Ph.D admission at IISER TVM
Kochi: Applications are invited from highly motivated students for admission to the Ph.D. Programme of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM), starting August 2016.
(1) 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, 2016
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.
Qualification in one of the following national level tests, with validity as on 1st August 2016: CSIR-UGC-JRF/ DBT-JRF (Category I)*/ ICMR-JRF*/ Ranks 1 to 60 in GATE (Ecology and Evolution)** /JGEEBILS (GS-2015)***. Or the candidate should be eligible for DST-Inspire PhD fellowship [See point-2 under the heading “Important Points” below for INSPIRE Ph. D fellowship].
* Only candidates whose ranks make them eligible to avail Category 1 DBT-Junior Research Fellowships tenable at any university/institution in India. Fellowships restricted to join DBT or ICMR sponsored projects are not eligible.
** GATE (EY) qualified candidates are eligible only for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. GATE exam scores for other subjects will not be considered for PhD admissions to IISER-TVM.
*** JGEEBILS qualified candidates will be shortlisted based on their marks and may apply ONLY after receiving an e-mail invitation from IISER-TVM. Please don’t write to us asking for your JGEEBILS marks.
It is mandatory for all the candidates to submit a short research proposal, which should clearly have a scientific question or a research problem you find interesting to address and how you would address this. The word limit for the proposal is 500-700 words. While applying online, please upload this proposal under No. 20 ‘Statement of Purpose’. Please note: this proposal does not need to be related to the research going on at School of Biology IISER TVM. The proposal will be used as one of the criteria for short-listing and your application may be treated incomplete if you do not submit the short research proposal.
Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for interviews conducted at IISER-TVM. There will be two rounds of interviews, conducted over three days. In case of a high turnout of candidates (more than 75), an entrance exam will be conducted (based on Master’s level Biology questions for 70% marks and 12th level Physics, Math, Chemistry questions-together 30%) on the first day of interviews. Hence, all the short-listed candidates must report at IISER-TVM on the first day of the interviews. The final selection of candidates will solely be based on your performance during the interviews.
Research Areas in School of Biology open for PhD students in this round of selection:
Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
Stem cells and regenerative medicine
Structural Molecular Biology
Immune Cell Biology
Drosophila Development and Behavior
(2) Chemical Sciences:
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria.
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 January 2016 or DST INSPIRE Ph. D. fellowship [See point-2 under the heading "Important Points" below for INSPIRE Ph. D fellowship].
Previous research experience and quality publications will be considered as an added qualification.
Inorganic and organometallic chemistry, Photochemistry, Photophysics, Nanomaterials, Organic synthesis, Medicinal chemistry, Carbohydrate chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biomass conversion, Organic Synthesis/DNA Nanotechnology/Supramolecular Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Protein structure determination through NMR spectroscopy, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Materials Chemistry, Asymmetric synthesis and Catalysis, Development of new synthetic strategies, C–H activations and Asymmetric catalysis, Asymmetric coupling reactions, Planar pi-conjugated and extended macrocyclic systems
(3) Mathematical Sciences:
Applicants must satisfy any one of the following criteria
Master's degree in Mathematics / Statistics / in a relevant area of science with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) and
Qualified for CSIR/UGC-JRF/GATE/INSPIRE Ph.D. Fellowship/NBHM JRF Fellowship, valid as on 01 August 2016 [See point-2 under the heading “Important Points” below for INSPIRE Ph. D fellowship].
OR Qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2016 and have received the NBHM interview call letter
Master's degree Engineering / Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 (or 60% of marks) with valid GATE score as on 01 August 2016
Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Technology in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.0 (or 65% of marks), and a CSIR-UGC-JRF/NBHM JRF (or qualified NBHM JRF Scholarship Written Exam 2016 and have received the NBHM interview call letter) /GATE Fellowship valid as on 01 August 2016.
Candidates with valid NBHM JRF Fellowship or having valid NBHM interview call letter need not appear for the written test and may directly appear for the interview.
Algebra & Geometry: Linear Algebra, Group Theory, Commutative Algebra, Homological Algebra, Differential Geometry, Category Theory, Algebraic Geometry
Analysis: Functional Analysis, Operator Theory, Operator Algebra, Complex Dynamics, Ergodic Theory, Dynamical Systems
Applied Analysis: Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Control Theory, Image Processing using PDEs, Stochastic PDEs, Mathematical Finance, Financial Engineering, Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing, Mathematical and Computational Fluid Dynamics
(4) Physical Sciences:
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria
1. Master’s degree in Physical Sciences, Materials Science, Engineering or Technology, in areas closely related to the interests of the physics faculty at IISER TVM. 60% marks or equivalent is desirable.
Qualifying in one of the following national level examination with validity as on 1st August 2016: GATE#/CSIR-UGC-JRF/JEST-2016/INSPIRE Ph.D Fellowship
Applicants with M. Tech need a GATE score valid as of 1st August 2015.
Magnetic, Electronic and Superconducting Materials
Quantum engineered QDs, OFET, and solid electrolyte gating
Biomedical instrumentation and imaging: photoacoustic microscopy and tomography, speckle contrast
Multifunctional nanostructured materials and energy applications
Transport on two dimensional systems
Organic and organic -inorganic hybrid system for optoelectronics and spectroscopy. Conducting polymer/Biomolecule interface studies
High temperature superconductivity, superconductivity in nano-clusters
Plasmonics, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Biomolecular Imaging
Graphene SH-SAW microsensors, magnetic semiconductors and thermoelectric thin films by PLD
How to apply
Applicants should complete the online application form in the url http://www.iisertvm.in/phd/
Applicants will also be prompted to upload all the supporting documents, like photograph, signature, community certificate and national level examination (CSIR/NBHM/Inspire etc) online
Applicants should provide Name/Affiliation/Contact number and Email address of two referees in the application form.
Applicants should download the Referee Report Form from http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/files/get_file/99c5e07b4d5de9d18c350cdf64c5aa3d.phpx and forward them to the concerned referees. The completed reports should be obtained in sealed envelopes and be submitted by the candidates, directly while attending the selection interviews. GE/OBC [SC/ST/PH] applicants are required to make a payment of Rs. 200/- [Rs. 100/-] as processing fee through the Powerjyoti Account.
Last date of receipt of the application form 10th May 2016
Announcement of shortlisted candidates on the Institute’s website http://www.iisertvm.ac.in 13th May 2016
Interview for the short-listed candidates Biological Sciences 12th June – 14th June 2016
Interview for the short-listed candidates in Chemical Sciences 15th June – 16th June 2016
Interview for the short-listed candidates in Mathematical Sciences 20th June – 21st June 2016
Interview for the short-listed candidates in Physical sciences 15th June – 16th June
For details, see the link: http://www.iisertvm.ac.in/pages/phd_admissions.phpx