Advertisement for a Junior Research Fellow/Project Assistant Position for an ISRO Funded Project at the Department of Physics   Dated:11-06-2019

Applications are invited from motivated and eligible Indian citizens for a position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF)/Project Assistant in an ISRO sponsored research project entitled “Physics of Jets from the Comprehensive Timing Analyses of X-Ray Variability of Blazars” under the supervision of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Ritaban Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Presidency University, Kolkata.

Date and Venue of Interview: Thursday, June 20, 2019. Department of Physics, Baker Building, Presidency University, 86/1 College Street, Kolkata 700073, WB, India.

Application process: The candidate must email i) their current CV ii) a 400-word write-up about their own research vision 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 the interview date. If the candidate does not have email access, hard copy of the above material may be directly submitted to the PI as well.

The candidate must bring with them on June 20th 2019 11 AM i) hard copy of their CV ii) write-up and iii) original mark sheets/grade cards for B.Sc and M.Sc. 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.

Educational qualifications: MSc/MS/BS-MS or equivalent in Physics or Astrophysics. Candidates who are in their final year of MSc or equivalent are eligible to apply, subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria after the publication of results.

Following qualifications are desirable but not mandatory:

a) Qualifying the National Eligibility Test (JRF/LS), Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST), Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) or an “equivalent exam” as per ISRO regulations.

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

c) Previous experience with computer programming, reduction and analyses of astrophysical data, particularly at the X-ray energies.

d) Good oral and written communication skills in English.

Job description: The fellow will process data from the AstroSat archive maintained by ISRO. He/she will further analyze the data to obtain the nature of the X-ray spectra and variability of accreting black hole systems, e.g., active galactic nuclei (AGN or quasars). The fellow will interpret the results of the analyses to understand the structure and dynamics of the above systems. In order to interpret the results, usage of existing numerical models of such physical systems or building of such models through computer programing may be required. Data at other wave bands such as gamma-ray, optical, or radio may also be used. The fellow will take part in publishing the scientific findings in reputed 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. May be increased to a fourth year.

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

Fellowship/Salary ( May increase as per recently revised fellowship amount):

For candidates who have qualified NET or equivalent exam:
JRF Rs. 25,000 + HRA; SRF Rs. 28,000 + HRA (third year onwards)

For candidates not satisfying above criteria:
JRF Rs. 21,700 + HRA; SRF Rs. 24,800 + HRA (third year onwards)


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 ISRO, Department of Space, Govt. of India and Presidency University Kolkata.

For further details please contact the PI via email.

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