Senior Communications Officer – Media Design (3-5 Years)

Role Overview

The Senior Communications Officer – Media Design will be a part of the Communication and Policy Engagement team and will be responsible for creating audio-visual communication outputs. A strong understanding of the digital medium, the visual aesthetics of various digital channels (including social media), content formats for various platforms, and how these can be leveraged creatively is essential.



The role is cut out for someone with a deep interest in policy and development issues, especially in the areas that the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) works in. The grand challenges that we are working on currently include a Sustainable and Secure Future; India’s Green Energy Transition; Digital Transformation; and Clean Air for All.



As the Senior Communications Officer – Media Design, you will be expected to work under tight deadlines with quick turn-around times on audio-visual outputs. You are expected to understand scientific and technology-based solutions and communicate them visually for the consumption of a lay audience.





·  Creating explanatory videos, animation videos, and infographic videos for various projects.

·  Generating short videos (like Instagram Reels, YouTube shorts, etc.) for social media promotion.

·  Conceptualising innovative video/animation styles based on the script and brief.

·  Video shooting and audio recording for projects and outreach activities.

·  Following brand guidelines for consistent outputs.

·  Creating infographics and animated videos.

·  Editing and handling podcasts.





Bachelor’s degree in graphic/multimedia/filmmaking/animation/communication design or a related field.





3-5 years of relevant experience








How to apply


Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Senior Communications Officer – Media Design” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.

Economist (4+ Years)

Role Overview

The Economist will be involved in macroeconomic and energy-demand modelling within the Pathways and Forecasting domain of the Climate, Environment, and Sustainability sector.





· Help build a macroeconomic model with other economists and energy modellers in the team to explore the macroeconomic and financing implications of India’s net zero transition.


·  Work with CSTEP’s energy and climate team to improve the linkages between economic and energy models.


·  Guide the team regarding macroeconomic modelling and forecasting activities.


·  Communicate with external agencies for data requests; scan websites of government agencies and economic institutions to keep track of latest developments/announcements in macroeconomic policy and database publications.


·  Engage with national and international experts to reinforce macroeconomic modelling capacity and enhance collaborative learning.


·  Perform outreach duties by conducting stakeholder consultations on modelling analyses.


·  Publish analytical results in the form of reports, policy briefs, journal papers, conference papers, and other forms of dissemination.





An MA/MSc in Economics with a strong foundation in applied macroeconomics and four years of experience, or a Ph.D. in Economics, Forecasting, or Public Policy.





At least 4 years of hands-on experience working with different types of macroeconomic models and datasets typically used therein.



Skill Set




·  Applied knowledge in Environmental Economics/Energy Economics/ Macroeconomics/ Econometrics.


·  Strong quantitative and analytical skills, and prior modelling experience.


·  Critical-thinking skills – systematic interpretation of data to contribute to innovative research methodology.


·  Ability to efficiently manage work in multiple projects simultaneously.


·  Ability to work independently and also within the larger framework of a team.


·  Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point).


·  Good understanding of climate finance and development economics.


·  Working knowledge of at least one programming language – preferably Julia, Mathematica or R.





·  Excellent communication skills.


·  Knowledge of GAMS and experience working with computable general equilibrium (CGE) models.


·  System dynamics modelling experience.








How to apply


Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Economist” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.


In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:


  1. Why are you interested in this position?            
  2. What macroeconomic modelling knowledge or experience do you have? Be as specific as possible.


Lead – Climate Change Adaptation & Risk Analysis (10-15 Years)

Role Overview

CSTEP is engaged in research on climate modelling, vulnerability and risk analysis, developing framework for mainstreaming climate and quantifying climate benefits. The climate change adaptation and risk analysis lead would design programme goals, coordinate research, and lead the work on policy engagement and public outreach.





Focus-area-specific responsibilities:


· Guide and coordinate the team on policy research related to climate adaptation and resilience, including climate vulnerability and climate risks to natural resource sectors and infrastructure, while exploring the interlinkages between developmental programmes and adaptation at a sectoral and regional or state and national level.


