1. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is an autonomous institute under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology. The four primary mandates of the institute is Discovery Research (Understanding the biology that defines basic mechanisms involved in the disease process and its implications for human health), Translational Science (Trans-disciplinary health science to benefit individual, clinical, and public health decision making to improve health), Technology Development (Turning research into technology innovation and on to business) as well as Training and Education (Developing and retaining a sustainable pipeline of biotechnology professionals across a range of related disciplines including fundamental science, technology development, translation, policy and outreach through efforts in education, training, and career development). RGCB is also unique in working across three campuses, the main campus which focuses on discovery research, a Bio-Innovation Center that focuses on discovery and early translation as well as a bio-incubator where biotech knowledge is converted to product and process development by start up companies. The Institute encourages creation of knowledge and benefit sharing related to IPR. Details of the Institute are available at
  2. Applications are invited from eminent scientists (Indian Citizens) having proven scientific record in life or medical sciences with application to disease biology and possessing excellent leadership ability for the position of Director, RGCB on deputation (including short term contract). The position of Director offers a unique opportunity for the individual to provide strong and visionary leadership to the institution. The Director is the Chief Executive of the institute and shall be responsible for leading and nurturing the core multi-disciplinary faculty, developing research policy, developing and promoting collaborations with partner institutes and industry besides proper administration of the affairs of the Institute. The applicant must have a holistic vision and be capable of providing leadership in different areas of disease biology especially where RGCB has already made significant impact.
  3. Scale of Pay and other benefits: The selected incumbent will be placed in the Level-15 (As per 7th CPC) / [HAG Scale Rs. 67,000/- - 79,000/- + annual increment @ 3% as per 6th CPC]. Other benefits/allowances shall be as per rules applicable for appointment on deputation including Short-Term Contract /Absorption basis.
  4. Eligibility Criteria

    4.1. Scientists from Central / State Governments, Research Institutes, Autonomous Bodies, Government funded Research Organizations / Institutes, etc.

    4.2. Holding analogous post on regular basis in the parent Department; or

    4.3. With 5 years service in post with Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000/- or equivalentin the parent cadre / Department and possesses the qualification & experience as below:-

    • PhD in Science or Engineering discipline /MD/M.Tech./M.E.E/M.S. or equivalent.
    • Minimum 15 years of research experience in the field of specialization.
    • Excellent track record, hand in publication, patent  and award.
    • Experience in successfully running large programme, centre, institution.
    • Experience of guiding research activities in any of the field of Life Science.
  5. Age limit and tenure of appointment: The period of deputation including period of deputation in other ex-cadre posts, held immediately preceding this appointment in the same or some other organization / Department should ordinarily not exceed 5 years. The maximum age limit for appointment on deputation (ISTC) should not exceed 58 years as on the closing date of receipt of applications.
  6. How to apply / nominate
    • Complete applications (05 copies) strictly as per the prescribed format with a passport size photograph fixed at the space shown in the format along with testimonials including list of publications indicating impact factors should be sent to Ms. Preeti Katiyar, Director, Department of Biotechnology, Room No. 508, Block – 3, C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi –110 003, superscribing the cover “Application for the post of Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram”, so as to reach within 30 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in “Employment News”. The closing date for candidates residing abroad and from Andaman & Nicobarand Lakshadweep Island, States / Union Territories in the North-Eastern region, Ladakh region of J&K, Sikkim, Sub-division Chamba and Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh will be 45 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in “Employment News”. The soft copy of the application may also be sent by E-mail to

    • Nominations of candidates by distinguished experts may-also be considered, depending upon merit and the area of expertise. Eminent experts and distinguished scientists may also kindly nominate potential candidates for the position both by post and by e-mail at the above mentioned address.

The detailed advertisement and format of application is available at DBT's and RGCB's website(s) viz. and, respectively.

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