JRF/SRF/RA/ position in Inorganic Chemistry funded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (CSIR-India) - Department of Chemistry - School of Natural Sciences

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Junior Research Fellow (JRF) , Senior Research Fellow (SRF), Research Associate (RA)
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Applications are invited for the post of one JRF/SRF/RA in a CSIR sponsored project (No. 80(0086)/17/EMR-II dated 4th January, 2018) entitled “Development of Fe(III)complexes of amido-quinoline tetradentate acyclic ligands: Catalysts for C-H activation and Epoxidation” under the supervision of Dr. Basab Bijayi Dhar. Applicants should have expertise in synthetic inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry and gas chromatography.

Funding Agency:

Funding agency is Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (CSIR-INDIA). Co-PI of this project is Dr. Biswajit Ganguly from CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, Gujarat-364002, India.

About the Project:

The title of the project is “Development of Fe(III)complexes of amido-quinoline tetradentate acyclic ligands: Catalysts for C-H activation and Epoxidation”. In nature, metalloenzymes catalyze epoxidation; and C-H activations with oxidants like O2/H2O2, often exhibit exquisite substrate specificity as well as regioselectivity and/or stereoselectivity, and operate under mild conditions in a sustainable way. Hence, for several decades, a significant amount of research has been carried out to make systems that mimic these enzymes using biological relevant first row transition metals. The key design principle of efficient-transition metal oxidation catalysts is that metal complexes should activate H2O2 or O2 to perform selective oxidation, but should be inert to oxidation in the reaction condition. This project aims to develop iron-based complexes that perform selective oxidation with turnover numbers comparable to that of metalloenzymes. A series of Fe(III) complexes of deprotonated amido-quinoline tetradentate acyclic ligands will be synthesized. The two negatively charged amide donors are comparatively strong σ –donors.They will provide hydrolytic stability to the precursor complex and oxidative stability to the metal oxo intermediates. The quinoline moiety on the side arms will allow extensive delocalization of the electron density over the metal complex, which can be easily tuned by installing electro-rich or electro-deficient substituents.

Essential Qualification:

Junior Research Fellow (JRF): Possessing M.Sc.(Chemistry) with 55% marks and passing of NET/GATE test. Age Maximum 28 years.

Senior Research Fellow (SRF): Possessing M.Sc.(Chemistry) with 55% marks and at least 2 years of post-M.Sc. research experience as evidence from published papers in standard refereed journals; Age limit maximum 32 years.

Research Associate (RA): Possessing Doctorate (PhD) in the area of coordination chemistry and inorganic reaction mechanism with work experience in homogeneous catalysis and expertise in cyclic voltammetry, GC and HPLC.

Age relaxation: Upper age limit is relaxable upto 5 years for SC/ST/OBC/Woman and Physically handicapped candidates as per CSIR rules.


The consolidated emoluments will be under the following 3 slabs depending on qualification and experience: ₹ 12,000 (JRF), ₹ 14,000 (SRF) and ₹ 36,000 (RA), as prescribed by the funding agency. In addition to stipend, the JRF/SRF/RA will be entitled to: HRA, as per rules of the Host Institution, provided he/she has not been given hostel accommodation.

Duration of the post:

1+1 years, (Extension to second year is based on the performance). The post will be co-terminus with the project.

Application Procedure:

Please send your CV, a research statement, and have at least two letters of reference sent, by email to basab.dhar@snu.edu.in with the subject “Application for CSIR-RA position” on or before 5th February 2019.

Short-listed candidates will be called for interview at the Shiv Nadar University campus. No TA/DA will be provided for appearing in this interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected without notice.