Research Associate

Applied Research

WELL Labs seeks skilled and motivated research personnel to join the Sustainable Transition Explorations in Water and Agriculture for Resilient Dryland Systems (STEWARDS) project. The project is driven by a research for impact philosophy, engaging with local communities and government stakeholders to develop and implement solutions for sustainable water management in rural and urban districts in Karnataka. The work offers opportunities to bridge the science-policy space, and to collaborate with international researchers working on climate change adaptation with a focus on water use.


  • Data Collection: Conduct interviews, surveys, and focus group discussions, facilitate audiovisual data recording (including videos), using appropriate and ethical sampling strategies and checks.
  • Data Management and Analysis: Validate data for accuracy and completeness, transcribe across data formats, and analyses data to produce insights.
  • Report Writing: Contribute to reports and academic outputs using data insights.


  1. Masters in social sciences such as development, economics, environmental, rural and urban studies, social work, and sociology.
  2. Full proficiency in Kannada and Telugu.
  3. Familiarity with the study area (Chintamani town and Chikkaballapur district).
  4. Experience with qualitative data collection in rural areas is desirable.
  5. Working knowledge of qualitative data analysis tools like NVivo and Atlas.ti is desirable.
  6. Candidates based in Chintamani or Chikkaballapur will be preferred.
  7. Willing to travel.

What we offer

The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience.

We review applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open till a suitable candidate is found.

Our recruitment and employment policies are inclusive. We respect both the spirit and letter of the laws of equal employment opportunity.