· Lead policy outreach and engagement, and provide thought leadership.



Other primary responsibilities:


· Designing the programme strategy in consultation with the Sector Head, and developing project proposals with the team.


· Leading project teams through development of clear work plans, guiding research, and ensuring work and report quality.


· Driving the impact of research by engaging with policymakers and stakeholders, and advocating research findings.


· Disseminating research findings to stakeholders and playing an active role in outreach through research reports/policy briefs/op-eds, etc.


·Engaging in capacity building, representing CSTEP in various forums (conferences, workshops, etc.), and building awareness about climate risks and support for adaptation among the wider public.






A PhD or a Master's degree in Environmental Science/Climate Policy/Climate Science, or a related field.






  • 10-15 years of work experience, with at least 10 years of experience working on issues related to natural resource management and climate change.


  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams, and coordinating research across teams with varied experience.



  • Excellent understanding of climate risk, adaptation, and climate resilience.



  • Demonstrated record of lucid analysis and writing.



  • Experience in drafting reports, policy briefs, and journal articles.





Skill Set


  • Ability to mentor and motivate a large team of able researchers.


  • Good project coordination skills and ability to engagement with governments, NGOs, and academicians.


  • Sound knowledge of IPCC climate vulnerability/risk assessment framework and mainstreaming frameworks.


  • Knowledge of current policies and teams working in the adaptation space.   


  • Rigour in research, with a focus on policy ideas and impact.


  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work under tight deadlines.


  • Strong work ethic, timeliness, and discipline       



The selected candidate will be paid a salary as per CSTEP’s norms, commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience.




Bengaluru or Noida




How to apply

Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Lead – Climate Change Adaptation & Risk Analysis” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.



Group Head - Electric Mobility (8 - 10 Years)

Role Overview

This research area aims to conduct scientific studies and aid evidence based policy making for adoption of faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The candidate will work closely with the group towards undertaking techno-policy studies, including demonstration of pilots for proliferation of EVs.






· Develop overall research objectives and novel study directions in the field of electric mobility, with policy research at its core.


· Ideate and develop research programmes and projects enabling more grants in the electric mobility domain.


· Continuously monitor domain developments and provide insightful quantitative and strategic analysis through research reports/policy briefs/op-eds, etc.


· Be responsible for conducting quality research and provide solutions for research challenges associated with the project and subject area.




· Lead a team of researchers towards timely completion of projects and other related tasks.


· Actively participate in the process of raising funds/grants for new projects.


· Mentor juniors, including delegating and monitoring project-related tasks, while ensuring quality research work.


· Foster innovation and inculcate research skills in junior researchers.


Engagement with stakeholders, funders, and collaborators


· Continuously engage with funders, project partners, government institutions, and other stakeholders to deliver on projects.


· Initiate engagements with relevant stakeholders viz. government, industry, and academia to maintain a strong presence of CSTEP in the research ecosystem.


· Keep up to date with the current knowledge and recent advances in the electric mobility field.




Qualifications & Experience


·  Master’s degree or PhD in Electrical/Mechanical/Transportation Engineering or a related field, with strong domain knowledge in your field of education.


· At least 8-10 years of professional experience in electrical/transportation and planning/automobile industry or in an industry related to electric mobility.


· Proven track record in delivering high-quality complex research programmes/projects (minimum two), including managing and mentoring resources (team of 3/4 members), within the allocated time and budget.


· Experience in building strong relationships with government, partners, and funders.


· Successful demonstration of fund/grant raising, developing research proposals, and bid writing.


· Experience in project management and pilot projects in the e-mobility or renewable energy space.


· Experience of interaction/work with state or central government institutions and entities.


· Exposure to the electric mobility field is highly desirable.


· Experience of working with a think-tank research team will be a plus.




Skill Set


· Strong analytical skills and demonstrated capability to solve complex problems in your field of experience/education.


