DRDO Life Science Jobs
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DRDO Life Science Jobs

Hailing From A Life Science Background, Did You Ever Think Your Degree Can Land You A Job At The Premier Indian R&D Institute- DRDO?

Well, Yes It Can and This Article is All About Helping You Land That Dream Job!

DRDO was formed in 1958 with a vision to be a world-class academic research base in the frontiers of science and technology to cater to the needs of defense and security of the nation. It was then a small organization with ten establishments or laboratories. However, with the support from scientists and the Government of India, DRDO has grown multi-directionally concerning the variety of subject disciplines, several laboratories, achievements, and status.

The parent agency of DRDO is the Ministry of Defence, headquartered in New Delhi.

Today, DRDO is considered to be a top-notch institute with a network of more than 50 laboratories which is catering to developing defense technologies covering aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, instruments, life sciences, agriculture, missiles, advanced computing and simulation, naval systems, information systems and many more.

Presently, the Organisation employs more than 5000 scientists and about 25,000 technical and supporting staff.

Who does not want to work at DRDO? Be it students from any field- mechanical, computer, engineering stream, or life science stream.

DRDO has institutions such as Defence Food Research Laboratory as well as Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, where many researchers are recruited from the Life Science Background; hence, you can look out for DRDO Life Science Jobs in these Labs.

Development of bioenergy technologies for Defence use. One of the DRDO establishments Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research (DIBER) (formerly Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory, DARL) is engaged in R&D on Biofuel crops and Bio-diesel which are used for defense use work on Bio-resource conservation, their improvement, and reasonable utilization. So Bio Students can pave their way into DRDO.

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List of DRDO Institutes are listed below that hire life science candidates frequently:

  1. DRDO – (Defence Research & Development Organization)
  2. DRDO-DEBEL (Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory)
  3. DRDO-INMAS (Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences)
  4. DRDO-DIPAS (Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences)
  5. DRDO-DIHAR (Defence Institute of High Altitude Research)
  6. DRDO-CEPTAM (Centre for Personnel Talent Management)
  7. DRDO-DRL (Defence Research Laboratory)
  8. DRDO-DFRL (Defence Food Research Laboratory)
  9. DRDO-DIBER (Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research)

Below are few of many life science positions for which DRDO hires frequently:

(How to become a Scientist at this prestigious Indian Organization)

  1. Junior Research Fellow (JRF)

DRDO has many well-defined projects for which they regularly advertise for the post of JRF. There is no common recruitment for JRF. Individual labs conduct an interview for JRF positions

Essential qualifications required To Hold A Position of JRF at DRDO are-

M.Sc. First-class in Life Sciences subject like Agronomy/ Horticulture/ Soil Science/Seed Technology/Plant Breeding and Genetics/ Botany/Zoology/ Animal Husbandry /Biotechnology /Plant Pathology/ Plant Physiology/ veterinary Physiology/ Agriculture Entomology/ Bio-Chemistry/Microbiology/Biochemistry. M Tech First class with NET/GATE cleared candidates can also apply

NET qualification is mandatory.

Age Limit: The maximum age limit for these posts is 28 years, according to the date of the interview. Five years is relaxable for SC/ST candidates, three years to OBC candidates, along with other eligible categories according to rules laid by the government.

Selection- Eligible applicants need to appear for a walk-in-interview at the advertised time and branch of DRDO. Based on the performance in the interview, the students are selected.

Then the selected candidate can further enroll for Ph.D. under DRDO scientists with any university/Institution during the tenure of the fellowship.

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The admission for the post is entirely at the discretion of the Selection Committee at DRDO that has the right to refuse to acknowledge any candidate without assigning any reason thereof.

  1. Research Associate 

Essential qualifications required To Hold A Position of Research Associate at DRDO are:

Ph.D. degree (first class) in the areas of Animal Biotechnology/Veterinary Pathology/Veterinary Physiology/Biochemistry. Sometimes it also becomes essential for the candidates to have a minimum of 2 Research Paper from their thesis which is published in peer-reviewed SCI journals

Some of the DRDO Life Science Jobs may require some desirable research experience for Research Associate position, which may include the following: Hands-on expertise in techniques like HPLC, FTIR, NMR, and LC-MS

Age Limit: The maximum age limit for these posts is 35 years according to the date of the interview. Five years is relaxable for SC/ST candidates, three years to OBC candidates, along with other eligible categories according to rules laid by the government.

Selection – Eligible applicants need to appear for a walk-in-interview at the advertised time and branch of DRDO. Based on the performance in the interview, the students are selected.

  1. Scientist

DRDO focuses on executing programs of scientific research, design, development, testing, and evaluation for devices and products which are required for defense of the nation.

So to do so, they recruit highly qualified and competent scientists and technologists who form the Group ‘A’ (Class I Gazetted) Service, which is more appropriately known as Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS).

There are more than 15 labs under the DRDO Life Science division. One can enter into DRDO as a Scientist `B.’

Eligibility– First Class Master’s Degree in Food Science First Class Master’s Degree in Food Science or equivalent.

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Selection – The candidates are directly recruited to the post of Scientist `B’ based on valid GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score in Life Sciences [Paper code: XL] and written test/interview. The offer of appointment to the selected candidates is restricted to an available number of vacancies in order of merit.

Age Limit: The maximum age limit for this posts is 28 years for general candidates in DRDO which will be relaxable for SC/ST candidates, OBC candidates, along with other eligible categories according to rules laid by the government.

Salary Range :

  • Junior Research Fellow – Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 31,000 plus HRA
  • Research Associate – Rs. 54,000/- per month plus HRA

Therefore by working in the thrust areas in DRDO, one can develop life support technologies to improve combat efficiency. One can help in enhancing the health and well-being of the soldiers when in extremes of environmental and operational conditions, development of novel food technologies to provide for military nutrition.

Latest DRDO Life Science Recruitment:

Biotecnika posts vacancies from DRDO on a regular basis. Keep a check on our daily newsletter and do not miss out on these opportunities.

That was the list of positions available at DRDO for Life Science Graduates. DRDO notifies these opportunities from time to time, and you can apply for the same!

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Rahul Mishra is a Science enthusiast and eager to learn something new each day. He has a degree in Microbiology and has joined forces with Biotecnika in 2019 due to his passion for writing and science.

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