Sunday, July 1, 2012

CSIR- SRF, SRF(EXTENDED) & RA NOTIFICATION

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research 
Human Resource Development Group
(Extra Mural Research Division-I)
CSIR Complex, Library Avenue,
Pusa, New Delhi -110 012

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The Human Resource Development (HRD) Group of COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR), New Delhi, provides opportunities to bright young men and women in the form of Senior Research Fellowships (SRFs)/ SRF (Extended)/ Research Associateships (RAs) for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in universities, laboratories and institutes of Government Departments and recognised laboratories of industry in various fields of science and technology.
Preference will be given to the research topics relevant to R&D programmes of CSIR Laboratories, in the new and emerging fields of science and in the areas of importance for development of scientific and technological capability of the country. The Fellowships/ Associateships are tenable in all the universities and deemed universities/IITs/postgraduate colleges/government research establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognised public sector, industrial firms and other recognised institutions. Only bonafide Indian citizens are eligible for the award. The award is for fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR to the beneficiary. CSIR reserves the right to determine the place in India best suited to provide necessary facilities in the areas of science in which the awardee is to specialize. Selected Fellows and Associates will have to devote their full time to the approved research programmes. Fellows and Associates are not permitted to take up any other remunerative jobs/assignments during their tenure.
A. SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS:
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: 
MSc/BE/BTech or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have completed at least two years of post MSc/BE/BTech research experience as on the last date of application, as evidenced from fellowship/ associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
 OR
MTech/ME or equivalent degree in engineering/technology with at least 60% marks.
OR
BE/BTech/BPharm or equivalent degree with at least 60% marks and two years research experience as on the last date of application.
OR
MBBS/BDS or equivalent with at least 60% marks and one year internship.
OR
BPharm/BVSc/BSc(Ag) or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have completed at least three years research experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship/associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
OR
MVSc/MSc(Ag) or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have at least one year research experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship / associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
 OR
MPharm or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have at least one year research experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship /associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
OR
MPharm or equivalent degree in pharmaceutical sciences with at least 60% marks.

Documents in support of research, teaching (not below the undergraduate level) experience and Ph.D. registration should be attached.

Those who have been awarded PhD/MD/MS/MDS degree or have submitted their thesis for the award of PhD/MD/MS/MDS degrees are not eligible for the position of SRF. Those who are eligible for RA will not be considered for SRF.

EMPLOYED CANDIDATES:
These fellowships are held on a full time basis. Therefore simultaneous employment elsewhere is not permitted. However, those desirous of pursuing higher studies, but employed presently, whether temporary or permanent may apply with an undertaking that if selected, they will resign from the job before taking up the fellowship. The application will be rejected if the undertaking is not enclosed.

STIPEND:
For Science disciplines: Rs. 18000/- per month for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. For Medical/Veterinary/ Pharmacy, Engineering and equivalent disciplines: Rs. 18000/-p.m. for the 1st and 2nd year and Rs. 20,000/-p.m. for the 3rd and 4th year. In addition, each SRF will receive a contingent grant of a maximum Rs. 20,000/-p.a. The grant will be provided to the University/Institution with which the SRF will be affiliated. SRFs will be given Rs. 3000/- (lump sum) extra on submission of Ph.D thesis in e-form. For details regarding format, etc. of e-thesis please see CSIR’s Unit for R&D of Information Products (URDIP) at www.urdip.res.in.

TENURE:
SRF will be tenable initially for a period of two years. The term is extendable by one year on the basis of assessment of the progress already made. Those who have held or are holding equivalent fellowships awarded under various schemes of all India grant giving agencies such as DST, DBT, ICMR, UGC, ICAR etc. may apply subject to the condition that the total tenure inclusive of CSIR fellowship shall not exceed three years. Those who have already availed, or would have availed by 31st March 2013, equivalent fellowship etc. for 3 years need not apply. The combined tenure of JRF, if any, and SRF will not exceed five years. SRF will be terminated from the date of PhD viva voce or completion of tenure whichever is earlier. Those who are already holding equivalent fellowship should specify the reason for applying. The application is likely to be rejected if the reason is not specified.

