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Open Positions

We currently have multiple open positions in the lab: We are looking for a talented JRF with bioinformatics and bioengineering skills. Deadline to apply: December 10, 2023.  Application details click here.

We also have two open PhD positions (deadline for application through MAHE: December 25th). Candidates need to apply through MAHE PhD entrance test (MET). Those who have qualified a national exam (e.g. GATE/NET/JRF) can email me directly and apply as per the details here. For a detailed brochure for the PhD admissions at MAHE in December, 2023, download the brochure here.

General Requirements: The Agrawal lab is always 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. 

Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of our research, aspiring 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.

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. PhD registration for such candidates is open 4 times/year upon fulfillment of eligibility criteria of MAHE. 

Postdoctoral Candidates: Candidates with strong publication record and relevant experience in  these areas are encouraged to apply: Neuroscience, Drosophila genetics, Molecular Biology, 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. 

Project Assistant: Short-term positions with 1-2 years minimum commitment for candidates having their own funding may be available for exceptionally talented candidates with biology or engineering background. 


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.

MSc Thesis: We may have 1-2 positions for talented and committed MSc students from MAHE who are passionate about research. Interested candidates should write to me with their CV and one page cover letter explaining their interest in out work.

We currently do not have any open positions for short projects (6 months-1 year) MSc thesis projects for candidates outside Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

Life at MAHE & KMC Manipal



Department of Biotechnology, Government of India


Re-entry Fellowship


MAHE start-up grant


Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

DBT, India Research Grant


SERB Core Research Grant

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