Institute of Microbial Technology Ph.D. Program in Chandigarh


Admission to Ph.D. Program : Walk In Interview in Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH-CSIR)

The candidates who have passed M.Sc. and cleared any of the following examination (with valid fellowship) are eligible to attend the interview. Kindly note that those candidates whose M.Sc. result is not declared till the date of the interview, the candidate must bring a certificate from the Head of the Department that he/she has passed M.Sc. without which the candidate will not be eligible for interview:

(a) CSIR-UGC NET (NET-LS not eligible)

(b) DBT-JRF examination (‘A’ Category only)

(c) DST INSPIRE Fellowship

(d) ICMR-JRF examination (those selected for working only in ICMR Projects are not eligible).

Candidates may be required to identify their preferred areas/sub-areas for research before being interviewed  : a)  Molecular Biology: Molecular biology of pathogens, gene silencing, stress tolerance, signal transduction, gene expression, genome-wide analysis (b) Cell Biology & Immunology: Host- pathogen interactions, TB vaccine development, T- and B-cell activation, infectious agents & vaccine targets, protein trafficking (c)  Protein Science & Engineering:  Structure-function relationships, design, folding, engineering, stability, expression, structural analysis and modeling, crystallization, structure determination of proteins and structure- based drug designing etc.  (d)  Applied & Environmental Microbiology: Microbial diversity, environmental biotechnology

, biotransformations, extremophiles and their metabolites  (e)  Bioinformatics: Computer-aided vaccine and drug development, genome annotations, protein structure prediction, molecular simulations (f) Bioorganic Chemistry: Enzymes and abzymes in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and bioactive molecules  (g)  Peptide Chemistry: Peptide synthesis, conformational characterization and modelling (h)  Biochemical Engineering: Fermentation & downstream processing, process development and optimization, bioreactor modelling and control (i) Biosensors & Bionanotechnology: Nanobio approaches for immunodiagnostics of clinically important disease biomarkers based on bioprobe electronic interfacing.

Eligibility and Selection : Candidates with Master’s Degree or equivalent in any branch of science (Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Pharmacy) or in chemical/biochemical engineering and have qualified for obtaining research fellowship after passing CSIR/UGC NET or DBT JRF examination (‘A’ Category) or DST INSPIRE Fellowship or ICMR JRF examination are eligible to be interviewed.  Please note that valid proofs of having passed the masters’ level and fellowship examinations (with valid fellowship) are mandatory for being eligible to be interviewed. Those coming for interview must be prepared to be present in Chandigarh for three days, which is the approximate time required to finalize the admission of successful candidates.  No TA/DA or any other expenses will be paid for appearing in the interview. Candidates must also state their present occupation, if any, before the interview; any concealment may result in cancellation of admission at any stage.

Age limit & relaxation : Minimum 19 years & maximum 28 years


Director, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), invites exceptionally motivated candidates to appear for a walk-in interview on June 29th, 2016 (Wednesday), (Reporting time 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon). Please bring 2 copies of attested photograph and 2 original copies of filled-in form in the prescribed format (may be downloaded from our website). Candidates can send the copy of filled-in form to us by email at [email protected]  as an attachment. Kindly also bring original and attested copies of (a) All certificates (school leaving, B.Sc., M.Sc., etc.), (b) Proof of passing NET or other Junior Research Fellowship Examination (a copy of certificate or roll number along with newspaper clipping showing result with roll number should be highlighted). Those who are selected will be assigned labs and will be required to pay Rs.3000/-in cash (non-refundable) towards registration which will be immediately done after selection/admission.  Reservation as per rules will be applicable to SC/ST/OBC candidates.

Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) is one amongst the 38 national laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and is its youngest laboratory. Set-up to be a fore-runner in the area of Biotechnology, the Institute occupies an   area of about 47 acres, of which the labs cover  22 acres and the residential campus, 25 acres. The Institute has a built up area of about 3.60 lakh sq. ft., is spread over five main buildings, the main R&D block (2.00 lakhs sq. ft.), Fermentation block (0.50 lakhs sq. Ft.), Animal House (0.30 lakhs sq. ft.), Workshop, Stores and Services area (0.50 lakhs sq. ft.), and Cafeteria (0.10 lakhs sq. ft.). The Institute’s primary asset is a team of 50 highly motivated young scientists, more than two thirds of whom are Ph.D.s with many having several years of training in world-renowned laboratories. Supported by more than 300 well-trained technicians and graduate students, these scientists are engaged in basic and application-oriented research.

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