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Position Code : PHFI-RSFW-102

Position Title : Research Fellow /Scientist (Climate Change)

Location : Gurgaon (Haryana)

Duration of Position : One year or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier.

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. For more information, please visit the website www.phfi.org.

Project Brief:

The Centre for Environmental Health is a joint initiative of the Public Health Foundation of India and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), and has been established with generous support from Tata Sons and Tata Consultancy Services. Environmental Health is an area of growing interest for PHFI, with our work in the space expanding over the past few years to address issues related to air pollution, climate change, pesticide use, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), while the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been in the forefront of studying the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. This collaborative effort aims to set up this much-needed platform in India for dedicated and high quality research and capacity building in the area of environmental health.

In addition to a portfolio of research in areas such as air pollution, chemical exposures and WASH, the Centre also focuses on climate change in India. Increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves are predicted to cause an increase in morbidity and mortality with vulnerable populations including children, elderly, and the poor being disproportionately affected. A World Bank report finds that India’s food security, water resources and health are at risk from climate change.

Ongoing work is examining the link between extreme heat events and increased mortality in the state of Gujarat. This has led to the development of a state-wide heat action plan aimed at reducing mortalities during extreme heat events, and a heat health communication plan for vulnerable populations. Centre’s activities will expand on this work to cover other cities in India. Additional areas of work will include examining the impacts of climate change on vector-borne diseases, food security, nutrition, and access to water. Vulnerability and adaptability studies will be conducted with city planners to identify communities and populations that will be disproportionately affected.


  • Expand the climate change portfolio at PHFI by conceptualizing new projects at the interface of climate and health
  • Develop project proposals and project reports
  • Establish relationships with partners and stakeholders working in the climate and health space
  • Assist in CEH activities including public engagement events.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual and operational planning of the programme
  • Assist in organising regular review meetings
  • Assist in preparing operational and technical reports, database etc. and coordination of compiling information from various related sources
  • Undertake any other assignment as delegated by Advisor / Programme Head
  • Liaise with NGOs, government institutions, policy makers, national and international bodies for funding and collaborations
  • Coordinate with HR, Administration and Finance team as and when required.
  • Generate quarterly progress reports


  • Post-graduate degree in public health or social sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences or natural resource sciences from reputed university/institute


  • PhD in a related subject


  • 3 - 5 years

Annual Salary (CTC) will be based on the available skills and fitment of the incumbent as per the selection process.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Please visit to PHFI Recruitment site (Recruitment Information Management System) update your profile and apply against the position.

Last Date of Receipt of Applications: COB 15 March 2018


  • Candidates should have an excellent academic record, good communication skills, a commitment to high quality undergraduate and 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

Last Modified : March 3, 2018, 8:13 pm

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