Wednesday, 07 June 2023

Ph.D. Programme

The Ph.D. programme at CeNS focuses on basic and applied aspects of advanced research in the field of nano and soft matter sciences. The students who enroll for the programme at CeNS register either with Mangalore University or Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for their Ph.D. degree.


Applications are invited from students for admission to the Ph.D. programme - 2023 as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the following areas of research.

Areas of research

Energy & Environment 

Photovoltaics, photodetectors
Energy storage devices
Hydrogen Energy
Smart windows and displays
Electro catalysts
Electrochemical & Photocatalytic energy conversion
Electrochemical sensors


Large-scale synthesis at near-ambient conditions
Solution based processes
Low-cost instrumentation
Hybrid spin valve - resistive switching memory devices


Acoustic and optical meta
Radiative cooling

Soft materials/ Liquid crystals

Synthesis, Composites
Phase transitions


Phase transitions in two dimensions
Micro- and nano-structured surfaces
Structural colours

Essential qualifications

  • M.Sc./M.Tech. from a recognized University / Institute, in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science /Nano Science and allied subjects, with at least 60% aggregate marks for the general category and 55% for SC/ST candidates.
  • The candidate should have qualified at least in one of the national level entrance tests, i.e., CSIR-UGC NET (JRF only) / GATE or JEST, or should be an INSPIRE fellow.
  • Specialization in Condensed Matter Physics, Electronics, Materials Science, Organic/ Inorganic/ Physical/ General Chemistry at the Master’s degree level is desired.
  • Students who have appeared for the final year examination and expect to obtain their results before 31 July 2023 may also apply.

Selection procedure

Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on their performance in the national entrance test(s) and academic performance. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview.

Note: Interviews will be held in person only.

Fellowship and hostel facilities

Students will be provided a fellowship of Rs. 31,000/- p.m. (first two years) - 35,000 (next three years).*

Students can avail on-campus hostel facility.

* As per the norms laid out by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi.

Travel grants

Students are encouraged to participate in national and international workshops, expos, symposia and conferences. Centre provides financial assistance of up to Rs. 1,50,000/- during the five-year duration of the Ph.D. programme.

Medical Facility

A clinic with basic facilities and a medical practitioner is available for the students on the campus.  For any special medical needs, students are referred to nearby /empanelled hospitals.

Sponsored candidates

The Centre also encourages motivated candidates from recognized R&D organizations, academic institutions, government organizations and industries to join PhD programme at the Centre on a full-time basis. The candidate must be a regular employee of the sponsoring organization and need not necessarily be qualified in any National Eligibility Test. The applications must be submitted through proper channel along with a "No Objection Certificate (NOC)" from the employer. If selected, a sponsorship letter from the organization need to be submitted at the time of admission. The Centre does not provide any fellowship or financial assistance to such candidates. The research expenses including laboratory fees, etc are to be met through sponsorship only.


Only online applications will be accepted for Ph.D. Programme.

Click on the following weblink to apply

The Last date for receipt of completed applications is extended till - May 7, 2023

Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview at CeNS during 12 - 16 June 2023.

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