IISER Pune Admissions for PhD Programme in Chemistry - January 2022

IISER Pune Admissions for PhD Programme in Chemistry – January 2022

Department of Chemistry at IISER Pune encompasses diverse research areas of interest. There are many exciting research fields including inter-disciplinary research areas to explore. There are opportunities to work in theoretical, computational as well as experimental fields to approach and solve the research problems. The broad research disciplines and the list of faculty members with different research expertise having vacancy in their labs are given below.

Inorganic Chemistry: Inorganic and Material Chemistry, Energy Harvesting, Redox Chemistry and Synthesis of Porphyrinoids, Organometallic Chemistry, Metal-Organic framework, Transition Metal Based Homogeneous Catalysis etc, Thin films of metal-organic.

• V. G. Anand
• Moumita Majumdar
• Shabana Khan
• Nirmalya Ballav
• Sujit Ghosh

Organic Chemistry: Organic synthesis and Chemical Biology, Bio-functional molecular design, Peptides and applications, Chemical probing of biological processes (lipid signaling & metabolism), Carbohydrates and Glycomics, Protein Engineering Chemical Biology of Microbes etc.

• Pinaki Talukdar
• H. N. Gopi
• S. Britto
• R. Kikerri
• Amrita Hazra
• Siddhesh Kamat

Physical Chemistry Experimental and Spectroscopy: NMR Spectroscopy, Understanding Protein-RNA interactions, Gas Phase Laser Spectroscopy, Tera-Hertz Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Biophysics-Protein folding, Functional Nano-materials. Protein Biophysics


Aloke Das
Pankaj Mandal
Pramod Pillai
Jeetender Chug
Nirmalya Ballav
M. Musthafa
Jayant Udgaonkar

Theoretical and Computational Physical Chemistry: Computer Simulations of Battery Electrolytes and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, Chemical Physics (analytical theory), Polymer physics (simulations, Computational Material Science) etc.

• Arun Venkatnathan
• Srabanti Chaudhury

Admission Procedure

For admission to the Ph.D. Programme, interested candidates with good academic track record satisfying the below eligibility criteria can apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

1A. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in the majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A in aggregate for SC, ST and Specially abled candidates PD/VH) in Masters’ Degree in any branch of Science: Chemistry / Physics / Mathematics / Biology or equivalent. Candidates with Integrated BS-MS degree / B.E. / B. Tech. / B. Pharm. / ME / M. Tech. / M. Pharm. degree satisfying the above criteria of marks can also apply.


1B. In addition to the above criteria, the candidate MUST have qualified any ONE of the following exams:

(a) National Eligibility Test (NET) with VALID CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF#†
(b) INSPIRE-Ph.D. fellowship (Should be in possession of INSPIRE Fellowship Provisional Selection Letter at the time of Interview)

Applicants with valid UGC/CSIR-JRF, NET-LS and GATE will be further screened based on the ranks/score for their eligibility set by the Institute/Department committee. † For all the national eligibility examinations which provide a common rank / score, the cut-off rank / score for shortlisting for the Interviews for the reserved categories shall be lowered to 1.25 times the General category rank / score.

2. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) Dual degree students with CGPA >= 8.0

Above scores/ranks/fellowships MUST be valid at least till February 2022.

Selection procedure:

Based on application forms received and the above listed criteria, applicants will be further shortlisted for the interview based on additional criteria set by the Department. All the candidates selected for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the interview. Shortlisted candidates will be selected for admission to the Ph.D. programme through a rigorous evaluation process that includes an interview by a selection committee. The mere application/shortlisting does not guarantee admission into the PhD programme.

Online Application Form (Date of opening: September 27, 2021)

Last date for application submission: October 15, 2021

Tentative Dates of Interview: After November 15, 2021

Link of online application form: Will be available soon

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