Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DBS) walk-in-Ph.D. interview for successful 2023 DBT-JRF and CSIR/UGC-NET-JRF candidates for Autumn 2023 semester.

PhD Advertisement for Autmn Semester 2023 (DBS)

Applications are invited from eligible candidates who have qualified the recently declared (June/ July 2023) DBT-JRF and CSIR/UGC NET-JRF, for admission to the Ph.D. program of the Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Kolkata. Applicants are advised to go through the research areas available at the following link on the Institute website as well as the department page and apply to the vacancies in the faculty labs mentioned below.

The fields of research open to application in this round of Ph.D. selections are given below, along with names of faculty members who have vacancies in their labs:


Biophysics, Biochemistry and Structural Biology: For students interested in Cellular Biophysics, Structural Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Enzymology, Biochemistry/Chemical Biology, Structural Proteomics and Cell Signaling.
• Partha Pratim Datta (Click Here)
• Rituparna Sinha Roy (Click Here)
• Supratim Datta (Click Here)

Developmental Biology: For students interested in molecular and cellular aspects of metazoan morphogenesis
• Mohit Prasad (Click Here)

Disease Biology: For students interested in Virology, Immunology, Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology, Gene Regulation, Neural Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Lysosome Biology & Related Diseases, Natural Killer cells, Immunotherapy, Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Ischemic Disease, Bleeding Disorder
• Babu Sudhamalla (Click Here)
• Rituparna Sinha Roy (Click Here)
• Rupak Datta (Click Here)
• Sumit Sen Santara (Click Here)

Microbiology and Marine Biology: For students interested in Marine Microbiology, Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Microbial Ecology, Community and Ecosystem Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Wildlife Habitat Management and Bioremediation.
• Punyasloke Bhadury (Click Here)
• Robert John Chandran (Click Here)
• Partha Pratim Datta (Click Here)

Synthetic Biology and Biotherapeutics: For students interested in Synthetic biology, Enzyme and Engineering, Metabolic engineering, Biomanufacturing, Biotherapeutics
• Supratim Datta (Click Here)
• Rituparna Sinha Roy (Click Here)

Theoretical and Computational Biology: For students interested in any branch of Theoretical Biology, including Theoretical and Computational Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Computational Cell Biology.
• Neelanjana Sengupta (Click Here)

Behavior, Ecology and Evolution: For students interested in Animal Behaviour, Community Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Marine Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Chemical Ecology and Plant- insect Interactions.
• Anuradha Bhat (Click Here)
• Punyasloke Bhadury (Click Here)
• Robert John Chandran (Click Here)
• Radhika Venkatesan (Click Here)

Note: Only those faculty members whose names are mentioned above will accept students in this round of Ph.D. admissions. Therefore, before applying, students should check this list carefully to ensure that labs of their interest are available for admissions in this round.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
A1. Masters' (or B.E., B.Tech., M.Tech., MBBS) degree holders or equivalent (with minimum 55 % marks) in any branch of science including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering or equivalent.

For applicants from SC, ST or PwD category: Applicants must have a minimum of 55 % marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in the majoring subject) or an equivalent CGPA.

Students whose final results in Master's or equivalent are yet to be declared can also apply. However, if selected, the offer for these students will be provisional, subject to their fulfilling the above criteria at the time of admission.


Applicants must have any one of the following qualifications.
• Qualified a 2023 National Level Eligibility Examination that provides a 5-year PhD fellowship :CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF or DBT–JRF–A /

Interview Process and Selection Criteria
Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure selection. The PI’s in DBS may set additional shortlisting criteria based on the candidates' academic records, experience, and research experience.
All applicants need to choose a supervisor among the faculty members who will be taking PhD students (listed in this advertisement) while filling up the application form. If you choose, "no specific choice", you may not be eligible for interview.

All candidates are requested to check this page (Click Here) regularly for updates.

DBS walk-in-interview Autumn 2023 Ph.D. Timeline:
Ph.D. application portal opens: 1.08.2023
Application Portal closes: 10.08.2023
Walk-in-Interview: 11.08.2023
Publication of Ph.D. interview results: by 16.08.2023
Pre-registration portal opens: 17.08.2023
Pre-registration deadline: 18.08.2023