Lately, I have been getting lot of emails asking how one should apply to faculty positions in India. Almost all IITs, IISc, IISERs having standing advertisements and accept applications throughout the year. For an Assistant Professor position, the prospective candidates must have a Ph.D. with post-doctoral research experience and be preferably below 35 years of age. Teaching experience is not normally sought.
The salary will be in the pay scale of Rs.12,000-420-18,300 plus allowances. Based on the new pay commission (that will be implemented retrospectively from 1.1.2006), an assistant professor at the minimum of the scale will receive a basic pay of around Rs. 34,000, grade pay of around Rs. 8,000 and a dearness allowance of 22% (as on date) of basic pay. In addition, traveling allowance, academic allowance and telephone reimbursement of Rs. 7,000 will be provided. On campus accommodation will be provided to all new faculty. In the main metros, faculty will be paid 30% of the basic pay if they prefer to avail their own accommodation. In addition, allowances like children education allowance, subsidy for single girl child, leave travel concession for the whole family every year, medical benefits to the family, gratuity and provident fund benefits are provided. Funding is provided for attending one national conference every year and one international conference every three years. Faculty are given three months vacation during summer of each year for visits abroad or locally. For new faculty, relocation expenses of Rs 1.25 lakhs are provided.
An overview of the facilities provided to prospective faculty is available. The startup grant for new faculty is around Rs. 25 lakhs in IISc. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Interested candidates should apply by sending their curriculum vitae, list of publications with reprints of important publications, proposed research plan, names and addresses (with e-mail and fax number) of at least three referees and other relevant details to chairman of the department. The candidate is also requested to indicate a suitable time when he/she may visit the country and give a seminar to the department.
In IISc, the following procedure is mostly followed for selection. It may vary slightly in other IITs. The application material is scrutinized by the faculty and references are obtained from the suggested persons and additional references within the country. The department makes a recommendation to the Divisional Chairman and the Director to set up a selection committee. The final selection is made by this selection committee. The process takes 4-6 months and candidates may take up the appointment at any time of the year but within 3-4 months of the date of offer. IITs do not have divisional chairmen but deans of faculty affairs and recruitment.
There is more information available on settling down in IISc and on an academic career in India.
PS: Please do not leave comments on the pay scales i.e., how the pay is pathetic compared to industry or how/what the new committee constituted in place of the Goverdhan Mehta committee has recommended. If you are keen to do that, you can do that in response to this blog post.