Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DBS)

PhD Advertisement for Spring 2022 semester (DBS)

Along with dedicated high-quality teaching, the faculty at the Department of Biological Sciences are actively engaged in working on various 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 Ph.D. scholars are the primary work forces. Located amid lush greenery and a quiet environment, here, our students pursue their research career 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 in our vibrant Ph.D. program at DBS and at other departments with an 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, Molecular immunology, Cancer biology, Developmental biology, Structural biology, Chemical biology, Plant biology, Plant molecular and developmental biology, Plant genetics, Plant tissue culture, Molecular Microbiology, and Plant virus, Behavioral biology, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Marine biology, Microbial ecology, Neurobiology, Biodiversity, Microbiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Food Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences or MPharm, 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 and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering 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

Preferred background of the student from other areas 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 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 to work 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

Mechano-biology employing fluorescence imaging, interference reflection microscopy, PDMS based cell stretching, micro patterning, optical trapping, traction force microscopy, image/data Analysis Physics/Biophysics/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science
Computational Biology A 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, Chemistry, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics
Epigenetics, chromatin biology, unnatural amino acid biology, proteomics, homology modeling, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Biophysical chemistry
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics (Modeling of cell motion, biological random processes, intracellular transport etc.) Master's degree in physics/Chemistry/Applied mathematics/Applied statistics/Computer science/ Bio-technology/ Biophysics/ Biochemistry/any engineering field with 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.00/10. Experience of 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.
  • INSPIRE-PhD fellowship (should be in possession of provisional selection letter at the time of Interview).

Please note that there are no vacancies for Ph.D. students in the laboratories of Annagiri Sumana, Anindita Bhadra, Bidisha Sinha, Rupak Datta and Supratim Datta.

Additionally, there are a few project funded positions also available in the following specific fields:

Project funded PhD student(s)
1. A project funded Ph.D. position is available in the Integrative Taxonomy and Microbial Ecology Research Group (PI- Professor Punyasloke Bhadury) to address questions pertaining to marine biodiscovery and assessing the health of coastal oceans in a changing climate.
Essential Qualification: Master's degree holder including Integrated MS in any discipline of Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences/Biotechnology with minimum 55% marks can apply. Candidates who have qualified for one of the National eligibility exams - CSIR-UGC/ NET LS/GATE/JAM/JGEEBILS/ICMR-JRF/ etc. may be preferred. Previous proven background in undertaking extensive field work in aquatic ecosystems, aquatic chemistry, and ecology-based measurements as well as developing new approaches for assessing the ecological quality of aquatic ecosystems would be preferred. Candidates should clearly mention their area of interest in their SOP based on the above-highlighted themes. Highly motivated candidates who also have a proven track record in the area of marine biodiscovery theme will be also preferred.

Institute funded Ph.D. position in the laboratory of Tapas K Sengupta
An Institute funded Ph.D. position is available in the laboratory of Tapas K Sengupta to work in the area of molecular microbiology to understand the regulatory mechanisms of bacterial biofilm formation and implications in bioremediation and/or therapeutics.
Minimum qualifications: Master's degree or equivalent in any branch of life sciences (with minimum 55% marks); qualified one of the National eligibility exams.
Additional criteria: Academic background and experience in the area of Microbiology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and strong communication skills are desirable.

Institute funded Ph.D. position in the laboratory of Mohit Prasad
An Institute-funded Ph.D. position is available in the lab of Dr. Mohit Prasad to study Metazaon morphogenesis employing the Drosophila oogenesis model. 
Essential qualification: M.Sc/MS/ME/M.Tech/MVSc/MSc degree or equivalent (with minimum 55% marks); qualified one of the National eligibility exams.
Additional criteria: Background in the area of Life Science/ Biotechnology/ Genetics/ Cell biology will be desirable.  Preference will be given to any previous work experience in a wet laboratory. The candidate must have had Mathematics in class 10th and 12th standard. 

Institute funded Ph.D. position in the laboratory of Malancha Ta
An Institute-funded Ph.D. is available in the lab of Dr. Malancha Ta in the broad area of study of human mesenchymal stem cells under different physiological stress conditions.
Additional criteria: Preferred background should be in the area of Life Science /Biotechnology /Physiology /Human genetics, and strong communication skills are desirable. Working experience in a wet lab with cell culture and molecular biology techniques would be preferred. 

* Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure that a candidate will be called for the Interview. The department might set additional short-listing criteria based on the candidates’ academic records, experience, and research interests.

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