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Research Opportunities : IIST
  • 11:05 PM, Friday, 15 Dec 2017

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of science and technology in general and the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers doctoral and postdoctoral programmes. Applications are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in January 2018, in the areas of (i) Aerospace Engineering (ii), Avionics, (iii) Mathematics, (iv) Physics, (v) External Fellowship Holders for the Department in Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics (only for candidates receiving Ph.D. fellowship from agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY,NBHM,UGC etc.)

Fellowship
  • Research Fellowship for GATE and UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST qualified students is Rs.25,000/ - per month. (Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR NET-JRF shall draw fellowship from the concerned organizations). For all research scholars with external fellowship, the corresponding rules and regulations apply.
  • The fellowship will be enhanced based on a performance review after two years of Research.
  • The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials, practical training in labs or similar academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week.
  • The scholars will have to pay fees and charges for the   services provided by the    Institute like boarding/lodging/medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.
  • For those who receive fellowship from agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, NBHM, UGC etc., the Institute will not bear the fellowship of the student if the same is stopped due to various reasons.
  • The Institute is completely residential and will provide accommodation to all the regular Ph.D students.
Selection Procedure
  • Applications will be received until December 16, 2017 only through on-line.
  • From the eligible applicants, a short-listing will be done, taking into account their    applicable GATE/NET scores.  Therefore applicants are advised to enter:
      1. GATE score through which Master’s Degree has been pursued;
      2. Best GATE score if the applicant possesses more than one GATE score.
  • Candidates having fellowship from the funding agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, NBHM, UGC etc may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST. Final decision on the eligibility of such fellowships will be taken by IIST.
  • Candidates are advised to visit the faculty profile for the areas of research.
  • Candidates with the fellowship shall upload the fellowship award letter and a one page write-up about their research plan.
  • Based on the research interest and availability of research supervisor, you will be intimated to pay the application fee and will be called for the interview.
  • List of short-listed applicants for written test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by December 19, 2017.
  • Depending on the number of applicants who have applied, the final selection is  based on an interview, which will be conducted at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram during December 27 and 28, 2017.  In case of very large number of applicants being shortlisted for Ph.D. admission, a written test will be conducted for shortlisted applicants for the interview. 
  • Provisionally selected candidates lists will be displayed in the IIST website on December 29, 2017.
  • Outstation applicants will be reimbursed to and fro sleeper class train fare/bus fare by shortest route from the place mentioned in the application to Thiruvananthapuram, or actual fare paid (whichever is less) for attending the interview.  The applicants are advised to make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram, at their cost.
  • Ph.D Admissions are governed by Ph.D Rules and Regulations of IIST. (https://www.iist.ac.in/academics/rules-regulations)
How to Apply
    • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website: http://admission.iist.ac.in. Applications received online only will be considered.
    • The applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the profile registration once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the applicants while filling the           profile.
    • Application  fee  is  to  the  extent  of  Rs. 600/-  per  Department (for  SC/ST/PD and Women applicants - Rs.300/- per Department).  If the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Research Area in the same Department, he/she need not have to pay any additional application fee.  However, such applicant who wishes to apply for more than one Research Area within the same Department need to indicate his/her choice of Research Areas in the order of his/her preference. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • The application fee shall be paid after one day of registration through “SBI Collect” only
    • Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies need to produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.
    • SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants shall upload in the website, the relevant certificate before the prescribed date.

 

IIST offers Ph. D. positions in the following research areas

 

#   DepartmentDept. CodeResearch AreaEligibility
1   Aerospace PAE01 Fluid DynamicsM.Tech in Mechanical/ Aerospace Engineering or Master of Science in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
2   Avionics PAV01Interface-Electronic circuits for SensorsM. Tech/M.E/ Master of Science in any of following disciplines Electronics/Instrumentation and Control/Control & Instrumentation/ Instrumentation/ Instrumentation & Signal Processing/ Embedded System/Applied Electronics & Instrumentation/Industrial Instrumentation & Control/ Electronics & Communication Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Process Control & Instrumentation/ Signal Processing/ Biomedical Engineering / Control Systems or equivalent
3   Mathematics PMA01 Applied MathematicsM.Sc Mathematics or equivalent
4   Physics PPH01Experimental Condensed Matter PhysicsM.Sc./BS-MS/B.Tech Engg. Physics or equivalent.