B. SRF (EXTENDED):
All those candidates who have submitted their PhD/MD/MS/MDS thesis can apply under this category. All such candidates must submit necessary documents issued by the University, as proof of their having submitted the thesis. In the absence of such documents, application will be rejected. The applicant must have at least one publication in standard refereed journal as listed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) etc. The selected candidates will be offered SRF (Ext) for one year only at a stipend of Rs. 20,000/-p.m. Candidates applying for SRF (Ext), who are expected to obtain PhD degree by the time of the date of interview, may submit their research proposal as applicable to RA. Only those candidates, who bring the proof of PhD degree at the time of interview, will be considered for RA.

C. RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIPS:

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
1. The applicant should have a PhD before the last date of application (in a science or engineering subject) or MD/MS/MDS (in medical science subject) or ME/MTech/ MPharm/MVSc with three years R&D experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship or associateship or from date of registration of PhD.
2. The candidate must have at least one research publication in standard refereed journal as listed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR), etc.
Employed candidates, whether temporary or permanent, and also those who have already availed higher fellowships like Senior Research Associateships etc. will not be considered for RAship.

STIPEND:
The stipend of RA will be one of the following:
Rs. 22,000/- p.m.
Rs. 23,000/-p.m.
Rs. 24,000/-p.m.
In addition, each RA will receive a contingent grant of a maximum of Rs.20,000/-p.a which will be provided to the concerned University/Institution.

TENURE:
RA will be tenable initially for one year. It may be extended further annually at the discretion of CSIR based on three members assessment committee report. The total tenure of RA is fixed for 3 years. Those who have availed or are holding equivalent Associateships under various schemes of All-India grant giving agencies such as DST, DBT, ICMR, UGC, ICAR etc. may apply subject to the condition that the total tenure of RA including that of CSIR shall not exceed three years. Those who have already availed equivalent grant of any kind for three years need not apply.

D. OTHER CONDITIONS/INFORMATION:
AGE LIMIT:
Senior Research Fellow : Maximum 32 years as on the last date of application.
SRF Extended : Maximum 33 years as on the last date of application.
Research Associate : Maximum 35 years as on the last date of application.
Age limit is relaxable by five years for SC, ST, OBCs and physically handicapped on production of suitable certificates from the competent authority. Women candidates are also given age relaxation of five years.


SELECTION PROCEDURE FOR SRF/RA:
Selection will be made through interview of candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic records, experience and assessment of research work already carried out and published by the candidates, by discipline-wise high level expert committees. The SC/ST candidates called for interview will be paid single second class rail fare /bus to and fro by the shortest route from the station mentioned in the address for correspondence given in the online application from (within India) to place of interview on production of documentary proof as per rule in force. Merely fulfilling of the essential qualifications will not entitle a candidate for being called for interview. CSIR reserves the right to call or not to call a candidate for interview.

E. CANDIDATES APPLYING UNDER THE CODE STS 71:
Only those candidates desirous of working on one of the following broad topics may apply under the Code STS 71:
R & D Management (Planning, Priorities, Evaluation, Social and Economic Impact, etc.) Intellectual Property laws, Policies, Management and evaluation, etc, Technology forecasting, Assessment and Management; Policies, Programmes, and approaches for innovation policies, promotion instruments and management; S & T Policies, Programmes and interface with global economic agenda such as Food, Energy, Ecology and Environment, Climate Change, poverty alleviation, Natural hazards. S & T interface with Society, Polity and Production sectors. Studies on Technological Change in the Production Sectors. Studies on mobility of S & T professionals: Demands, Trends, Impact, etc. Studies on International competitiveness of Indian S & T. Societal impact in the open economy era.
Candidates applying under this code should have essential qualification as applicable to other codes with an exception that degree at the master level can also be in management, social sciences, commerce, etc.

F. FELLOWSHIP IN TRANS DISCIPLINARY AREA TDR/81:
The objective of fellowship in Trans disciplinary area is to encourage research in new and emerging areas where boundaries between disciplines are transcended and knowledge and perspectives from different disciplines are integrated.
Trans disciplinary research brings together two or more disciplines to generate new knowledge through collaborations outside the limits of one’s own discipline.
Candidates applying under this code should have essential qualification as applicable to other codes.

G. INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES
The candidates should carefully read these instructions before submitting their applications:
i. A candidate can apply in only one subject code. Code number of the subject should be carefully selected (given in Appendix I) and indicated against the appropriate column. It should be directly related to past education and experience and future area of study. Identification of irrelevant code or code not matching with the proposed topic of research may lead to rejection of the application. No change of code would be permitted.
ii. Details from the time of obtaining the qualifying degree till the last date of application should be mentioned clearly in column 18 of application form. Unaccounted period, if any, may lead to rejection.
iii. All the necessary documents i.e. office orders in support of the research experience mentioned in column 18 of application form and proof of PhD registration should be attached, otherwise application will be rejected. No testimonial will be accepted as proof of research experience.
iv. Candidates should be prepared to produce original certificate, PhD registration, research experience (office orders), reprints & letter(s) of acceptance about papers under publication, NET, GATE certificate at the time of interview and later when required.
v. Applications will be processed on the basis of information provided in the online application. (If the information given in the application form does not match with the originals at the time of verification of documents, the candidate may not be allowed to appear for interview). Applications/ documents received after the last date will not be entertained.
vi. Those who have already applied three times and not called or selected need not to apply.
vii. Date of interview will not be changed on request from candidates.
viii. Misrepresentation or hiding of facts shall lead to disqualification.
ix. Every effort is made by CSIR to have committees with wide-ranging expertise, therefore, complaints of rejection on this account will not be entertained by CSIR after the interviews.
x. Decision of CSIR on all matters including calling for interview, selection, recommendation and placement etc. shall be final. No correspondence in the matter will be entertained.
xi. Canvassing if any form will be a disqualification. No interim enquiries will be attended to.
xii. The candidates are advised in their own interest to apply early enough to ensure timely receipt of their application by the CSIR on or before the closing date.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION:
Candidates after successfully submitting application online are required to take print out of the Application Form and paste his/her recent photograph in the space provided and send (as the topmost page) along with the following documents to Scientist-In-Charge, EMR-I, Human Resource Development Group, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi 110 012, so as to reach latest by August 9th, 2012 :
(i) Detail description of proposed research topics giving an outline of the problem (about 1000 words) to be addressed, its importance, objective(s), technical programme and year wise plan of work.
(ii) Attested copies of school leaving certificate, degrees, marksheets, Proof of PhD registration, Proof of PhD Submission (for SRF Extended), NET, GATE, etc.
(iii) Attested copies of documents in support of research experience. Only office orders will be accepted as proof of experience. Testimonials will not be accepted for this purpose.
(iv) Attested copies of research papers published, accepted for publication.
(v) Testimonial from Guide/ Supervisor.
(vi) Undertaking to resign in case of employed candidates in the event of award of Senior Research fellowship (SRF).
(vii) Attestations by the proposed Guide/Supervisor and the Head of the Institute at the space provided in the hard copy of the Application Form
There is no application fee. The subject code in which applied should be clearly and boldly written on the envelope. Since the application is to be forwarded through proper channel, it will be advisable to apply well in time.
Applications received after the last date or incomplete applications will be rejected. No interim correspondence will be entertained. The decision of CSIR on all aspects of selection process will be final.
Give your correct Email ID which should be accurately written, as all further correspondence will be through Email and CSIR - HRDG will not be responsible for any communication not received due to incorrect Email ID.
Appendix I
SUBJECT CODE (column 2 of Application form)
Medical & Pharmaceutical Sciences MEDIC 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Immunology, Microbiology & Physiology of Living Systems LIFE 12
General Biology, Genetics & Molecular Biology GEN BIO 13
Organic Chemical Sciences CHEM 21
Inorganic & Analytical Chemical Sciences CHEM 22
Physical Chemical Sciences CHEM 23
Material Sciences CHEM 24
Earth, Ocean, Environmental, Atmosphere & Planetary Sciences EARTH 31
Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering Sciences ENG 41
Agro-Bio, Physico-, Chemico-, & Food-Textile Technology ENG 42
Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation & Computer Engineering Sciences ENG 43
Mathematical (Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics) Sciences MATH 51
Astronomy/Astro Physics/Atomic Physics/Molecular Physics PHYS 61
Nuclear Physics/Particle Physics PHYS 62
Solid State Physics/Material Sciences PHYS 63
Applied Physics PHYS 64
Science & Technology Studies STS 71*
(R&D Management & Planning, MIS, Manpower Planning etc.)
Trans Disciplinary Research TDR 81**
* Applicants under this code should read the relevant para E above before filling up the application form.
** Applicants under this code should read the relevant para F above carefully before filling up the application form.

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