Ph.D Programme(IISER), THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Ph.D Programme(IISER), THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Ph.D Programme(IISER), THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Ph.D Programme(IISER), THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Course levelPostgraduate-PG
Admission Details:

IISER Thiruvananthapuram has a vibrant PhD Programme in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Interdisciplinary areas. The Institute admitted it’s first batch of doctoral students in August, 2009 and currently has over 150 PhD researchers on its rolls. The Institute hosts modern research facilities that are necessary to conduct scientific research in the 21st Century.

Biological Sciences:
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria.
Master’s degree (A five-year degree after +2 level) in Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences/Physical Sciences/ Mathematics/ Bioinformatics/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences or a Bachelor Degree in Medicine (MBBS). The qualifying degree should have been obtained within 5 years as on August 1st, 2017.
The applicant must have a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 on a scale of 10, or equivalent. According to your mark list if your CGPA is not calculated on a scale of 10, please convert the CGPA to a scale of 10 and enter in the space provided. Please mention this in the remarks column [See point-1 under the heading "Important Points" below for relaxation in the eligibility criteria].
Qualification in one of the following national level tests, with validity as on 1st August 2017: CSIR-UGC-JRF/ DBT-JRF (Category I)*/ ICMR-JRF*/ Ranks 1 to 90 in GATE (Ecology and Evolution)** /JGEEBILS (GS-2017)***. Or the candidate should be eligible for DST-Inspire PhD fellowship [See point-2 under the heading "Important Points" below for INSPIRE Ph. D[a] fellowship].
It is mandatory for all the candidates to submit a short research proposal of 300-400 words, which should clearly state a research problem you find interesting to address and how you approach towards solving this. While applying online, please upload this proposal under the section "Statement of Purpose". Please note: This proposal does not need to be related to the research ongoing at the School of Biology IISER-TVM. The proposal will be used to evaluate your scientific aptitude and will be a major criterion for short-listing candidates for the interview. Your application will be treated as incomplete if you do not submit the short research proposal.

Research Areas in School of Biology open for PhD students in this round of selection:

  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Group1, Group2)
  • Bacterial Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Cellular Plasticity and Reprogramming in Plants
  • Drosophila Development and Energy Homeostasis
  • Genome Stability
  • Immune Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Molecular Genetics
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural Molecular Biology

Chemical Sciences:
The candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemical Sciences with 60% marks or equivalent [See point-1 under the heading "Important Points" below for relaxation in the eligibility criteria].
The candidate must have qualified CSIR-UGC-JRF/GATE examinations valid as on 1st August 2017 or DST INSPIRE Ph. D. fellowship [See point-2 under the heading "Important Points" below for INSPIRE Ph. D[a] fellowship].
 Previous research experience and quality publications will be considered as an added qualification.
Research Areas:

  • Inorganic and organometallic chemistry
  • Organic synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Carbohydrate chemistry, Chemical Biology
  • Organic Synthesis/DNA Nanotechnology/Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Protein structure determination through NMR spectroscopy
  • Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
  • Development of new synthetic strategies, C–H activations and Asymmetric catalysis
  • Planar pi-conjugated and extended macrocyclic systems
  • Photochemistry, Photophysics, Nanomaterials
  • Biomass conversion
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Asymmetric synthesis and Catalysis

Physical Sciences:
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria
Master's degree in Physical Sciences, Materials Science, Engineering (Biomedical, Instrumentation, Electrical, Electronic, and Communication Engineering), in areas closely related to the interests of the physics faculty at IISER TVM. 60% marks or equivalent is desirable.