Mapping Expert

at TURN Project, Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, TISS Mumbai
Location Mumbai, India
Date Posted August 3, 2019
Category GIS
Job Type Contract
Estimated Salary or Stipend Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month
Salary Currency INR
Experience Requirement Preferable 2 Years


The Centre for Urban Policy and Governance (CUPG), of the School of Habitat Studies, Tata
Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), is looking for a young, creative, self-motivated architect
interested in mapping and visual representation for social research, to join an urban research
project as a Mapping Expert. The project is called the Tacit Urban Research Network (TURN)
and is a collaboration with three other leading Indian organisations involved in urban research –
Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi; Hyderabad Urban Lab, Hyderabad; Indian
Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore. The collaborative urban research project
examines a variety of in/formal practices that constitute the city, focusing especially on the tacit
knowledge that holds them together.

Duration of assignment: 8 months, full time (extendable by a few months as per project
requirements). In exceptional cases, we might consider part time appointments.

Duties and responsibilities

1. Primary responsibility: preparing maps, visualizations and presentation material for
different research projects in Mumbai city and region, as well as for other purposes
related to the work of the Centre as required with the guidance of faculty members.
2. As part of this responsibility, the candidate would be expected to also conduct some
primary or secondary research with the guidance of a faculty member.
3. Supporting three different faculty projects with their varied mapping requirements,
working under the guidance of a faculty member coordinating the mapping work for the
entire project.
4. Conducting photo and video documentation as required with the guidance of faculty
5. An important part of the job is to develop appropriate language/s for visual
communication of the research being undertaken at the centre.
6. The selected candidate would also be responsible for producing materials for an
exhibition of the centre’s research findings with faculty guidance.

Education Requirements

Minimum qualifications: B. Arch. Preferred: Master of Architecture/Urban Design/Urban
 High level of competence in:
a. Autocad mapping and architectural draftsmanship
b. Graphic softwares:
o Photoshop
o InDesign
 Preferred, high level of competence in:
o Rhino for 3d
o Freehand sketching
o Photography and videography with a DSLR camera
 Candidates with a demonstrated interest in social research related to the city would be
given preference
 Experience: Two years of experience in a similar project is preferred. But this condition
may be waived at the discretion of the selection committee of the Centre.
 A portfolio of work that provides evidence of skills and orientation mentioned above
must be submitted with the application through Google Drive in pdf format.
 Candidates who have applied for the job in response to the previous advertisement (8th
January, 2019) for this post need not apply again.

How to apply

Please send us your CV, 2 references and a link to a downloadable pdf file with your portfolio to
Ms. Piyali Bhattacharya at [email protected] with a cc to Dr. Himanshu Burte at
[email protected] before 15 August 2019. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH YOUR DOCUMENTS
Please use the following in the subject line: Application for the post of Mapping Expert, TURN.
We will inform you by email/ telephone call about the date and time of the interview for short
listed candidates. The applicants will be interviewed in the last week of August 2019 (to be

Job Location Street Address

TISS, Mumbai, mainly, and local field sites as required.