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National Innovation Foundation-India

An Autonomous Body of Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India )


Dated: 03-05-2013

ADVT. NO. 02-2013

National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF), Ahmedabad, an autonomous grant-in-aid institution of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India invites applications from highly motivated professionals for various positions. Those who have faith in the potential of grassroots innovators and are initiative-driven and performance-oriented may apply for the following posts.

1. Innovation Officer/Scientist C
Scale of Pay: Rs.15600-39100 (Grade Pay- Rs. 6600/-)
No. of Vacancies: One
Essential Qualification:

First Class Masters in Agriculture or Bachelor's Degree in Intellectual Property Rights with four years' experience in validation of and value addition in grassroots innovations and traditional knowledge; drafting applications and coordination with patent firms for prosecution of the patents for innovations and plant variety protection

Desirable Qualification:

1. Ph.D in Agriculture or Master's Degree in Intellectual Property Rights.

2. Demonstrated competence in coordination with R&D institutions, farmers, innovators for value addition in and field trials of innovation based products/technologies; drafting patents and applications for registration of plant varieties for protection under PPVFRA etc.

2.Fellows/Senior Fellow (Contractual)
Pay: Rs. 20000-60000 + HRA (Consolidated)
No. of Vacancies:Twenty five

First Class Masters in Agriculture/Botany/Chemistry or Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Veterinary/Intellectual Property Rights/Business Development with one to five years' relevant working experience
Ph.D in Agriculture/Botany/Chemistry or Master's Degree in Engineering/Veterinary/ Intellectual Property Rights/Business Development is desirable for Fellows and essential for Senior Fellows

3.Consultant/Architect for planning, designing and construction of NIF campus (Contractual)
Pay: Negotiable
No. of Vacancies:One
Essential Qualification:

Master's Degree in Architecture with at least ten years' experience in master planning, landscape design and management plans for institutions and large campus, and construction of building etc.

4. Manager (Administration)
Pay:Rs. 25000 -35000/- + HRA (consolidated)
No. of Vacancies:Two

Master's Degree in Management or Communication with at least two years' experience in administration and secretarial work including logistic management, report preparation, data analysis etc. Candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with all levels of staff members, as well as outside personals.


Not exceeding 35 years for Innovation Officer/Scientist C, Fellows and Manager (Administration), 50 years for Sr. Fellows and Consultant/Architect. The upper age limit is relaxable for the applicants from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the Ex-service men, Other Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and other special categories in accordance with the orders issued by the Central Government from time to time. In this regard the controlling authority may relax the upper age limit in case of highly experienced candidates in specialized areas.


1. All other positions except Innovation Officer/Scientist C are purely temporary and no claim for permanence can be made regardless of the duration of the contract. Even in the case of Innovation Officer/Scientist C, general rules of Govt. of India will apply about probation and rest of the service.

2. The number of posts to be filled may vary. The institute reserves the right to cancel the recruitment without assigning any reason.

3. The prescribed essential qualifications are minimum and the mere possession of the same does not entitle candidates to be called for interview.

4. Preference will be given to those candidates, who have published research and popular articles in reputed journals/newsletters

5. The selected candidates are liable to serve anywhere in India.

6. The persons with disabilities are also allowed to apply though no vacancies are reserved for them. Such candidates will be considered for selection for appointment to the posts by general standards of merit.

7. Candidates working in Government Departments / Public Sector Undertakings / Autonomous organisations should apply through proper channel.


Candidates can send applications in the prescribed form (please download the same from our website along with a detailed CV, passport size photograph, sample of work/reports, two reference letters, and a note explaining the suitability for the post applied, To The Executive Vice Chairperson, National Innovation Foundation-India, Satellite Complex, Jodhpur Tekra, Premchand Nagar, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015, Gujarat, India Note: Applications without the suitability note will not be considered. The application format can be downloaded here. The last date of submission of application is 15th June 2013.