Selection of Junior Research Fellows

Number of Fellowships:

50 (Indicative)

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam is a premier research institute dedicated to the development of robust fast reactor technology based on intense multi-disciplinary research

IGCAR is empowering young, talented and motivated students to contribute to path-breaking discoveries in frontier areas of engineering/scientific research and cutting-edge technologies by offering Junior Research Fellowships
Applications are invited from interested students for the award of Junior Research Fellowships of the Department of Atomic Energy tenable at IGCAR

The selected candidates will be eligible to register for Ph.D in Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI, a deemed to be university of Department of Atomic Energy)

IGCAR offers a unique opportunity to carry out research for their Ph.D under the guidance of internationally renowned scientists

IGCAR possesses ambience of an academic institute coupled with an advanced R&D infrastructure in a mission mode

It provides the best ambience, motivation and personality development prospects for talented students, dreaming of unparalleled success in their professional endeavors

Endowed with scenic beauty and serene surroundings, IGCAR offers the right ambience for the pursuit of academic research

The vibrant research and developmental activities of IGCAR encompass a wide spectrum of fields including condensed matter physics, high temperature chemistry, environmental science, applied mechanics, non destructive evaluation, structural mechanics, fluid dynamics etc

State-of-the-art infrastructure is available at IGCAR for carrying out excellent research
Last date for receipt of applications 23rd March, 2012

Written test 12th May, 2012

Interview 13th-14th May, 2012, Sunday/Monday

Likely date of Joining 01st July, 2012
Areas of Research Projects

Chemical Sciences:

Chemical thermodynamics, Solid state and high temperature chemistry, Electrochemistry, Spectroscopy and laser, Radiochemistry, Advanced separation techniques, Actinide Chemistry, Trace and ultra trace analytical techniques and Chemical sensors

Physical Sciences: Solid State Phase transformations, Superconductivity, Structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter, Band structure studies, Accelerators based Irradiation induced phenomena, Low-dimensional systems, Physics of interfaces, Nano-materials, Thin films technology and Theoretical physics

Metallurgy or Materials Science: Solid State Phase transformations, Materials development and characterization, Phase equilibria, Creep, Fatigue, Texture and Fracture studies, Microstructural, surface modification and characterization studies, Corrosion and Interface phenomenon

Engineering Sciences: Robotics and Development of Intelligent machines, Thermal Hydraulics and Structural Mechanics, Design of critical components, Nanotechnology, Modeling studies, Post-accident Safety Analysis, Wireless networking, Parallel computing, Embedded and Simulator systems, Non-destructive Evaluation and Reliability, Chemical Process Design and Modeling

The qualifying degrees for the above projects should be in one of the following disciplines

Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Metallurgy/Materials Science and Engineering/Materials Technology/Materials Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences

Eligibility Requirement: The candidate must be an Indian national

The candidate should be less than 28 years of age as on 01st July, 2012 (date of birth 1st July, 1983 or later). A relaxation of up to 5 years in age can be given in the case of SC/ST applicants; 10 years in case of PC applicants; 3 years in case of OBC applicants

Category-A (Those who have already completed M.Sc)

The candidate must have obtained a minimum of 60% marks Master of Science (M.Sc) degree from a recognized University in one of the following disciplines

Physics or Materials Science:

Master of Science in Physics/Materials Science with Mathematics/ Numerical Methods as one of the subjects studied at the M.Sc level and Chemistry as an ancillary subject up to 60% at B.Sc level


Master of Science in Chemistry with Physics and Mathematics studied as ancillary subjects up to 60% at B.Sc level

Atmospheric Sciences:

Master of Science/M.Tech in Meteorology/ Atmospheric Sciences/ Physical Oceanography

Category-B (Those who have already completed B.E./B.Tech/B.S. or B.Sc Engineering/B.Sc Tech from a recognized University)

The candidate must have obtained a minimum of 60% marks in one of the engineering disciplines given below

Computer Science and Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering; Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Category-C (Candidates in the final year/semester of M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech/B.S. or B.Sc Engineering/B.Sc Tech)

The candidate should be in the final year/semester of M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech/B.S. or B.Sc Engineering/ B.Sc. Tech degree course in recognized Universities in one of the disciplines as mentioned above in Category-A and Category-B

Such candidates should have scored marks above 60% in each previous semester/year and minimum aggregate of 60% in B.Sc level (in the case of M.Sc candidates)

