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Project Assistant Position with Dr. Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science

Job Title: Project Assistant position with Dr. Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Location: Rajasthan/ Gujarat


Project assistant to work on the self-organized spatial patterning of vegetation in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Please see following web page ( ) for more details on the nature of work.

Job Description:

The project will include field work in Rajasthan/Gujarat as well as theoretical/computational work. Field work will primarily focus on detailed ground-truthing to aid in the acquisition and analysis of aerial imagery but will also be used to understand inter specific and intra specific interactions between plant species in these ecosystems.

The computational work will involve analysis of aerial imagery as well as mathematical modelling of interactions between plants. We prefer candidates who are comfortable with both aspects of this work. A good understanding of statistics will be an advantage. The work will involve collaborations with researchers both within and/or outside IISc.


B.Tech/BE/MSc in any discipline. Applicants from mathematics, physics and engineering disciplines with interest/experience in ecological sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. BSc students can be considered for a project trainee position.

Preferred background: For theoretical/computational work: applicants should have one or more of the following quantitative skills with deep interest in ecology and animal behaviour. Quantitative skills include programming (C/C++/Matlab), ideas of random walks and diffusion theory, nonlinear dynamics, image processing, statistics, etc.

For the experimental/field work: you should have relevant understanding, experience and interest.

Duration: At least one year with several months of field work. The preferred joining date is January 1st, 2014.

How to apply:

Email  Dr. Vishwesha Guttal at guttal(at) or vishwesha.guttal(at) and Ashwin Viswanathan (ashwinv2005(at) with your CV highlighting how your interests and skills are relevant to the project. Salary of the position will be as per the institute norms and usually varies from 14,000 to 18,000 depending on your experience and skills.

Last date for the application: 1 Jan, 2014

Reference: YETI

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