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PhD Programmes

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Department of Physics, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (Deemed-to-be-University under section 3 of UGC Act 1956) is inviting applications for admission to PhD programme in Physics, in the areas of High-Energy Physics (Theory), Cosmology & General Relativity, Statistical Physics & Non-linear Dynamics, Condensed Matter Physics (Theory and Experiment).

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The applicant should have good academic record throughout with at least 60% marks in both B. Sc. (Physics Major/Hons.) and M. Sc. (Physics) examinations from any recognized University or Institute of the country. SC/ST candidates will enjoy a 5% concession in the minimum eligibility of marks.
  2. The applicant must have qualified in CSIR-UGC NET(JRF)/GATE/JEST/equivalent national level examination allowing entry into PhD or must be having the DST-INSPIRE fellowship.
  3. Age limit: Below 28 years on the date of application.

Selection Procedure:

  1. Applicants who have with their own PhD fellowships, available for example through CSIR-UGC NET(JRF)/DST-INSPIRE schemes, will be selected on the basis of a rigorous viva-voce examination to be conducted by the department.
  2. All other applicants (that is, those without a fellowship) will have to appear for a written test conducted by the department. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be further screened through a rigorous viva-voce examination to be conducted by the department. The University will not provide any fellowship to the successful candidates. However, the University will fully support them in their application for fellowship from other sources, such as the Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Fellowship awarded by the Government of West Bengal.

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Online Application Portal:

New applicants have to first register on the Online Application Portal, then Login and Apply. The applicants need to upload scanned copies of their passport-sized photo and mark-sheets.

After successfully submitting the application form, an Application fee of INR 500.00 has to be paid online from the same portal.

Once Application form is successfully submitted and fees paid, Admit Card can be downloaded and printed from the Online Application Portal.

Applicants need to bring their Admit Card on the day of the viva-voce examination and/or the written test. Alternatively, they may carry their Admit Card (PDF) in their smart phone.

Last date to apply online: 15th June, 201925th July, 2019

Time and date of the written test and viva-voce examination will be announced later.

Note: The advertised PhD programme is only for full-time scholars. No application for part-time PhDs will be entertained.

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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 or have DST-INSPIRE PhD fellowship.
    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.

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ICTP Supported PhD Program at RKMVERI, INDIA


Post Designation:   PhD Scholar
Location:   RKMVERI Belur Campus, West Bengal, India
Funding Duration:   1 year, extendable up to 4 years
Application Open To:   Non-Indian applicants from eligible countries (details below)
Necessary Qualification:   Master of Science in Physics or equivalent
Deadline:   30 September, 2019 (midnight, Indian Standard Time)



Applications are invited for open PhD positions in Theoretical Physics at the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RKMVERI), Belur, West Bengal, India, which is an affiliated centre of the Abdus Salam International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. The ICTP is a UNESCO Category 1 research institute supporting science and education in the developing world. It promotes worldwide initiatives for the career development of Women in Science. Details about ICTP:

The selected candidate may work with the faculty members of the Department of Physics at RKMVERI having a broad range of research interests in the following areas:

  • Statistical physics: Long-range interacting systems, Nonequilibrium statistical physics, Stochastic thermodynamics
  • Nonlinear dynamics: Synchronization, Bifurcation theory
  • Cosmology: Dark energy and dark matter
  • High-energy physics: Phenomenology, Collider physics
  • Quantum field theory, Conformal field theory, Holography
  • Theoretical condensed matter physics


  • The position is open to citizens of developing countries eligible for ICTP support (other than India). For full list of countries eligible for priority support from ICTP, see the following link:
  • The applicants must have completed a Master of Science (MSc) or equivalent degree in Physics or related subjects from a recognized university.


Support is provided to cover the student’s living expenses while working at RKMVERI towards her/his PhD, and if required, one return travel ticket from the student’s home country and also tuition fees. The grant does not cover health or travel insurances or incidental costs. The support will be initially for 1 year, with possible renewal up to a total length of 4 years. Renewal is based on satisfactory progress towards the degree as evaluated by ICTP on an annual basis.


The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute is owned and managed by the Ramakrishna Mission, a worldwide, non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organization renowned for its universal outlook and involvement in humanitarian activities for over a century. RKMVERI strives to promote an effective and well-rounded education combining the best elements of ancient spiritual traditions of the East with modern scientific traditions of the West, as envisioned by Swami Vivekananda, the founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and one of the universally respected historical figures of modern India. The academic excellence of the institution is underscored by its receiving the highest available grade of A++ in the assessment conducted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of the Government of India in 2019.

The RKMVERI campus housing the department of Physics is located in Belur Math adjacent to the worldwide headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, with an ambiance that is not only picturesque and salubrious just next to the Ganges but also elevating and peaceful—an ideal environ for academic and research activity. The campus is well connected by public transport to the heart of the city of Kolkata (for example, the campus is about half-hour drive from the Kolkata airport and places like New Town and Salt Lake).

The Department of Physics at RKMVERI has been running regular Masters and Doctoral programs in physics since 2012 and 2010 respectively. The department has an extensive program of visiting scholars and scientists and has quite a few renowned teacher-researchers in various fields as Adjunct Professors and Young Associates. It organizes regular seminars, conferences and workshops in a broad range of topics. The department maintains strong research links with leading national and international research groups.

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