Recruitment of Senior Research Fellow under externally funded project

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram is a premier autonomous Institution established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for promotion of high quality science education and research in the country.

The Institute invites applications for the following positions on contract basis:

Name of Post

Senior Research Fellow

Name of 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)

Minimum Educational qualification

(as prescribed by the funding agency)

Senior Research Fellow

Ph.D. in any area of biological/life sciences. 


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


Candidates having postgraduate degree in Basic Sciences with 3 years Bachelor’s degree and 2 years Master degree should have qualified NET* or equivalent



The Master’s degree holders with the integrated degrees (5 years) like 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. Departments/agencies for admission to Ph.D. programme are considered as NET for the purpose of RA/SRF. The following are some of the 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 Entrance Examination.

ICAR-Test conducted by ICAR for admission to Ph.D. programme.



Academically excellent candidate with technical proficiency in recombinant DNA(rDNA) technology especially in cloning, designing and making gene constructs. A minimum of 6 months of research experience in rDNA technology like cloning, bacterial transformation etc., is preferable but not mandatory. This may be considered as a criteria for shortlisting if many applications are received.

Number of posts

SRF – 1 position

Fellowship amount

Senior research fellow: Rs. 31,000 + HRA as applicable.

Tenure of the post

1 year, extendable based on performance till the duration of the project approved.


SRF: 32 years with 3-5 years relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/Women and Physically disabled as per government norms

Last date

20 October 2019

How to apply

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

The application should attach a detailed resume with sufficient information of past research work, a one page statement of interest in biological research. Please include contact details (phone number, email and postal address), a photograph, scanned copies of educational/professional qualifications and reprints of papers. Research experience should be supported by a certificate from the previous employer/s. Candidates should bring originals of all applicable certificates (qualifying degrees, national examinations, category certificate, etc) during the interview. No TA/DA will be paid for appearing for the interview. Applications failing to the meet minimum criteria will not be considered. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

The shortlisted candidates will be informed by email on details of interview date, time and venue and it will also be put up on the website

A printed copy of the application form sent by email signed and dated by the applicant along with recent passport size photograph and photocopies of relevant certificates and other testimonials in support of age, qualification, experience etc. will be collected at the time of interview.

Applicants must bring all certificates (original + one copy) at the time of interview for the purpose of verification.

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