October 18, 2023

Job Opportunity: Senior Research Associate (Data) – Air Quality Life Index

EPIC India is seeking a full-time Senior Research Associate to perform analysis for and advance development of our Air Quality Life Index Program.

About the Trust

The University of Chicago Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust in India, established in 2008 by alumnus of The University of Chicago. The objectives of the UChicago Trust are to provide opportunities for grants to support educational programs, research programs and activities for the betterment of India.

About the Unit

India faces the dual challenge of rapidly improving living standards—through sustained economic growth and expanded access to reliable and affordable energy—while simultaneously reducing pollution for a cleaner and healthier environment. EPIC-India researchers work hand-in-hand with government and industry partners to identify innovative ideas, pilot them on the ground, and rigorously measure outcomes.

Position Description

EPIC India is seeking a full-time Senior Research Associate to perform analysis for and advance development of our Air Quality Life Index Program. This award-winning program generates an annual report synthesizing the state of global air quality in countries across the world, creates regionally tailored analyses, maintains an interactive website, engage community members in virtual and in-person settings, and shares the underlying data and analyses in an open format on GitHub.

The ideal candidate possesses a mix of air pollution, economics, analytical, data science, interpersonal & communications skills and is passionate about applying their technical skills and engaging with partners with diverse backgrounds to convey the impact of air pollution on life expectancy. The candidate will have fluency in one or more computer languages (e.g., R, Python) and comfort working and maintaining an open-source GitHub organization and repositories within.


  • Oversee and implement the annual data pipeline process, from engaging with our partner organizations for the raw data to transforming it into its final form, displayed in our reports, analyses, and website.
  • Other tasks related to the execution of EPIC India research projects as assigned by the line manager.
  • Performing analyses and generating figures for the AQLI Annual report, as well as for other communications and outreach activities.
  • Writing text to describe methodologies and results from analyses.
  • Occasional travel to conferences and other venues to present AQLI findings.
  • Assisting with data collection, cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination.
  • Liaising with external partners to continue development of the AQLI Platform.
  • Support collaborators, principal investigators, research manager and other EPIC India senior leaders in data analysis needs, as well as maintaining strong relationships with participating partner organizations, government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and disseminate necessary project materials and collaterals targeting a wide range of actors such as policymakers and academic researchers.
  • Any other project related tasks on an as needed basis, including (but not limited to) desk/literature survey or data analyses and support in preparation of meetings and presentations for developing new partnerships, as assigned by EPIC India’s senior leadership, or Research Manager.



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, Environment Policy, Science, Data Science, or another related field.


  • At least 3 years of experience in software development (R or Python especially desired), especially in an open-source environment


  • Fluent in English and Hindi
  • Demonstrated interest in energy and environment policy, especially air pollution.
  • Experience working on projects in an open-source environment with an existing portfolio on GitHub.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Strong communication, and presentation skills

Working Conditions

Applicant must be legally authorized to work in India.


New Delhi, India

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