Research Position available in MHRD-STAR project:


Applications are invited from suitable candidates for a junior research fellow position in the
Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research
Kolkata in the project, “Integrating metabolic and protein engineering for the production of
sustainable biofuels” a collaborative project between the labs of Supratim Datta and Rahul
Das and funded by the Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences
(STARS) by MHRD, Govt of India. Remuneration is per funding agency norms.


Brief description: This project involves understanding the enzymes that catalyze the
conversion of fatty acids to drop-in biofuels for combustion engines.
We will mainly study how the enzymes function such that we can import them into
genetically engineered microorganisms, which can then produce biofuels. The project
involves the use of a combination of enzyme engineering, biochemical and biophysical
characterization, structural and computational biology, high-throughput screening, and
genomic and proteomic discovery to identify enzyme targets.


Duration: Initial appointment will be made for 6 months and upon satisfactory performance
extendable on a yearly basis for the duration of the project.


Essential qualification: B.Tech./B.E./MSc in Biotechnology/Biochemistry etc. Ability to
develop and implement plans for complex experiments, strong problem solving skills, and a
commitment to excellence in research.


Desirable qualification: Experience in any of the following areas: bioinformatics, molecular
biology, protein biochemistry, protein engineering, high throughput assay development .
NET/ GATE qualification.


How to Apply: Applications should contain detailed CV and brief one page description of
research conducted till date and a one page statement of purpose detailing the motivation for
working in our laboratory. Applications should be sent by email to Supratim Datta at the
following email address : hirejrf@gmail.com Applications will remain open till Oct 02 2020
or until suitable candidates are found.