Senior Research Associate

  • Code: PHFI-SRAS-106
  • Location: Gurugram, Haryana
  • Duration of Position: 1 Year or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Last Date: July 1, 2021

Brief on the Organization:

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health.  PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. (Senior Research Associate)

Project Brief:

This project aims to develop a nation-wide air pollution exposure assessment model for predicting ambient PM2.5 levels and temperature modelling. This predicted exposure levels will be related to the multiple health outcomes across different age groups utilizing the health data from the various pregnancy, birth, adults and ageing cohorts across rural and urban India. This will be achieved by a consortium of researchers interested in air pollution epidemiology including exposure scientists and public health researchers with expertise in cardio metabolic and respiratory epidemiology, maternal & child health and cognitive development. The specific research questions are listed below: 1. To develop a nation-wide exposure model for daily ambient PM2.5 and ambient temperature from 2008-2020 at a spatial resolution of 1 km x 1 km and locally at 200 m x 200 m in India. 2. Link our national estimates of PM2.5 and temperature to health data to quantify the associations between PM2.5 and ambient temperature, independently and jointly on the following major public health endpoints: a. Total mortality, b. Cardiometabolic outcomes and c. Lung function outcomes. 3. Create a public website with environmental data on a 1 x 1 km grid that can be used by planners, policy-makers, and the general public to increase awareness and aid decision-making. This large multi-disciplinary research programme includes components on primary data collection, secondary data analyses and modelling. The project will provide an excellent opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers in India, Sweden, Israel and USA for building an independent and exciting career in this intersecting area of public health research.


  • Primary responsibilities include obtaining remote sensing and geospatial data on India, evaluate the quality of data and transform the data into geospatial data sets.
    • This will involve working with big data, acquiring satellite based data, working with both vector and raster geospatial datasets from government agencies and commercial sources and transformation to tabular data.
    • Carry out analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations using methodologies and other techniques appropriate to area of research.
    • Collaborate closely with other research partners in planning and carrying out the research.
    • Prepare and make presentations on research undertaken.
  • Travel as and when required.
  • Any other duty assigned by the Supervisor



Masters in Environmental Sciences.



  • 2 years of experience with competencies in use of statistical tool packages (R, GIS) and advanced data management
  • Working knowledge of epidemiology and environmental health topics with major statistical packages such as R as well as good computing skills


  • Experience working with environmental health projects and published peer-reviewed publications

Process to Apply:

Interested and eligible candidates may send their updated CV to [email protected] and fill the application form– . Please mention the exact Position Code (PHFI-SRAS-106) in the email subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Please note that remuneration (CTC) will commensurate with available skills and fitment of the incumbent as per the selection process.

Last Date of Receipt of Applications:  July 1, 2021


  • Candidates are requested to refer PHFI website for position description & process for applying. Please note only those applications will be considered which are received as per instruction written on PHFI website.
  • Candidates should have an excellent academic record, good communication skills, a commitment to high quality graduate / post-graduate education.
  • Mere eligibility will not entitle any candidate for being called for interview.
  • Persons employed in Government/Semi-Government Organization or Educational Institutions in India must apply through proper channel.
  • PHFI reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all available positions.
  • The requirements of minimum qualification and/or experience may be relaxed in the case of candidates with outstanding credentials.
  • No correspondence will be entertained from candidates regarding any delays, conduct & result of interview and reasons for not being called for interview.

PHFI reserves the sole right to alter/modify/cancel the entire selection process or the position or the vacancy or to disqualify any candidature at any stage of the selection process”.

Women are encouraged to apply!

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