Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre recruitment of Research Associates – 2019


Advertisement No. VSSC 308 – Dated 16.07.2019

Applications are invited for RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (RA) positions tenable at one of the premier research institutions in India, the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram. VSSC is one of the lead centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Space Physics Laboratory, conducts front ranking research in different disciplines of Atmospheric, Space, and Planetary Sciences. Space Physics Laboratory is dedicated for research in different disciplines of Atmospheric Science, Space Science and Planetary Sciences. SPL is also involved in major space and atmospheric science programmes of the country, such as Chandrayaan, Mars Mission, ISRO-Geosphere Biosphere Programme, etc. SPL has a very vibrant research fellowship programme, with strength of about 20 to 25 students at any time of the year. Well-equipped laboratories and major experimental facilities are available exclusively for these studies, besides access to the scientific data from ISRO’s and other satellites. SPL also co-ordinates major experimental campaigns, at national and international level, using balloons, aircrafts, rockets, and research ship cruises, and is a leading contributor to India’s polar research programme. SPL offers excellent and challenging research opportunities in various areas like Boundary Layer Physics, Physics/Chemistry/Dynamics of Lower, Middle, & Upper atmosphere, the coupling processes, Ionospheric Sciences, Land-Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions, Atmospheric Aerosols, Trace Gases, Clouds, Meteorology, Space Weather phenomena and Lunar & Planetary Explorations and Modelling.


Candidates should have earned their Ph.D. degree in any discipline of Science or Technology. Their Ph.D. thesis should be in the areas of atmospheric, space, and planetary sciences which are relevant to the fields of research being carried out at SPL.

Only those candidates who have carried out their Ph.D. work outside SPL are eligible to apply.

A research proposal (not exceeding 2000 words) on the work they intend to carry out at SPL in the domain of SPL’s research activity must be submitted along with the application.

[Candidates possessing PhD awarded by foreign Universities/Institutions have to submit its Equivalency Certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi]

Upper Age Limit:
35 years as on 16.09.19, 16.11.19 etc. and will be computed on a bimonthly basis (38 years for OBC candidates and 40 years in case of SC/ST candidates. Persons with Disability are eligible for age relaxation as per rules).

Selection Process:
Screening of applications will be done on a bi-monthly basis viz, as on 16.09.19, 16.11.19 etc. After the initial screening of the application and considering the merit of the submitted research proposal, the candidates found suitable will be called for an interview at VSSC. The qualification prescribed is the minimum requirement and the same does not automatically make candidates eligible for interview.

The Research Associateship is initially for a period of ONE YEAR and is renewable annually for a total period of two years (three years in exceptional cases). There will be a review of the progress of the work before the renewal every year. Depending upon the qualification and experience, the fellowship will be fixed at Rs.47000/Rs.49000/Rs.51,000 per month. Candidates are also eligible for HRA as per rules.

All eligible candidates may submit their application alongwith the following documents to the email <>:

  1. Scanned copy of the Application in the prescribed format.
  2. Abstract of Ph.D. thesis
  3. List of Publications
  4. Research proposal (maximum of 2000 words)
  5. Detailed Bio-data
  6. Scanned copy of the certificates in proof of educational qualifications, age, work experience etc.

At the time of interview the candidates are required to produce original documents of the following:

  • No Objection Certificate, from the employer concerned in respect of those applicants who are employed under Central / State Government / Public Sector Undertakings / Autonomous Bodies.
  • Originals of all certificates, mark sheets, Ph.D. degree in proof of educational qualification, [Equivalency Certificate in case of foreign Degree] Proof of work experience, age etc.

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