Working at NCCS

National Centre for Cell sciences was established in March 1988 with a current mandate to perform high quality research in cell biology, teaching and training. Over the years, NCCS has been responsible for the emergence of cell biology related work in India. The NCCS National Cell repository and the microbial culture repositories are invaluable for researchers to pursue and nurture innovative ideas and develop relevant technologies in the Life Science sector.

The Centre has got state-of-the-art centralised facilities like Mass Specs, Microscopes, Chromatography Platforms, FACS, Bioinformatics, X-ray crystallography etc., to undertake fundamental mechanistic investigations in the field of Cancer Biology, Immunology, Infectious diseases, Systems Biology, Metabolic Diseases, Microbial Biology, Neuroscience, and Stem Cell research.

NCCS is a place for great minds to work, grow and thrive. Keeping with the mandate, Human resource development and capacity building are an integral and major component of the activities at NCCS. We have highly experienced workforce devoted to excellence who generate high-quality scientific talent by providing students and other researchers with the required resources, training and opportunities.

NCCS encourages youngsters to pursue a career in research by making available the mentorship of  its faculty and its facilities through three main academic programmes at NCCS:

(i) Ph.D. programme

(ii) Project training (6-months / 1 year)

(iii) 2-months’ summer training for Indian Science Academies Summer Research Fellows

NCCS lends research and infrastructural support and mentorship to in-house post-doctoral and other early career scientists, to promote young scientific talent. We also conduct workshops to train researchers at all levels, including students, early-career scientists, faculty and technical staff. These workshops included hands-on training, and covered diverse topics, including research methodologies and cutting-edge technologies like bioimaging techniques, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry for proteomics, bioinformatics, cell culture technology, experimental animal techniques, techniques related to microbial ecology and taxonomy, science communication and grant proposal writing, and career guidance.

We have almost all academic policy documents in place to protect and safe guard our activities and staffs. The career opportunities are regularly publicised through our website under the Tab Careers/Opportunities.


The research conducted at NCCS over the last five years has resulted in excellent publications and patents. The academic activities, science communication and extra mural projects are managed through three independent and well-structured entities within the organisation.  Recognition of the capabilities of the institute and the potential of individual scientists to excel is also evident from the extramural funding and mega projects that we have successfully attracted, as well as the network of national and international collaborations that we have been able to build. These extramurally-funded projects were supported by various national funding agencies including DBT, DST, BIRAC, CSIR, ICMR, AYUSH, DAE, MoE and DRDO, industries like Unilever, Jai Research Foundation, Cipla, Tata Steel, and KEM Hospital Research Center, Vadu. Apart from this, NCCS was also successful in initiating international collaborative ventures through bilateral Indo-Australian, Indo-UK, Indo-Spain, Indo-Finnish, Indo-US, Indo-Russian and Wellcome Trust DBT funding programmes.

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