Advt No.7/2023 : Appointment of a Science communication and Outreach Officer on a Contract basis

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), an Autonomous Institute under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India and is also a Deemed University, mainly awarding degrees for doctoral programs. The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), a Centre of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, is looking for an appointment of Science communication and Outreach Officer  on a Contract basis

Roles & Responsibilities
NCBS carries out cutting edge research across  a spectrum of topics in the biological sciences ranging from studies of single molecules to ecosystems. We are looking for a Science communication and Outreach Officer to showcase the science carried out on our campus. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with the following activities:

a) Showcase ongoing research through writing and editing articles or short summaries for diverse audiences
b) Managing content on the NCBS news website, and monitoring impact
c) Monitoring feedback and incorporating improvements in existing programmes 
d) Assist with preparing Institutional reports and presentations 
e) Produce Interviews of internal and external scientists showcasing them and their science.
f) Working with freelancers for writing, illustration or produce other media.

Essential Qualification & Experience:

a) Full Time Masters's degree in Science (with an aggregate of 60% marks) from a recognized university/ institute in a relevant subject/discipline.
b) Minimum 3 years of experience in writing science articles for a non-expert audience 

Desirable Experience: 

a) Interest in science and the ability to interface and interact with scientists on the campus.
b) Proven and excellent written and verbal communications skills (in English), with proven ability to write and copy-edit different types of content for a diverse audience
c) Ability to work independently as well as in a team 
d) Excellent organisational, timekeeping and prioritisation skills
e) Capacity to manage different projects simultaneously 
f) A degree in Mass Communication or Science Communication
g) Experience of working with a research institute/body

What can we offer you?

Work with a great team, open to constructive discussions
Engage directly with one of the finest research institutions and facilities
Access to the latest research
Networking with the science communication offices across the BLiSC campus 

No of position: One

Age limit: Maximum 28 years as on 1.1.2023 

Salary : Salary will be commensurate based on experience, skills, education etc.

The Last date for receipt of ONLINE applications: 23rd April 2023

General Information :

1. The appointment to the above posts shall be made on a contract basis initially for a period of six (6) months from the date of joining. The tenure may be extended further up to One (1) year depending upon the performance & requirement.

2. The selected candidate shall be required to join immediately. The institute reserves the right to restrict the number of candidates for the recruitment process to a reasonable limit on the basis of qualification and experience higher than the minimum prescribed in the advertisement. Mere fulfilling the essential and desirable qualifications will not entitle an applicant to be called for consideration for recruitment.

3. The Selection process shall involve two-stage i.e., a Preliminary Interview and the Main Interview. The Main Interview shall be conducted only for those candidates who are shortlisted based on their performance in the Preliminary 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.

4. Prescribed age should not exceed as of 1st January 2023 for the above post.

5. Candidates applying for the above post and who are eligible for further age relaxation as per extant TIFR are required to submit applications by POST, along with a copy of the relevant certificate in support of age relaxation to Head, Administration & Finance, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, GKVK Post, Bellary Road, Bangalore: 560065.

6. 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.

7. Government strives to have a work force which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

The 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, caste, etc. Should be uploaded while submitting the Online application.

Head, Administration & Finance

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