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Call Summary: Applications are invited from motivated candidates for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) / Project Associate-1 to work on a project sponsored by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) under the supervision of Dr. Saurav Bhattacharya in the Department of Chemistry at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus.


Junior Research Fellow (JRF) / Project Associate-1

Project Title

Polyoxo-Noble-Metalate (PONM) and Polyoxometalate (POM) – Based Dual- Vertex Metal-Organic Frameworks (PONM-POM-MOFs), and POM-MOFs with Ligand-Anchored Noble-Metal Single-Sites: Novel Classes of Heterogeneous Catalysts.

Funding Agency

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India

Principal       Investigator (PI)

Dr. Saurav Bhattacharya, Department of Chemistry

Project Duration

3 Years (The selected candidate will be given the opportunity to register for the BITS Pilani PhD program, subject to the fulfillment of institute requirements)

Scope of Work

Systematic design, synthesis and characterization of novel classes of inorganic-organic hybrid materials, and their utilization as heterogeneous catalysts in various fundamentally important reactions. The JRF would be actively involved in writing research articles and patents (if applicable).

Essential Qualifications

First class in MSc. (Chemistry) or equivalent degree, and a minimum of 60% marks in BSc.

Desirable Qualifications

Candidates with a background in Inorganic and/or Organic chemistry as well as experience in the synthesis and characterization of materials will be preferred. Qualification in any of the National Eligibility Tests, such as the CSIR–UGC NET (including lectureship) and/or GATE, is desirable.


As per guidelines for NET/GATE or non-NET/GATE qualified candidates

How to Apply: Interested and suitably qualified candidates should send their updated CV along with a cover letter stating their academic/research experience, and their motivation to work in the aforementioned  research area to the PI, Dr. Saurav Bhattacharya via email ( by 24th of November, 2023. Please note that only qualified and suitable candidates will be contacted via e-mail for the interview.

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