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Alert: Post-doctoral fellowships in Biotechnology and Life Sciences

August 03, 2004 12:52 IST
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Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the award of the DBT-Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biotechnology and Life Sciences for pursuing 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.

Applicants should hold a Ph D degree 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 years, 45 years 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 would be entitled to a stipend in the range of Rs 11,000-12,000 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 their 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 DST 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 their salary and other benefits while availing the fellowship in institutions other than their parent institutions.

Mode of selection
The candidates will be selected based on their CV and their performance in the interview.

The interview will be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in October 2004.

Candidates called for interview will be paid second-class railway (non air-conditioned) / bus fare by the shortest route from their hometown.

If the candidate accepts the fellowship, he / she must join the host Institution / University within a month's time.

Mode of application
Candidates may submit their application on plain paper along with their bio-data, list of publications (attach reprints of two important papers), copies of certificates (BSc, MSc, PhD / MD / MS), one page synopsis of their PhD / MD / MS thesis, two letters of recommendation (academic).

The applicant is advised to propose his / her place of work and name of the supervisor. Please enclose one page synopsis of the proposed research which must be compatible with the on-going research of the proposed supervisor and his / her consent for availing the fellowship.

They should also enclose a declaration stating that if selected for the fellowship, he / she will complete the tenure of the fellowship. However, they may be allowed to relinquish the fellowship only if they are accepting permanent employment in India. Those who had applied previously need not apply.

Applications should be addressed to
Prof K Muniyappa, Coordinator DBT-PDF Programme
Department of Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore -- 560 012

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The last date sending in the completed application form is August 31. The envelope should be clearly marked DBT-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

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