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Do you have an excellent academic track record and dream to be the part of the frontline research being done in the country, then this is a call for you!

Applications are invited for JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (JRF) positions at one of the premier research institutions in India, the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram under the Indian Space Research Organisation


Space Physics Laboratory (SPL), a pioneer institution dedicated for research in different disciplines of Atmospheric, Space, and Planetary Sciences, offers excellent and challenging research opportunities in various fields including Physics, Chemistry and Dynamics of surface, lower, middle, and upper atmosphere-ionosphere and their coupling processes, Aerosols, Clouds, Space Weather phenomena, and Lunar and Planetary Explorations.

Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) carries out frontline research in different disciplines of Atmospheric, Space and Planetary Sciences. It offers excellent and challenging research opportunities in the experimental exploration and modeling of Atmospheric Aerosols, Trace Gases, Clouds, Radiation Budget, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics, Planetary surface characteristics, Ionosphere-Magnetosphere, Electrodynamics, Sun-Earth relationships, Space Weather phenomena and Lunar, Cometary, and Planetary Sciences. SPL is involved in major Space and Atmospheric science programmes of the country, such as Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, YouthSat, Megha-Tropiques, Aditya-L1 Mission, ISRO-Geosphere Biosphere Programme, etc. Well-equipped laboratories and major experimental facilities are available exclusively for these studies as well as for utilization of data from satellites. SPL also co-ordinates major experimental campaigns, at national and international level, using balloons, aircrafts, rockets, and research ship cruises, and is also a contributor to India's polar research programme


First Class M.Sc. Degree in Physics/Applied Physics/ Atmospheric Science/ Meteorology/Space Science/ Space Physics/ Planetary Sciences/ Astronomy & Astrophysics with minimum 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA/CPI grading on a 10 point scale. Those who are slated to complete the M.Sc. course in the academic year 2013-2014 are also eligible to apply, provided final year mark list and certificate (satisfying the eligibility criteria) can be produced at the time of joining.

Age Limit:

28 years as on 18.06.2014 (Persons with Disability are eligible for age relaxation as per rules).

Selection Process:

Applications will be received on-line only.
Based on the online application, initial screening will be conducted to short-list the candidates for written test/interview. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be called for an interview. Applicants who have cleared Joint CSIR-UGC Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (not Lectureship) or have valid GATE score will be directly called for interview. The written test is tentatively scheduled on 12.07.2014 at Thiruvananthapuram. The call letter for written test/interview will be sent to the short-listed candidates by e-mail or can be downloaded from the VSSC website on or after 04.07.2014. The result of the written test will be announced on the same day itself in the VSSC website and interview will be conducted on the very next day.
The selected JRFs will have to work on specific research themes. They will be permitted to register for Ph.D Degree at selected universities. Selected candidates should be willing to work anywhere in India (including remote places) and partake in field experiments including aircrafts and ship-based campaigns, as per the requirements.

Pay and Allowances:

The Fellowship is initially for a period of ONE YEAR and is renewable annually for a total period of FIVE years. There will be a review of the activity before renewal. As of now, the Fellowship carries an amount of Rs.16,000 (Rupees sixteen thousand only) per month, which might be increased to Rs.18,000/- (Rupees eighteen thousand only) after successful completion of two years. JRFs are also eligible for HRA as admissible to regular employees of VSSC.

General Conditions:

  1. Candidates will have to produce proof of the details furnished in their applications submitted on-line as and when required.
  2. VSSC will not be responsible for bouncing-off of e-mail hall tickets/call letters.
  3. Necessary information regarding written examination, downloading of written test hall tickets and interview call letters will also be hosted in the VSSC website from time to time. Therefore, the candidates are advised to visit the website from time to time.
  4. Applicants are also advised to keep checking their email from time to time and particularly 2-3 days before the date of written examination for any updates.
  5. Only short listed candidates will be called for Written Test/Interview.
  6. Outstation candidates called for Interview will be paid to and fro Second Class Railway Fare by the shortest route including reservation/sleeper charges on production of proof of journey such as Railway Tickets, Bus tickets etc.  If the candidates travel in a higher class of accommodation than the one prescribed, only Second Class rail fare excluding the reservation charges/sleeper charges will be paid.
  7. If any information furnished on-line is found to be incorrect or false on verification, the candidate will not be interviewed and Travelling Allowance will not be paid.
  8. The Centre reserves the right not to fill up the position, if it so decides.
  9. Only Indian Nationals need apply.
  10. No interim correspondence will be entertained.
  11. Canvassing in any form will be a disqualification.

“Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.”


Upon on-line registration, applicants will be provided with an on-line Registration Number, which should be carefully preserved for future reference. After submission, it is mandatory for the applicant to send only the following documents:

  1. A confirmatory copy of the online application.
  2. No Objection Certificate, from the employer concerned in respect of those applicants who are employed under Central / State Government / Public Sector Undertakings / Autonomous Bodies.

The applicant should not send any other documents such as copies of certificates/marklists in proof of educational qualification, work experience, age etc.The above documents should reach the following address not later than 25.06.2014.

    Guidelines To Fill The Online Application


    You would require your e-mail ID to register. You can register only once using this e-mail ID. 

    Click on the link "Apply Now". Fill all the fields and click on the 'SUBMIT'  button. On successful registration, you will receive an e-mail with following details:

    From : 

    Subject: Reg: Advt.No.RMT283 of VSSC RECRUITMENT

    Then click on the link given in the e-mail to open your online application form. Check your SPAM/BULK MAIL folders if the mail is not seen in the INBOX.


    Fill in all the information correctly and "SUBMIT". On Submission, you will have an opportunity to preview and confirm. Read all the details carefully. If any change is required, Click on "GO BACK". 

    To finally submit your application, click on "CONFIRM" button. On successful application, your registration number will be displayed on screen and an e-mail will be sent to you. Note down your Registration Number and keep in a safe place. This would be required for checking the status of your application in future.


    This step is required to send your application summary by post. 

    Click on the "PRINT APPLICATION SUMMARY FORM" button. Take two print-outs of the form.


    This step is mandatory to complete the application procedure. Without this, your application will not be considered.

    Send one copy affixed with your latest photograph and Testimonial by Speed post to the address mentioned below super scribed in the cover Registration no,Advertisement No. VSSC-283,Dated 04.06.2014. 




Important actions and corresponding dates to remember (for JRF position)

Starting of online registration

04.06.2014 10:00 Hrs

Last date of online registration

18.06.2014 17:00 Hrs

Last date of receipt of confirmatory copy of online application by VSSC


Downloading of hall tickets for written test

On or After 04.07.2014

Downloading of call letters for interview
[for UGC-NET/CSIR holders(research fellowship and not lectureship) or valid GATE score holders only]

On or After 12.07.2014

Date of written test


Date of interview

13.07.2014 & 14.07.2014