Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DES)

PhD Advertisement for Spring Semester 2018 (DES)

The Department of Earth Sciences (DES), IISER Kolkata is looking for bright and motivated students, who have completed their M.Sc. / MS / M.Sc. Tech / M. Tech (with minimum of 55% marks) in:

1) Geology / Applied Geology / Geophysics / Earth Sciences / Marine geology / any other branch of Geological sciences

Or

2) Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Biological Sciences / Computational Seismology / Remote sensing and GIS / engineering/ Environmental Science/ Environmental Studies/ Atmospheric Science as subject areas interested to pursue research with the DES faculty member in the matching specialization.

 

Final year post-graduate students who are yet to obtain their degree may also apply; however, they must have completed their degree at the time of admission. Some of the important information about this program is provided below.

 

Channel 1: Through external funding
Eligibility for externally funded students:


  • Candidates having valid CSIR NET JRF / UGC-NET JRF / DST-INSPIRE / other equivalent fellowship would be eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have physics, chemistry and mathematics at 10+2 level, and at least one of these subjects at their bachelor level.
  • They can work with any faculty member in DES based on mutual research interest.

 

The research areas are listed below :-

i) Geophysics, Seismology, Continental Tectonics, Seismic Tomography, Ambient Noise Tomography, Computational Geophysics / Seismology

ii)Application of trace elements, radiogenic and stable isotopes to investigate cause of extinction events, response to climate change, history of oxygenation, and anthropogenic activity

iii)Application of stable isotope to understand paleoclimate and paleomonsoon, river response to plaeomonsoon

iv)Organic geochemistry and biogeochemistry

v)Metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry and geochronology

vi)Environmental science, understanding the stability and transport properties of metal and metal nanoparticles in the subsurface environment, application of eco-friendly nanoparticles for the remediation of toxic metals in subsurface environment

vii)Atmospheric science - chemical characterization of aerosols, sources and transport, impacts of aerosols on urban/regional air quality and global climate change.

 

Channel 2: Through IISER Kolkata funding
Eligibility for institute funded students:


  • Candidates must have qualified in one of the following examinations, GATE, SLET, UGC/CSIR NET-LS, INSPIRE, other equivalent examination.
  • Candidates must have physics, chemistry and mathematics at 10+2 level, and at least one of these subjects at their bachelor level.
  • The institute will fund students interested to work in the following research areas (a - c). Candidates must fulfill essential qualification/have matching research interest given under the different research areas. Number of student uptake for each research area is one
  1. Geophysics, Seismology. Essential qualifications: M.Sc. / MS / M.Sc. Tech / M. Tech in Geology / Applied Geology / Geophysics / Earth Sciences / Computational Seismology
  2. Atmospheric Science/Environmental Science. Understanding the characteristics and sources of atmospheric aerosols affecting regional air quality and global climate change. Essential qualifications: M.Sc. / M.S. / M.Sc. Tech / M. Tech. in Environmental Sciences / Environmental Studies / Atmospheric Science / Environmental Engineering / Chemistry / Civil engineering or closely related fields.
  3. Trace element and isotope geochemistry: A. Estuarine modulation of the elemental and isotopic composition (e.g., of Li) of river water, and its implications for the use of seawater isotope composition as a proxy of continental weathering. B. Assessment of Mo isotope composition of continental weathering flux through investigation of rivers draining various lithologies. Essential qualifications: M.Sc. / M.S. / M.Sc. Tech / M.Tech. in Earth Science or closely related fields.

 

Channel 3: Through Project funding
Eligibility for project funded students:

A PhD position for a project titled "Stability and transport properties of nanopesticides in the soil environment: Understanding the safety of applying nanotechnology to the agricultural sector" is open.
The interested candidates must have:

  • Qualified in one of the following examinations: GATE, SLET, UGC/CSIR NET-LS, INSPIRE, other equivalent examination
  • Completed M.Sc. / MS / M.Sc. Tech / M. Tech (with minimum of 55% marks) in Environmental Sciences/ Chemistry / Biological Sciences
  • Taken Chemistry as one of the major at bachelor's level.
  •  

    Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure that a candidate will be called for the interview. Additional criteria for shortlisting might be set by the department based on academic records, experience and research interest of the candidates. Reservations of candidates will be as per government norms:-

     

    The departmental faculty profiles can be found at the URL: Click Here