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Positions are available to work on “Metabolic engineering of algal strains for high lipid and productivity for developing sustainable algal biofuel technology.

Research Associate (RA): one position

Eligibility: PhD in Life Sciences and related fields

Senior Research Fellow (SRFs): Three positions

Eligibility: M.Tech or Masters degree in Life Sciences and related fields with 1-2 years of research experience.

Junior Research Fellow (JRF): one position

Eligibility: M.Tech or Masters degree in Life Sciences and related fields.

Research Experience: Experience in handling algae and genetic transformation

Job Description:
a). Chloroplast genome sequencing and annotation of important marine and freshwater algal species
b) Genome Editing / Metabolic Engineering/ Synthetic Biology: Chloroplast and nuclear genome transformation to improve productivity in marine and freshwater algae for biomass and oil improvement.
c) Syntrophy analysis between algae and other microbes (fungi/cyanobacteria) and phycoremediation of wastewater.
d) Techno-economic: Bio-flocculation and pyrolysis study on combined biomass; direct FAME from wet biomass of algae

Application Deadline: 25 Aug 2017.
Project Duration: Initially for one year and it may be extended based on candidate performance till year 2022.

Please send a CV and brief write up of your research interests in algal research to Dr. Shashi Kumar by e-mail

Vacancies Announcement for Mission Innovation India set up by Department of Biotechnology, GOI.

On behalf of Government of India, Department of Biotechnology is coordinating Mission Innovation activities in India. For this, an extramural programme Mission Innovation India has been set-up at ICGEB, New Delhi. Mission Innovation (MI) Programme was initiated by India along with 21 countries on the sideline of Paris convention in November 2015 to accelerate clean energy innovation. The governments of these countries pledged to double their governmental and/or state-directed clean energy research and development investment over five years.

MI India Programme at ICGEB will coordinate the activities of MI initiatives of India with other partnering countries as well will sync with the main /apex Mission Innovation Secretariat worldwide. The MI of India will encourage liaising between public-private partnership in India and the other partner countries for various collaboration activities, share information and coordinate with interested potential business investors, guided by Investment Principles of the breakthrough Energy coalition. This will help in strategic planning and foster implementation of MI objectives for clean energy and management for public and private funding dedicated in this area. MI of India will be responsible for looking after the progress in the area of seven Innovation Challenges, i.e., Smart Grids, Off-Grid Access to Electricity, Carbon Capture, Sustainable Biofuels, Converting Sunlight, Clean Energy Materials, and Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings.

Following vacancies are available at MI of India. These positions are purely of contract basis initially for one year, extendable up to 5 years based on yearly Performance review

Program Manager (2 Positions) – The incumbent should have~5-10 years of research and/or management experience post- M.Tech/PhD with demonstrated skill in managing the project. M.Tech/PhD in energy, environmental sciences or related areas will be preferable.

The incumbent will be expected to fulfill the aforementioned objectives of MI programme of India by coordinating between Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and other stakeholders, oversee and coordinate landscaping of clean energy program, organize stakeholder meetings and workshop, coordinate with MI secretariat of other countries, update the apex MI secretariat with periodic reports on activities and progress of MI in India, share information, collate media reports and give wide publicity to MI initiatives, etc.

Salary – Initial salary ranging from Rs. 64,000 to Rs. 74,000 depending upon the relevant experience

Research Associate (1 Position)– The incumbent should have MTech/PhD in the area of energy, environmental sciences, policies or related subject. 1-3 years of post-MTech/PhD research and/or management experience will be of added advantage.

The incumbent will be involved in data analysis to fulfill MI objectives.

Salary – As per Govt. of India norm

Application to the above posts along with the name of the post in the subject area, latest curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three referees should be sent to Coordinator, Mission Innovation India, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi – 110067, India via email only at

Application deadline: July 28th, 2017.

Positions Available in Systems Biology & Biofuels Group

Two Research Associate (RA) positions are available in the DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research in the lab of Dr. Shireesh Srivastava. The positions are available initially for one year with annual extensions up to five years based on performance and achieving objectives.
Please note that these are temporary project positions whose duration is only for the tenure of the DBT-funded project. The salary will be as per DBT norms, based on qualification and experience.

Closing date for applications: 21st July 2017

RA positions: Minimum qualification- PhD

Position 1. Flux analysis

Job Description: The selected candidate will be responsible for conducting 13C-Metabolic Flux Analysis in bacteria, yeast and cyanobacteria.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in engineering, biotechnology, life sciences or other relevant field.
Candidates must have experience in handling microorganisms and Working knowledge of Matlab and R. Preference will be given to those with working experience of Flux analysis, metabolic labeling studies and mass spectrometry.

Position 2. Fermentation specialist

Job description: The selected candidate will be conducting experiments to improve C5 fermentation and ethanol productivity of E. coli and yeasts.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in biotechnology, life sciences or other relevant field. Candidates must possess experience in fermentation and using fermenters.
Candidates with Omics experience and C5 fermentation experience will be preferred.

Interested candidates can send their latest curriculum vitae and cover letter (Cover letter must mention pertinent skills) with detailed description of their scientific experience via email to

Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview.

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