Career Opportunities

Applications are invited by the National Institute of Fundamental Studies from qualified candidates who possess the undermentioned qualifications to fill the following post.

Research Assistant Gr.II

Qualifications :

1. A four year Degree with specialization in the relevant subject (Please see below) with First or Second Class (Upper Division) Honors


2. A four year Degree with specialization in the relevant subject (Please see below)with Second Class (Lower Division) Honors


3. A Degree with the relevant subjects (Please see below) and Postgraduate Degree in the relevant subject with a research component.

Note :

An applicant who is eligible under (2), (3) above could be considered for appointment only if applicants qualified under (1) above are either not available or evaluated and considered as unsatisfactory by the selection committee. Such appointment would require a special justification.

Relevant Subjects for Projects

Project - Earth Resources and Renewable Energy

Relevant Subjects - Geology and/or Physics. Competency in English is Essential

Project - Molecular Microbiology & Human Diseases

Relevant Subjects - Molecular biology, Microbiology, Botany, Chemistry

Project - Nutritional Biochemistry

Relevant Subjects - Food Science, Food Chemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry

Project - Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

Relevant Subjects - Chemistry with Physics/Mineral Science/Material Science/Chemical Engineering/Materials Engineering

Experience in upgrading/processing minerals or synthesis/characterization of nano-materials or electrochemical investigations/development of materials for energy related applications will be an additional qualification.

Project - Plant Stress Biology and Molecular Genetics

Relevant Subjects - Physiology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Biotechnology/Molecular Genetics


Employment will be on contract basis. Salary scale is as follows:

Research Assistant Gr.II – 27,775 – 3 x 645 - 29,710/- + 25% (Re.All.) + Govt. All.

Employees will contribute 10% of their salary to the NIFS Staff Provident Fund, while the Institute will contribute 15%. In addition, the Institute will contribute 3% of the salary to the ETF.

Applicants should send detailed curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of two non-related referees together with copies of certificates in support of age and qualifications within 21 days from the date of this advertisement.

Applicants should submit separate cv for each project and mention the relevant project applied on the left-hand corner of the envelope. Further details on research projects can be obtained from

Please note that it is the NIFS policy to appoint only the Research Assistants who register for a M.Phil/PhD degree and also work for a minimum of two years.

The Director
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
Hantana Road, Kandy.

Tel: 081 – 2232002
Fax: 081 - 2232131
Daily News – 27.02.2019

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