GSU. Candidates who have recently completed their Ph.D. in Geology / Earth Sciences from a reputed University or candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting Ph.D. degree may also apply. Interested candidates should send a letter of request to the Head of the Unit, mentioning specific period of their visit, with a forwarding note from the faculty member(s) of GSU with whom they intend to work. The applicant must quote the announcement number in the letter. The applicant should send their full CV, along with a brief research proposal (500 words), and justifications (300 words) for conducting collaborative research. Applications will be processed by a departmental committee by the end of December, 2020. Short-term Visiting Scientist positions will be offered based on the nature of collaborative work and availability of funds. The Institute reserves the right of not offering the positions to any or all applicants.


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