Scientist job opening in Life sciences at NIIST Thiruvananthapuram

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Scientist job opening in Life sciences at NIIST Thiruvananthapuram

(Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Industrial Estate P.O, Pappanamcode, Thiruvananthapuram-695 019 Advt.No.07/2010

The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, a premier Institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India is engaged in five broad areas of research namely (i) Agroprocessing & Natural Products, (ii) Biotechnology, (iii) Chemical Sciences & Technology, (iv) Materials & Minerals and(v) Process Engineering & Environmental Technology. NIIST offers excellent infrastructure support, start-up research funding along with a vibrant environment to perform research in a unique interdisciplinary environment, wherein scientists enjoy a mix of individual freedom and collective scientific support to undertake research of international quality. The institute plans to induct 21 scientists with proven capabilities in the respective areas as indicated by high quality publications, patents etc. at various levels, and is on the lookout for young researchers with fresh ideas, innovative viewpoints and willingness to work hard The appointed candidates are expected to be capable of conducting independent research and play lead role in the relevant CSIR programmes in terms of infrastructure creation
and knowledge generation.

  • NO. OF POSTS: 17 (Seventeen). ( 3 -SC, 2- ST, 3- OBC, PWD-1, 8 UR
  • Scale of Pay : Rs . 15,600-39100 (in PB-3 with Grade Pay Rs.6600 +usual allowance
  • Upper age Limit: 35 years.


Post No. &
reserva tion

Essential Qualification
Desirable Qualification
Job Requirement

1 post
( SC )
First class M. Sc. in
Chemistry / Biochemistry /
Medicinal Chemistry from a
recognized institute/univer
sity, followed by Ph. D in
Biochemistry/ Medicinal
Chemistry with 1 year
postdoctoral experience
Experience in
chemistry and thorough
knowledge for studies in
biological evaluation with
expertise in modern
biological techniques.
Candidates would be required
to be part of the
pharmacological screening
group to carry out R&D
activities in cell culture,
screening of new chemical
entities using cell lines for
different diseases &
determining molecular mecha
nism of action.

BTD 1 1 post
First class M. Sc. in
Microbiology from any
followed by PhD in
Microbiology with 1 year
postdoctoral experience.
Post-doctoral research
experience in the area of
microbial taxonomy/
evolutionary microbiology
and should have worked
on the isolation and
handling of bacteria,
actinomycetes, fungi, etc;
studies on microbial
Candidate would be required
to build up the NIIST Culture
Collection independently,
including isolation,
identification, characterization
and maintenance of strains;
should be capable of leading
independent research in the
areas of microbial diversity,
PGPR, bioactives, etc

1 post
( SC)
First class M. Sc. in
Molecular Biology/
Biomedical genetics from
any recognized institute/
university followed by PhD
in Molecular Biology/
Genetics/ Biotechnology
with 1 year postdoctoral
Post-doctoral research
experience in the area of
fungal/bacterial molecular
Candidate should possess
sound knowledge on
use/handling of molecular
tools/techniques such as
PCR, hybridization, sitedirected
metagenomics, molecular
evolution, etc.
Candidate would be required
to take the lead role in
planning/executing genetic
modification of fungal and
bacterial strains for
developing hyperproducers/
desirable properties
aspects/studies in the ongoing
programs in the areas of
bioprocess and product
development, health and
genomics, etc;

1 post
First class B. Tech./B.E. in
from any recognized
followed by M Tech in
Engineering with 2 years
Research experience in the
area of bioprocess
development, modeling,
bioreactor operation, etc.
Candidate would be required
to take the lead role in
biochemical engineering
aspects/studies in the ongoing
programs in the areas of
bioprocess and product
development on bioethanol
from lignocellulosic biomass;
contribute to basic
engineering input for
bioreactor design, operation,
process flow and mass
balance, etc for bioprocesses.

1 post
First class M. Sc. in Life
Sciences from any
followed by . Ph. D in
Biotechnology with 1 year
postdoctoral experience.
Post-doctoral research
experience in the area of
biofuels- pre-treatment/
for the production of
bioethanol from
lignocellulosic feedstocks;
should possess research
experience on multiple
topics such as industrial
enzymes, biocontrol
agents, bioconversion of
biomass, bioethanol,
protein purification, etc.
Candidate should also
possess sound knowledge
on use/handling of
analytical tools such as GC,
HPLC, etc.
Candidate would be required
to take the lead role in the
area of biofuels program, in
particular on lignocellulosic
bioethanol; research on
bioprocess and product
development, especially for
industrial enzymes,
bioethanol, biopolymers, etc.

