Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Madura is looking for a postdoctoral scientist

Madura is looking for a scientist who will do cool things that haven't been done before. Here's the ad:

Postdoctoral Scientist: Rural Social and Trade Networks

This is a unique position where you will reconstruct the trade and communication networks of rural South India from various large empirical data sets and make it available to the greater scientific community. Real time understanding of the social and trade network topologies and dynamics will be used to design interventions that can significantly impact the dynamics of the network as part of an ambitious large scale social experiment to bring about poverty alleviation.

The key requirements are large imagination, a strong desire to work for social change, the ability to work efficiently with large datasets in MATLAB and C and the ability to design cool GUIs that will facilitate public access to the data.

This position does carry publication potential. However the primary goal is to create understanding that can result in fast productive interventions that positively impact the standard of living.

Please submit a cover letter outlining why this interests you along with your CV to

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Dr. Thiagarajan,

    I am a student at Cornell University's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and in the process of writing a report comparing top microfinance companies in India. I have searched the web for up to date financials on Madura Micro Finance, Ltd, and have found none. The closest data I have found stem from the Microcredit Foundation of India, from which MMFL seems to have evolved, and were acquired from, an electronic exchange of information on MFIs. Could you advise me regarding how I might acquire financial information (namely Annual Reports, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements) relating to Madura Micro Finance, Ltd?

    I apologize for contacting you via your blog, but I have been unable to find any other means of contact online. For the sake of controlling spam, I have created an email account specifically for this request. The address is If you are willing to follow up on this, please contact me at that address.

    I hope to hear from you and appreciate your time.

    Nicholas Lyons