Earth Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

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Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences at IIT Kanpur. We are one of the youngest department in the country, established in 2014, with a vision to carry out interdisciplinary Earth Science teaching and research of contemporary relevance. In this endeavour, we are currently offering a diversity of Earth science courses at all academic levels.

Our integrated BS-MS program in Earth Sciences is focused on basic sciences, computational and engineering sciences, along with learning of modern analytical tools in the field of remote Sensing & GIS, geochemistry, seismo-tectonics, geophysics and natural Hazards.

Our M. Tech. program in Geological Technology focuses on applied earth sciences, geophysics, isotope geochemistry, crust-mantle evolution, earth surface processes, climate change, river science, natural hazards, structural geology and tectonics, isotope geochemistry and planetary sciences.

Our Ph.D. program in Earth Sciences offers specialization in numerous areas of frontier research including mantle dynamics, crustal evolution, fracture mechanics, climate science, river science, natural hazards (earthquakes & tsunamis), geophysical exploration, environmental science, and planetary science. The research carried out by our faculty members and their research teams in the last 6 years has made substantial impact at the National and International level. Our departmental has several state-of-the-art laboratories equipped to obtain high-quality analytical data. Major instruments available are: ICP-MS, XRD, SEM, TOC, Sedigraph, CL, UAVs, IRMS, OSL Reader, Gamma Spectrometer, Gas/Liquid Permeameter, T-VLF, Gravimeter, Microscopes, Portable Seismograph, GPR, Terrestial Laser Scanner, High-end TS, GPS – permanent stations in Himalaya.

The Earth Science department currently has 10 full-time faculty members with diverse expertise. We are rapidly expanding and have faculty openings at both junior and senior levels. We would also welcome applications for visiting faculty positions. In particular, we are looking for outstanding researchers in the field of Mineralogy/Petrology, Hydrology/Water Resources, Stratigraphy & Paleontology, Sedimentology, Structure and Tectonics, Computational seismology, Geophysics, Basin-Analysis and Petroleum Geology etc. We also encourage fresh Ph. D candidates to apply for Post-Doctoral fellowship, DST INPIRE Faculty or National Post-Doctoral Fellowship and be a part of our ES family. Please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

With warm wishes

Prof. Debajyoti Paul
Head, Department of Earth Sciences
IIT Kanpur