· Ability to communicate complex information, theory and concepts clearly and concisely.


· Good organisational and project management skills, including team and time management.









How to apply

Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Group Head - Electric Mobility” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.

Senior Associate – Adaptation and Risk Analysis (5-8 Years)

Role Overview

The candidate must have a good understanding of the conceptual and technical aspects of climate change risk and adaptation, and should have the ability to draw policy implications from the work done. The candidate should be able to coordinate and communicate effectively with internal and external teams and work in an organised manner to ensure that project deliverables and outcomes are achieved.




·       Conduct policy research related to climate risk, particularly hazard and exposure.


·       Analyse existing policies and identify gaps with respect to climate adaptation.


·       Data collection, processing, and analysis for vulnerability and climate risk assessments at different scales.


·       Field visits for coordination and support to field partners, if necessary.


·       Publish research findings in reports, policy briefs, journals, conference papers, op-eds, and white papers.


·       Work on multiple projects to ensure completion within the given timeframe and budget.



Qualifications & Experience


·       Master’s degree or its equivalent in climate science and policy, environmental studies, or a related field.


·       Ability to write high-quality research reports, including white papers, journals, policy briefs, etc.


·       5-8 years of relevant experience in research and analysis, with at least 5 years of experience working with teams engaged in project development, stakeholder engagement, related to climate change adaptation.


·       At least 3 years of experience in policy research and analysis.



Skill Set


·       Basic understanding of the concepts of climate risks, hazards, exposure, vulnerability and adaptation.


·       Capacity to undertake technical and policy-based research on climate risk and adaptation strategies, monitoring and evaluation protocols, etc.


·       Proficiency in carrying out vulnerability assessments.


·       Competence in using MS Excel and other statistical packages.


·       Willingness to travel when needed to collect necessary data and discuss study findings.


·       Ability to make effective and timely decisions.


·       Familiarity with government and other reliable sources of data.


·       Ability to coordinate with different stakeholders—government officials, district level authorities, state climate change cells, civil society organisations.


·       Experience working with NGOs, ministries, and other government bodies is desirable.




Bengaluru or Noida



How to apply

Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Senior Associate – Adaptation and Risk Analysis” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.


Analyst/Senior Analyst - Renewable Energy (1-3 Years)

Role Overview


The Analyst/Senior Analyst will be involved in expanding CSTEP’ ongoing research work on solar energy technologies and policy development.





·  Carry out on-ground and desktop-based research.


·  Develop detailed engineering and technical models to analyse the performance of solar systems and build computational tools.


·  Build financial and business models to evaluate IRR, NPV, LCOE, and Payback.


·  Conduct policy research on the basis of results of technical and financial models.


·  Analyse the existing solar policies and identify gaps along with remedial measures.


·  Coordinate with relevant stakeholders with proper documentation.


·  Publish research findings in reports, policy briefs, journals, conference papers, op-eds, and white papers.


·  Work on multiple projects to ensure they are completed within the given timeframe and budget .



Qualifications & Experience


· Graduate or Post Graduate (MS/ME/MTech), with a specialisation in Sustainable Energy/Renewable Energy/Energy Economics.


· 1 – 3 years of experience in the field of research, policy development, project development, and stakeholder engagement, preferably in the area of solar energy.


· Prior experience in writing reports, policy briefs, white papers, and articles.


· Technical research experience will be an added advantage.



Skill Set


·  Sound understanding of the Indian solar energy industry and project development. 


·  Ability to use MS office tools effectively and prepare outcome reports.


·  Expertise in the field of solar PV performance, electrical characteristics, shading analysis and impact on  energy generation.


·  Strong mathematical background and knowledge of solar geometry calculations.


·  Experience working with simulation tools such as SAM, PVSyst, HOMER, HelioScope, etc.


·  Experience in developing simulation models in MATLAB-SIMULINK (or equivalent).


