Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, has invited applications from highly motivated and dynamic candidates for the PRL Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) to pursue research in the science domains of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Geosciences, Planetary Sciences and Space Exploration; Solar Physics, Space and Atmospheric Sciences and Theoretical Physics.
Details of the research topics in each research domain are given at https://www.prl.res.in/prl-eng/phd. More Information on research topics are given at the web page of each discipline.
JRFs at PRL will be encouraged to register for a Ph.D. degree at an Institute/University with which PRL has an MoU adhering to the norms of the registering Institute/University as agreed upon in the MoU.
Eligibility: Applicant should hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Science or Engineering with at least a first-class (60%)/equivalent grades at both Bachelor's and Master's levels. Those from disciplines of any branch of Physics, Engineering Physics, Photonics, Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Geology, Geophysics, and Remote Sensing are eligible to apply. Those expecting their Master's degree by August 2023 are also eligible to apply, subject to having secured at least a first-class (60%) or equivalent grade(s) up to the last semester.
Applicants should be interested in pursuing a research career in the current research areas at PRL, as mentioned above. They are expected to have good proficiency in fundamental physics and mathematics.
Applicants should have qualified in any one of the following examinations: (i) CSIR-UGC-NET JRF/AP [June 2022] in Physical Sciences / Chemical Sciences / Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences (ii) GATE [2021/2022/2023] in Physics / Geology and Geophysics / Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Chemistry (iii) JEST 2023 in Physics (iv) UGC-NET JRF/AP [December 2021 and June 2022 (merged cycles)/December 2022] in Environmental Sciences (applicable for candidates applying in Geosciences, Planetary Sciences & space exploration. Physics at the UG and PG levels is mandatory for candidates applying in Planetary Sciences & space exploration) with a valid score/All India Rank.
Upper age limit is 28 years as on 01st July, 2023.
Application: Application can be submitted online at https://www.prl.res.in/prl-eng/phd latest by 2 pm on 17 April 2023.
Applicants whose All India ranks are in the range of 1-500 in any of the CSIR-UGC-NET/UGC-NET/GATE/JEST tests are likely, but not assured, to be called for an interview at PRL to be held during 11-12 May and 22-23 June 2023. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their Master's degree in the last two years.
Those selected as JRFs will be joining PRL in July 2023.
Course Work: All the JRFs have to undergo two semesters of coursework after joining PRL. Only on the successful completion of the coursework will the JRFs be allowed to join a research group to start their work towards a Ph.D. degree.
Fellowship: For Junior Research Fellows (JRF): Rs. 31,000/- pm and for Senior Research Fellows (SRF): Rs. 35,000/- pm (as governed by Dept. of Space guidelines). On completion of two years, the JRFs will be reviewed, and based on the recommendations of the review committee and the approval of the Director, PRL, the JRF may be awarded the position of SRF with an enhanced fellowship as per rules. The performance of the Research Fellows shall be reviewed on a yearly basis for the continuation of the fellowship.
Allotment of Supervisor: The final decision on the research topic and supervisor will be made based on JRF's performance in the course work and requirement of ongoing research projects at PRL. Accordingly, Information on available research topics and supervisors, as decided by the competent authority of PRL, will be shared with JRFs, at an appropriate time.
For details, visit https://www.prl.res.in/prl-eng/phd