Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 25 | Aug 28, 2022
Sci-ROI Initiative
SAVE THE DATES: 24th & 25th September 2022

Sci-ROI's flagship 7th Annual Event, #SciROI2022 (virtual) is around the corner.

What's in store?
■ Keynote Talk - by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO.
■ Virtual Career Fair - with various organizations in India, interacting with the attendees to highlight job
opportunities in academia, industry as well as non- traditional career.
■ Lightning Talks - by selected participants presenting their work with the experts providing feedback
about tailoring it to fit into the Indian scientific ecosystem.

Sci-ROI strives to serve as a gateway for early-career Indian STEM professionals abroad to successfully transition back to India. If you are one of them, them this event is specially tailored for you.


For more details, visit here.
The new addition to the Sci-ROI Annual Event 2022 are career fair booths. This session will include organizations in India having their own booths/breakout rooms, where they will talk about the job positions available for them to offer and interact with interested attendees to answer any questions they have about the application process and the benefits associated with the job.

The participating organizations are from diverse fields including academic, industry, as well as non-traditional fields such as science communication. This diversity will help the attendees to explore various career options available for them in India. So do not miss out on this opportunity and do register for the Sci-ROI Annual Event 2022 to attend this session.


For more details, visit here.
Are you a STEM Professional planning to move to India soon/moved to India in last couple of years? Do you need some tips about how to make your transition smoother? We got your back!

Become a mentee for Sci-ROI@India’s Return2India Mentorship Program and get guidance and mentoring from established STEM Professionals in India

To Learn More and Apply, 

Key benefits:
a) Six months of unlimited 30 min one-on-one meetings with multiple mentors you choose
b) Discussing your options in Academia/ Industry/ Teaching/ Startups/ other STEM sectors in India
c) Tips about job search/ interviews/work culture/ funding and collaborative opportunities.

Sci-ROI is inviting members to write blog articles with a focus on STEM sectors in India. We are looking at several ideas such as - New Faculty transition, Established Scientists in Indian academics, Current STEM events, Cutting edge Research in Indian Academia or Industry, Online STEM education, Creative STEM ventures, Start-up stories, Unique Careers and many more.

If you have any idea or unique story which you want to share with our members, please pitch them by writing to us at:
Current Job Opportunities in India
Sci-ROI's job portal is dedicated to helping researchers and Ph.D. scholars access job opportunities in India. These job listings are targeted toward research, industry, and entrepreneurship that may be of interest to the STEM community. Checkout some new additions to our Job Portal.
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Volunteer's Corner
Rohit Kongari has a PhD in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University and currently works as a Postdoctoral scientist in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Division (CBER) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). He is a phage-biologist at heart with a strong technical background in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Phage Genomics. With the comeback of phage therapy seeming imminent, Rohit's group at the FDA is interested in understanding how bacteriophages can be used in tackling antimicrobial resistance and how phage resistance can emerge in bacteria. Rohit's work involves a transcriptomics approach to examine the host-phage interactions between Staphylococcus aureus and it's phages.

Rohit plans to return to India and set up a lab to work on phage research and phage therapy applications in the Indian food, agriculture and health settings. Outside the lab, Rohit likes to play racquet sports, do stand-up comedy at open mics and is the percussionist for a local music band in DC. Rohit joined the Sci-ROI team this year with an intent to help Indian researchers transition back to India while also establishing a network of similar minded researchers who could turn into potential future collaborators.

Rohit can be reached via LinkedIn.
Sanu Shameer is a computational biologist involved in using mathematical models to study metabolism in biological systems. In his current role as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Plant Scientists, University of Oxford, he uses metabolic models to develop a better understanding of plant metabolism in order to devise metabolic engineering strategies for increased crop yield.

Sanu first heard about SciROI in 2021 from a collaborator who recently moved back to India and attended the 2021 annual event. As someone who has always planned on returning to India and setting up his own lab, Sanu instantly recognized the value of the work SciROI was undertaking and decided to join the SciROI volunteer team to help with the cause. He extensively helps the Sci-ROI team to bring all the information to the Sci-ROI website.

Sanu can be reached via LinkedIn.
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