The PhD programme conducted by RRI aims to empower its students with advanced technical abilities in basic science and in a specialization, so as to prepare them for a career in research. The programme commences with formal credited course work in advanced topics during the first year. RRI offers select PhD students, who qualify in the course work and a subsequent comprehensive examination, opportunities for supervised research within the four broad areas of research conducted at the institute – Astronomy and Astrophysics, Light and Matter Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Physics. The research also includes Chemistry, Liquid Crystals, Physics in Biology, quantum atom-optics and quantum information.
Students at RRI are registered for their PhD degree with Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. RRI is also a participant in the Joint Astronomy Programme (JAP) with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
No. of Seats
- Astronomy and Astrophysics: 4
- Light and Matter Physics: 7
- Soft Condensed Matter: 7
- Theoretical Physics: 10
1. Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Cosmology and Galaxy Formation
- Cosmic Rays and Gamma-Ray Astronomy
- Clusters of Galaxies
- The Galaxy and the Interstellar Medium
- The Intergalactic Medium
- X-Ray Astronomy and X-Ray Astronomical Instrumentation
- Signal Processing in Astronomy
2. Light and Matter Physics
- Degenerate Bose and Fermi gases
- Fundamental tests of Quantum Mechanics
- Intense Laser-Matter Interactions
- Interaction of Single Atoms and Single Photons
- Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast phenomena
- Quantum Information, Computation and Cryptography
- Quantum Optics and Cavity QED
- Trapping and cooling of atoms, ions and molecules
- Waves in random media
3. Theoretical Physics
- Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
- Non-Equilibrium Dynamics
- Topological Quantum Matter
- Light-Matter Interaction
- Classical and Quantum Gravity
4. Soft Condensed Matter
- Structure, Dynamics and Phase Behavior of Soft Matter
- Rheology of Soft Matter and Living Cells
- Physics of Biological Systems – Cells to DNAs
- Nano-devices for Biosensing
- Liquid Crystals: Phase transitions, Structure, Topological defects, etc.
Reservations for SC/ST/OBC candidates will be as per norms.
Research Scholars undergo intensive course work during the first year. The medium of instruction is English. On successful completion of the course work and other requirements for confirmation of their candidature, research students will be registered for a PhD degree with the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Students are paid a scholarship of ₹ 31,000/- per month for the first two years and ₹ 35,000/- thereafter for the next three years, subject to satisfactory progress. In addition, they are paid a book grant of ₹ 5,000/- per annum for four years.
How to apply?
Interested and eligible candidates who wish to apply may apply here on or before the last date.
The Candidates seeking admission are called for a written test and/or interview based on:
Performance in the Joint Entrance Screening Test 2020 (JEST-2020) to be held on Sunday, 16th February 2020 at several centres throughout the country.
Performance in CSIR-UGC NET for JRF (Physics) or in subject GRE (Physics) or high score in GATE (Physics/Mathematics).
Please note that for GATE, the streams that are acceptable for interviews to different groups at RRI are:
- A&A: Physics (PH), Electronics & Communication Engg. (EC), Mechanical Engg. (ME), Electrical Engg. (EE), Computer Sc. & Information Technology (CS),
- LAMP: Physics (PH),
- SCM: Physics (PH), Electronics & Communication Engg. (EC), Chemical Engg. (CH), Electrical Engg (EE), Metallurgical Engg. (MT),
- TP: Physics (PH), Mathematics (MA).
Final selection of all the candidates is based on performance in written test and/or interviews to be held at RRI tentatively during May – June 2020. Call letters for interviews will be sent around the second or third week of April 2020.
Online application closing: 09 April, 2020
Likely dates for interviews: May-June 2020(Final dates will be intimated in your interview call letter)