IISER-K Biological Sciences PhD Admissions 2020 Autumn

Doctor of Philosophy Programme, IISER Kolkata

Advertisement for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme for the Autumn Semester 2020

IISER Kolkata invites applications from motivated students for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme for the Autumn 2020. The selected candidates can do Ph.D. in any of the following disciplines: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics,Physical Sciences and Space Sciences.

Reservations for candidates will be as per Govt.of India norms.

Eligible applicants of the PhD programme are encouraged to apply for the attractive Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (https://pmrf.in/) in addition to applying to IISER Kolkata regular admission.

Along with the dedicated high-quality teaching, the faculties of the Department of Biological Sciences are actively engaged in solving a variety of research problems ranging from basic sciences to applied sciences using cutting edge technologies employing multidisciplinary approaches. For carrying out the various challenging research work, our PhD scholars are the main work forces. Located amid lush greenery and quiet environment, here, our students pursue their research carrier with loads of enthusiasm, perseverance and hard work under the caring guidance of the highly skilled and acclaimed faculties and eventually establish themselves in their professional field.
If you would like to enroll yourself into our vibrant PhD programme at DBS and also at some other departments with interest in the interdisciplinary biological fields, please see the details below and act accordingly.
Applications are invited from motivated candidates having master's degree such as M.Sc/MS/ME/M.Tech/MVSc/MSc(Ag) degree or equivalent (with minimum 55% marks) in:
  1.   Any branch of biological sciences to pursue research in the broad fields of Cellular and Molecular biology, Cancer biology, Developmental biology, Structural biology, Chemical biology, Plant biology, Plant molecular and developmental biology, Plant genetics, Plant tissue culture, Behavioral biology and Ecology, Genetics, Marine biology, Neurobiology, Biodiversity, Microbiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Food technology, Physiology, Human Physiology, Medical Biotechnology and theoretical biology, Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology. Candidates from agricultural science (such as genetics and plant breeding) and nutritional science backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
  2. OR
  3.   Chemistry / physics / statistics / mathematics / computer application / computer science to pursue research in the interdisciplinary research areas as specified in the table below:
Interdisciplinary Research Area
Preferred background of the student from other areas
Gene regulatory networks using plant signaling and genomics
Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Statistics, Computer Application, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Analytical Chemistry
Structural biology, cryo-Electron Microscopy, Image processing, biophysics, molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, biomolecular NMR, Structural Proteomics and imaging to portrait cancerous tissue, Clinical proteomics, Microbiome & Cancer
Biophysics/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Physics/Chemistry/ Computer Science
Peptide based therapeutics, cancer nanomedicine, drug delivery, biomimetic chemistry, chemical biology, supramolecular chemistry, applied biomaterials, cancer biology, and regenerative nanomedicine
(i) MSc Chemistry having specialization in organic chemistry or MSc Chemistry with MSc project in the area of organic chemistry
(ii) MSc Chemistry having specialization in Physical Chemistry or MSc Chemistry with MSc project in the area of computational chemistry and interested to work in the area of computational biology
Neuro-immunology, Neural stem cell neology, Neuro-Virology, Neuropathology, Neuro-Computational Modelling, Neuro-Structural Biology, Neuro-oncology
Mechano-biology employing fluorescence imaging, interference reflection microscopy, PDMS based cell stretching, micro patterning, optical trapping, traction force microscopy, image/data AnalysisPhysics/Biophysics/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science
Computational BiologyA Master's degree, with minimum 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.5 on a 10-point scale, in any field of Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics
Epigenetics, chromatin biology, unnatural amino acid biology, proteomics, homology modeling, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulationsBiochemistry/Biotechnology/Biophysical chemistry
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Modeling of cell motion, biological random processes, intracellular transport etc.)Master's degree in physics/applied mathematics/applied statistics/computer science/Bio-technology/any engineering field with 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.00/10. Experience of programming in C/C++/FORTRAN/Matlab will be a plus point.

Candidates funded through a valid fellowship like UGC/CSIR-NET JRF, DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF, BINC, INSPIRE or other equivalent fellowships are strongly encouraged to apply.
In addition, multiple institute and project funded fellowships are available: See below for details

Institute funded PhD student(s)
1. One institute funded PhD fellowship is available for students interested to working in the field of Structural and clinical proteomics of proteins, important in human diseases and mass spectrometry-based imaging of clinically important molecules in human tissues Qualification: MS/M.Sc/M.Tech in Life Sciences/Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Physiology with minimum 60% marks. Candidate must have qualified NET-LS/JGEEBILS/GATE.

Desirable: A keen interest in mass spectrometry and structural biology; working experience in protein chemistry

2.One institute funded PhD fellowship is available for students who are interested in theoretical and computational biophysics. The topics of research will involve studies of biomolecular interactions, transitions and thermodynamics. Cutting edge molecular simulations will be performed in sync with in-house analysis approaches. Qualifications: MS/MSc/M.Tech degree in Physics or Computer Science, with 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.00/10. The candidates must have qualified one of these exams: GATE/CSIR-UGC NET LS/JEST/JAM.

Desirable: Direct hands-on research experience in biomolecular simulations. Hands-on experience in one of these languages: Python/TCL/Fortran.

* Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure that a candidate will be called for the interview. Additional short-listing criteria might be set by the department based on academic records, experience and research interest of the candidates.

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