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The Department of Physical Sciences at IISER Mohali hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. There are many exciting research fields including inter-disciplinary research areas to explore. There are opportunities to work in theoretical, computational as well as experimental fields to approach and solve the research problems.

Currently, the Department of Physical Sciences at IISER Mohali is actively involved in the following research areas:

Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation: Dr. Aru Beri, Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla, Dr. Harvinder Kaur Jassal, Dr. Pankaj Kushwaha, Dr. Smriti Mahajan, Dr. Kinjalk Lochan, Prof. Kulinder Pal Singh;

Attosecond Physics: Dr. Kamal P. Singh;

Biophysics: Dr. Tripta Bhatia, Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Prof. Kavita Dorai, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Dr. Kamal P. Singh;

Complex Systems: Dr. Tripta Bhatia, Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasenjit Das, Prof. Ramandeep Johal, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Prof. Sudeshna Sinha;

Computational Physics: Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla, Dr. Vishal Bhardwaj, Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasenjit Das, Dr. Harvinder Kaur Jassal, Dr. Satyajit Jena, Dr. Anosh Joseph, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Prof. Sudeshna Sinha;

Condensed Matter Experiment: Dr. Goutam Sheet, Dr. Mandip Singh, Dr. Yogesh Singh, Dr. Ananth Venketeshan;

Condensed Matter Theory: Prof. Ramandeep Johal, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Dr. Goutam Sheet;

High Energy Physics Experiment: Dr. Vishal Bhardwaj, Dr. Satyajit Jena;

High Energy Physics Theory: Dr. Anosh Joseph, Dr. Kinjalk Lochan, Dr. Ambresh Shivaji, Dr. K.P. Yogendran;

Laser Physics: Dr. Kamal P. Singh;

Medical Physics: Dr. Samir Biswas;

Nonlinear Dynamics: Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasenjit Das, Prof. Ramandeep Johal, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Dr. Kamal P. Singh, Prof. Sudeshna Sinha;

Quantum Dynamics: Dr. Kamal P. Singh;

Quantum Foundations and Photon Experiments: Dr. Mandip Singh;

Quantum Information and Quantum Computing: Prof. Arvind, Dr. Manabendra Nath Bera, Prof. Kavita Dorai, Dr. Sandeep Goyal, Dr. Mandip Singh;

Soft Matter Physics: Dr. Tripta Bhatia, Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasenjit Das, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Dr. Kamal P. Singh;

Statistical Physics: Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty, Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasenjit Das, Prof. Ramandeep Johal, Dr. Rajeev Kapri, Prof. Sudeshna Sinha


Admissions for PhD Program in Physics - August 2022


Fields of research open to application in this round of PhD selections are given below, along with names of faculty members working in the respective fields.

Only those faculty members whose names are given below will accept students through this round of PhD admissions. Therefore, before applying, students should check this list carefully to ensure that research area of their interest are available for admissions in this round.


Research Fields Open to Application in August 2022 Round of PhD Selections

Note: The information below is still being updated


Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitation

For students interested in Astrophysics / Cosmology (Theory or Data Analysis) / Gravitation / High Energy Astrophysics / Galaxy Formation / Gravitational Lensing.


Attosecond Physics and Biomagnetism

For students interested in Attosecond Physics / Biomagnetism.


Biophysics (Experiments)

For students interested in Soft Matter and Biological Physics (Experiment) / Synthetic Biology (Experiment) / NMR Metabolomics / Protein Ligand Binding (Including Nanoparticles and Ionic Liquids).


Complex Systems

For students interested in Complex Systems.


Computational Physics

For students interested in Computational Physics.


Condensed Matter Physics (Experiments)

For students interested in Condensed Matter Physics (Experiments) / Low Temperature Scanning Probe Microscopy / Mesoscopic Devices: Nanomechanical Systems or 2D Electron Systems / Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy / Superconductivity and Topological Systems / Quantum Phases of Matter / Spin Liquids / Topological Materials / Novel Superconductors.


Condensed Matter Physics (Theory)

For students interested in Spin-orbit Coupling in Lattice Models.


High Energy Physics (Experiments)

For students interested in Flavor Physics: B and D meson decays.


High Energy Physics (Theory)

For students interested in Collider Physics / Physics Beyond Standard Model / Amplitude Calculation.


Nonlinear Dynamics

For students interested in Nonlinear Dynamics.


Optics and Sensors

For students interested in Optical Sensor for Cell and Angiogenesis Diagnosis.


Quantum Information and Quantum Computing (Theory)

For students interested in Quantum Information / Quantum Computing / Quantum Thermodynamics / Quantum Causality / Quantum Entanglement / BEC / Quantum Optics / Quantum Machine Learning.


Quantum Information and Quantum Computing (Experiments)

For students interested in Experimental Quantum Computing / Multipartite Entanglement Characterization / Tomography via Machine Learning / Decoherence Mitigation / Experimental Implementation of Quantum Algorithms.


Quantum Foundations and Photon Experiments

For students interested in Quantum Foundations and Photon Experiments.


Quantum Information Processing with Photons (Experiments)

For students interested in Quantum Information Processing with Photons (Experiments).


Quantum Optics and Bose-Einstein Condensation (Experiments)

For students interested in Quantum Optics and Bose-Einstein Condensation (Experiments).


Soft Matter Physics

For students interested in Soft Matter Physics / Rheology of Dense Granular Systems / Phase Separation Kinetics in Active Systems.


Statistical Mechanics

For students interested in Statistical Mechanics / Polymer Translocation / Physics of Active Systems / Physics of DNA Unzipping.


Theoretical Physics

For students interested in Theoretical Physics.


Selection procedure

The call for applications to PhD Program August 2022 is avaiable on the IISER Mohali website: Call for applications to PhD Program August 2022.

Based on the application forms received and the criteria listed on the call for applications to PhD Program August 2022, applicants will be further shortlisted for the interview based on additional criteria set by the Department of Physical Sciences. All the candidates selected for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the interview. Shortlisted candidates will be selected for admission to the PhD program through a rigorous evaluation process that includes an interview by a selection committee. The mere application/shortlisting does not guarantee admission into the PhD program.