Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DBS)

PhD Advertisement for Autumn 2019 semester (DBS)

Along with the dedicated high quality teaching, the faculties of the Department of Biological Sciences of IISER Kolkata are actively engaged in solving varieties of 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 PhD scholars are the main work forces. Located amid lush greenery and quiet environment, here, our students pursue their research carrier 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 into our vibrant PhD programme at DBS and also at some other departments with 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, cancer biology, developmental biology, structural biology, chemical biology, plant biology, plant molecular and developmental biology, plant genetics, plant tissue culture, behavioral biology and ecology, genetics, epigenetics and gene regulation, marine biology, neurobiology, molecular immunology, host pathogen interaction, biodiversity, microbiology, biophysics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, food technology and theoretical biology. Candidates from agricultural science (such as genetics and plant breeding) and nutritional science backgrounds 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

Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Statistics, Computer Application, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Analytical Chemistry

Structural biology, cryo-Electron Microscopy, Image processing, molecular modeling, MD simulations, biomolecular NMR, biophysics

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.

Chemistry having specialization in organic chemistry or MSc with MSc project in the area of organic chemistry

Neurobiology

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, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics
Theoretical Biophysics MS/MSc/M.Tech degree in physics/chemistry/applied mathematics/computer science with 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.00/10

 

Candidates funded through a valid fellowship like UGC/CSIR-NET JRF, DBT-JRF, ICMR-JRF, BINC, INSPIRE or other equivalent fellowships are strongly encouraged to apply.

BS-MS passed students with CGPA score more than or equal to 8/10 from other IISERs are welcome to apply for our PhD program and are eligible for institute funding if selected through the interview process.

In addition, multiple institute and project funded fellowships are available: See below for details

Institute funded PhD student(s)
1. One institute funded PhD fellowship is available for students interested to work in the field of Stem Cell Biology. Qualification: MS/M.Sc/M.Tech in Life Sciences/Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Physiology with minimum 60% marks. Candidate must have qualified NET-LS/JGEEBILS/GATE. Desirable: A keen interest in cell biology and microscopy; working experience in wet lab/ cell culture/molecular biology techniques. Candidates should clearly mention their area of interest in their SOP.

2. One institute funded PhD fellowship is available for students who are interested in theoretical modeling of biological phenomena in collaboration with experimentalists. In particular, the topics of research will include mathematical modeling of collective cell motion, stochastic gene expression, intercellular transport etc. Qualifications: MS/MSc/M.Tech degree in physics/applied mathematics/computer science with 55% marks or CGPA/CPI of 6.00/10. Experience of coding in C/C++/FORTRAN will be a plus point.


Project funded PhD student(s)
1. A project funded PhD position is available in the area of microbiology, biosensor and bioremediation.
Essential Qualification: Masters degree in any branch of life sciences with min. 55% marks. Candidates need to have NET qualification, which includes CSIR-UGC NET LS/ GATE/JAM/GPAT/JEST/JGEEBILS/ICMR-JRF/AICE etc. Strong inclination towards microbiology and strong communication skills are desirable. Some research experience in the mentioned research area is also desirable. The interested candidates should clearly mention their area of interest in their SOP.

2. A project funded PhD position is available in the area of Computational Biophysics, with a focus on molecular dynamics simulations.
Essential Qualification: Masters degree in physics/chemistry/computer science/biotechnology with min. 55% marks. Candidates need to have qualified GATE/NET/JAM/GPAT/JEST/JGEEBILS/ICMR-JRF/AICE etc, and have a valid score at the time of admission. Strong understanding of thermodynamics, exposure to computer programming, and basic understanding of structural biology are desirable. Some research experience in the mentioned research area is also desirable. The interested candidates should clearly mention their area of interest in their SOP.

Interdisciplinary research area:

Application Information

Prof. Debasish Haldar of the Department of Chemical Sciences is interested to enroll PhD student(s) among the life sciences background applicants.

Research Area: Biochemistry and Microbiology.
Essential Qualification: Masters degree in any branch of life sciences with min. 55% marks. Candidates need to have CSIR-NET or similar independent fellowship. If interested, mention his name in your SOP.
Select "PhD in Chemical Sciences (Autumn 2019)" in the "Applying for" drop-down menu at the time of filling online application form
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* 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 research interest of the candidates.

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