Open Positions

The Agrawal lab is looking for talented individuals with a strong drive and motivation to pursue neuroscience.

Prospective candidates at all levels should have excellent communication skills, inter-personal skills and ability to work in inter-disciplinary team comprising of biologists, engineers and clinicians. 

PhD Candidates: Qualified candidates can apply through MAHE PhD entrance test (MET), for KMC, Manipal conducted twice a year. More details are here.

UGC-CSIR/NET/DBT-JRF qualified candidates can write to me directly with a cover letter and CV. 

Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of our research, PhD candidates are expected to have good bench skills, soft skills and computation skills (Python & R coding) to analyze bioinformatics and behavioral data. Adequate training is provided and candidates are expected to have strong desire for self-learning.


Postdoctoral Candidates: Candidates are encouraged to obtain their own fellowships. Candidates with strong publication record and relevant experience in  these areas are encouraged to apply: Behavioral Neuroscience, Drosophila genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics. Qualified candidates are encouraged to write to me with their CV and two page research proposal. I will be happy to work with you on your application for various national Postdoctoral fellowships such as N-PDF and others. 

MAHE also has a competitive Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and prospective candidates with relevant experience and with at least two international publications in biological sciences, can write to me directly with their two page research proposal and CV.


Short term Project Candidates (JRFs): Short-term positions with 1-2 year commitment may be available for exceptionally talented candidates with either Biology or Engineering background.

Candidates from Biology/Medicine background should have demonstrable experience in some of these areas: neuroscience, behavioral biology, molecular cloning, Drosophila genetics, bioinformatics, imaging. 

Candidates from Engineering background should have demonstrable skills in computer coding and hardware hacking incorporating Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, laser cutters, 3-D printers etc. Experience in computational biology, data science, bioinformatics and machine vision is preferred but not mandatory.

Project Trainees: Six months- year long thesis project positions may be available for exceptionally talented candidates on a case by case basis.

We currently do not have any open positions for short summer projects.

Life at MAHE & KMC Manipal



Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

DBT - Ramalingaswami

Re-entry Fellowship


Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

DBT,India Research Grant


MAHE start-up seed funding