Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DES)

PhD Advertisement for Autumn 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


2) Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Biological Sciences / Computational Seismology / Remote sensing and GIS / engineering / Environmental Science / Environmental Studies / Atmospheric Science, 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.


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.
  • Candidates interested to work in environmental nanoscience, preference will be given to those with chemistry as one of the subjects at bachelor level and with environmental science/chemistry at master level
  • They can work with any faculty member in DES based on mutual research interest. The research areas are listed below:-
    1. Geophysics, Seismology, Continental Tectonics, Seismic Tomography, Ambient Noise Tomography, Computational Geophysics / Seismology
    2. Application of trace elements, radiogenic isotopes, stable isotopes and metal isotopes to understand the oceanic and continental response to climate change, assess the history of oxygenation, determine the role of CO2 evasion from Indian rivers in the global atmospheric CO2 budget
    3. Application of stable isotope to understand paleoclimate and paleomonsoon, river response to paleomonsoon
    4. Metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry and geochronology
    5. Environmental nanoscience: i) application of nanoparticles for the real-time detection of pollutants in the marine environment ii) understanding the fate and transport of nanoparticles in the environment
    6. Atmospheric science - chemical characterization of aerosols, sources and transport, impacts of aerosols on air quality and climate change

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 (i - iii). 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. Atmospheric Science / Environmental Science. Understanding the characteristics and sources of atmospheric aerosols, and their effects on regional air quality and climate change.
      Essential qualifications: M.Sc. / M.S. / M.Sc. Tech / M.Tech in Earth Sciences / Environmental Sciences / Environmental Studies / Atmospheric Science / Environmental Engineering / Chemistry / Civil Engineering or closely related fields
    2. Low-temperature trace element and isotope geochemistry.
      Essential qualifications: Masters in Earth Sciences / Geology / Geological Sciences / Chemistry or closely related fields. The candidates with sound mathematical skills at 10+2 level or above would be given preference.
    3. Geophysics/Seismology/Continental Tectonics


    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.


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