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Application for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and AcSIR Ph.D. Programme in Indian institute of Chemical Technology

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Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, a constituent of CSIR is a leading research Institute in the area of chemical sciences. It was established as Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research (CLSIR) in the year 1944 by the Nizam State and after independence it was brought under the CSIR as Regional Research Laboratory. It was rechristened as CSIR- IICT in the year 1989 as it acquired a national character. The Institute’s core strength lies in Organic Chemistry and it continues to excel in this field. The research efforts during these years have resulted in development of several innovative processes for a variety of products necessary for human welfare such as drugs, agrochemicals, food, specialty chemicals, organic intermediates and energy. More than 150 technologies developed by CSIR-IICT are now in commercial production.

CSIR-IICT invites applications from highly talented and research oriented candidates to join as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) to pursue AcSIR PhD Program at CSIR-IICT in the following areas, for the Academic Session starting from August 2013.

Research Area


Organic Chemistry:

Natural Products                                              18

Crop Protection Chemicals                                 09

Organic & Bimolecular Chemistry




Lipids Science and Technology


Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology



Analytical Chemistry


Molecular Modelling


Polymers & Functional Materials


Inorganic & Physical Chemistry


Biology/ Chemical Biology


Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences


Chemical Engineering


Vacancy: Vacancies are as indicated above.
A brief profile of research activities at CSIR-IICT is given in the Annexure enclosed.

Candidates must fulfil any one of the following eligibility criteria:
1. First class M.Sc. degree or equivalent in Chemistry/ Biology/ Allied sciences
With i) a valid rank in CSIR/UGC-NET JRF Examination, OR ii) a valid DST INSPIRE/ ICMR/ Fellowship.
Note: The candidates who have passed CSIR-UGC-NET examination, under the Lectureship category only are NOT eligible

2. First class BE/B.Tech in Chemical Engineering with a valid GATE score / CSIR-UGC-NET rank
Note: The candidates who have passed CSIR-UGC-NET examination, under the Lectureship category only are NOT eligible

AcSIR PhD Registration:
All JRFs selected for the above Program shall be registered under the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) for pursing their PhD. Hence the candidates must necessarily submit on-line application to AcSIR at on or before May 23, 2013

Fellowship: Candidates selected for the PhD Program at CSIR-IICT shall draw their fellowship and other allowances, contingency etc., as per their respective fellowship schemes.

Application procedure:
1. Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria may apply online for PhD Admission to CSIR- IICT at on or before May 23, 2013
2. In addition, the candidates MUST ALSO submit on-line applications for PhD registration in AcSIR at on or before May 23, 2013 PLEASE MAIL A SOFT COPY OF THE RECEIPT/ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF AcSIR to

Selection for admission to the Ph.D. Programme shall be on the basis of interview(s)/ Written Test to be conducted at CSIR-IICT for the short-listed candidates. The interviews are likely to be conducted on June 17 – 18, 2013. Please note that as per the applicable norms no TA/DA shall be paid to the candidates appearing for the interview/ Written Test.

Major areas of research at CSIR-IICT are:
Organic Chemistry: Synthetic organic chemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, Fluoroorganic chemistry with special reference to drugs and pharmaceuticals, Specialty and Fine Chemicals. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of new chemical molecules for diverse therapeutics, development of new synthetic strategies for the preparation of biologically important compounds and their intermediates including natural products.

Crop Protection Chemicals: Synthesis of organic materials having Photovoltaic applications, having applications in OLEDs, having applications Non Lenear Optics, Supramolecular Photochemistry, Near Infrared Absorbing dyes and molecular photoswitches.

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Agrochemicals: Development of new molecules of natural and synthetic origin that can modulate receptor/enzyme targets for providing sustainable crop protection agents, Pheromones as alternatives for synthetic agrochemicals, development of processes for agrochemical intermediates and generics using the concepts of green chemistry. Synthesis of Organic Materials having Photovoltaic applications, having applications in OLEDs, having applications Non Lenear Optics, having applications in Supramolecular Photochemistry, having applications in Near Infrared Absorbing dyes and having applications in molecular photoswitches.

