Invitation to pursue Ph.D. programme in specialized areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore.
Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore, was founded in 1984 by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for pursuit of R&D in the areas of Accelerators, Lasers and related technologies. Since then, the Centre has set up two Synchrotron Radiation Sources : Indus-1 & Indus-2, which are national research facilities, and many smaller accelerators for radiation processing applications. The Centre has excellent cryogenic facilities as well as state-of-the-art equipments for low temperature physics measurements. A variety of laser systems, particularly high power lasers, have been built and are being used for a wide range of applications. These include gas lasers (like copper vapour lasers, CO2 lasers), solid state lasers (like diode pumped solid state lasers and semiconductor lasers) for the studies in the areas like biomedical applications of lasers and laser-plasma interaction. The Centre also has long standing programmes in the areas of RF-superconductivity, low-temperature physics, material science, cold atom physics, non-linear optics, opto-electronics, nano-science etc.
RRCAT is a Constituent Institute of the "Homi Bhabha National Institute" (HBNI), a Deemed University, and invites students with appropriate qualifications to pursue Ph.D. programme in various specialized areas of physics, chemistry and life sciences, listed above. As per the rules of HBNI, the Ph.D. programme consists of course work of one year duration followed by research work of up to 4 years duration. The Ph.D. 2013 programme will commence on Aug.1, 2013. DAE Junior Research Fellowships will be offered to those selected for the pursuit of Ph.D. The fellowship amount is Rs.16,000/- per month for the first two years and Rs.18,000/- per month for the subsequent years, subject to satisfactory yearly progress.
For Physics candidates : M.Sc. degree in Physics with a minimum of 60% overall marks, and who have cleared Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST 2013) and/or CSIR-UGC NET in 2012 (JRF, not lecturership).
For Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates : M.Sc. degree with minimum 60% overall marks, in Chemistry or Life Sciences, and who have cleared joint CSIR-UGC Net in 2012 (JRF, not lecturership), are eligible to apply. Candidates with M.Sc. in botany /agricultural science should not apply.
Those applicants who are completing the qualifying degree in summer of 2013 can also apply, provided they have minimum of 60% overall marks in the completed semesters. In the event of their selection, the final degree mark sheet would have to be submitted by November 1, 2013. Continuation in the Ph.D. programme will be subject to the candidate obtaining minimum 60% marks overall. 5 year integrated M.S. (of IISERs) will be treated at par with 5 year integrated M.Sc.
Age limit : applicant should be born on or after August 1, 1987.
Nationality : The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
Selection process :
The selection of the students for the Ph.D. programme will be a two-step process: 1) Screening of the applications, followed by 2) Interview of the short-listed candidates by the selection committees at RRCAT.
For Physics candidates, the short-list shall be prepared based on the applicant's score/rank in JEST 2013 and/ or CSIR-UGC NET 2012.
For Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates, the short-list shall be prepared based on the applicant's rank in CSIR-UGC Net 2012.
The short-listed Physics candidates shall be called for interview to be conducted tentatively on May 22, 23, 24, & June 17, 18, 19, 20, 2013, at RRCAT, Indore. The applicant must indicate choice of their interview date in the application form, failing which they will have to appear for interview on one of the above dates assigned by RRCAT.
The short-listed Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates shall be called for interview to be conducted tentatively in the third week of May 2013.
All the outstation applicants called for interview will be paid to and fro sleeper class train fare by the shortest route or the actual fare, whichever is less. This is subject to the verification of their eligibility from the original documents before the interview. Please note that candidates appearing for interview will have to submit proof of overall ≥ 60% marks in the completed semesters. In absence of this, the candidate will not be interviewed and the travel cost will not be reimbursed.
The candidates selected in the interviews will be asked to report at RRCAT on July 8, 2013 for the medical examination. The Physics candidates will visit all the guides of the Ph.D. vacancies offered to get a thorough idea about the Ph.D. topics offered. This process and the assignment of Ph.D. topic to each candidate will converge by July 31, 2013. The Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates will be deputed to BARC Training School, Mumbai for their one year course work, and the Physics candidates will carry out their one year course work at BARC Training School, Indore, from the first week of August 2013.
How to Apply:
The application form is attached below. Two copies of the filled application form, affixed with passport-size photo on each, along with copies of documents mentioned in the application, should be sent to the following address by Registered Post with A/D, or by Speed Post. Applicants are advised to preserve the dispatch receipt for future reference. Please write down on the top of the envelope "Application for RRCAT-Ph.D. Programme-2013 (Physics / Chemistry / Life Sciences)".
Application form [ pdf ]
Instructions for Filling Online Application Form for RRCAT-Ph.D. Programme- 2013
Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology
PO : CAT, Indore 452 013
For any queries kindly mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date for online submission is April 10, 2013.
Last date for receiving applications by post at RRCAT is April 14, 2013.