In case such candidates eventually join the centre, they shall have acquired aggregate marks of 60% in the qualifying degrees

Relevant certificates to this effect should be submitted at the time of joining the centre

Candidates with M.E. and M.Tech degrees can also apply, however they should have secured 60% and above in the qualifying degree (B.E./B.Tech/M.Sc)

Candidates in all the categories should have had consistently good academic record

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be scrutinized and suitability of candidates will be decided on the basis of their academic performance

In each discipline, depending upon the number of applicants, candidates with marks above a cut-off will be called for written test

For candidates under Category-A or B percent marks of each previous semester/year of the qualifying degree will be used to decide the cut-off

For candidates under Category-C the percent marks of each previous semester/year of the qualifying degree will be used to decide the cut-off

Hence, candidates are advised to attach copies of all necessary mark sheets along with calculation showing the average marks scored

For Science Stream and Engineering Candidates under Category- A or C, B or C

Suitable candidates under these categories will be selected based on written test and interview

It is proposed to conduct the written test at Chennai

Exemption from Written Test: Suitable candidates satisfying any of the following will be exempted from the written test and will be called directly for the selection interview

Candidates with valid UGC-CSIR-NET/INSPIRE Fellowship

Candidates with JEST-2011/2012 score of 90 percentile and above

Candidates with M.E./M.Tech degree with aggregate marks of 60% or higher and a GATE score higher than 90 percentile

Selection Interviews:

The Interview for all short listed candidates will be conducted at Chennai/Kalpakkam

For candidates of Category-C, final induction as JRFs is subject to submission of proof of obtaining 60% marks in the qualifying degree examinations, at the time of joining the centre

Application Procedure:

The application form and Hall Ticket form can also be downloaded from the IGCAR website www.igcar.gov.in

Send the completed application form typed on a A4 size sheet and Hall Ticket form along with the required enclosures by post (registered or speed post of Indian postal service), so as to reach IGCAR on or before 23rd March, 2012 to the

Administrative Officer-II (Recruitment),

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research,


Kancheepuram District,

Tamil Nadu,

Super scribe the envelope JRF, Advt Number 01/2012 and also the discipline clearly (as given in qualifying degrees)

The applicant in due course would receive Hall Ticket, appropriately endorsed by IGCAR which will permit the candidate to appear for the written test and/or the interview

The list of candidates selected for the award of Junior Research Fellowship will be displayed on the IGCAR website

The selected candidates will also be informed by post

The final induction of the selected candidates as JRFs will be subject to production of all necessary documents in original (proof of date of birth/caste certificate/physically challenged certificate if applicable, B.Sc, M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech degree and marks sheets) on the dates intimated to them by the Department

The number of fellowships is approximate and may vary as per the requirement at the time of final selection

The centre reserves the right not to fill up the fellowships if it so desires

The fellowship shall not confer any claim or right for regular employment in the centre or any unit of Department of Atomic Energy

Opportunities exist for meritorious candidates to take up a position of visiting scientist under KSKRA scheme

Fellowship and Tenure:

The selected candidates will be initially taken as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and will be paid a stipend of Rs 16,000/- per month (consolidated)

The fellowship will be provided initially for a period of two years

Continuation of the fellowship is subject to satisfactory performance and review at the end of each year

On satisfactory performance, the tenure of Fellowship will be further extended and upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from the third year onwards with a stipend of Rs 18,000/- per month (consolidated)

The total period of the fellowship shall in no case exceed five years

They are entitled for contingency grant including book allowance of Rs 20,000/- per year

Candidates are advised to visit the website http://www.igcar.gov.in/ periodically for further information and updates in this regard

Attested copies of the following certificates must accompany the application form without which the application is liable to be rejected;

Proof of date of birth;Caste certificate, if applicable; Degree certificates and; Mark lists of B.Sc, M.Sc or B.E./B.Tech, M.E./M.Tech, B.S. Engg/B.Sc (Tech); Consolidated mark sheets and calculation for aggregate marks of the qualifying exams to be attached; Candidates under Category-C to provide the mark sheets of all previous years/semesters; Sheet giving details of conversion from CGPA to percentage marks, where applicable; UGC-CSIR NET/INSPIRE Fellowship certificate, JEST-2011/2012 score sheet, GATE score sheet wherever applicable.

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