Catalysis: Homogenous and heterogenous catalysts including mixed oxides, solid acids, solid bases, metal complexes, anchored catalysts, mesoporous and microporous materials, and zeolites. Photocatalysis, organometallics, asymmetric catalysis, green chemical processes. Catalysts for biomass conversion to value-added chemicals. Hydrogen production from natural gas, capture and conversion of global warming gases employing mesoporous / microporous materials.
Sensitizers based on organometallic, organic and tetrapyrollic compounds for excitonic solar cells and light inducing applications. Electrode materials, redox electrolytes, hole transport materials, nanomaterials and their polymer composites for application in energy devices. Photophysics and Photochemistry of materials.

Lipid Sciences: Development of value added products from vegetable oils, preparation of oleo chemicals for surfactant, perfumery, lubricant and specialty applications, preparation of nutraceuticals of vegetable oil origin. Polymers,

Functional Materials & Coatings: Electrode materials, sensitizers based on organometallic, organic and tetrapyrollic compounds, hole transport materials, redox electrolytes, nanomaterials and their polymer composites for applications in energy devices (excitonic solar cells, OLEDs), coatings, adhesives, composites, construction materials diagnostics and healthcare. The research activities also include renewable/natural resource based monomers/polymers, photo curable polymers, fluoropolymers, hyperbranched polymers, biomaterials, block copolymers, conducting polymers, polymer blends, polymer/oxide/metal/fiber composites/nanocomposites.

Biopolymers & Biomaterials, New Monomers & Polymers from Renewable Resources, Fluoropolymers, Conducting Polymers, Liquid Crystal Polymers, Controlled Radical Polymerization, Atom transfer Radical Polymerization, Novel Polymerization Techniques, Emulsion Polymers, Condensation Polymers, Di-block and Tri-block copolymers, Functional organic, polymeric, hybrid ( Organic-inorganic, organic-organic, IPNs) and nano materials, Graphene, Carbon Nano tubes, core shell micro/nano particles., Specialty Functional & Protective Coatings, Alkyd, Uralkyd, Polyurethane, Epoxy, Acrylics, Hyperbranched Polymers. Adhesives, Sealants, Packaging Materials, Composites (micro/nano), Foams, Thermo reversible Gel, Supramolecular Chemistry & Self Assembly, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Paints.

Analytical Chemistry: Research activities encompass Spectroscopy (NMR, UV, Mass etc) Chromatographic techniques, single crystal & polymorphism studies involving XRD and other areas of analytical chemistry. Analysis of bulk drugs, finished pharmaceutical products, impurity profiling of drugs and pesticides.

Enzymology and Bio transformations: Application of enzymes/microbes for various chemical transformations towards developing clean and green technologies and processes for important compounds of commercial interest.

Chemical Engineering Sciences: Experimental evaluation of process routes to design & commission of commercial plants involving scale up studies, kinetic, phenomenological and data-driven models, product modelling & design, new sensor configuration methods, process control & optimization strategies, fault detection & diagnosis, process safety, development of new membranes for different gas separations, dehydration of solvents by membrane distillation and pervaporation, liquid–liquid extraction, reactive extraction, hydrodynamic studies, process intensification studies, and thermodynamic studies.

Biosciences and chemical biology: Disease specific target development, screening of molecules to identify potential leads for drugs and pharma industry, cancer biology & research, Bioinformatics, development/ application of bioinformatics tools for management of vectors and vector borne diseases, Entomology, Toxicology, Design and synthesis of cationic lipid based novel gene delivery systems, development of cancer targeted liposomal gene and drug delivery systems and development of lipid-based anticancer molecules. Engineering Bio Mass to suite higher bio fuel yields.

Environmental Sciences & Engineering: Biogas conversion to energy and value-added chemicals, anaerobic and aerobic treatment processes of industrial and organic wastes, waste utilization, zero-discharge processes, generation of value added products and energy from organic wastes.

In terms of research outputs, CSIR-IICT has an outstanding record in research publications, patents, technology packages in the CSIR system. A recent study positions CSIR-IICT at number one with respect to number of publications, cumulative impact factor, total number of patents filed for the year 2009 in the chemical sciences laboratories. In total synthesis of organic molecules the institute ranks number three in the world (ISI web of sciences). In addition, CSIR-IICT generates more than Rs. 20 Cr. through external sources.

One of the main strengths of CSIR-IICT is its rich pool of scientists/ research supervisors numbering about 200, and over 850 PhD students. To create right ambience for the students to carry out research, CSIR-IICT provides excellent hostel facilities with good internet, medical, canteen and recreational facilities. CSIR-IICT has active collaborations with several countries including France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Australia, Japan, Korea etc., and several students have benefitted from various exchange visit and post-doctoral opportunities.



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