Advertisement for a Junior Research Fellow/Project Assistant Position for a DST-SERB Funded Project at the School of Astrophysics   Date: 09/01/2024

Applications are invited from motivated and eligible Indian citizens for a position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in DST-SERB sponsored research project entitled “Exploring The Nature Of Galaxies At Z=10 And Beyond And The Associated Feedback As Probed By JWST”, under the supervision of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Saumyadip Samui, Assistant Professor, School of Astrophysics, Presidency University, Kolkata.

Date, Time and Venue of Interview:Monday, January 29, 2024, School of Astrophysics, Baker Building, Presidency University, 86/1 College Street, Kolkata 700073, WB, India. The interview will be conducted in in-person mode. In extraordinary circumstances candidates may be allowed to give the interview in online mode. The exact time of the interview schedule will be communicated to the candidates.

Application process: The candidate must email i) their current CV including their contact number ii) a 400-word research statement including any past research experience and motivation for this project iii) name and email id or phone number of at least one referee, who can provide feedback on their academic background, to the PI ( before January 25, 2024. If the candidate does not have email access, hard copy of the above material may be directly submitted to the PI.

The candidate must bring with them on January 29, 2024 i) hard copy of their CV ii) write-up and iii) original mark sheets/grade cards for B.Sc. and M.Sc., NET/GATE scorecard/rank card/certificate of award. Self-attested xerox copies of the original will also be accepted subject to verification of the original on a later date if the candidate is selected.

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required: MSc/MS/BS-MS or equivalent in Physics/Astronomy/Astrophysics. Qualification in the National Eligibility Test at the JRF/LS level or Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) or an “equivalent exam” as per DST-SERB regulations.

Following qualifications are desirable but not mandatory:

a) Previous coursework in astrophysics, research experience in a project related to astrophysics/physics.

b) Previous experience with computer programming.

c) Evidence of good oral and written communication skills in English through presentation.

Job description: The fellow will contribute to build models of high redshift galaxies in order to understand the recent observations made by JWST. The fellow will take part in publishing the scientific findings in reputed peer-reviewed international journals. He/she is encouraged to set-up collaborations with other members of the astrophysics group at Presidency University.

Enrolling for Ph.D.: The selected candidate may be allowed to enroll for Ph.D. program as per university rules.

Duration of project:Three years.

Tenure of Assignment:One year. Can be extended annually till the duration of project, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


As per DST-SERB norms.


1. No TA/DA will be paid for attending the interview.

2. All the terms & conditions for this recruitment will be as per the guidelines of DST-SERB and Presidency University Kolkata.

For further details please contact the PI via email.

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