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Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Fellowship 2008

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Fellowship 2008

Award of Junior Research Fellowships

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) is empowering young, talented and motivated students to contribute to path-breaking discoveries in frontier areas of engineering/scientific research and cutting-edge technologies by offering Junior Research Fellowships.

Indira Gandhi Centre for Kalpakkam is a premier research institute dedicated to the development of robust fast reactor technology based on intense multi-disciplinary research.

Applications are invited from interested students for the award of Junior Research Fellowships of the Department of Atomic Energy tenable at the Centre. The selected candidates will be eligible to register for Ph.D. in Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI, a deemed to be university of Department of Atomic Energy).

IGCAR offers a unique opportunity to carry out research for their Ph.D under the guidance of internationally renowned scientists. IGCAR possesses ambience of an academic institute coupled with an advanced R&D infrastructure in a mission mode.

It provides the best infrastructure, motivation and personality development prospects for talented students, dreaming of unparalleled success in their professional endeavours. Endowed with scenic beauty and serene surroundings, Kalpakkam offers the right ambience for the pursuit of academic research.

The vibrant research and developmental activities of IGCAR encompass a wide spectrum of fields including condensed matter physics, high temperature chemistry, environmental science, applied mechanics, non-destructive evaluation etc. State-of-the-art infrastructure is available at IGCAR for carrying out excellent research which includes:

  • Ion accelerators, Rutherford Backscattering, Channeling, Positron lifetime measurements and Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Laser Raman Spectroscopy, Advanced sensor technology like SQUIDS, Pulsed Laser ablation, Magnetron Sputtering and Plasma methods
  • High Resolution Electron Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy, Electron Probe Microanalysis and Computational facilities for theoretical modeling studies
  • Laser induced vaporization mass spectrometry, High temperature mass spectrometry, MALDI-TOFMS, Different types of Calorimetry and Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Supercritical Fluid Extraction Chromatography, IR spectroscopy, Neutron Activation Analysis, X-ray diffractometry, Thermal Expansion and Phase transition studies
  • High temperature component testing facilities, In-sodium testing facility, Steam Generator Test Facility, Large components testing facility and Boron enrichment plant
  • Shake Table for seismic simulations, Core Disruptive accident analysis, Design of major equipments and components for PFDR, Gas entrapment studies, Thermal Hydraulics and Structural Integrity assessment (experimental and theoretical)
  • Development of Full Scope, Replica type PFBR Operator, Training Simulator, providing & management of Computing & Data Communication Facilities, Design & Development of Electronic instrumentation & Control systems for Nuclear Reactors
  • Nuclear counting facility, Thermo Luminescent Dosimetry (TLD) facility, Radon Laboratory, Aerosol Transport Facility, ECR X-ray source and ESR spectrometer, Gamma Scanning facility, Bubble detectors, Automated Metaphase finder, Fluorescent light microscope, inverted phase contrast microscope, PCR machine and electrophoresis apparatus for bio-dosimetry, Core Catcher and Sodium fire experimental facility.

Emphasis is on research areas at the interface of science, engineering and technology. Selected JRFs will have to undergo one year of course work starting from September, 2008 as stipulated by HBNI.

No. of Fellowships: 25 (Indicative).

1A - Areas Of Research Projects:

Chemistry: Chemical thermodynamics, Solid state and high temperature chemistry, Electrochemistry, Spectroscopy and laser, Radiochemistry, Advanced separation techniques, Actinide Chemistry, Trace and ultra trace analytical techniques and Chemical sensors.

Physics: Solid State Phase transformations, Superconductivity, Structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter, Band structure studies, Accelerators based Irradiation induced phenomena, Low-dimensional systems, Physics of interfaces, Nano-materials, Thin films technology and Theoretical physics.

Metallurgy or Materials Science:

Solid State Phase Transformations, Materials Development and Characterization, Phase Equilibria, Creep, Fatigue, Texture and Fracture Studies, Microstructural, Surface Modification and Characterization Studies, Corrosion and Interface Phenomenon.

Engineering Sciences: Robotics and Development of Intelligent Machines, Thermal Hydraulics and Structural Mechanics, Design of Critical Components, Nano-technology, Modeling Studies, Post-accident Safety Analysis, Wireless Networking, Parallel Computing, Embedded and Simulator Systems, Non-destructive Evaluation and Reliability, Chemical Process Design and Modeling.

18 - Qualifying Degrees: The qualifying degrees for the above projects should be in one of the following disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Metallurgy or Materials Science, Electrical or Electronics Engineering (EEE, Electronics, ECE, E&l or l&C), Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering.

Qualification: M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech/M.E./ M.Tech/B.S. or B.Sc. Engineering/B.Sc.(Tech.)

Age Limit: 28 Years of age as on 01.07.2008.

Fellowship and Tenure: Initially as JRF for two years with a stipend of Rs.12,000/- per month [consolidated] and will be upgraded as SRF for three years with a stipend of Rs.14,000/- per month. Subsidised furnished bachelor accommodation will be provided during the tenure.

Travelling Allowance: Will be paid second class railway fare to attend Interview.

For Further details on:

  • Fellowship & Tenure
  • Eligibility including general eligibility requirements
  • Selection Procedure
  • Travelling allowance
  • General information
  • Application format & Proforma for Hall Ticket

Please log on to IGCAR website: or refer to Employment News, for more details.

Last date for receipt of filled-in applications: May 5, 2008 (Monday).

Government of India
Department of Atomic Energy
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Kalpakkam-603102

Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Fellowship 2008

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