Junior Research Fellow


National Centre for Biological Scienceswww.ncbs.res.in →


Bangalore, Karnataka

The program entitled “Chemical Ecology of the North East Region (NER) of India: A Collaborative Programme Linking NER and Bangalore Researchers” which is funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India. This is a novel and exciting collaborative and interdisciplinary program between institutions in the North-Eastern Region (Nagaland science and technology council-Nagaland; Kohima science college, Nagaland university; IBSD-Imphal; IBSD-Sikkim; Rajiv Gandhi University-Arunachal Pradesh; North-Eastern Hill University-Shillong and partners in Bangalore (NCBS, IISc, UAS). A major focus of this integrated programme will be on the chemistry of interactions among plants, animals, fungi and microbes. Such interactions and their understanding will impact many fields of biology, including agriculture, medicine and biotechnology. The program will highlight the North-Eastern region of India, which offers unique natural resources and opportunities for field research in Chemical Ecology. The main goal of the program is capacity building, including tailored interdisciplinary training to Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.

To accomplish its goals: The programme will recruit 7 postgraduate students who will work exclusively on projects that closely involve PIs from NER with collaborations with partner PIs in Bangalore.


1. Insect- plant interactions for stored grain pests and disease management (Dr.Y.Rajashekar, IBSD Manipur – Dr.Shannon Olsson, NCBS)

2. Molecular characterization of allelopathy among rice varieties of North Eastern India: (Dr.S.K.Barik, NEHU- Dr. P.V. Sivaprasad, NCBS)

3. Understanding chemical ecology of the Indian Pitcher plant Nepenthes Khasiana Hook.f for its conservation (Dr.S.K.Barik, NEHU- Radhika Venkatesan, NCBS)

4. Extra floral nectar: chemical diversity and species-specificity, ecological functional diversity, elucidation of biochemical pathway, and response of ants to extrafloral nectar and honeydew (Dr.S.K.Barik , NEHU- Dr. Renee M. Borges IISc)

5. Chemical Ecology Study of Oak Borer Larva with its host and the associated (Dr.Zavei Hiese, Nagaland science and technology council, Dr.Shannon Olsson, NCBS)

6. Aquarium- assisted Evaluation of Fish-Poisoning Plants against Fishes followed by Piscicidal Plants Extraction, Isolation and their Neurobiological Activity (Dr. Zavei Hiese, Dr. M. Prabhakar, Nagaland science and technology council, Dr.Vatsala Thirumalai, NCBS)

7. Diversity and adaptations to high altitudes in social hymenopterans of the Eastern Himalayas (Dr.Jharna Chakravorty,Rajiv Gandhi University, Dr. Axel Brockmann, NCBS)


JRFs will be positioned in the North-eastern Institutions. The candidates must give the preference of their choice in respect of project and Institutions they would like to work. The fellowship for JRF/SRF will be @ Rs. 25,000/- or 28,000/- per month + HRA as per DST guidelines i.e. those with NET qualification. The fellowship for Non-NET candidates will be: JRF and SRF @ Rs. 12,000/- and 14,000/- pm, respectively. HRA will be paid as per Government of India norms.


Suitable candidates must hold a Master’s degree with minimum 55% of the total marks (equivalent grade) in basic science, applied science, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental science, plant sciences, or life sciences etc.


Excellent problem solving, oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills with experience working within a team, as well as an ability to work under field conditions are desirable. Candidates appearing in the final year of qualifying examination are also eligible to apply. The applicants should be below the age of 28 years for open category as on 28th February2016.


The final allotment of candidates will be decided based on his/her merit and performance in the interview. The candidates short listed will be called for written exam/interview. Candidates from the North-Eastern States would be preferred.


Step 1: Interested candidates may register ONLINE through the link (www.ncbs.res.in/jobportal) using valid email ID .

Step 2: You will receive an user ID and password on your registered email ID.

Step 3: Using your ID and password you can fill in the application by clicking on “Submit Application”

Step 4: Once you fill in the application and the CV is upload you can SAVE or PREVIEW the application. Please Note: Any corrections should be made before you SAVE the application.

Step 5: After you SAVE, you can submit the application by clicking “SUBMIT” .

Step 6:Take a Print out of the application form by clicking “PRINT” in “MY APPLICATION” and send the same duly Signed to the Program Manager (Chemical Ecology), NCBS-TIFR, GKVK PO, Bellary Road, Bangalore- 560065, along with copies of certificates regarding date of birth, educational qualifications, experience etc. The hard copy of the application should reach NCBS, Bangalore by28th November, 2015. Only candidates shortlisted for the interview will be contacted. No TA/DA will be paid for attending the interview.


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