Welcome Message from HOD

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 endeavor, 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, 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, fracture mechanics, climate science, river science, natural hazards (earthquakes & tsunamis), environmental impact assessment and remediation as well as planetary science and geophysical exploration. The research carried out in the last 3 years has made substantial impact at National and International level. Some of it has been carried out as part of international projects where our faculty members are involved.

We are equipped with modern, state-of-the-art laboratories to undertake high quality research. Major instruments available are: ICP-MS, XRD, TOC, Sedigraph, SEM, CL, UAVs, Water IRMS, OSL Reader, Gamma Spectrometer, Gas/Liquid Permeameter, T-VLF, Gravimeter, AAS, Microscopes, Portable Seismograph, GPR, Terrestial Laser Scanner, High-end TS, GPS – permanent stations in Himalaya.

The Earth Science department currently has 9 full-time faculty members with diverse qualifications and extensive domestic and international experience. 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 Climate Change, Hydrology/Water Resources, Geophysics, Seismic Hazard, Geodesy, Structure and Tectonics, Mineralogy/Petrology, Remote Sensing, Basin-Analysis and Petroleum Geology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology.  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.

If you are a researcher interested in applying for a faculty position or a student interested in our degree programs, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

With warm wishes

Javed N Malik
Head, Department of Earth Sciences
IIT Kanpur