Doctor of Philosophy Programme (DES)

PhD Advertisement for Autumn Semester 2021 (DES)

The Department of Earth Sciences (DES), IISER Kolkata is looking for bright and motivated students, who have completed their M.Sc./MS/M.Sc. Tech/M. Tech (with minimum of 55% marks) in:

1) Geology/Applied Geology/Geophysics /Earth Sciences/Marine geology/Environmental Sciences/Environmental Studies/Atmospheric Science/Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering or any other branch of Geological sciences.


2) Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics/Biological Sciences/Computational Seismology/interested to pursue research with the DES faculty member in the matching specialization. Final year post-graduate students who are yet to obtain their degree may also apply; however, they must have completed their degree at the time of admission. Some of the important information about this program is provided below.

Eligibility for externally funded students:

  • Candidates having valid CSIR NET JRF / UGC-NET JRF / DST-INSPIRE / other equivalent fellowship would be eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have physics, chemistry and mathematics at 10+2 level, and at least one of these subjects at their bachelor level.
  • They can work with any faculty member in DES based on mutual research interest. The research areas in which department is looking for young and bright minds are listed below-
  1. Computational Mineral Physics Group - Dr. Gaurav Shukla and Dr. Swastika Chatterjee Detailed Areas, Click Here
  2. Geochemistry - Prof. Prasanta Sanyal is looking for a PhD student to work in the field of Organic Geochemistry/Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  3. Tectonic Geomorphology - Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mandal Detailed Areas, Click Here
  4. Environmental Sciences - Dr. Gopala Krishna DarbhaDetailed Areas, Click Here

Department of Earth Sciences is also looking for few Institute Funded PhD students to work in following areas with qualifying eligibility criteria as discussed below-

Eligibility for institute funded students:

  • Candidates must have qualified in one of the following examinations, GATE, SLET, UGC/CSIR NET-LS or other equivalent examination without scholarship.
  • Candidates must have physics, chemistry and mathematics at 10+2 level, and at least one of these subjects at their bachelor level.

The institute will fund student interested to work in the following areas of research-
  1. Paleobiology Detailed Areas, Click Here
  2. Computational Mineral Physics - Dr. Gaurav Shukla Detailed Areas, Click Here

Please note that fulfilling the minimum essential criteria does not ensure that a candidate will be called for the interview. Additional criteria for shortlisting might be set by the department based on academic records, experience and research interest of the candidates. Reservations of candidates will be as per government norms.


The departmental faculty profiles can be found at the URL: Click Here