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Postdoctoral fellowship at IIS

February 12, 2004 14:26 IST
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DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biotechnology and Life Sciences

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, invites applications from Indian nationals for the award of the DBT-Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research in frontier areas of biotechnology and applied biology. The fellowship is tenable in research institutions/universities including non-profit R&D institutions within India. The fellowships are awarded under a programme sponsored by the department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, Government of India.

Eligibility: Applicants should hold a PhD in science, engineering or an MD or MS degree in any area of medicine with research interests in biotechnology and life sciences and a good academic record. Those who have already submitted their PhD/MD thesis are also eligible to apply. The applicants should preferably be below the age of 40, and 45 in case of women candidates. Persons already employed are also eligible to apply. However, their applications should be routed through their employers.

Details of the award: The postdoctoral fellowship is a purely temporary assignment and is tenable for a maximum period of two years. In exceptional cases, depending upon the progress of the research, the fellowship may be extended for the third year.

Each fellow will be entitled to a stipend in the range of Rs 11,000 to Rs 12,000 per month and a research contingency grant of Rs 50,000 per year, payable to the host institution. Candidates who are yet to be awarded the PhD/MD/MS degree, if selected, will be paid Rs 10,000 per month till the award of the degree.

The fellows would also be entitled to HRA and other benefits as per the guidelines applicable to research fellowship/associateships. The fellowships cannot be availed at the same institution where the candidates have earned their PhD/MD/MS degree.

Candidates who are already in regular employment cannot avail the fellowship at their parent institutions. However, there will be no restriction for them to receive the salary and other benefits while availing the fellowship in Institutions other than their parent Institutions.

Mode of Selection: Candidates will be selected based on their CV and performance in the interview. The interview will be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, during April 2004, and candidates called for interview will be paid 2nd class railway (non-AC)/bus fare by the shortest route from their home town. If the candidate accepts the fellowship, s/he must join the host institution/university within a month's time.

Candidates may submit their application on plain paper along with bio-data, list of publications (attach reprints of 2 important papers), copies of certificates (BSc, MSc, PhD/MD/MS) one page synopsis of PhD/MD/MS thesis, 2 letters of recommendation (academic). The applicant is advised to propose her/his place of work, name of the supervisor, enclose one page synopsis of proposed research which must be compatible with the on-going research of the proposed supervisor, and her/his consent for availing the fellowship. They should also enclose a declaration stating that if selected for the fellowship, s/he will complete the tenure of the fellowship. However, they may be allowed to relinquish the fellowship only if accepting permanent employment in India. Those who had applied previously need not apply.

Applications should be addressed to: Professor K Muniyappa, Coordinator DBT-PDF Program, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012.

The last date March 15, 2004 and the envelope should be clearly marked DBT-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

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