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Applications for faculty positions are invited from Indian nationals including Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Foreign Nationals in the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Design, Earth Sciences, Economic Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Space, Planetary & Astronomical Sciences & Engineering (SPASE), and Sustainable Energy Engineering.


Foreign national here means a person who does not have either an Indian passport, or a PIO/OCI card. Foreign nationals can be offered contractual appointment for up to five years. The appointment can be renewed thereafter.


Several Departments also participate in the teaching and research activities of interdisciplinary post-graduate programs in the institute in Photonics Science and Engineering, and Materials Science Program. Appointments for these programs are made in the relevant departments among those listed above.


Minimum Qualification (for all faculty positions): Ph.D. with first class or equivalent (in terms of grades, etc.) at the preceding degree in the appropriate branch, with a very good academic record in all preceding degrees. In addition, for:


Professor: 10 years teaching/research/industrial experience of which at least 4 years should be at the level of Associate Professor.


Associate Professor: 6 years teaching/research/industrial experience of which at least three years should be at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent.


Assistant Professor: Ph.D. with first class or equivalent (in terms of grades, etc.) at the preceding degree in the appropriate branch, with a very good academic record in all preceding degrees. For a fresh Ph.D, the position will be on contract basis for the first three years, and can be regularized afterwards. For those with three or more years of post PhD teaching/research/industrial experience, regular appointment can be made.


Reservation in direct recruitment will be as per the provisions of the Central Educational Institutes (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019.


Application forms for all the above positions may be filled (on-line) only.


Department specific areas of required specializations (PLEASE CLICK HERE)

The details of pay scale admissible at the time of joining are as follows:



Pay Level

Basic Pay



1,59,100 - 2,20,200

Associate Professor


1,39,600 - 2,11,300

Assistant Professor Grade I


1,01,500 - 1,67,400

Assistant Professor Grade II (Contract)


89,900 - 1,17,200

Assistant Professor Grade II (Contract)


89,800 - 98,200

Other information:

1. The pay carries all other allowances as admissible to a Central Government employee stationed at Kanpur.

2. The benefits, such as HRA (if Housing not provided), LTC, Medical re- imbursement, transportation allowance, education allowance for children, contribution towards New Pension Scheme (NPS), re-imbursement of limited Telephone expenses, Research initiation grant (up to Rs 25 lakhs with the provision to apply for a supplementary grant), financial support towards National and International conferences etc. shall be permitted as per the Institute norms.

3. The Institute also provides an additional top-up salary of Rs 25,000- per month for the first three years of service to the newly joined faculty members. After three years of service, the faculty member(s) are eligible for Young Faculty Fellowship (open for faculty of age upto 40 years) providing a top-up salary of Rs.15,000 per month for three years. The position is based on performance.

4. Traveling allowance for joining: The Institute will reimburse international travel expenses for the newly joined faculty member and dependent family members to the maximum limit of Rs. 1,50,000. Domestic travel reimbursement will be as per government rules.

5. The Institute makes every effort to provide housing to all faculty members. The houses are equipped with free high speed internet.

6. Mere eligibility will not entitle any candidate for being called for interview.

7. Applicants who do not fulfil the minimum experience requirements may be offered an appointment on contract. The requirements of minimum qualification and/or experience may be relaxed in the case of candidates with outstanding credentials.

8. Applicant not found suitable for higher positions may be considered for lower positions in the same area of specialization.

9. Reservation in direct recruitment will be as per the provisions of the Central Educational Institutes (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019. The candidates belonging to the reserved category (SC, ST, OBC, EWS, PWD(VH, OH, HH)) are required to attach the Caste/Category Certificate in the format as prescribed by the Govt. of India. The Institute follows the Central list in the case of the reserved categories. The institute also encourages applications from qualified women candidates.

10. The institute reserves the right to withdraw any advertised post(s) at any time without assigning any reason.

11. Applicants who are employed in Government or Semi-Government Organizations will be required to produce a "NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE" from their employer at the time of the interview.

12. Candidates may apply for a position in more than one department by repeating the online application process.

13. Certificate and documentary proof should be uploaded along with application form.

All correspondence to be addressed to either to the Head of the concerned Department or to the Dean of Faculty Affairs. Contacts details of Heads of the Department are available in the Institute website:

For any clarification please contact:

Office of Faculty Affairs
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur 208016 India.
Tel: +91-512-259-6192/6327/6325
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Faculty Application Process


Those who have completed their PhD are eligible for applying for a Faculty position at IIT Kanpur.

All applications submitted online are available with the concerned Head of the Department as well as the Office of Faculty Affairs. The following steps are adopted for the evaluation of the applicants.

Step 1: A group of faculty members of the concerned area of specialization gives its recommendation on the suitability of the candidates for a faculty position.

Step 2: The candidates recommended by the faculty group are called for seminar.

Step 3: Recommendation letters are sought from the referees of these candidates who are identified after the seminar.

Step 4: The Department Faculty Advisory Committee (DFAC) shortlists the candidates on the basis of the application, faculty input, seminar and referee comments.

Step 5: The shortlisted candidates are presented to the Institute Faculty Advisory Committee (IFAC) and are called for an interview.