Junior Research Fellow

 West Bengal, India


Interrogating a conserved Somatostatin-like peptidergic signaling system in C. elegans: implications for Major Depressive Disorder pathophysiology


A Junior Research Fellow position in a DST-SERB funded project is available in the laboratory of Dr. Raja Bhattacharya, Associate Professor & Ramalingaswami Fellow, Amity University Kolkata. Major focus of the project is to understand the neuromodulatory roles of Somatostatin-like peptides and to establish a novel link between Somatostatin and Serotonin signaling pathways, implicated in Major Depressive Disorders, utilizing the simple nervous system of the model organism C. elegans. 

Successful candidates will be exposed to C. elegans genetics, neurobiology and cutting edge techniques like generating transgenic animals, optogenetics and confocal microscopy. Selected candidates can also apply for the regular Ph.D. program of Amity University Kolkata, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.


Total 3 years. Initial appointment for 1 year; extendable, depending on satisfactory yearly performance of the candidate.


As per norms of DST-SERB


M.Sc. in any discipline of Life Sciences with minimum 55% marks or equivalent grade from any recognized board/​University. Preference will be given to NET/NET-LS/GATE qualified candidates.


Prior exposure to molecular biology techniques like PCR, cloning etc. is desirable.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email their detailed CV with a cover letter to the PI at rbhattacharya1@​kol.​amity.​edu or rajabhattacharya8@​gmail.​com before the last date of application. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 

Shortlisted candidates will be required to bring two separate sets of hard copies of the application package attached with self-attested copies of mark sheets/​certificates along with the originals of the testimonials at the time of interview.

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