·  Exposure to programming languages such as JAVA, MATLAB, PYTHON will be an added advantage.


·  Willingness to travel frequently.


·  Ability to work with strict deadlines when needed.


·  Self-motivated and driven to complete tasks on time.


·  Excellent verbal and written communication skills





Bengaluru or Noida



How to apply


Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Analyst/ Senior Analyst – Renewable Energy” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.


Analyst - Energy & Power (2-3 Years)

Role Overview

The Analyst must be well-versed in the technical and policy aspects of the power sector. The candidate should meet the requirements related to deliverables and project schedule, and should coordinate and communicate effectively with internal and external teams productively to meet the project objectives.





· Undertake economic analysis in the areas of power sector, such as renewable energy, electricity transmission and distribution, and energy efficiency, to support policy decisions.


· Conduct research related to the supply and use of energy (conventional and non-conventional).


· Develop financial/ econometric models pertaining to power sector.


· Compile energy-market data, and analyse market trends, including demand, supply, and price projections.


· Prepare medium to long-term energy sector outlook reports for various states.


· Establish communication and coordinate for data/analysis with the relevant stakeholders for power sector.


· Document and publish research findings in detailed reports, journals, and conference papers, op-eds, and newsletters.



Qualifications & Experience


·Master’s degree or its equivalent in Economics, Finance/Business, or a related field.


·Ability to write high-quality research reports, including white papers, journals, policy briefs, etc.


·2-3 years of relevant professional experience in economic analysis related to power sector



Skill Set


· Expertise in carrying out cost-benefit, life-cycle cost, impacts, forecasting, market penetration, and consequences analyses.


· Willingness to undertake technical and policy research within the power sector domain.


· Experience working with regulatory commissions, generating companies, distribution utilities, renewable nodal agencies, ministries, and other government bodies.


· Basic understanding on concepts of power purchase agreements, electricity market design, deviation settlement mechanism, demand response, and open access.


· Competence in using software and statistical tools (Python, R, SAS, tableau, SPSS, etc.) to develop economic models and derive results.


· Proven ability to economically assess grid-based power systems alternatives.


· Willingness to travel frequently to collect necessary data and discuss study findings.


· Ability to make effective and timely decisions.




Bengaluru or Noida



How to apply

Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Analyst - Energy & Power” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.

Content Writer (1-3 Years)

Role Overview

The Content Writer will be a part of the Communication & Policy Engagement team and will be responsible for creating promotional and explanatory content around our research. The candidate should have a strong interest in policy and developmental issues, and a flair for understanding and translating scientific writing into simple, understandable, and engaging content. A strong understanding of social media and a nose for news will be preferred. The Content Writer will be involved in developing strategies for promoting research and will be able to write for multiple platforms in various forms including blogs, opinion or reporting pieces, press releases, and social media posts for Twitter, LinkedIn, and the like. The candidate may also be involved in preparing scripts for videos and podcasts.





·  Study research projects and develop a strategy for promoting crucial findings and recommendations.


·  Build content for multiple platforms based on the requirement of the project.


·  Be a part of the event management team.


·  Develop and regularly post content on social media.


·  Complete projects within deadlines.





Master’s degree in Communication, Journalism, or a related field.





1- 3 years of relevant experience in content writing



Skill Set


·  Proficiency in English.


·  Apt understanding of policy and developmental issues.


·  Ability to understand scientific writing and convert it into simple content for a lay audience.


·  A flair for writing and a thirst for learning.


·  Good time management skills, with experience of working with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


·  Excellent communication skills.


·  Knowledge of social media marketing and the ability to write in a vernacular language will be an added advantage.








How to apply


Please send an email to with the subject "Application: Content Writer” and attach a copy of your updated CV, as well as a cover letter.


CSTEP works in critical areas such as environment, energy and strategic materials to enable sustainable growth. We are also involved in cutting-edge research that incorporates Artificial Intelligence for social good and computational tools and modelling to provide solutions for complex developmental issues in India.