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NCBS Young Investigator Award – Applications Invited

The official notification for the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Young Investigator Award – Application Invited 2019. NCBS Young Investigator Programme 2019. Interested and eligible candidates who are freshers are encouraged to apply. Check out all of the details on the same below:

Applying for The Young Investigator Programme in NCBS

The Young Investigator Programme (YIP) is for exceptionally talented young scientists (known as as YIPs) that want to establish themselves quickly as independent researchers. Since 2004, when the programme was started, NCBS has hosted several YIPs, many of whom have moved on to independent faculty positions.

1. What positions are available

NCBS would love to have at least 7 YIPs at steady state, also is enthusiastic about making at least one new YIP appointment per year. Wages and benefits will be attractive. Accommodation, at a nominal rent, will be provided.

The Young Investigator programme isn’t a tenure-track programme. But, Young Investigators will also be mentored by a Research Advisory Committee whose role and operations are extremely similar to that of the Tenure Advisory Committee of tenure-track faculty.

The standard course of a Young Investigator appointment is for 3+2+2 years. The initial 3-year appointment is subject to renewal. This decision is made at the conclusion of the third year. If the renewal isn’t granted then the Young Investigator has another 2 years prior to the term runs out. If renewal is given, then the Investigator can continue for up to seven years.

2. Who can apply

A YIP appointment is a career option for a variety of researchers: those who’ve only just completed their PhD degree and would like to work independently; young scientists with some post-doctoral experience who’d like to explore a particular question; and those who have embarked on a completely new direction early in their career. We encourage approaches that address new queries or take novel paths. There are no targeted specific areas of hiring, and we’ve made appointments in several research areas across biology. We greatly encourage applicants in new areas, as the boundaries of biological research to expand and intersect with all the physical sciences, engineering, and medicine. Indian citizenship isn’t a prerequisite and global applicants are invited to apply.

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3. Who shouldn’t apply

Applicants that have either had considerable postdoctoral experience (>3 years), or who are already senior independent investigators, are encouraged to apply for school positions in NCBS. Applicants whose proposal links very closely with an existing research group at NCBS should consider applying to the’NCBS Fellows programme’. We don’t consider proposals which are mostly high-throughput screening projects without a central scientific hypothesis.

4. When to apply for NCBS Young Investigator Programme 2019

Generally, the sooner the better. Apply with a clear-cut plan for future research; your track record needs to demonstrate that you have the requisite intellect, technical capabilities, commitment and potential.

5. How to apply ( Now NCBS is accepting online applications )

Send your CV with a list of publications, and a 1-2 page summary of your research accomplishments up to now. Send reprints of your most significant papers (maximum of five) as soft copies for ready reference. Please, additionally send a 3-5-page research proposal describing your plans for future research which you intend to pursue more than a 5-year period. Make sure that you bring out the importance of your general area of research, and of your specific projects in this context. Remember that your application is going to be perused by biologists trained in very different fields, so write accordingly. Finally, send the names and addresses (including email) of six referees who are willing and can comment on your application and on your abilities.

6. After you apply

Your application will undergo a preliminary screening together with others and when chosen, you’ll be invited to pay a visit to NCBS, and we are going to write to your referees. You will prompt your referees to send in their letters, but please do ask them to wait for us to contact them since we ask them specific questions about you. Typically, your application will be considered further only after you visit. Your file will be kept active for a year from the date of submission.

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7. When you visit

You are not going to need to undergo a formal interview. You might instead be invited to give a research seminar, and thereafter talk to all faculty members separately. If invited, you must plan on spending at least two days NCBS.

The seminar: Give this the importance it deserves and provides some knowledge on pertinent background in the area. We find that excellent talks are given by those who have practised beforehand. Target your audience well; remember it will have widely varied backgrounds and you could plan a slightly longer introduction if you feel your work is very different from what an audience at NCBS might be used to listening. Remember that presenting too much data could be counterproductive if you lose the audience early on. Make it obvious that you haven’t only the ability to produce data, but also the capacity to think wisely about it. You’ve got one hour, make the best use of it.

Meetings with individual faculty members: We can schedule a series of meetings with a section of this faculty. The meetings with individual faculty members will be informal and interactive; they will give you a chance to discuss one another’s research interests in more detail. Faculty members will be keen to discover how your experience and research abilities will enrich NCBS.

Meetings with the Dean and/or NCBS Director: Come prepared with a list of all that you would have to get started at NCBS, if you’re to be chosen. Ensure that you have thought about all you want to be productive in as short a time as possible.

8. Funding and startup at NCBS

NCBS has been rather generous in providing startup funds for YIPs and may match funding levels of the very best funded laboratories in the world today. With an expanding core infrastructure as well as the springing up of new institutes with heavy investments in platform technology in our vicinity, we offer an extremely conducive research environment, competitive that you execute your research. Selected candidates will be provided with all possible support to their research goals. These include bench space, generous equipment and supplies as needed for the project, access to international facilities such as synchrotrons, genomic resources, transgenic resources etc. Salary support for up to two research assistants will be provided during the startup period. If post-doctoral fellows or graduate students elect to join the investigator, their wages will also be supported. (Graduate students or post-doctoral positions are filled by interviews conducted by the faculty. All these are completely funded positions, and also the candidates might choose to join any investigator’s lab ) Investigators will get support to attend one international meeting every year and will be permitted to spend up to 3 months every year at a lab other than NCBS, if their collaborations therefore require.

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9. Then what

Following your visit, and following all your referee reports are in, your application will be looked at closely by an internal committee. Your case will then be presented to and be discussed by the whole faculty. We feel it essential that the faculty be normally enthusiastic. Upon a positive response from the faculty, your application will be steered via an internal committee as well as the NCBS Management Board. All this can take a few months, but we inform you soon of the outcome of the faculty deliberations. We aim to deliver a decision to a potential YIP candidate within three months.

Upinder S. Bhalla
Dean, NCBS
[email protected]

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