Sunday, February 26, 2012

RESEARCH FELLOW IN IGCAR 2012


SELECTION OF JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWS
           

IGCAR  provide the means to realize your dreams towards seeking an
excellent scientific pursuit.
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.
NO. OF FELLOWSHIPS  :   50  (Indicative)
CALENDAR FOR IMPORTANT TASKS
Last date for receipt of applications  :  March 23, 2012                                    
Written Test                           :  May 12, 2012
Interview            :  May 13/14, 2012 (Sunday/Monday)
Likely Date of Joining            :  July 1, 2012

At IGCAR, we believe in ‘EXCELLENCE WITH RELEVANCE’.
strengths are the highly stimulating and scholarly environment, knowledge and
motivating faculty and state-of-the-art facilitiesState-of-the-art infrastructure:
Ion accelerators, Rutherford Backscattering, Channeling, Positron lifetime measurements
and Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Laser Raman Spectroscopy, Advanced sensor technology
like SQUIDS, Pulsed Laser ablation, Magnetron Sputtering and Plasma methods
High Resolution Electron Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy and Atomic
Force Microscopy, Electron Probe Microanalysis and Computational  facilities for
theoretical modeling studies
Laser induced vaporization mass spectrometry, High temperature mass spectrometry,
MALDI-TOFMS, Different types of Calorimetry and Differential Scanning Calorimetry,
Supercritical Fluid Extraction Chromatography, IR spectroscopy, Neutron Activation
Analysis, X-ray diffractometry, Thermal Expansion and Phase transition studies
High temperature component testing facilities, In-sodium testing facility, Steam Generator
Test Facility, Large components testing facility and Boron enrichment plant
Shake Table for seismic simulations, Core Disruptive accident analysis, Design of major
equipments and components for PFBR, Gas entrainment studies, Thermal Hydraulics and
Structural Integrity assessment(experimental and theoretical)
Development of Full Scope, Replica type PFBR Operator Training Simulator, providing &
management of  Computing & Data Communication Facilities, Design & Development of
Electronic Instrumentation &  Control systems for Nuclear Reactors
Nuclear counting facility, Thermo Luminescent Dosimetry (TLD) facility, Radon laboratory,
Aerosol Transport Facility, ECR X-ray source and ESR spectrometer, Gamma scanning
facility, Bubble  detectors,  Automated Metaphase finder, fluorescent light microscope,
inverted phase contrast microscope, PCR machine and electrophoresis apparatus for biodosimetry, Core Catcher  and  Sodium fire experimental facility.
Emphasis is on research areas at the interface of science, engineering and technology.
Selected JRFs will have to undergo one year of course work starting from August 2012 as
stipulated by HBNI.
1.  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, Nanomaterials, 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 Modeling2. DISCIPLINES
The qualifying degrees for the above projects should be in one of the following
disciplines:
a) Physics
b) Chemistry
c) Computer Science
d) Metallurgy / Materials Science & Engineering /Materials technology/ Materials Science
    Engineering
e) Chemical Engineering
f) Electronics & Communication Engineering
g) Mechanical Engineering
h) Atmospheric Sciences
3.  ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT
The candidate must be an Indian national. The candidate should be less than 28 years of
age as on 01.07. 2012 (date of birth 1
st
July 1983 or later). A relaxation of up to 5 years in
age can be given in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, 10 years in case of
Physically Challenged applicants. A relaxation of up to 3 years in age can be given in the
case of Other Backward Class applicants.
4.  QUALIFICATIONS
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.
a)   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.
b)  Chemistry: Master of Science in Chemistry with Physics and Mathematics studied as
ancillary subjects up to 60% at B.Sc. level.
      c)  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:
(i) Computer Science  & Engineering  (ii)  Metallurgical Engineering (iii) Chemical
Engineering (iv) Mechanical Engineering (v) Electronics & Instrumentation
Engineering (vi) Electronics & Communication Engineering (vii) Electrical &
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.      
Note: 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/ BTech/ M.Sc).
Candidates in all the categories should have had consistently good academic record.
5.  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 & 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.
(a) Candidates with valid UGC-CSIR-NET / INSPIRE Fellowship
(b) Candidates with JEST-2011/2012 score of 90 percentile and above
(c) 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 of  4 above, 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.
6. APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
i) The Application Form and  Hall Ticket Form can also be downloaded from the IGCAR
website www.igcar.gov.in
ii) 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 March 23, 2012 to :
The Administrative Officer–II (Recruitment),
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research,
Kalpakkam–603102,
Kancheepuram District,
Tamil Nadu.
Superscribe the envelope: “JRF, Advt. No. 01/2012” & also the discipline clearly (as given
in 2 - 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.7.  GENERAL INFORMATION
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 indicated in this advertisement 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.
Medical
The selected candidates are eligible to join the Contributory Health Service Scheme of this
Centre as applicable.
Accommodation
The Selected candidates will be provided with subsidized bachelor Hostel Accommodation
during the tenure.
TRAVEL ALLOWANCE
Candidates called for the interview will be reimbursed to and fro second class railway fare
from their normal place of residence as per rules.
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

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