Advt No.16/2024 : Appointment for the post of Field Site Coordinator (FSC) – on Fixed Term basis

National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), is a premier research institute engaged in research in life sciences across scale. Several research facilities and associated infrastructure helps in providing cutting edge technology and support research. Several of these facilities not only provide support to the researchers within the institute, but also academia and industry nationally and internationally.

We invite eligible and interested candidates for the role of Field Site Coordinator (FSC) on a fixed-term basis.

Position: Field Site Coordinator 

Number of vacancies: 2 Nos. 

Age limit: 50 years as of 01.01.2024 (subject to relaxation as per GoI norms)

The appointment will be a fixed-term position initially for one (1) year and renewable annually subject to the outcome of a performance assessment. The position comes with consolidated pay based on qualification and experience, subject to institutional guidelines.

Essential qualifications & Experience: 
•    M.Sc degree, preferably in the ecological sciences
•    The ability to work independently and manage field staff 
•    Field experience and knowledge of field botany
•    Have a drivers license
•    A demonstrable understanding of issues relating to environmental data collection and analysis.  Prior experience in measuring and quantifying carbon stocks and fluxes is a plus.

Job Description: 

To oversee and manage data collection on tree-demography and growth, ecosystem carbon cycling, plant and soil sampling and analysis, and to ensure the day-to-day functioning of field stations.  The candidate will liaise with the PI and other investigators, and is expected to assist in data analysis and report and manuscript writing. 

We invite applications from suitable candidates for the position of Field site coordinators as part of our Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Network.  We are looking for coordinators to oversee the day-to-day running and data collection at two our long-term monitoring sites in Sirsi, Karnataka, and in the Eastern Ghats (Nagarjuna Sagar & Amarabad Tiger Reserves).  The positions demand that the candidates be highly self-motivated, capable of working independently and being based in remote locations.   

The work will involve: 
1.    Bi-weekly collection of data on soil and tree respiration, and plant phenology.
2.    Monthly monitoring of litter and seed traps to quantify litter fall and seed rain.
3.    Quarterly data collection on tree growth based on dendrometers
4.    Annual census of trees in plots.

In addition, the work will also involve the collection and processing of litter, leaf and soil samples and subsequent data entry and management.  The candidate is also expected to oversee the running of the field station, assist with data analysis and writing of reports, and to liaise with the forest department and other stakeholders. 

Location: The positions will be based at Sirsi, Karnataka and Sundipenta, Andhra Pradesh, but will involve frequent travel to local field sites, and to Bangalore. 

Consolidated Salary: Salary will commensurate with experience and qualification.

Last date for receipt of Online application: June 15, 2024.

General Instructions:

1.    The Selection process may consist Written test and interview. Any change in the recruitment process will be intimated to the candidates in advance. The institute reserves the right not to fill the above posts herein advertised in case suitable candidates are not found. Canvassing in any form shall disqualify the candidate.

2.   You are requested to upload your CV specifying Preferred Location you are applying for.  The Institute’s decision would be final in all cases and the candidates are liable to be posted in either of the sites.

3.    Incomplete applications and online applications without uploading the supporting documents in support of their Educational qualification with marks, Date of Birth, Caste Certificate, Experience certificate along with pay drawn, etc. shall not be considered.

4.     Candidates who are eligible for further age relaxation as per the extant rules of TIFR or GoI are required to submit applications by POST, along with a copy of the relevant certificate in support of age relaxation (for example ex-servicemen, persons with benchmark disabilities, etc.).

5.    The Institute reserves the right to increase or decrease the no. of posts to be filled or not to make any recruitment to any post(s), or not to offer the appointment without assigning any reason. 

6.    The Institute strives to have a workplace where there is equality of diversity and candidates of all classes, caste, gender and religion are encouraged to apply for the position. 

7.    Applications from the candidates will be accepted ONLY ON-LINE, except for those who are seeking age relaxation as per extant GoI & TIFR rules are required to submit applications in the prescribed format by post must reach to Head, (A&F), National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, GKVK Post, Bellary Road, Bangalore: 560065 by 17th June 2024. The Applications by post must super scribe the post applied for, Advertisement No. & Serial Number of the post on the envelope. Institute will not be responsible for any postal delay.

8.    The decision of the competent authority will be final in the matter of selection.

9.     Any legal dispute concerning the Selection/ Recruitment process will be subject to courts having jurisdiction over Bangalore.

10.    Please visit the website regularly since all subsequent Corrigendum/Addendum/Updates will be uploaded to the website only.

11.    No correspondence whatsoever will be entertained from candidates regarding postal delay, conduct and result of test/interview and reasons for not being called for test/interview. Interim correspondence will not be entertained and replied to.

12.    Prescribed format for an offline application can be downloaded here:


Step 1: Interested candidates should register ONLINE through the link on our website using a valid email ID.
Step 2: You will receive a user ID and password on your registered email ID.
Step 3: Using your ID and password you can fill in the application by clicking on “Submit Application”
Step 4: Once you fill in the application you can SAVE or PREVIEW the application. Please Note: Any corrections should be made before you SAVE the application.
Step 5: After you SAVE, you can submit the application by clicking “SUBMIT”.
Step 6: All essential certificate is proof of your qualification, date of birth, experience, etc. Should be uploaded while submitting the Online application.

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(Advertised on 3rd June 2024)

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