Executive Director

 Bengaluru, Karnataka


IndiaBioscience is a program based out of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore that aims to catalyse the growth of biology within India, and to this end we work with academics, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. The major funding of the program is from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. As part of the DBT funded program, IndiaBioscience is looking to appoint an eligible person to the position advertised on contractual terms. The appointment will be initially for a period of one (1) year that may be extended up to two (2) years depending on the performance of the selected candidate. Selected candidate shall be offered a consolidated pay as specified under Money’ herein below.

Major activities at IndiaBioscience include running the IndiaBioscience website through the science and education communication programs, continually updating with latest news and opinions on life sciences scenario in India, building a database of people and organizations, organizing Young Investigators’ Meetings (YIMs) and Regional Young Investigators’ Meetings, networking meetings with Indian or International organizations, workshops on skill building, gender parity, promoting Indian life science in various platforms all over the world, etc.

IndiaBioscience consists of a small yet diverse and efficient team that works in a very cohesive manner to create informed impact. Creativity, independence and teamwork are highly valued attributes of all team members. As part of the IndiaBioscience team, the appointed person will have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues, as well as with the research community across India and abroad, while developing and expanding their career.

Note: This advertised position will start from 1st March 2023.

Role Summary

The Executive Director (ED), while reporting to the Advisory Board of IndiaBioscience, will work independently and will be responsible for the successful leadership, growth and management of the IndiaBioscience program according to the mandates and the strategic direction set by the Advisory Board. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • ED will be responsible for the growth and overall management of the program and the team.

  • ED will be responsible for handling all the external liaisons and partnerships.

  • ED will be responsible for financial management and fundraising.

  • ED will be responsible for preparation of reports summarising key progress and issues on all programs, including preparation of background documents and presentations to the board as well as external partners.

  • ED will be responsible for ensuring team meetings to have structure and clear purposes and goals

  • ED will communicate decisions and action items to team members and relevant parties outside of the team.

  • ED will monitor team dynamics regularly to ensure optimal team performance.

  • ED will communicate the details of monthly functioning to the Advisory Board of IndiaBioscience.

Personal characteristics: Leadership, adaptability, ability to build networks and relationships, effective communication skills, creativity/​innovation, ability to foster teamwork.

Age: Maximum 50 years. (Age relaxation as per rules).


PhD degree in life science/​full time ME/M.Tech with minimum 12 years’ experience post qualification with strong motivation and interest to dedicate full time in promoting science as described above.


Desired Experience:- Prior experiences in management as well as administration in the field of science or public engagement with a strong network across the country and an understanding of the academic research ecosystem in India will be given preference. Candidates with a PhD will be preferred.

To Apply

Application for this position is via the NCBS job portal.

Please attach a resume (PDF file), cover letter, and one recommendation letter along with the online application package. Make sure you include a vision document along with a strong statement of how your interests align with ours and why you will fit this position (~500 words). The cover letter, recommendation letter, vision document, and statement of interest are to be submitted as one (merged) PDF file.

Note: Terms and conditions are under the discretion of the competent authority.

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