External Fellowship Holders
Candidates having fellowship for doing Ph.D. from the funding agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, NBHM, UGC etc may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST in the areas given below.
DepartmentDept. CodeResearch Area
Aerospace Engineering EAE01 Molecular Dynamics/Nanocomposites
EAE02 Wave Mechanics
EAE03 Finite Element Methods/ Meshless Methods/ Numerical Methods for Stochastic Differential Equations
EAE04 Structural Dynamics/Acoustics
EAE05 Laser Absorption Spectroscopy
EAE06 Synthesis and Characterization of Nanofuels/Behaviour of Supercritical fluids/Laser Spectroscopy
EAE07 Computational Fluid Dynamics
EAE08 Computational Fluid Dynamics/Heat Transfer/Mathematical Methods in Radiative Heat Transfer
EAE09 Microscale Heat transfer/Computational Fluid Dynamics/Reactive heat flow in high energy materials
Avionics EAV01 RF and Microwave Engineering
EAV02 Micro and Nano Sensor
EAV03 Advanced Control Design for Satellite attitude 
control
EAV04 MEMS and Nanoelectronics Sensor Systems
EAV05 Complex Networks
EAV06 Power Electronics and Control
EAV07 Power Electronics and Drives
EAV08 Computer Science and Engineering
Chemistry ECH01 Development of smart materials for additive manufacturing.
ECH02 Polymer nanocomposites for sensor/energy storage applications
ECH03 Ceramic materials
ECH04 Analytical Chemistry-nanomaterials based chemical sensors
ECH05 Design and fabrication of hetero-atom doped graphene based electrochemical biosensor
ECH06 Inorganic functional materials
ECH07 Nanocomposites/  nanosensors
ECH08 Synthesis of Nanofunctional materials for Electrochemical sensing/storage
Earth & Space Sciences EES01 Geology/Planetary Geosciences
EES02 Modeling of Atmosphere (Atmosphere Science)
EES03 Astronomy & Astrophysics
Humanities EHS01 Cultural Studies
EHS02 Study of the Marginalized/ Technology and Society
Mathematics EMA01 Mathematical Theory of Control
EMA02 Computational Partial Differential Equation
EMA03 Applied Mathematics (Suspension Rheology)
EMA04 Machine Learning
Physics EPH01 Classical and Quantum Optics/Quantum Information/Quantum Dynamics
EPH02 Device Physics
EPH03 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
EPH04 Optical Information processing/Digital holography/
EPH05 Nonequilibrium Statistical mechanics
EPH06 Non destructive imaging
EPH07 Mass spectrometry in atomic and molecular Physics

 

Nationality

Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicants should be below 35 years as on December 16,2017. Age relaxation applicable as per Government Rules.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology

    Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology must have secured first class or equivalent in the Master’s degree. They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score.  Applicants with Master of Science in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with outstanding academic record or Master of Science (by Research) with outstanding academic record may be considered without GATE score. Applicants with Integrated Masters degree (or Dual Degree) in Engineering/Technology from IITs and IISc with minimum CGPA 9.0/10 may also be considered without GATE score. Applicants, who qualified UGC/CSIR/NET-JRF/other similar fellowships, with eligible degrees and meeting the above mentioned GATE score requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Science/Humanities

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent in their Master’s degree.  They must have qualified UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST or GATE in the relevant disciplines. Applicants applying with their JEST score should have secured a rank within the first 300.

Note

Results awaited applicants in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, if they have qualified for GATE/JRF-NET as required.  Such applicants may be screened in for Test/Interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester.  Based on their Test/Interview performance, these applicants may be provisionally selected subject to the condition that they have to produce the provisional certificate of obtaining the qualifying degree with required percentage of marks by the date stipulated in their provisional admission letter.  If they fail to produce the provisional/ degree certificate by this date, their admission offer will be withdrawn and the offer may be given to next eligible applicant in the waiting list.

In exceptional cases, a provisionally selected applicant may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to the conditions that (a) At the time of joining the applicant should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, project works and viva voce,  (b) The applicant should produce at the time of joining, a Course Completion Certificate issued by the competent authority in the University/Institute specifically confirming that all examinations, project works and viva voce for the qualifying degree are completed, (c) If the above condition is satisfied, the applicant can be given  provisional admission with the undertaking that all pending certificates, mark sheets, degree certificates (Original or Provisional) will be submitted to IIST , latest by 30th April 2018, failing which the admission stands cancelled. For such applicants who are funded by IIST and provisionally admitted to the IIST Ph.D. Programme as per (c) above, no fellowship is paid during the period before the required certificates are submitted.

Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies should produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview

Information will be available from 01 December, 2017



Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of science and technology in general and the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers doctoral and postdoctoral programmes.

Applications are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in July 2017, in the areas given below

    (i)  Aerospace Engineering,

    (ii) Avionics,

    (iii) Earth and Space Sciences

    (iv) Mathematics

    (v) Other areas* ( Only for candidates receiving Ph.D fellowship from Government of India agencies such as DSG, CSIR, MeiTY, INAE, NBHM, UGC etc.)

    * Eligible candidates are encouraged to go through the faculty profiles in the department of their choice and should indicate the desired research area/faculty name in their application.

Research Fellowship
  • Research Fellowship for GATE and UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST qualified students is Rs.25,000/ - per month. (Research Scholars selected with UGC/CSIR NET-JRF shall draw fellowship from the concerned organizations). For all research scholars with external fellowship, the concerned rules and regulations apply.
  • The fellowship will be enhanced based on a performance review after two years of Research.
  • The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials, practical training in labs or similar academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week.
  • The scholars will have to pay fees and charges for the services provided by the Institute like boarding/lodging/medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.
Selection Procedure
  • Applications will be received until April 30, 2017 only through on-line.
  • From the eligible applicants, a short-listing will be done, taking into account their applicable GATE/NET scores. Therefore applicants are advised to enter: i. GATE score through which Master’s Degree has been pursued; ii. Best GATE score if the applicant possesses more than one GATE score.
  • Candidates having fellowship from the Government of India funding agencies such as DST, CSIR, MeiTY, INAE, NBHM, UGC etc may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST. Final decision on the eligibility of such fellowships will be taken by IIST.
  • Candidates are advised to visit the faculty profile for the areas of research.
  • List of short-listed applicants for written test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by May 19, 2017.
  • Depending on the number of applicants who have applied, the final selection will be based on an interview, which will be conducted at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram during June 12 to 15, 2017.In case of very large number of applicants being shortlisted for Ph.D. admission, a written test will be conducted for shortlisted applicants for the interview.
  • Selected applicants will be intimated the result within a week after the final interview. Results will also be displayed in the IIST website on June 19, 2017.
  • Outstation applicants will be reimbursed to and fro sleeper class train fare/bus fare by shortest route from the place mentioned in the application to Thiruvananthapuram, or actual fare paid (whichever is less) for attending the interview. The applicants are advised to make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram, at their cost.
  • For candidates applying to Other Areas*
  • Candidates with the fellowship from other Government of India agencies shall upload the fellowship award letter and a one page write-up about their research plan.
  • Based on the research interest and availability of research supervisor, you will be intimated to pay the application fee and will be called for the interview.
How to Apply
  • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website admission.iist.ac.in. Applications received online only will be considered for processing under any circumstances.
  • The applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the profile registration once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the applicant while filling the profile.
  • Application fee is to the extent of Rs. 600/- per Department (Rs.300/- for SC/ST/PD and Women per Department).If the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Research Area in the same Department, he/she need not have to pay any additional application fee. However, such applicant who wishes to apply for more than one Research Area within the same Department need to indicate his/her choice of Research Areas in the order of his/her preference. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • The application fee shall be paid after two days of registration through “SBI Collect” only.
  • Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies need to produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.
  • SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PD) applicants shall upload in the website, the relevant certificate before the prescribed date.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
Sl. NoEventDate
1Time of opening of IIST website for online submission of applicationsApril 06, 2017
2Closing date for online submission of applicationsApril 30, 2017
3Display of shortlisted candidates for Test/InterviewMay 19, 2017
4Interview Date windowJune 12-15, 2017
5Display of Provisionally selected candidatesJune 19, 2017
6Commencement of Classes for Ph.D. studentsJuly 24, 2017(Monday)

 

Research Plan for July-2017 PhD Admission

 

