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Job Position: Project Associate-II

Job Location: Mysuru

CSIR – Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, a constituent National Laboratory of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), invites applications from eligible candidates for recruitment of 02 (Two) position of PROJECT ASSOCIATE LEVEL-II initially up to March 2024, & extendable up to March 2026 or till the project is over on a temporary contractual basis in the project entitled “Bioconversion of edible oilseed meals into value added products” ( HCP-0054) tenable at the Department of Traditional Foods & Applied Nutrition CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru, Karnataka.

Essential Qualifications for Project Associate-II :

  1. M.Sc in Biochemistry/ Biotechnology. From recognized University or equivalent. -One Position
  2. M.Sc/M.Tech Biotechnology/ Food Science and Technology including Nutrition- One

Position Desirable & Job Requirements for Project Associate-II :

  1. Two years of research experience in academic institutions or industry. Working experience in downstream processing, dietary fibers, and basic knowledge of polysaccharides
  2. Two years of research experience in food processing, physicochemical characterization , and scale-up studies.


  1. Rs.35,000/- per month plus HRA for those who are qualified for National Eligibility Tests (CSIRUGC NET, GATE, etc).
  2. Rs.28,000/- per month plus HRA for others who do not fall under (1) above.

Terms and Conditions For Project Associate-II :

  1. Candidates should not have exceeded 35 years of age as on 16-09-2023 i.e. the last date of receiving the applications.
  2. The engagement of PROJECT ASSOCIATE LEVEL-II is exclusively for the above-mentioned research work.
  3. The engagement will be contractual and purely on temporary basis for a period of March-2024, or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier.
  4. The engagement under the externally funded project does not confer any right / claim whatsoever either explicitly or implicitly on the appointee for regular appointment in CSIR-CFTRI, against any post or otherwise under any legal conditions precedent.
  5. Performance of the Project Staff will be reviewed every six months. In case the performance is not satisfactory, the engagement could be terminated with one month’s notice or one month’s stipend in lie there of.
  6. No TA/DA will be given to the candidates for attending the interview.
  7. If already the candidate is working in CSIR-CFTRI “No objection certificate” from the PI is mandatory at the time of interview.

Eligible candidates may submit online application at along with necessary attachments of the certificates in support of date of birth, caste, qualification/experience etc. on or before 16-09-2023 under the subject panels Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Food Science & Technology Including Nutrition. Applications of those candidates, which are already active in the above subject panels for PROJECT
ASSOCIATE LEVEL – II with the above eligibility requirements will be considered by default.

Applications received after the due date 16-09-2023 will not be considered. The short-listed candidates will beinformed about the date of interview and the venue through e-mail.



Possible interview questions may be asked for Project Associate-II

1. Can you briefly describe your educational background and relevant qualifications for this role?

 Answer: “I hold an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from a recognized university, which has equipped me with a strong foundation in biotechnology principles and laboratory techniques. This educational background aligns well with the requirements of the Project Associate Level-II position.”

2. Do you have any prior research experience, and if so, can you share an example of a project you’ve worked on that is relevant to this role?

 Answer: “Yes, I have two years of research experience in an academic institution, where I worked on a project related to downstream processing and dietary fibers. One notable project involved optimizing the extraction of dietary fibers from plant materials, which required a combination of laboratory work and data analysis. This experience has enhanced my understanding of the kind of work involved in this role.”

3. What specific skills or knowledge do you possess that make you a suitable candidate for this position in the area of bioconversion and food science?

 Answer: “I have a strong background in biochemistry and biotechnology, which are directly applicable to the bioconversion aspects of this role. Additionally, I have experience in food processing, physicochemical characterization, and scale-up studies, which are valuable skills in the context of food science. My knowledge of polysaccharides and dietary fibers further complements my qualifications.”

4. How do you plan to contribute to the success of the “Bioconversion of edible oilseed meals into value-added products” project during your tenure as a Project Associate?

Answer: “I plan to leverage my research experience and skills to contribute effectively to this project. Specifically, I intend to actively participate in the downstream processing of edible oilseed meals, focusing on optimizing processes to enhance the yield of value-added products. I will also collaborate closely with the research team to ensure that our efforts align with the project’s objectives and timelines.”

5. Can you explain your understanding of the term ‘scale-up studies’ and why it’s relevant to this role?

 Answer: “Scale-up studies involve the process of taking laboratory-scale experiments and translating them into larger-scale production processes. In the context of this role, scale-up studies are crucial because they enable us to transition from research findings to practical applications in food processing. By conducting effective scale-up studies, we can ensure that the methods developed in the laboratory can be applied on a larger scale for the bioconversion of edible oilseed meals.”

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