Advertisement for a Junior Research Fellow position for a DSTBT Funded Project at the Institute of Health Sciences   Date: 04/03/2024

Applications are invited from motivated and eligible Indian citizens for a position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in DSTBT, Govt. of West Bengal funded research project entitled ‘Immune evasion by SARS-CoV-2 accessory protein ORF3a and the structure-function impact by the mutations observed in world-wide variants, under the supervision of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Debanjan Mukhopadhyay, Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Sciences, Presidency University, Kolkata.

Date, Time and Venue of Interview: Tuesday, March 19th, 2024, at 10.30 AM, Tower 1, ​Institute of Health Sciences, Presidency University (2nd Campus), Plot No. DG/02/02, Premises No. 14-0358, Action Area-ID, New Town (Near Biswa Bangla Convention Centre), Kolkata-700156, West Bengal, India. The interview will be conducted in in-person mode. The exact time of the interview schedule will be communicated to the selected candidates.

Application process: The candidate must email i) their current CV including their contact number and ii) name and email id or phone number of at least one referee, who can provide feedback on their academic background, to the PI ( on or before March 15th, 5 PM, 2024.

The candidate must bring with them on March 19th, 2024 , i) hard copy of their CV 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 any branches of Biology.

Following qualifications are desirable but not mandatory:

a) Previous hands-on experience in Cell culture, mammalian cell transfection, transformation and cloning in bacteria, and techniques such as Western blotting and ELISA.

b) Previous experience with bioinformatics tools.

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

d) Qualification in the National Eligibility Test at the JRF/LS level or Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) or an “equivalent exam” if any

Job description: The fellow will contribute to evaluate the effect of SARS-CoV-2 accessory proteins (eg. ORF3a) on mammalian cellular signaling and innate immunity. 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 labs in Presidency University as well as other Research Institutes.

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 the project, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


As per DSTBT norms (A consolidated amount of INR 25,000 per month).


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.

How to Find Us

Presidency University
(Main Campus)

86/1 College Street
Kolkata 700073

Presidency University
(2nd Campus)

Plot No. DG/02/02,
Premises No. 14-0358, Action Area-ID
New Town
(Near Biswa Bangla Convention Centre)
Contact details Presidency University Students Corner