from a world-class institution and a strong record of accomplishment in computer science or related disciplines; interest and experience in
interdisciplinary topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, cyber-physical systems, sensors, IoT, autonomous
vehicles, biological systems, robotics, digital transformation, operations research, and a track record of creating impact via research,
innovation in teaching, industry practice or entrepreneurial ventures.
Key faculty responsibilities include teaching and
mentoring students at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral level, implementing project-based and experiential learning experiences, and
helping to realize the mission of Plaksha through the establishment of research centers and laboratories of global eminence that have a deep
and far-reaching impact on economy and society. In line with the vision of the university, we specifically seek founding faculty members
with the following characteristics:
- Faculty who are inspired, creative and passionate about what and how they teach, who truly enjoy
teaching and mentoring students, and are highly committed to student learning and success.
- A willingness to embrace Plaksha’s
vision of reimagining education by adopting new pedagogical methods, including in teacher training, education workflows, course formats, and
the role of technology in teaching and learning.
- A strong commitment and track record in one or more of the following:
- Research framed by grand challenges of India and the world in the 21st century
- Research with impact on industry, public policy,
practice, sustainable development etc.
- Making inventions/ commercializing technology/software or other entrepreneurial
- Experience in leading companies, or other significant industrial/corporate experience
- Innovative pedagogy
and/or scholarship of education and/or interdisciplinary education
- An interdisciplinary mindset, in the broadest
sense, recognizing the need for partnerships between social sciences, humanities and STEM disciplines, and willingness to learn from
colleagues with different perspectives.
- A passion for institution-building with a desire for continuous improvement,
entrepreneurial mindset and a can-do attitude.
- A willingness to work in a team, by accepting others’ ideas, partnering,
leading or following, as needed to accomplish team objectives.
Faculty members at Plaksha will receive several benefits,
including but not limited to, competitive joining packages and salaries, seed grants for research, attractive IPR and consultancy policies,
mentorship opportunities from members of an eminent global Academic Advisory Board and other members of the Plaksha family, collaboration
and partnerships with industry and entrepreneurs, along with the opportunity to contribute to and create research labs and centers.
We are committed to maintaining diversity and welcome applications from all nationalities. Plaksha is committed to supporting dual career
couples and has dedicated staff to help with transitioning the faculty’s family to living in Chandigarh, including help with schools,
housing, connecting to the larger community etc.
How to apply
Applicants should send their (1)
Cover letter (2) CV (3) Teaching statement expressing their views on interdisciplinary education, (4) Research statement, (5) A page on
statement of impact describing their academic, entrepreneurial and industrial experience, and (6) a list of three to five references. There
is no deadline for faculty position applications, rather applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting June 1, 2020. The
appointment dates are flexible and will start as early as Fall 2020. For more information and access to the application portal, please visit
www.plaksha.org/faculty. You may also contact us via email at email@example.com for any questions that you may have.
Plaksha University (www.plaksha.org) is being founded to reimagine technology education and research, by a global community of
philanthropists, entrepreneurs and eminent academicians. Many of the professionals and entrepreneurs involved in building Plaksha were
previously pivotal in creating Ashoka University. The 50-acre campus of Plaksha nestles in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Chandigarh
Plaksha will be a multidisciplinary University anchored around technology. Our vision is to create ethical
problemsolvers and fearless leaders who will solve the toughest challenges of our planet. We aspire to build a unique and diversified,
intellectually vibrant, dynamic community of scholars, researchers, academicians and scientists from all over the world who are inspired to
rethink learning and pedagogy, while breaking new grounds in fields across engineering, sciences and business, and incorporating an
entrepreneurial mindset to have deep and far-reaching impact on the economy and society.
Plaksha’s vision is being guided
by a highly engaged Academic Advisory Board of global eminence. We have formal academic partnerships with the University of California,
Berkeley, Purdue University and SRI International (erstwhile Stanford Research Institute).
Plaksha will have undergraduate,
Master’s, Ph.D. and executive learning programs, and 5-7 distinctive research centers anchored around Grand Challenges. It will also
anchor a vibrant innovation ecosystem with deep linkages to industry and start-ups. A unique one-year postgraduate program, Tech Leaders Fellowship, was already launched in 2019 to
significant success. The undergraduate programs will commence in Fall 2021, with four cutting-edge interdisciplinary majors, viz,
‘Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence’; ‘Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems’; ‘Biological Systems
Engineering’; and ‘Data Science, Business and Economics’.
Chandigarh is designed and planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier and is among India’s most modern cities.
Plaksha’s 50-acre campus is within 10-minutes of the Chandigarh International Airport which has an expanding portfolio of direct
international flights, 2-hour drive from some of India’s most emblematic hill stations, and a 4-hourdrive from New Delhi. It is also
in close proximity to other top research institutions such as Indian School of Business(ISB), Indian Institute of Science Education and
Research (IISER), IIT Ropar, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and an upcoming innovation corridor.
The Plaksha campus is being built with top international architects to be a model for interdisciplinary, experiential learning,
research and entrepreneurship.
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