Fungi Specialist

Minimum Master of Science (Mycology and Plant Pathology)

Not required

The tasks a Mycologist is expected to perform include:

Conducting research on identification, structure, growth, dissemination and classification of fungi

Evolving methods to apply findings in fields of agriculture medicine and industry

Obtaining specimen of fungi and preparing cultures in selected media

Conducting microscopic observations of specimens under laboratory conditions to study their structure, growth and multiplication

Identifying and classifying the chosen specimen

Studying relationship between fungi and other plants and animals

Evolving the techniques of control of fungi by chemical and other methods

Extracting, analyzing and testing the use of by-products of fungus activity

Evolving new strains of fungi for similar studies

Conducting experiments for medical and industrial application of the by-products

Specializing and conducting research and development in fields of antibiotics, preservation of stores, etc.

Finding improved methods of propagating and growing edible fungi

Skilled at identification, structure, growth, dissemination and classification of fungi

Proficient in finding the techniques that can be brought in use to control fungi by chemicals

Skilled in obtaining specimen of fungi

Proficient in preparing cultures of fungi in the selected media

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo

Not required

Hard working

Ability to work independently


Good communication skills

Good analytical skills

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is necessary

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For freshers -INR16,000 toINR25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Life Sciences Industry in India

India is gearing up to become an international player in the life sciences, powered by its recent economic growth and a desire to add biotechnology to its portfolio.

As per a special report published by the journal Science, science in India is on the move in a big way. The government has initiated multibillion dollar investments to kick start research, education, and innovation over the next five years. India's greatest challenge will be in educating, recruiting, and supporting its next generation of scientists.

Biotechnology represents a potential sector of economic growth and an important component in India's national health agenda. Appreciating the important role that biology will play in this century, the Indian government is expanding as well as starting several new biological research institutes, which will open up many new positions for life science researchers. Funds also are becoming available for state-of-the-art equipment, thus decreasing the earlier large disparity in support facilities between the top research institutes in India.

Like the broader social structure of India itself, opportunities for research vary tremendously at different institutions within India. At the top end, faculty members at research institutes possess, by and large, the necessary equipment to perform high quality research and have access to central staff that take care of needs such as autoclaving and media preparation.

India's government announced an ambitious science, technology, and innovation funding protocol: in the next five years, double its investment in science and technology and, by 2020, drive India's output of scientific publications to be among the top five nations globally

Considering all these aspects, it is safe to say that the job demand for a Mycologist in the area of Life Sciences is likely to increase in the coming years.

Specialist microbes producers

Government and private research institutes

Commercial fungi breeding companies

Specialized fungi producers

Agricultural sciences recruitment boards

Cities and towns across India

Will be updated

Government and private colleges and universities across India

Will be updated