Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 19 | Feb 22, 2022
Sci-ROI initiative
Sci-ROI is happy to announce that it's new Global Leadership team for 2022 is ready to go! The new team is bigger and diverse than before comprising of chemists, biologists, engineers and STEM operation specialists. The team is currently deliberating on the 2022 events and how to more efficiently engage with the Indian Diaspora residing abroad. The Global team will also closely work with the Sci-ROI@India team to enable successful launch of early career STEM professionals in India.
If you are planning to transition to India soon, or, if you have found the dream job, you might need some guidance on how to transition physically to India, set up in a new city, look for collaborative opportunities, and new funding opportunities. Or, if You recently transitioned to India and are looking for opportunities for personal and professional development in your area of interest, this mentorship program is right for you.

Sci-ROI@India Mentors will provide the guidance and mentoring you need to make a smooth transition to India and integrate seamlessly in the Indian STEM ecosystem.

For more details, click here.
To facilitate cross-sector partnerships and networking in India, Sci-ROI@India launched a collaborative database that will capture the information from all current and independent STEM professionals in India who would be willing to have potential collaborations with academic, industrial, non-academic or non-profit partners.

Established STEM professionals across all disciplines in academia, industry, non-profit and non-academic sectors currently working and residing in India can initiate collaborations with other STEM professionals at their current capacity.

Learn more here.

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 for helping researchers and Ph.D. scholars accessing job opportunities in India. These job listings are targeted towards research, industry and entrepreneurship that may be of interest to the STEM community. Checkout some new additions to our Job Portal.
Current Affairs
IndiaBioscience is pleased to announce #YIM2022, a networking & mentorship meeting for young investigators & postdocs in life sciences.

The annual Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM) brings together exceptional young and senior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, heads of institutions, and representatives from funding agencies for interactions focusing on science research careers, mentoring, and networking. The program features illuminating talks by renowned scientists, posters, and panel discussions that focus on a wide variety of topics, including choosing interdisciplinary science, building a research group/​community, funding opportunities, and open science. Senior scientists describe their scientific journeys, sharing inspirational and amusing anecdotes about their experiences with younger scientists who are establishing their careers.

YIM Meeting : 3-5 May
PDF Satellite Meeting: 9-12 May

Last 4 days before application ends. Apply now!

Apply here.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) overarching mission is to deliver top-quality research, the finest education and service to society through targeted research-based product development, globally. In pursuit of the same, we have launched a new position of “Global Research Fellow at the Energy Consortium IIT Madras” and would like to invite research fellows and scholars from your prestigious institution to come work with our distinguished faculty members and leverage the state-of-the-art technology and innovation infrastructure at IITM to develop sustainable energy solutions for the world. Interested applicants may reach out to Mr. Nikhil S. Tambe at or Ms. Richu Philip at for further queries and details.

For more information, click here.
Science and Engineering Research Board established under Department of Science and Technology, Government of India calls for various Schemes and Programmes for funding. The proposals under these Schemes and Programmes can be submitted against the calls as indicated in the respective segments.

For more information visit their website here.
Highlight of the month
Some of the takeaways from the recently concluded Sci-ROI India Virtual Launch Event.

For grant proposals: “Research idea should deviate from PhD and postdoc work; Be realistic about your proposal; find collaborators and mentors for the proposals."

For returning Indian diaspora: “Start networking early- 1-2 yrs before you want to transition!” "Scope institutes before joining, attend conferences in India, learn about regulatory clearances.” “ Make informed decisions before returning back…talk to peers and mentors.”

Importance of research initiation for undergrads: “Research mentorship will enhance soft & transferrable skills as well and build capacity for undergrads.” “Undergrads provide opportunities to broaden perspective for ECRs.” “Ask questions- both mentees and mentors learn!”

For more details about the event visit Sci-ROI@India webpage here.
Interesting reads from Indian scientific community
"The scientific enterprise in India has grown dramatically in the past few decades, with research emerging as a viable and important career option for students of science. The country thus has a large population of young scientists in the early stages of establishing their independent research careers. While this demographic is arguably the most important group that will determine the future of scientific research in India, their status and concerns are poorly understood.

The Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) voices for Young Indian Researchers. Read the INYAS National Survey Findings and Recommendation for "Career challenges for young independent researchers in India", published in Current Science.

For full text, click here.
Dr. Geetha Vani Rayasam is appointed as Head, CSIR - HRDG

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research appoints Dr.(Mrs.) Geetha Vani Rayasam as Head of CSIR-HRDG. Dr.(Mrs.) Geetha Vani Rayasam, has vast experience in academia and industry. She is a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from IISc Bangalore..

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Volunteer's Corner
Abhijit is a final year graduate student at the Department of Physics at the University of Houston (UH). After finishing BS-MS dual degree program from IISER-Kolkata, he joined UH in Fall 2017. Abhijit studies the effects of curved spacetime in quantum field theory, e.g., Hawking radiation coming out of a black hole. His research is also closely connected to relativistic quantum information and open quantum systems. Apart from Physics, he is passionate about traveling, reading fiction, writing, and teaching.

Abhijit's plan has always been to go back to India at the end of his research training so that he can contribute to the community that he was benefited so much from. However, in academia, that is not an easy process and when he learned about what SCI-ROI does, it resonated with his goals. He believes that by joining the volunteer team at SCI-ROI, he can learn more about the various pathways of getting back to India as well as help the peers along the way. As a volunteer, he also plans to increase the participation of more researchers from Physics in SCI-ROI events and find opportunities catering to the needs of Physicists wanting to go back to India.

To learn more about Abhijit click here.
Abhishek Acharya is currently a first year Ph.D. student at Max-Planck-Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Germany. He is a biochemist by training and working in the research area of neurobiology. His Ph.D. research focuses on elucidating the structure-function relationships for neurotransmitter transporters. He is a networking enthusiast and loves to contribute into various networking and informational outreach activities for students and STEM professionals. He works closely with Indian student associations in Germany and has experience in organizing international events.
Abhishek was inspired by Sci-ROI's mission to help Indian researchers abroad in exploring career opportunities in academic and non-academic sectors in India and helping them find a path to transition back into the Indian ecosystem. Abhishek joined the Sci-ROI leadership team this year and looks forward to contributing to the social media and event organization activities of Sci-ROI.
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