Multi-Disciplinary Technical Cluster

We are hiring!

Position: We are looking for a ‘RESEARCH SCHOLAR’ who would work full-time out of the NMF’s premises in New Delhi.

Primary Job Description:

  • The individual selected will be required to undertake serious long-term research-studies and analyses of marine technologies that can be used by India to leverage opportunities, address challenges, and strengthen strategic relations impacted by the present, evolving, and future geopolitical and geo-economic environment in the Indo-Pacific. It is reiterated that we are not looking to advance the pure sciences, but rather, for technologies that are or that could be made relevant to geopolitics.  Illustrative (but by no means exhaustive) examples would include (inter alia) technologies relevant to the following:
  • The exploration and extraction of gas hydrates.
  • Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD).
  • Ocean Thermal and Ocean Mechanical Renewable Energy.
  • Offshore wind-energy.
  • An ocean-based ‘blue’/’green’ hydrogen-driven national economy.
  • Alternative forms of propulsion for maritime vessels, including hydrogen-cell and rigid-sail driven ships.
  • Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).
  • Unmanned, minimally-manned, semi-autonomous, and autonomous surface- and sub-surface vessels.
  • Mine Countermeasures (including the use of lighter-than-air craft in “large-load long-endurance” (L3E) configurations.
  • Maritime applications of Industry 4.0, including shipping, ports and inland waterways.
  • Marine biology and ocean sciences.
  • Oceanography and seabed mining.
  • Anti-corrosion measures aboard ships and seaborne craft.
  • The research scholar selected will be required to represent the NMF in India and, where appropriate, abroad as well. Accordingly, he or she must be intellectually and emotionally mature and be demonstrably capable of making high-quality presentations to augment and enhance the NMF’s interfaces with established Indian organisations under the Ministry of Earth Sciences; the Ministry of New and Renewable Resources; the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Inland Waterways; the Ministry of Science and Technology; the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); the Department of Space; and other such structures of the Government of India, academia, and thinktanks.  

Requirements/Qualifications: We are seeking a long-term commitment and our hiring-criteria are strict.

Accordingly, please apply only if you meet the following qualifying criteria:

(a)        Are an Indian national (supporting documents would be a self-attested scanned copy of either an “AADHAAR Card” OR an in-date valid “Indian Passport”).

(b)        Have excellent skills in written and spoken English.

Please note that this is a ‘make-or-break’ criterion, so please be prepared to be intensively tested in this area.

(c)        Are interested-in and enthusiastic-about maritime issues.

(d)        Enjoy serious academic research.

(e)        Have a PhD degree in the physical-sciences, life-sciences, social-sciences, or humanities, from a recognised university in India or abroad


Are a PhD student in the in the physical-sciences, life-sciences, social-sciences, or humanities, from a recognised university in India or abroad AND have already submitted your PhD thesis but are waiting to defend it.


Have an MPhil degree in the physical-sciences, life-sciences, social-sciences, or humanities, from a recognised university in India or abroad, are not intending to try for a PhD degree AND have meaningful work-experience in a policy/ research/ academic environment.

(f)        Have demonstrable competence in ‘MS Office 2016’ (or later versions, including ‘Office 365’), particularly in ‘Word’ and ‘PowerPoint’.

(g)        Are willing to learn other computer programmes/suites.

(h)        Enjoy making presentations, meeting people, working in a team (as also leading one), and undertaking advocacy on maritime issues.

(i)         Are liberal-minded and open to fresh ideas, processes and procedures.

Compensation: Compensation will be by way of an all-told Professional Fee payable on a monthly basis and will be commensurate with prevailing standards in respect of think-tanks in the National Capital Region.  The lower end of the compensation-band is Rs 38,000/- per month, which would be adjusted upwards depending upon qualifications and experience.

Application Process:

Please complete the CV-form provided in the Appendix to this advertisement and send it, along with the documents indicated therein, by an email addressed to with ‘cc’ to,, and

The subject to this email should read-

“Job Application – Multi-Disciplinary Technical Cluster [Name of Applicant]”


(1)        The completed CV-Form at Appendix.

(2)        A scanned and self-attested copy of the document (AADHAAR Card or valid Indian Passport) that proves that you are an Indian national.

(3)        Scanned copies of your Graduation, Post-Graduation, MPhil, and PhD Degrees and the marksheets relevant thereto.

(4)        Scanned copies of ‘Experience Certificates’ relevant to each segment of your work-experience (if applicable).

(5)        A sample of your own (original) writing-skills, by way of an unedited and unpublished article of 800 to 1000 words, on any maritime facet listed in the afore-mentioned “Primary Job Description”