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IISER Thiruvanathapuram, Biological & Life Sciences Research Jobs 

Name of the Position: Senior Research Fellow

Number of posts: 1

Name of the Project: Targeted editing of potato genome to develop variety specific True Potato Seed (TPS)

Funding agency: National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF)- ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)

Fellowship amount: Rs. 31,000 + HRA as applicable.

The tenure of this post: 1 year, extendable based on performance until the duration of the project approved.

Minimum Educational eligibility ( as prescribed by the financing agency):

PhD in any area of biological/life sciences.


Master degree in almost any field of biological/life sciences with 4 years/5 years of Bachelor’s degree.


Candidates with a postgraduate degree in Basic Sciences with 3 years Bachelor’s degree and two years Master degree ought to have qualified NET* or equivalent examination.


The Master’s degree holders together with the integrated degrees (five years) such as B.Tech & M.Tech with specialization in biological/life sciences.

NET* – As regards, NET examination, the candidate should have qualified any national level examination conducted by the Central Govt. The following are some of these NET examinations:

  • CSIR-CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test.
  • MHRD-Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering admission.
  • DBT-Biotechnology Eligibility Test & Test conducted in Bioinformatics by Bioinformatics National Consortium.
  • ICMR-JRF Entry Exam.
  • ICAR-Test conducted by ICAR for admission to the PhD programme.
  • DoP-GPAT.

Preference: Academically outstanding candidate with technical competence in recombinant DNA(rDNA) technologies particularly in cloning, designing and making gene constructs. A minimum of 6 months of research experience in rDNA technologies such as cloning, bacterial transformation etc., is preferable but not mandatory. This may be regarded as criteria for shortlisting if many applications are received.

Age SRF: 32 years with 3-5 years relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/Women and Physically handicapped according to government norms

The Way to apply:

Completed applications should be sent out by e-mail to Dr. Ravi Maruthachalam (, with the subject line “NASF-ICAR SRF position-Your Name”.

The application ought to an in-depth resume with sufficient info of previous work, a one page statement of interest in research. Please consist of call details (contact number, e-mail and also postal address), a photo, scanned copies of educational/professional credentials and also reprints of documents. Research experience must be supported by a certification from the previous employer/s. Applicants ought to bring originals of all applicable certifications (qualifying, national examinations, category certification, etc) throughout the interview. No TA/DA will be compensated for the interview. Applications failing to the meet minimal criteria will certainly not be considered. Incomplete applications will certainly be disqualified.

The shortlisted candidates will be notified by e-mail on the details of the interview day, time and location as well as it will also be set up on the internet site

A printed copy of the application form sent out by e-mail signed as well as dated by the applicant along with current passport photo and also xeroxes of relevant certifications as well as various other testimonials in support of age, qualification, the experience will be gathered at the time of interview.

Candidates need to bring all certifications ( original + one copy) at the time of for the of verification.

Last Date: 20 October 2019

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