Department of Physical Sciences (DPS)
Minimum Eligibility criteria:
Applications are invited from motivated candidates having Masters degree with at least 55% aggregate marks in any field of Physical Sciences for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Final year post-graduate students who are yet to obtain their degree may also apply; however, they must complete the MSc/MS degree at the time of admission with the requisite 55% aggregate marks.
Reservations for SC/ST/OBC candidates are applicable as per Government of India rules.
There are two channels of admission.
Channel 1: External funding
Apart from satisfying minimal eligibility criteria all candidates must have their own PhD fellowships, such as, UGC/CSIR-NET JRF, INSPIRE or any other equivalent fellowships. The list of openings for externally funded candidates is listed below:
Experimental:Following is the list of topics in experimental physics where department is willing to take PhD students:
Theoretical/Computational: Following is the list of topics in theoretical and/or computational physics where department is willing to take PhD students:
- Semiconductor physics, spectroscopy and dynamics of excitons, dynamics of phase transitions, physics in high magnetic fields, pulsed magnets
- Quantum information processing, topological insulator
- Nonlinear optical phenomena in novel materials
- Atomic and molecular physics, kinematically complete measurements in electron-molecule collisions, electron collision studies with biologically important molecules
- Investigations at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature; phase transitions through structural and electronic transport investigations
- Electronic structure in strongly correlated systems and related phenomenology, metal-insulator transition in transition metal oxides, high-Tc superconductors, low dimensional system etc.
- Nonlinear dynamics in electronic systems
- Soft condensed matter, equilibrium statistical mechanics of poly-electrolytes (charged polymers), phase transformations, crystallization etc.
- Complex systems, networks, evolutionary game theory, origin of life, socio-physics etc.
- Applications of statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and soft condensed matter physics in the interdisciplinary areas of physics and biology
- High energy particle physics, collider phenomenology, effect of spin and polarizations, effective field theory, model building, computer algebra and automation, machine learning etc.
- Quantum condensed matter, strongly correlated systems of electrons, topological state of matter etc.
- Disordered phases of condensed matter systems
- Non equilibrium many-body dynamics, ultracold quantum gases and Bose-Einstein condensate, many-body localization
Channel 2: Institute funding
A limited number of Institute fellowships are available in the following areas, for students who do not have their own fellowship. For these fellowships the candidates must have qualified in one of the following examinations: GATE, JEST, NET-LS (apart from satisfying minimal eligibility criteria).
- (Experimental) Investigations at extreme conditions of pressure and temperature; phase transitions through structural and electronic transport investigations
- (Experimental) Electronic structure in strongly correlated systems and related phenomenology, metal-insulator transition in transition metal oxides, high-Tc superconductors, low dimensional system etc.
- (Theoretical/Computational) Applications of statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and soft condensed matter physics in the interdisciplinary areas of physics and biology
Interdisciplinary areas of research
Several inter-disciplinary areas of research are also available to the candidates with physics-related background, as given in the table below:
Interdisciplinary Research Area
Preferred background of the student from other areas
|Theory and Computer simulations of biomolecular phenomena including folding, misfolding and self-assembly; solvent dynamical coupling; thermo-physical responses; energy transduction and dynamical heterogeneity
- Basic Eligibility:
M.Sc is Physics/Chemistry/Computer Science/Statistics, with a minimum of 55% marks. Qualification in GATE/NET/INSPIRE/other equivalent fellowship.
Basic knowledge of biophysics and/or prior experience of computer programming.
|Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
||M.Sc. in Physics
|Quantum chemistry, Electronic structure theory, Density functional theory
||As given under Department of Chemical Sciences
|Molecular dynamics simulation to understand structure and dynamics in nanoporous materials, Metal-Organic framework and other complex systems, Salvation dynamics, Ionic Liquids, etc.
||M.Sc. in Physics
* 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 the research interest of the candidates.
The profiles of the faculty members of the department can found in the following URL: http://www.iiserkol.ac.in/people/faculty/dps
Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their academic CV and Statement of Purpose to the faculties of their choice (by email).