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Date : 15.01.2015

Advertisement for Scientific Assistant position

Applications are invited for a Scientific Assistant (SA) position from Toshniwal
Bros.(SR) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore to work in the Sophisticated Analytical Instrument
Facility (SAIF-DST) of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, for a period of one
year (extendable up to a maximum of 5 years). The SA will be trained for
handling Confocal Raman Microscope with AFM and Fluorimeter with life time
detector. If selected, the SA will be allowed to register for Ph.D. degree in
Mahatma Gandhi University after the completion of the first two years subject to
eligibility conditions of the University.
Essential Qualification: Minimum first class M.Sc. degree in Chemistry or
Physics. Sound knowledge in spectroscopy/microscopy is desirable.
Emoluments: Rs. 20,000 /- per month for the first 3 years and Rs. 25,000/- for
the fourth and fifth years.
How to apply: Apply by e-mail to the undersigned with bio-data. No copies of
marklist/certificates are required along with the application. Copies of the mark
lists are required at the time of interview along with originals for verification.
Kindly mention your detailed contact address, E-Mail. Cell No, Telephone No etc.
Applications should reach the undersigned within 15 days from the date of
advertisement by post or E-mail. The applications will be scrutinized based on
qualification, experience and suitability of the candidate in the programme. Only
selected candidates from the initial screening will be called for interview.
No further communication on this matter will be entertained. Interview date will
be intimated by "E- mail ONLY".
No TA/DA will be paid if called for interview.
Coordinator. SAIF (DST), c/o School of Environmental Sciences
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam - 686 560
Details of the programmes and responsibilities of
Scientific Assistant (SA)

The Department of Science & Technology has set up Sophisticated Analytical

Instrument Facilities (SAIFs) in different parts of the country to provide the
facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to the research workers specially
from the institutions which do not have access to such instruments through its
Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF) programme to enable them
to pursue R&D activities requiring such facilities and keep pace with
developments taking place globally. SAIF-Kottayam is one among the recent
SAIFs in the country.
The present position is included in the Tender Agreement between the
Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF) from DST at Mahatma Gandhi
University and Toshniwal Bros.(SR) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. The position is purely
temporary and is for a maximum period of 5 years. However, extension of the
fellowship will be strictly based on performance of the SA. Confocal Raman
Microscope with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Fluorimeter with life time
detector are two advanced level sophisticated instruments which have
applications in almost all areas of scientific research. The purpose of this position
is to involve a well trained chemist/physicist (trained at the Toshniwal laboratory
at Bangalore) to look after these two equipments. An expertise in this area will be
highly beneficial for a chemist or physicist anywhere in the world and such an
expert will have high demand both in academics and in industries. Thus, the
position is expected to provide an enchanting opportunity for a post graduate in
chemistry or physics.
Details of the position / Conditions to be approved by candidates
1. The selected SA will be given training in Confocal Raman Microscope with
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Fluorimeter with life time detector.
2. The above equipments will be controlled by SAIF which is a common
centre for providing highly sophisticated instruments for advanced level
3. The SA will be given advanced training in microscopy and spectroscopy in
the laboratory of Toshniwal Bros.(SR) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. The SA will be
required to travel between Mahatma Gandhi University and Bangalore
frequently (or anywhere in the country for advanced level training at any
time of the year).
4. The trained SA will have the responsibility to maintain these equipments
and provide service to the potential users of the equipments.
5. The contract of the SA will be extended up to a maximum period of 5 yrs
based on his/her performance in the initial years. The monthly fellowship
will be initially Rs. 20,000 which will be hiked up to Rs. 25,000 in the
subsequent years.
6. The SA will be given opportunity to register for Ph. D. degree after
two years of training (However, during this tenure too, SA is required to
provide service to potential users).

7. It will be mandatory for SA to repay the entire fellowship amount if

he/she breaks the position in the initial three years of the fellowship
period. However, this is not applicable for candidates breaking the
contract on health ground or for candidates terminated by SAIF. The
selected candidate will be required to sign a bond for a minimum
period of 3 years with the Toshniwal Bros.(SR) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore in
this regard, before joining the programme.
Prof. (Dr.) C.T. Aravindakumar
Coordinator, SAIF (DST)
c/o School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University
Kottayam 686560, E-mail: