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Profile Details
Name – Mritunjay Pandey
Designation – Postdoctoral Fellow
OrganisationNational Institute of Health, Virginia, USA
Age – 38
Work Experience (Years) – 10

Under-Graduation – B. Sc, St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi
Post-Graduation – M.Sc, Cochin University

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I graduated with my Master’s degree from Cochin University. I got the job of a zoology lecturer at Banasthali Vidyapith. After gaining 3 years of work experience, I left the institute and started my current job at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology as a researcher. I worked there for 3 years . After that, I applied for the post of postdoctorate at the National Institute of Health at Virginia and got an interview call. Since then, I have been working with the same institution. I currently have 10 years of work experience.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

My daily job consists mainly of testing various medicines and research work on developing medicines. My day starts with me and my team testing various medicines sent to us by various companies for verification and approval. We make a report of all the chemical tests done, its effect on the human body and its preservation time. In the second half, we do research work on the medicines under development for various uncured diseases. Every once in a while, my team sends the report to the central government describing the various major diseases that prevail in the country and possible reasons for the disorders.

Average Income for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
Less than 7 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security for a Postdoctoral Fellow?
Would you consider being a Postdoctoral Fellow Risky?
Not Risky

My job is mainly research work and does not involve any risk-taking tasks.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance for a Postdoctoral Fellow?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability for a Postdoctoral Fellow?
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What are the different ways of entering as a Postdoctoral Fellow?

A Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the biological field are important.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Easy Going
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Very Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Post-Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Cochin University

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

10 lakhs approximately

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organised and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

You should have thorough knowledge in your field and some practical experience is a must.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

By working with such an institution, you are able to create general awareness among people about the degrading living standards of people due to suffering from diseases. Every day, you have to perform a different work to determine what the medicine really is, this does not make the work boring and helps you learn new facts every day. Since the organization is completely government owns, you not only get a handsome salary but also allowance for living and education for your children.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?

One of the major drawbacks of the job is that until and unless you have a thorough knowledge of your subject along with practical experience, you cannot succeed or even start such a career. Many times, you are required to travel to other states to carry out the research world which consumes a lot of time and energy. Sometimes, the research work is also not that easy, you have to spend hours looking at the various effects the drug could have on a human system.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Job (Annual Family Income upto 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Very Easy
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I always have been a keen learner and so a job involving research tasks is just fit for me. So, I would take this line anyways.