AGE LIMIT AND RELAXATIONS: 1. The date for determining the upper age limit, qualifications and or experience shall be the closing date prescribed for receipt of application form ie 23.11.2010
2. Upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years in the case of SC/ST and by 3 years in the case of OBC candidates for the posts which are reserved for the respective categories, Relaxation of upper age limit for Persons With Disabilities, Ex-servicemen and meritorious sportspersons will be applicable as per GOI rules. The SC/ST/OBC candidates who apply against unreserved vacancies will not be eligible for age relaxation.
3. Orthopaedically handicapped (OH) are those who have a minimum of 40% of physical defect or deformity which causes an interference with the normal functioning of the bones, muscles and joints.
4. Relaxation in age limit up to 5 years may be allowed to Council/Govt./Autonomous Bodies/Public Sector employees in accordance with the instructions and orders issued by the Govt. of India from time to time in this regard.
5. Relaxation in the upper age limit of 5 years applicable for persons who had ordinarily been domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1.1.1980 to 31.12.1989 subject to production of a certificate from the District Magistrate in the Kashmir Division within whose jurisdiction he/ she had ordinarily resided OR from any other authority designated in this behalf by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to the effect that he/she had ordinarily been domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1.1.1980 to 31.12.1989.
6. Relaxation in age, qualification and /or experience may be permitted if sufficient number of candidates possessing the requisite qualification and /or experience are not likely to be available to fill up the posts.

General Conditions:

1. Only Indian Nationals need apply.
(a) The posts carry usual allowances as admissible to Central Government employees as made applicable to CSIR employees of the same pay and status stationed at Trivandrum.
(b) The post is pensionable based on defined contribution under the New Pension Scheme which has been in vogue with effect from 01.01.2004.
2. The applications have to be submitted on prescribed proforma which can be downloaded from or obtained on request by sending self-addressed stamped envelope from the
Administrative Officer,
NIIST, Industrial Estate.
P.O., Pappanamcode, Trivandrum.
3. In addition to the emoluments indicated above, benefits such as New Pension Scheme of GOI, Leave Travel Concession, Reimbursement of medical expenses are available as per rules.
4. Application for each post should be submitted separately indicating clearly the advt. no. and name of the post, post no. on the top of the envelope containing application.
5. Incomplete applications as well as those without the prescribed fee will be summarily rejected.
6. Applications from the candidates working the Govt. Department,, Public Sector undertaking will be considered only if forwarded through proper channel and with a clear certificate that the applicant will be relieved within one month of receipt of appointment order. However, advance copy of the application may be submitted before the closing date and No Objection Certificate may be submitted at the time of interview. Applications routed through proper channel should reach this Institute at the earliest.
7. Mere fulfilling of minimum prescribed qualifications and experience will not vest any right in a candidates for being called for interview. The Institute reserves the right to call for interview only those candidates who on its opinion are likely to be suitable and will not entertain any correspondence in this regard.
8. Relaxation in age limit, qualification and experience in case of exceptionally meritorious candidates( both departmental and outsiders) may be allowed with the prior approval of the competent authority.
9. The period of experience in a discipline/area of work where ever prescribed shall be counted with effect from the date of acquiring the prescribed minimum educational qualification for that Group/Grade.
10. Candidates may opt answering in Hindi at the time of Interview.
11. Applications received after the due date and applications that are incomplete are liable to be rejected.
12. The Director, NIIST, Thiruvananthapuram, reserves the right not to fill up any/all the posts, if he so desires. The number of vacancies indicated above are provisional and may vary at the time of actual Selection.
The duly filled-in application, completed in all respects accompanied by attested copies of certificates, testimonials in support of age, caste, educational qualifications, experience etc mentioned in the application together with an application fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One hundred only) (candidates belonging to SC/ST/Persons with disabilities(PWD)/Women candidates and regular employees of
CSIR are exempted from payment of application fee) in the form of crossed Demand Draft valid for a period of at least 5 months from the last date of receipt of applications, drawn in favour of The Director, NIIST and payable at State Bank of Travancore, Industrial Estate Branch, Thiruvananthapuram may be sent in a envelope duly superscribed “ Application for the post of
………………………………………………..”. The application should reach the
Administrative Officer,
National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology,
Industrial Estate P.O, pappanamcode,
Thiruvananthapuram -695 019 on or before 23.11.2010

* Canvassing in any form and or bringing in any influence political or otherwise will be treated as a disqualification for the post.