#DepartmentDept. CodeResearch AreaEligibility
1Aerospace EngineeringPAE01Machining and Precision ManufacturingM. Tech / ME in Mechanical Engineering or Production Engineering / Manufacturing Technology (or equivalent streams of manufacturing/ Production Engineering).
2Aerospace EngineeringPAE02Heat TransferMasters (M Tech or MS in Thermal Sciences/Engineering, Applied mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Propulsion, Cryogenics, Energy Engineering or related areas with B.Tech in Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering or equivalent or M. Sc (Mathematics) with Fluid Mechanics background.
3Aerospace EngineeringPAE03Nonlinear Finite Element FormulationsME/M. Tech/MS in Mechanical / Aerospace/ Civil Engineering or equivalent with any specialization related to structural Design and Analysis or equivalent.
4AvionicsPAV01Power Electronics with focus on Topologies and Control. Application areas (not restricted to) - Distributed Generation, Microgrid, Wireless power transfer systems, Power quality.M. Tech or M. Engg. in Power Electronics (PE) or equivalent (crediting at least two courses at Post Graduate level which are relevant to PE. Candidate should have: 1) Strong commitment to work in the broad area of Power Electronics and Control. 2) Hardware development (converter) and testing capabilities - The candidate should be committed to develop hardware prototype for validating analytical findings. 3) Background in advanced power converters and their control techniques. 4) FPGA/DSP programming skills.
5Earth and Space SciencesPES01Astronomy & AstrophysicsMSc Physics (or equivalent) MS/MSc in Astronomy/ Astrophysics; BS-MS (Physics)
6Earth and Space SciencesPES02Atmospheric ScienceMSc or M. Tech in Physics/ Atmospheric Science/ Meteorology/ Earth System Science
7MathematicsPMA01Mathematical ElasticityMSc Mathematics
8Others Areas*POA1 All DepartmentsCandidates having fellowship for doing Ph.D. from the funding agencies such as DST,CSIR, MeiTY, INAE, NBHM, UGC etc may also apply for Ph.D. admission in various departments in IIST. Final decision on the eligibility of such fellowships will be taken by IIST.

    * Please refer to faculty research areas and apply accordingly

 

Nationality

Applicant should be an Indian citizen

Age Limit

Applicants should be below 35 years as on April 30, 2017. Age relaxation applicable as per Government Rules.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology

    Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering / Technology must have secured first class or equivalent in the Master’s degree. They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score. Applicants with MS in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with outstanding academic record (or) MS by Research with outstanding academic record can be considered without GATE. Applicants with Integrated Masters degree (or Dual Degree) in Engg/Tech from IITs and IISc with minimum CGPA 9.0/10 can be considered without GATE.

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Science

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent in their Master’s degree. They must have qualified UGC/CSIR NET-JRF/JEST (or) GATE in the relevant disciplines.

  • Applicants with Master’s Degree in Humanities

    Applicants must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent in their Master’s degrees. They must have qualified /UGC NET -JRF in the relevant disciplines.

Note

Result awaited applicants in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, if they have qualified for GATE/NET as required. Such applicants may be screened in for Test/Interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester. Based on their Test/Interview performance, these candidates may be provisionally selected subject to the condition that they have to produce the provisional certificate of obtaining the qualifying degree with required percentage of marks by the date stipulated in their provisional admission letter. If they fail to produce the provisional/ degree certificate by this date their admission offer will be withdrawn and the offer may be given to next eligible applicant in the waiting list.

In exceptional cases, a provisionally selected applicant may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to the conditions that (a) At the time of joining the applicant should have completed all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, project works and viva voce (b) The applicant should produce at the time of joining a Course Completion Certificate issued by the competent authority in the University/Institute specifically confirming that all examinations, project works and viva voce for the qualifying degree are completed (c) If the above condition is satisfied, the applicant can be given provisional admission with the undertaking that all pending certificates, mark sheets, degree certificates (Original or Provisional) will be submitted to IIST latest by 31st October of the admission year, failing which the admission stands cancelled. For such applicants who are provisionally admitted to the IIST Ph.D. Programme as per (c) above, no fellowship is paid during the period before the required certificates are submitted. However, on regularization of admission following the submission of all required documents before the stipulated date, the applicant will be paid fellowship with retrospective effect from the date of joining.

Applications who are employed in Government/ Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies need to produce a 'No Objection Certificate (NOC)' from the current employer at the time of interview.