Research Assistant Gr.II

The National Institute of Fundamental Studies is the only Institute of its kind, established by an Act of Sri Lankan Parliament. Some of its aims and objectives, amongst others, are to initiate, promote and conduct research and original investigation into fundamental studies in general, with particular emphasis on mathematics, physical and chemical sciences, life sciences, social sciences and philosophy, taken in the broadest sense.

Job No : NIFS/Careers/2022/11/851

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 .Allw.) +  Govt. Allw.

Advertised : 2022-11-21

Applications close on : 03.00 pm on


Qualifications :

  1. A four year Degree with specialization in the relevant subject (Please see below) with First or Second Class (Upper Division) Honors                                                                                                                                                                               OR
  2. A four year Degree with specialization in the relevant subject (Please see below) with Second Class (Lower Division) Honors                                                                                                                                                                                            OR
  3. A Degree with the relevant subjects (Please see below) and Postgraduate Degree in the relevant subject with a research component.
  1. 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. 
  2. Applicants should fill and submit the online form which is available at
  3. Please note that it is the NIFS policy to appoint only the Research Assistants who will register for a M.Phil/PhD degree and also work for a minimum of one year. 
Relevant Subjects for Projects
  1.  Project -  Thermoelectricity                                                                                                                                              Relevant Subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science                                                                                               Interest in materials science research and good communication skills in English are essential.                   Experience mathematical modelling will be an added advantage.  
  2.  Project   -    Molecular Microbiology & Human Diseases                                                                                                 Relevant Subjects – Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology, Biostatistics,  Bioinformatics,  Zoology.                   Hands on experience with Molecular techniques would be an added advantage.
  3.  Project –   Nutritional Biochemistry                                                                                                                                 Relevant Subjects – Food Science, Biochemistry, Food Biochemistry, Nutrition                                                     Hands-on experience with in-vitro assays, HPLC, and GC would be an added advantage.                             Proficiency in statistical analysis and scientific writing would be a plus point.


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.

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.

Submit the application online

Secretary to the Governing Board
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
Hantana Road, Kandy

Tel: 081-22 32 106 / 081-22 32 107