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Applications are invited for Six Project Intern positions at IISER Kolkata for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research in Madhya Pradesh

We require Six Project Interns for a project on Monitoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Ecosystem Enhancement under the Green India Mission, funded by the government of Madhya Pradesh.  We need 2 interns for research on (a) Plant Diversity; 2 interns for (b) Faunal Diversity (Mammals); and 2 interns for (c) Data Curation. The interns will also have to assist the JRFs in training the village-level Biodiversity Monitoring Committee members. All positions will be based at IISER Kolkata but the positions pertaining to Plant Diversity and Faunal Diversity will require extensive time on fieldwork in the forests of Madhya Pradesh.

Title of Project: Monitoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Ecosystem Enhancement

under the Green India Mission: Phase 2

Number of positions available: Six

Funding Agency: Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, Bhopal

Project PI: Dr. Robert John Chandran, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, IISER Kolkata

Age limit: Not more than 28 years on the last date of application.The upper age limit is relax-able upto 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to scheduled casts / tribes / OBC, women and physically handicapped candidates.

Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Botany/ Forestry/ Zoology/ Environmental Sciences/ Chemistry/ Ecology/ Wildlife Sciences/ Life Sciences/ Remote Sensing and GIS as pertinent to the respective positions. A minimum of six months of research experience (including dissertations or summer courses) in the subject area of ecology or biodiversity is essential for all posts.

Desirable Qualifications: Masters degree in the relevant subject. The ability for field taxonomy of plants/ birds/ butterflies is preferred. Prior experience of ecological research in central India is desirable.

Duration and Salary: The employment for the positions on Plant Diversity and Faual Diversity will be for a period of 10 months, while the employment for the positions on Data Curation will be for a period of 7 months. The selected candidates will be paid Rs. 15,000 monthly (consolidated). The travel, accommodation, and food costs during fieldwork will be borne under the project funds.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates are requested to fill out a google form https://forms.gle/BaxfZpHKxrgGDT6g6 and upload a detailed CV, scanned mark sheets, certificates, and proof of work experience. The candidates may send an email to [email protected] if they have any queries.

Last date and time for receiving applications: is 11 pm, 6th August 2023.

Interview: Shortlisted Candidates will be called for online interaction with the project proponents for initial screening after which the candidates will be further shortlisted for a formal interview. The shortlisted candidates will receive a call letter mentioning the time and date of the interview/interaction via email.

Terms and Conditions

a) The selected candidates are expected to join immediately after selection.
b) All posts are purely temporary and contractual in nature.
c) The number of candidates to be called for the interview will be decided on the basis of the applications received. Mere fulfillment of the eligibility criteria does not guarantee a call for an interview

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Possible Interview Questions for Technical Round:

  1. Question: Can you discuss your research experience in the field of ecology or biodiversity? Answer: During my undergraduate studies, I conducted research projects and completed dissertations that focused on ecological and biodiversity topics. I gained hands-on experience in studying various aspects such as [mention specific areas or projects]. These experiences provided me with a solid foundation in understanding ecological processes and biodiversity.
  2. Question: How comfortable are you with fieldwork and extensive time in the forests of Madhya Pradesh? Answer: I am highly comfortable with fieldwork and have previous experience working in challenging environments. I have conducted field surveys, data collection, and species identification in similar settings. I understand the importance of adapting to field conditions and ensuring accurate data collection while being mindful of the forest ecosystem.
  3. Question: Can you explain your knowledge and experience in data curation and management? Answer: I have a strong understanding of data curation principles and techniques. I have worked with diverse datasets, ensuring data quality, consistency, and organization. I am proficient in using relevant software or tools for data management. Additionally, I have experience in data cleaning, analysis, and interpretation to derive meaningful insights.
  4. Question: Have you conducted ecological research in central India before? What specific projects or experiences can you share? Answer: Yes, I have conducted ecological research in central India as part of my previous academic or professional endeavors. For example, during my Master’s degree, I worked on a project that investigated [mention the specific project topic or research objective]. I gained valuable insights into the ecological dynamics of the region and familiarized myself with the unique challenges and opportunities it presents.
  5. Question: How would you contribute to training the village-level Biodiversity Monitoring Committee members? Answer: To effectively train the committee members, I would first assess their existing knowledge and understanding of biodiversity monitoring. I would then design training modules tailored to their needs, providing them with essential knowledge and practical skills. By employing interactive methods, I would ensure their active participation and build their capacity to effectively monitor and manage biodiversity resources.

Remember to provide specific examples from your experience while answering the questions to showcase your skills, knowledge, and practical understanding of the relevant field.

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