Obaid Siddiqi Chair in the History and Culture of Science

National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)

Job Type: Fixed-Term

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021


The Archives at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) is delighted to announce a call for the Obaid Siddiqi Chair in the History and Culture of Science. The Chair is named after Obaid Siddiqi, the founder of the Molecular Biology Unit at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and whose sustained vision led to the development of NCBS. The Chair is supported by TNQ Technologies.

Dates for Academic Year 2021-2022
Deadline: Feb 28 2021
Confirmation: First week of May 2021
Duration: Aug 2021 – Jun/Jul 2022

If you would like to nominate someone, please do send us an email at archives@ncbs.res.in or point them toward this website.
Scope for the Chair

The Chair will lead a much-needed effort to bridge the gap between the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and foster a diverse and inclusive community of academics across disciplines. With this focus on a cross-disciplinary approach and the Archives as a foundational ‘lab’, the Chair will also help build teaching and research capacity of academics at the intersection of the sciences and humanities. The Obaid Siddiqi Chair is also endowed with a substantial budget towards developing a programme in the History and Culture of Science.

Description: The Chair will be awarded to a distinguished scholar with a substantial body of work that deepens our understanding of the history and culture of science. The applicant will be someone who is known for transcending disciplinary boundaries in their work and engaging with the public. The Chair will work closely with the Archives at NCBS to reimagine the role of the archive in both academic and the public spaces.
Duration: The Chair is held for a 12-month period, and in residence on the NCBS campus in Bangalore.
Eligibility: We invite applications from individuals around the world. There are no restrictions on the applicant’s discipline or on completed levels of education. Applicants could see their time at NCBS as a way to develop existing projects further. We look forward to applicants from wide-ranging fields such as history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, law, literature, journalism, archaeology, art, architecture, education, economics, engineering and the sciences.
Compensation and benefits: The Chair will be paid a monthly senior faculty-level salary commensurate with institute norms. NCBS will also provide campus housing for one year, and support toward research expenses such as fieldwork, and help organize conferences/workshops, research projects, and related travel and publishing.
Application requirement: Applications can be through nomination, invitation or self-application. Applicants or their nominees are requested to fill up the online form on this website. The form includes provisions for uploading a resume and a statement of intent about your body of work, and plans during the residency on campus.

Timeline: The Chair’s residency on campus will roughly align with the academic calendar between August and June. For the 2021-2022 academic year, please submit an application before Feb 28 2021. The review process will take place between March 1 and April 30 2021 and the Chair will be announced in the first week of May 2021. The call for the Chair will be kept active throughout the year and you may also submit an application for future years. Starting with the 2022-2023 academic year, the review shall take place in October, and the Chair will be announced in the first week of November.
Review process: This application portal includes provisions for uploading a resume and a statement of intent for the one-year position. An eminent Selection Committee assembled from within and outside NCBS, including one member from a scientific discipline, will shortlist five persons from the applications we receive. The Committee will then hold interviews with short-listed applicants to make a final selection.

Posted: February 05, 2021