Plant Physiologist

Minimum M.Sc. in Agriculture in Plant Physiology

Not required

The tasks a Plant Physiologist is expected to perform include:

Studying functional activities in living plants and determining factors affecting them

Conducting field and laboratory experiments to determine effects of environmental conditions on plants

Correcting deficient symptoms in rate of growth, colour of leaves, quantum of yield, etc.

Administering nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, magnesium sulphur and other chemicals in soil

Folio spraying of plant or pre-soaking seed with stimulant prior to planting

Studying effects of environmental conditions on storage life of fruits and vegetables

Studying life history of resistant species of plants and conducting research on physiological problems of Indian plants

Conducting research on land reclamation, sand dune fixation and desert and semi-desert conditions, metabolism of parasite plants of India, special excretion of roots which controls plant growth, physiological study of germination of seeds and photoperiodism of Indian plants

Preparing and co-ordinating reports of physiological studies

In-depth knowledge of plant cells, tissues and organs

Familiar with proteins involved in plant stress response

Experience of analysisofexpressionpatternsofgenesinrelationtodifferentenvironmentalconditions

Skilled in measurements of accumulation level of biochemical compounds involved in abiotic stress response

Abreast with modern techniques used in plant physiological status assessment

Knowledge of plant biological databases helpful in plant physiology research

Knowledge of plant metabolites involved in biotic/abiotic stress responses

Knowledge of how plant function at molecular, cellular and whole plant level

Ph.D. in Agricultural Plant Physiology

Ability to make informed decisions

Excellent communication skills

Good interpersonal skills



Excellent analytical skills

Attention to detail

It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling maybe a part of this job role

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 considered hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards include mental stress, pain in joints, injury to body from equipment used in the laboratory, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers -INR9,000 toINR15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Growth of Life Sciences in India

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. In early 2013, Indian 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. "The government is going to inject $5 billion into science and technology over the next five years," says C.N.R. Rao, the founder of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)

The Government initiatives will ensure lot of opportunities for people involved in scientific research and development. Hence the prospects of Plant Physiologist will also be very bright.

Colleges and universities (research, teaching and extension)Agricultural organisations

Agrichemical companies

Seed and plant production companies

Research laboratories

Cities and towns across India