CSIR-NEERI MSc Microbiology /Biotechnology Job - Applications Invited
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Bioinformatics Summer Internship 2024 With Hands-On-Training + Project / Dissertation - 30 Days, 3 Months & 6 Months Duration

CSIR-NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEHRU MARG, NAGPUR 440 020 (M.S.) INDIA – invites for the application of Application from eligible & interested candidates for engagement of R & D project staff via ONLINE INTERVIEW (via Video Conferencing on MS Team)

Project Title : “Impact on Peak Factor, Water Quantity and Quality at Consumer ends due to Continuing use of Underground Storage Sumps after Conversion of Intermittent to Continuous WaterSupply (Project No. GAP-2766)”

Location : CSIR-NEERI Nagpur/ or its Zonal centres

Place of Posting: NAGPUR

The last date of submission of online application form is 22/08/2023

Position Code : 1

Name of the position : Project Associate -I

Essential Qualification : MSc (Microbiology /Biotechnology) from a recognized University or equivalent

Job Requirement for Project Associate-I role at CSIR-NEERI :

  • Collection and analysis of water samples
  • Data Interpretation,drafting of reportsand scientific papers
  • Conduct sanitary surveillance
  • Analysis of physicochemical and microbial parameters in water
  • Carry out Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA)

Upper age Limit : 35

Monthly Emoluments (₹) :

(i) Rs. 31,000/- + HRA to Scholars who are selected through (a)
National Eligibility Tests-CSIR-UGC NET including lectureship (Assistant Professorship) or GATE or (b) A selection process through National level examinations conducted

by Central Govt. Departments and their Agencies and Institutions

(ii) 25,000/- + HRA for others who do not fall under (i) above

Mode of Selection for Project Associate-I role at CSIR-NEERI :

Selection will be done on the basis of online Interview through MS Team/Skype/mobile or any other tools. Date of interview will be notified separately through e-mail.

  • All project staff positions are on contract basis and will be co-terminus with the project. However, under no circumstances the tenure of project staff who have served CSIR-NEERI or any other laboratories/institute of CSIR under contract R&D projects would be allowed to exceed five years duration.
  • Upper age limit shall be reckoned as on the last date of receipt of applications
  • Candidates are not required to pay any application fees.
  • Only those candidates who have acquired the essential qualification & result has been declared (should have at least provisional certificate) are eligible to apply for a particular position.
  • Result awaited /Final semester appeared or Ph. D submitted candidates are not eligible to apply for the position where such minimum essential qualification requirement is mandatory.
  • Final semester and result awaited candidates are not allowed to appear for the interview.
  • Experience, where required, will be counted from the date after acquiring minimum educational qualification.
  • Dissertation/thesis work conducted during academic period will not be counted as experience.
  • Time spent in acquiring higher qualification will not be counted as an experience over essential qualification.
  • Mere fulfilling of minimum qualification does not confer any right in a candidate for being called for interview. If large number of applications received, preference will be given to the candidates having qualification and experience over and above advertised qualification/experience.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be invited for the online interview, information for which will be communicated on the Email ID of the candidates mentioned in the application form.
  • No upgradation of the project staff shall be done in same or new project. However, candidates have to apply fresh, and if shortlisted, may have to appear for the interview.
  • CSIR-NEERI reserves the right to cancel or withdraw the offer of engagement in case of any discrepancy found, in the candidature of any empaneled candidate at any stage.
  • The selected candidates are expected to join within time frame mentioned in the offer letter from the date of receiving offer letter of appointment, after completion of pre-appointment formalities like medical examination and character verification etc.
  • Engagement under the new project would be made only after submission of duly completed ‘No Demand Certificate’ and ‘No Dues Certificate’ and submission of resignation from the previous project to administration through concerned Scientist & Head.
  • Engagement of project staff will depend on the project tenure/requirement, which may be extended or curtailed depending on the duration of the Project/desired level performance or conduct of the incumbent, as the case may be.
  • The engagement of project staff may be terminated at any time without assigning any reasons, by giving a one month notice. In case, the person desires to leave the assignment, he/she may also do so by giving one month notice or payment of one-month remuneration in lieu of, which can be condoned/ curtailed/ extended depending upon the discretion of the Competent Authority.
  • The project staff shall have to make their own arrangement for accommodation during their tenure in the project. However, HRA shall be admissible as per applicable rules of the sponsoring agency.
  • The offer letter shall be issued to the candidate initially for a period of six months.
  • A review committee will assess the performance of the project staff and recommend for their extension, if required, subject to the availability of funds in the project.
  • CSIR guidelines for the Ethics in Research and in Governance, as made applicable vide CSIR OM No. 30/GB/2019- MD dated February 28, 2020 and amended from time to time shall apply.
  • No TA will be paid to the candidates for appearing in the interview in case of offline interviews.
  • No claim for permanent position shall be entertained.
  • Other terms & conditions will be governed as per guidelines issued by the funding agency/ CSIR- NEERI for the engagement of above Project Staff as amended from time to time.


Here are few potential interview questions and answers for the Project Associate-I role at CSIR-NEERI :

  1. Can you provide an overview of your educational background and experience that aligns with the requirements of this role?Answer: Certainly. I hold an MSc in Microbiology from [Your University], where I gained a strong foundation in microbial analysis and water quality assessment. During my studies, I engaged in research projects related to waterborne pathogens and quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA). I also have experience in analyzing physicochemical parameters in water samples.
  2. Could you elaborate on your experience with collecting and analyzing water samples?Answer: Absolutely. During my academic pursuits, I participated in fieldwork involving the collection of water samples from various sources. I’m well-versed in proper sampling techniques to ensure accurate representation. I’ve performed a range of analyses, including microbial culture methods, PCR-based detection of specific pathogens, and physicochemical parameter measurements.
  3. How comfortable are you with data interpretation and report drafting?Answer: I’m quite comfortable with data interpretation and report drafting. In my previous projects, I’ve dealt with complex datasets and have a strong command of statistical tools. I’ve compiled findings into comprehensive reports and scientific papers, which involved clear communication of results, implications, and recommendations.
  4. Can you explain your familiarity with Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA)?Answer: Certainly. QMRA involves assessing the potential risks posed by microbial contaminants in water. I’ve used QMRA models to evaluate the likelihood of exposure to pathogens and the resulting health risks. This approach allows for informed decision-making in water safety management.
  5. How do you plan to conduct sanitary surveillance as part of this role?Answer: Sanitary surveillance involves monitoring water supply systems to ensure compliance with health and safety standards. I’ll assess the condition of water storage facilities, distribution networks, and treatment processes. Regular inspections and sample collection will help identify potential sources of contamination and inform corrective actions.

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