JRF / Project Assistant

 Bengaluru, Karnataka


Integrating collective behaviour with biomechanics of social spider webs


Brief description of the project: Social spiders are an emerging model system to study collective behavior. In this project we will be examining how a collectively built web influences the architectural and mechanical properties of the web. We will conduct behavioral experiments in the lab and field to examine individual and collective web-building behavior of spiders. Using image analysis and finite element modelling, we will examine the architecture and topology of the asymmetric sheet webs built by the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum.

Azim Premji University, Bangalore strives to contribute towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. Azim Premji University invites applications from students with a MSc degree in Biology (preferably with a life science, zoology, or ecology background) to apply for a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) post. The SERB funded interdisciplinary project integrating collective behavior with biomechanics of social spider webs’ will be in collaboration with civil engineers from IISc and Behavioral Ecologist from IISER, TVM.

Age:-JRF / Project Assistant: 35 years with 3 – 5 years relaxation for SC/​ST/​OBC/​Women and Physically disabled as per government norms.


For one year, extendable to 2 years based on performance.


JRF = 31,000 + HRA / Project Assistant = 20,000+ HRA


The candidate should have a minimum of 60% marks (or equivalent grade) in the qualifying degree preferably. Additional qualifications for JRF are: Post-graduate degree Biological Sciences with valid NET qualification, OR Graduate Degree in a Professional Course in Biological Sciences with NET qualification.

In case a suitable candidate with the above qualifications is not found, candidates with a Post-graduate degree in Biological Sciences may be appointed as Project Assistant if selected.


Experience in Behavioural Ecology and a working knowledge of R is highly desirable.

To Apply

Interested candidate can send the resume, one page write up about why you are interested in this project to divya.​uma@​apu.​edu.​in before Aug 1st 2021. Other specifications are mentioned below. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email.

Completed applications should be sent by email to divvy.​uma@​apu.​edu.​in with a subject line saying DST-JRF position for spider project.

The application should contain a detailed resume, a one page statement of interest. Please include contact details (phone number, email and postal address), scanned copies of educational/​professional qualifications, and names of two referrals.

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