International PhD opportunity


under the supervision of

Dr. Shamik Gupta
Department of Physics,
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RKMVERI)
Belur Math, India


co-supervision of

Dr. Edgar Roldan
Quantitative Life Sciences section
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
Trieste, Italy

Applications are invited from outstanding young candidates of Indian nationality to work towards a Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics, with certificate of participation awarded by the ICTP *. The candidate will work in the emerging and frontier areas of nonequilibrium statistical physics of long-range interactions and stochastic thermodynamics.

(*) The certificate will be awarded under the condition that the candidate makes at least one research stay at ICTP during his/her training period. 

Details of research activities of Dr. Gupta and Dr. Roldan may be looked up here:

The research work is expected to start no earlier than July 2019. During the research period, an opportunity of at least one stay at ICTP will be offered. In addition, the candidate will be eligible for the prestigious ICTP/ IAEA Sandwich International Educational Programme (STEP) (

Essential Qualifications:

  1. The applicant must have secured a minimum of 90% marks in aggregate in ISC/CBSE/Higher- Secondary/10+2 examination.
  2. The applicant must have B. Sc. (Physics Hons.) and M. Sc. (Physics) Degrees, with a minimum average of 70% marks in B. Sc. (Physics Hons.) and a minimum average of 70% marks in M. Sc. (Physics) Examination.
  3. The candidate must have qualified in the CSIR UGC NET (JRF) examination with all India rank within 50.
    Applications from candidates not satisfying all the criteria a, b, c will not be considered.
  4. Knowledge in basic statistical physics is highly recommendable.

Research Area :

The applicant will have the opportunity to be trained in the frontiers of nonequilibrium statistical physics and be  exposed to an international and multidisciplinary environment. The research project will focus on investigating new universal features of nonequilibrium physics, in particular, of long-range interacting systems, and exploring  their consequences for experimental systems (colloidal, biological and astrophysical).

Emerging topics in nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic thermodynamics,
theory and applications: (left) stochastic description of nonequilibrium processes,
(centre) thermodynamics of living systems, (right) temperature inversion in the solar corona. 

Fellowship: NET fellowship of the applicant.

Age limit: Should be below 28 years on the date of application.

Nationality: The applicant must be an Indian citizen.

Gender policy: Female candidates are encouraged to apply. All candidates will be considered on equal basis without any discrimination.

Duration: 3 years or completion of the project, whichever is earlier.

Selection Procedure: Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of merit, excellence of academic record, and suitability for the proposed project as decided by the project supervisors.

Only shortlisted candidates will be communicated via email and called for a Skype interview for the final selection.

Final selection will be done solely by the project supervisors. It will be within their rights to not select any candidate in case no one is found suitable. Enquiry for justification in this regard will not be entertained.

Enrolment for this research project will be purely temporary, and the enrolled candidate will not have any right to claim (explicit or implicit) any post at either RKMVERI or ICTP .

Application Procedure:

Applicants may send their applications to Dr. Shamik Gupta () and Dr. Edgar Roldan (), via an email that contains attachments as mentioned in items i – iii below. All the attachment files should be in PDF format only. In case a candidate is selected, she/he will be asked to produce all documents in originals before she/he is formally enrolled for the program.

  1. A filled-in application form which may be downloaded from this link –
  2. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  3. A curriculum vitae (CV) (max. 6 pages) containing relevant information like educational qualifications, awards and honors, date of birth, permanent address, contact phone/mobile number, email address as well as any other relevant details.

Application Deadline: Applications must reach on or before 31st March, 2019.