Council on Energy, Environment and Water Integrated | International | Independent

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Intern - Industrial Sustainability and Competitiveness

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  • You will get above-market remuneration​
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Designation offered: Research Intern

Reporting to: Programme Lead/Programme Associate

Location: New Delhi

Duration: 3-6 Months (extendable upon review)


Resource security and resource efficiency plays a crucial role in country’s economic development, as it is an important driver of a competitive manufacturing sector. Sudden supply shocks or constrictions in the supply chain make a mineral critical, especially if there are no substitutes available in specific applications. This impact is larger if these products contribute to significant value addition in the economy. 

In 2016, CEEW published a report titled "Critical Non-Fuel Mineral Resources for India's Manufacturing Sector: A Vision for 2030 ". The study, which began in late 2014, was funded by the Department of Science and Technology, and evaluates 49 minerals and their criticality (from 2011 to 2030) in terms of economic importance (value addition and consumption in all manufacturing sub-sectors) as well as supply risks (import dependence, geopolitical risks, substitutability, and recycling potential). It is the first-of-its-kind study undertaken in India and the most comprehensive effort to assess which minerals will be crucial for India's high-value-added manufacturing growth and the implications for India's resource security. The United States and the European Union have done some pioneering work on identifying critical minerals for their own economy. This report also draws attention towards strategic acquisition of overseas mines and need for high-priority trade ties for certain minerals, which are identified as critical for India’s future, through a scientific framework and a decision tree approach.

With India’s ever-growing interest towards indigenous manufacturing of modern-day technology devices (smart phones, medical diagnostic equipment, etc.), and clear energy products (electric vehicles, solar panels); focus on mineral resource security becomes naturally crucial. This project aims to take forward the existing work on critical minerals to the next level of policy planning. The objective is to efficiently engage policy planners, industry, and other users from mining/mineral sector through a dynamic web-based interface. Outputs from this project will include an index of critical minerals, which will gets periodically revised as per realistic economic condition(s), and supply position of minerals in India. It will also allow users to generate customised scenarios based on futuristic policy outlook. It will act as an intelligent decision-making tool for the policy makers, industry captains, mining and mineral exploration agencies, and a wide pool of researchers.

We invite interested candidates to take up a challenging assignment, and assist us in achieving one (or more) of the below mentioned tasks:

  • Preparing a comprehensive list of current policies and programmes recently introduced (or planned) by the government of India, which directly or indirectly impacts mining and manufacturing ecosystem of our country
  • To measure the impact of trade and geopolitics on supply position of certain minerals of key importance. How policy drivers can help India to develop a strategic plan around resource security
  • To advance and update available information (production, imports, consumption of minerals, etc.) with more granularities
  • A comprehensive assessment of key technology developments that impacts mineral consumption or its recovery/recycling from the waste
  • Identifying and evaluating substitution potential of key minerals for certain end-use applications  

Job Duties and Accountabilities


  • To conduct both traditional and online secondary research using various external sources including international data sets  
  • Collecting information and preparing databases on resource mapping, trade and commerce linkages, technology profiles, etc.  
  • Conduct literature review, discussion with prominent researchers in this area, and carry field visits (if needed) 
  • Discuss theoretical approaches to understand an analyse the identified research outcomes  
  • Map key stakeholders relevant in this domain and reach out to them (if needed) 
  • Assist team in research and outreach responsibilities  
  • Writing project report/issue briefs based on conducted research  

Project/Programme Assistance

  • Assist with project implementation, including help with preparing presentations, factsheets and other communication material.
  • Support efforts to use new media platforms for wide dissemination of CEEW's work and, in turn, closer engagement with the wider community.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and assist with preparing minutes.
  • Accompany the other team members for meetings with other stakeholders; prepare minutes of the meetings and assist with relevant follow up

Shortlisting Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Enrolled in or completed Bachelor's/Master's degree in engineering or economics
  • 0 – 1 year of relevant research experience
  • A fair understanding of minerals and commodity markets is desirable

Key Skills

  • Must have strong research skills – capability to carry out literature review, web-scraping and synthesis is a key requisite, familiarity with research methods is a bonus
  • Experience working with software programmes such as M S Office
  • Willingness to conduct frequent field visits (if COVID situation improves)/meetings with stakeholder
  • Willingness to work on multi-disciplinary projects
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in data collection preferred
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders (industry, academic, government etc.) preferred


  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills.
  • Ability to adapt and deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment.
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands.
  • Ability and willingness to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations for similar roles.


Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application: Research Intern – Industrial Sustainability Critical Mineral Resources' as the subject line.  The last date to send applications is 15th January, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.