Award of DBT-Research Associateship in Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the award of DBT-Research Associateship for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and applied biology.
The Associateship is tenable in Research Institution/Universities including non-profit R&D institutions within India.

The Associateships are awarded under a program sponsored by the

Department of Biotechnology,

Ministry of Science and Technology,

Govt of India.


The applicants should hold a Ph.D degree in Science, Engineering or M.D. or M.S. degree in any area of medicine with research interests in Biotechnology and Life Sciences and a good academic record

The Associateship can be availed within 3 years of the award of Ph.D/M.D./M.S. degree; however, may be relaxable in case of women (by 2 years) and in-service candidates.

Those who have already submitted the Ph.D/M.D./M.S., thesis are also eligible to apply

The applicants should preferably be below the age of 40 years, and 45 years in case of women and in-service candidates.

Persons already employed are also eligible to apply

However, their applications should be routed through their employers

Details of the Award:

The Research Associateship is a purely temporary assignment and is tenable for a period of 2 years. In exceptional cases, depending upon the progress of the research, the Associateship may be extended upto 5 years. Each fellow would be entitled to a stipend in the range of Rs 22,000- 24,000 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 Ph.D/M.D./M.S. degree, if selected, will be paid Rs 18,000/- per month till the award of the degree

The associate would also be entitled to HRA and other benefits as per the DST guidelines applicable to Research Associateships

The Associateship normally are not availed at the same institution where candidates have earned their Ph.D/M.D. degree

Candidates who are already in regular employment can avail the Associateship during the period of his/her sabbatical/study leave, in a different institute/university

Mode of Selection:

The candidates will be selected based on their C.V. and performance in the interview

The interview will be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in May, 2012 and candidates called for interview will be paid II class railway (non-AC)/bus fare by the shortest route from their home town

If the candidate accepts the Associateship, 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 bio-data, list of publications (attach reprints of 2 important papers), copies of certificates (B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D/M.D./M.S.), one page synopsis of Ph.D/M.D./M.S.  thesis, 2 letters of recommendation (academic)

The applicant is advised to propose his/her 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 his/her consent, for availing the fellowship

They should also enclose a declaration stating that if selected for the Associateship, he/she will complete the tenure of the Associateship

However, they may be allowed to relinquish the Associateship only if accepting permanent employment in India

Those who had applied previously need not apply

Applications should be addressed to Coordinator DBT-Research Associateship Program, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore-560012

The last date for the same is 30th March, 2012 and the envelope should be clearly marked as DBT-Research Associateship

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