Ashoka provides substantial internal seed funding for faculty research along with excellent logistical support for external grants. Reasonable research expenses such as conference fees, travel, etc., are fully funded through annual faculty research grants.
Our annual faculty research grants come with very few strings attached, and are open for use in attacking long-term open problems, or nontraditional/interdisciplinary questions. A number of centres also exist to fund research work in interdisciplinary areas or for social good.
PhD students are guaranteed funding by the university as long as they remain in good academic standing. Large numbers of departmental slots are made available each year: in short, unlike many other places, it is not necessary for the faculty to find grants all the time to support their PhD students. Of course, should there be such a grant, student funding can be reassigned, which can mean a higher salary (already competitive) for the student.
Having already built a name for itself in the humanities and social sciences, Ashoka is now poised to grow massively in the sciences, with a focus on leveraging its current expertise to engender and address new research challenges and initiatives. We have great ambitions, including building a School of Computing with bridges to other disciplines.
Computer Science at Ashoka provides unique opportunities for the cross-pollination of ideas across silos to explore both core CS and nontraditional, niche areas. We seek to engage deeply with the sciences and social sciences – beyond mere data analysis and simulation – to facilitate high-quality interdisciplinary research. In line with the digitization initiative of the Indian government, and increased digital engagement in social, economic, and political spaces, we hope to leverage Ashoka’s demonstrated strengths to explore new realms. Our commitment towards solving issues with real-world impact – in both core and interdisciplinary areas – is backed by multiple centres to facilitate funding and collaborations for such research.
It takes around 1hr 30-45min to reach Ashoka from the Delhi airport. Travelling from central Delhi takes about 1hr 15-30min (of course, this may be more depending upon traffic). Many professors commute from Delhi. A free Ashoka shuttle bus operates regularly between campus and the Jahangirpuri Metro Station in north Delhi.
We’ve worked hard to create a university that believes in the freedom of speech and open inquiry, along with respect for nontraditional areas of research. The creation and dissemination of knowledge necessitates the asking of difficult questions, and we provide an open platform for the same. Further, our students and faculty share a deep commitment towards research that improves human life, and we strongly encourage (and actively fund) such explorations.
We are hiring at all levels.
Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. (post-doctoral experience is desirable, but not necessary) and must possess excellent academic, publishing credentials as well as exceptional teaching abilities and be excited with the diversity and the interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities of the academic community at Ashoka. Academicians, practitioners and researchers specializing in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Security, and Systems are especially encouraged to apply. We also invite established senior researchers, practitioners and academicians to get engaged with us as non-resident or visiting faculty
We strongly encourage applications from women and members of other groups under-represented in academia.
Faculty applications are rolling and not linked to semesters, so you can apply anytime. Processing, interviews, and HR processes can take time, so we encourage you to apply at least 2 months before you plan to start.
Candidates should submit a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and the names of at least 3 references through facultypositions.ashoka.edu.in.
Yes. Candidates are expected to give two talks: a teaching talk and a research presentation. Both are regularly heavily attended by students (and of course, the professors are always present). These are usually hour-long, including Q&A. The talks are followed by short one-on-one interactions with the faculty.
This is covered in great detail in the Faculty Policies handbook. In short, the process is quite standard and similar to what happens in most universities across the world.
Usually, it takes 1-2 months after you apply for a decision letter to reach you. Decision times etc. are negotiated — we try not to be manipulative/forceful about these things!
Yes, we do our best to solve the two-body problem. Of course, these must be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the exact circumstances. However, we’ve gotten very good at handling these things, and we’re happy to discuss ways to move forward. Please do feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Professors are given a lot of freedom in deciding what courses they teach, and most end up with a mix of small upper level courses and one or two early-year cohorts. We have fairly reasonable courseloads, and, at least in CS, we are moving towards a 1+2 load with one of those being a research-focused course.
We don’t force people to teach courses they don’t want to teach — we believe that inevitably results in substandard pedagogy.
Early-year CS courses can have 1-200 students. Advanced, later year courses can be very small (5-10 students). Most courses end up being around 40-80.
As is usual, the university provides teaching assistantships, with more positions as the course size (and load) grows. These can be negotiated with the department head, but the default numbers are usually very reasonable.
Yes. External teaching fellow positions are made available for many classes (above a minimum size), and these are very well paid positions.
Professors are given a lot of leeway in designing and assessing courses: after all, they are the experts, and are best positioned to understand the needs of the students. Of course, it is expected that they adhere to some basic policies (such as strong anti-plagiarism policies, not overworking students, etc.). Many professors teach joint courses, including across departments.
Ashoka provides top-notch teaching resources across the board, including well-equipped labs. Extra equipment can, of course, be requisitioned on a case-by-case basis.
We expect our faculty to be actively engaged in research (publishing papers, advising doctoral students, and attacking hard problems). Of course, exact output differs from subfield to subfield.
All logistical processes are taken care of by the research office and HR. PhD students, as mentioned earlier, are supported by the university even if there is no external grant available to fund them. Staff, of course, have to be explicitly supported by an internal or external grant.
Yes! Of course, depending upon the exact nature of the collaboration and funding requirements, different centres or departments may provide funding (in addition to facilitating external funding).
The research office actively coordinates with faculty to make the grant-application process as seamless as possible. They will help you frame your grant, provide financial estimates when needed, and quickly process any permissions that may be required.
Excellent. Our students regularly work with faculty on cutting edge research and publish in high-quality conferences. (We want to emphasise that we’re not talking about random/predatory venues, but top-notch international conferences.)
Yes, as long as they are reasonable, they are covered by the annual faculty grants. In special cases, such expenses may be negotiated with the department head.
Yes, including special startup grants given to new faculty. These grants are fairly string-free, and can be used to attack long-term or core, difficult questions that do not necessarily show dollar-value output.
This is mostly automatic; in special cases, additional funding can be negotiated for specific projects with the department head and university administration.
Generally, no. This is covered in the Faculty Policies handbook.
Yes. This is limited by the department budget, and can be negotiated with the department head and university administration. The slots are usually quite reasonable in number, and it is extremely rare to not get a student one wishes to hire.
We offer extremely competitive salaries and benefits. This will be negotiated at the appropriate time in the selection process.
Ashoka provides excellent medical insurance, maternity and paternity leave, and other benefits.
We also have a standard sabbatical policy, at par with most international universities. More details are available in the Faculty Policies handbook.
Many faculty do engage in external consulting/startups. This is allowed with permission from the university administration; it is expected that faculty inform and get approval from the Dean of Faculty before starting any such engagement.
Our IP policies are fairly standard and covered in the Faculty Policies handbook.
Ashoka makes a point of involving faculty at every level. We are a university of, by, and for faculty and students: we take great pains in making sure that all decision making processes are transparent and include input from all stakeholders.
Faculty are never forced into any committees — however, this train of thought is essentially complementary to the previous question about having an impact on departmental and university policy: skipping on committees usually means that one’s opinions on the subject are less likely to be heard!
Ashoka provides excellent on-campus housing. There are a number of housing complexes within driving distance. A couple (Parker Residency and TDI) are served by a free Ashoka shuttle bus; there’s also a regular bus to Delhi, which stops at the Jahangirpuri Metro Station.