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Career options are available for those who hold a bachelors, masters or a Ph.D. degree in the sciences. Kothari explains, “I would suppose a minimum of a Ph.D. is required. Given that the Indian market is way too nascent with almost no funding from the government, it’s generally pretty hard to sustain oneself unless you are not an academician. If, of course, an individual chooses this field, they should have a strong product, usable by the masses to start up with.”

Just a handful of roles available in India
Most of the jobs available in India are that of sales engineer or an academician since nanoelectronics has negligible presence in India, informs Nirav Kothari. There are just a handful of jobs as scientists or engineers or research officers. Commenting on the job roles in India, he says, “They could be hired as lab engineers who would perform hands-on research of a potential application of a nanoparticle for use in industry.”

Talking about roles available in his company, Krishna Kant shares, “Initially, they can work as a junior research trainee if they have interest in research, else as marketing executives where there is an opportunity to work in building company’s relations and deal with high-end buyers of the nanomaterial products.” He further adds, “At present, we encourage young graduates to come up with new ideas and development of the products; we can provide them a platform to execute their ideas. We are a start-up company in this field and require young enthusiastic people who can join us as a team and provide their inputs in marketing as well as in the research.”


The author is a technical correspondent at EFY Bengaluru. (Excerpts from http://www.nano.iisc.ernet.in)

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