Vacancies for Research Assistant Gr.II

The National Institute of Fundamental Studies is consistently ranked among the leading Research Institutes in Sri Lanka. We are globally engaged, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time.

Job No : NIFS/Careers/2021/09/712

Work type : Contract Basis

Location : NIFS Headquarters, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Division/ Research Programmes :

Remuneration : Research Assistant Gr.II – 27,775 – 3 x 645 - 29,710/- + 25% (Research Allowance) + Approved Government allowances

Advertised : 2021-08-08 (Sunday Observer)

Applications close on : 03.00 pm on



  1. A four-year Degree with specialization in the relevant subject (please see below) with first or second class (upper division) Honors


  1. A four-year degree with specialization in the relevant subject (please see below) with second class (lower division) Honors


  1. A Degree with the relevant subjects (please see below) and postgraduate degree in the relevant subject with a research component.


a). 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: Chemistry, Physics or Related Engineering subjects

Employment will be on contract basis and it is the NIFS policy to appoint only the Research Assistants who register for an M.Phil/PhD degree and also work for a minimum of two years.

Age Limit : Should be not less than 22 years and not more than 45 years


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.

Selection Procedure

From a structured interview conducted by a panel appointed by the NIFS and a written competitive examination if necessary.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted online (preferred) or under registered cover (should mention the relevant post applied, on the left-hand corner of the envelope) with copies of certificates in support of age and qualifications.

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Senior Professor Ranjith Premalal De Silva
Acting Director/CEO
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
Hantana Road, Kandy

Tel: 081-2232002