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IGCAR Junior Research Fellowship 2016 Dates & Eligibility

Junior Research Fellows 2016-2017

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam offering Junior Research Fellowships 2016-17

The selected applicants will be eligible to register for PhD in Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI, a deemed to be university of Dept. of Atomic Energy) or University of Madras.

Number of Fellowships: 50 (Indicative)

IGCAR Junior Research Fellowship Important Dates

Announcement of Shortlisted applicants for Written Examination in IGCAR website: March 29th 2016

Written Examination: April 10th 2016

Announcement of Shortlisted applicants for Interview in IGCAR website: April 15th 2016

Interview (tentative date): April 25th – 29th 2016

Display of list of selected applicants (tentative date): May 05th 2016

Likely Date of Joining: May 16th 2016

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 / ultra-trace analytical techniques and Chemical sensors

Physical Sciences: Condensed Matter Physics: Investigations on behaviour of materials at low temperatures, high pressures and magnetic fields to explore novel properties of materials

Materials Physics: Investigations of defect properties of solids using ion beams and positrons and Computer simulations of material properties; Studies on surfaces and nanomaterials, and exploration of materials for sensors and detectors

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

Disciplines: The qualifying degrees for the above projects should be in one of the following disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Metallurgy/Materials Science & Engg/Materials Technology, Chemical Engg, Electronics & Communication Engg, Mechanical Engg, Atmospheric Science, Nuclear Engg/Nuclear Science & Technology, Library and Information Science

Eligibility Requirement

The applicant must be an Indian national; the applicant should be less than 28 years of age as on 01st Jul 2014 (date of birth 1st July 1986 or later); a relaxation of up to 5 years in age can be given in case of SC/ST applicants, 3 years in case of Other Backward Class (OBC) applicants and 10 years in case of Physically Challenged applicants


Category-A: (Those who have completed M.Sc., M.LIS or M. Tech)

The applicant must have obtained a minimum of 60 percent marks in Master of Science (M.Sc)/ Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) degree from a recognized University in one of the following disciplines.

Physics or Materials Science: Mathematics / Numerical Methods must be one of the subjects studied at the M.Sc level and Chemistry as an ancillary subject at B.Sc level.

Chemistry: Physics and Mathematics must be studied as ancillary subjects up to B.Sc level Information

Science: M.Sc in Physics / Chemistry or BE / B.Tech (in any of the disciplines indicated below) with masters degree in Library.

Applicants with M.Tech in Nuclear Engineering/Nuclear Science and Technology from a recognized University/Institute.

A minimum aggregate of 60 percent at post graduation and graduation level is a must from a recognized University/Institute.

Category-B: (Those who have already completed B.E/B.Tech/B.Sc Engg/B.Sc ([Tech) from a recognized University)/ M.Tech.

The applicant must have obtained a minimum of 60 percent marks in one of the following disciplines given below:

Computer Science Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering / Materials Science & Engineering / Materials Technology, Chemical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Atmospheric Science, Nuclear Engineering / Nuclear Science & Technology.

Selection Procedure

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

The applicants meeting the requisite qualifications would be called for WRITTEN TEST. For applicants under Category A&B Percentage of marks of each previous semester/year of the qualifying degree will be used to decide the cut-off; hence, applicants are advised to attach copies of all necessary mark sheets along with calculation showing the average marks scored.

It is proposed to conduct the written test at Chennai, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad, subject to sufficient number of applicants opting for a Centre.

IGCAR Junior Research Fellowship Application Procedure

The Application form and Hall Ticket form can be downloaded from the IGCAR website

Send the completed Application form and Hall Ticket form along with the required enclosures by Post (Registered or Speed post of Indian Postal service), so as to reach IGCAR to “The Assistant Administrative Officer (R), Recruitment Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kancheepuram District Kalpakkam-603102 (Tamil Nadu).

Fellowship & Tenure

The selected applicants will be initially taken as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and will be paid a stipend of Rs.16000/- 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; onsatisfactory 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.18000/- 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.20000/- per year.

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