Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DBS)

PhD Advertisement for Spring 2023 semester (DBS)

Applications are invited from eligible applicants for admissions to the Ph.D. program of the Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Kolkata.
The details of the admission process are detailed below:-
Applicants are advised to go through the research areas at the following link on the Institute website (Click Here) as well as the department page (Click Here) to get an idea of the research program at DBS.

PhD in Biological Sciences -Walk-in Interview (Spring 2023) Click Here
Application Deadline: 6 PM on 4th December, 2022
Interview Date: December 05, 2022 (Interview in person)
Venue: Room 112, Lecture Hall Complex (LHC), IISER Kolkata,Mohanpur, Nadia 741246
Reporting Time: 9 AM at LHC

Highly motivated candidates having Master's degrees such as M.Sc/MS/ME/M.Tech/MVSc/MSc (Ag) or equivalent (with minimum 55% marks) in:

1.  Any branch of biological sciences to pursue research in the broad fields of Natural Killer cells, Cancer and infectious diseases, Cellular and Molecular biology, Molecular immunology, Developmental biology, Structural biology, Chemical biology, Molecular Microbiology, Plant virus, Behavioral Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Marine biology, Microbial ecology, Neurobiology, Biodiversity, Microbiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Food Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physiology, Human Physiology, Medical Biotechnology, Enzymology, Synthetic Biology, and Theoretical biology. Candidates from agricultural science (such as genetics and plant breeding), nutritional science backgrounds, and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering are also encouraged to apply.


2.   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

Structural biology, cryo-Electron Microscopy, Image processing, biophysics, molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, biomolecular NMR, Structural and Clinical proteomics of fluids and tissues in human diseases, Mass spectrometric Imaging of cancerous tissue, 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/ Physical/Inorganic chemistry or MSc Chemistry with MSc project in the area of organic chemistry/peptide chemistry/small molecule synthesis/bioconjugation 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
(iii) BSc in Chemistry Hons /Physics Hons and MSc in Biophysics and interested in working in the area of computational biology (iv) MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences or MPharm (v) MTech in Chemical Engineering


Neuro-immunology, Neural stem cell neology, Neuro-Virology, Neuropathology, Neuro-Computational Modelling, Neuro-Structural Biology, Neuro-oncology

Computational Biology, Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Modeling of cell motion, biological random processes, intracellular transport, etc.) A Master's degree, with a minimum of 55 % marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.5 on a 10-point scale, in any field of Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electrical Engineering etc. experience in programming in C/C++/FORTRAN/Matlab/Python will be a plus point.
Chemical Ecology Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry/Organic chemistry/Botany/Agricultural Sciences with focus on plant physiology or Entomology/Zoology


Applicants must have any one of the following qualifications:

  • Qualified a National Eligibility exam that provides a 5-year Ph.D. fellowship such as CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF / DBT–JRF–A / ICMR–JRF / DBT–BINC–JRF / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.

    The NET JRF/other National entrance test passing certificate should be valid as of 01 February 2023. Applicant must be qualified for Junior Research fellowship (JRF) to be eligible to apply through NET-JRF mode.

    Applicants applying through INSPIRE mode must have a valid provisional INSPIRE offer for consideration of their application at level II of the selection, issued by DST at the time of interview).
  • Applicants MUST indicate at least ONE DBS faculty as their choice while applying. Indicating more preferences (up to THREE faculties) is strongly recommended.

The following faculty are NOT taking students this time: Dr. Babu Sudhamalla; Dr. Partho Sarothi Ray; Dr. Purba Mukherjee; Prof. Tapas K. Sengupta; Dr. Amirul I. Mallick; Dr. Dipjyoti Das; Dr. Bidisha Sinha; Prof. Jayasri Das Sarma; Dr. Amit K. Mandal;

Selection of the candidates will be as per the GoI norms. Candidates belonging to the respective reserved category need to submit relevant certificates and documents.

Sponsored positions that do not require own fellowship:

A. Project-sponsored Ph.D. position:
A1. A project-funded Ph.D. position is available in the Integrative Taxonomy and Microbial Ecology Research Group (PI- Professor Punyasloke Bhadury) to work on the genomics and genetics of small indigenous fish species (SIS) of Northeast (e.g., Assam) and Odisha in India.
Essential qualifications: Master's degree in Life Science/Zoology/Fisheries/Natural Science/Biotechnology/Environmental Science or Agricultural Science from a recognized University or equivalent with minimum 55% marks. Preference will be given to NET- LS/GATE/ICAR-NET or any other national exam qualified candidates Additional criteria: Experience in aquatic ecology, fieldwork exposure to freshwater ecosystems, basic knowledge in fish biology/taxonomy and genetics/genomics are highly desirable.

B. Institute-funded Ph.D. positions:

B1. In the laboratory of Neelanjana Sengupta: An Institute-funded Ph.D. position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Neelanjana Sengupta. The Ph.D. research will employ extensive computer (MD) simulations to probe how biomolecular systems behave dynamically and thermodynamically. The problems are inspired by biomolecular phenomena such as (mis)folding, aggregation, and response to an external perturbation. Collaboration with experimental groups is routinely undertaken. The group is developing machine learning (ML) methods to complement existing simulation analyses.
Essential qualifications: M.Sc/MS/ME/M.Tech/ degree or equivalent with Master’s degree or equivalent (with minimum 60 % marks) in chemistry/ Physics/ Biophysics/ Biochemistry/ Bionformatics/ Biology/Statistics/ Engineering or other relevant fields. The candidate should have qualified for one of the National eligibility exams like GATE/NET-LS/ IIT-JAM, etc.
Desirable skills: Strong analytical abilities, experience with Linux and computer programing

B2. In the laboratory of Arnab Gupta: An Institute-funded Ph.D. position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Arnab Gupta to work in the area of mammalian copper metabolism, specifically on the role of copper and transition metals in host-pathogen interaction.
Minimum qualifications: Master's degree or equivalent in any branch of life sciences (with minimum 60 % marks). The candidate should have qualified for at least one of the National eligibility exams like GATE/NET-LS.
Additional criteria: Advanced degree in Microbiology is desirable. Prior wet lab experience in bacteria and protozoa handling and cell biology expertise is preferred.

DBS Spring 2023 Ph.D. Timeline:

● Ph.D. application portal opens: 16.10.2022
● Application portal closes: 13.11.2022
● Publication of shortlist for the Interview: 18.11.2022
● Selection Interview window: 26.11.2022
● Publication of Ph.D. interview results: 21.12.2022
● Pre-registration portal opens: 22.12.2022
● Pre-registration deadline: 27.12.2022
● PhD Registration: 28.12.2022
● Orientation: Jan 04 2023

* Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure shortlisting for interviews. The PI’s in DBS may set additional shortlisting criteria based on the candidates’ academic records, experience, and research experience. Further queries regarding selections, interview modes etc., may be directed to the PI you have listed as your first choice (email addresses available on the institute page).