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CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, IMTECH, Chandigarh

CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, IMTECH, Chandigarh

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research 
Sector 39-A 

Phone-No: 0172-2695215 2695225 2636680 - 94 15 Lines 
Fax: 0172-2690632 2690585 

About College:

A research institute in the frontline areas of biology and biotechnology of microorganisms, with state of the art facilities.

Introduction to the Lab

Established in 1984, the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) is one among the chain of 37 national laboratories, 6 units and 39 outreach centres of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. Set-up to be a fore-runner in the niche domain of microbial biotechnology, the Institute in its initial years functioned from a start-up laboratory that provided a truly world-class R&D ambience in an area of over 10,000 sq. ft. to its researchers. In September, 1989, upon completion of the permanent campus, the Institute shifted to occupy an area of about 47 acres, of which the labs covered 22 acres and the residential campus 25 acres. The Institute covering a built up area of about 3.60 lakh sq. ft., is spread over four main buildings, namely, Main R&D block, Fermentation block, Animal House, Workshop, Stores and Services area, several service building including a guest house and Cafeteria. Recently another block of almost 50000 sq. ft. area (the G.N. Ramachandran Protein Centre) has been added, to cater to R&D in all aspects of Protein science and engineering. The Institute provides laboratories which are functionally modular  and offer large, air-conditioned, clean research areas to all the scientists.

The Institute's primary asset is a team of more than 55 highly motivated scientists, with a majority of them having several years of training in world renowned laboratories. Supported by more than 300 well trained technical staff and graduate students, these scientists have built strong peer credibility both in basic and application-oriented broad thematic areas of Molecular biology and microbial genetics, Cell biology and immunology, Protein science and engineering, and Fermentation technology and applied microbiology.  These overarching focus areas required enabling research facilities, structures and practices which IMTECH has created over the years, recognized nationally to be the best, and globally at par with the best.  This required a visionary approach and objectives with a long term mandate of scientific relevance.
IMTECH’s team of scientists having cutting edge R&D expertise in the areas of: Cloning & expression of recombinant / engineered proteins & their scale-up, Understanding / manipulating proteins and their engineering, Protein structure determination through X-ray crystallography, Molecular microbiology of pathogens especially with respect to drug resistance & vaccine development, Immunology of infectious diseases, Yeast Genetics, Screening of microorganisms for novel enzymatic activities and strain improvement, Bioinformatics & high end computational biology, Microbial taxonomy and metagenomics, and allied areas like technology and business management and intellectual property protection.
That IMTECH could attract and gather a highly motivated and creative team of scientists speaks volumes of the ambience, achievements and a defined focus which are associated with it.

Course Name:

Doctorate of Philosophy PhD

in CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, IMTECH, Chandigarh

Course Description:

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) Admission 2017


Eligibility and Selection Procedure for Doctorate of Philosophy PhD in CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, IMTECH, Chandigarh

Molecular Biology: Molecular biology of pathogens, gene silencing, stress tolerance, signal transduction, gene expression, genome-wide analysis.

Cell Biology and Immunology: Host- pathogen interactions, TB vaccine development, T- and B-cell activation, infectious agents and vaccine targets, cell structure and microscopy.

Protein Science and Engineering: Structure-function relationships, design, expression, structural analysis and modeling, crystallization, structure determination and structure- based drug designing

Applied and Environmental Microbiology: Microbial diversity, environmental biotechnology, biotransformations, vaccines, extremophiles and their metabolites.

Bioinformatics: Computer-aided vaccine and drug development, genome annotations, protein structure prediction, molecular simulations.

Bioorganic Chemistry: Enzymes and abzymes in organic synthesis, biocatalysts and bioactive molecules.

Peptide Chemistry: Peptide synthesis, conformational characterization and modelling.

Biochemical Engineering: Fermentation and downstream processing, process development, bioreactor modelling and control.

Biosensors: Immunodiagnostics of pesticides and other environmental pollutants based on bioprobe-electronic interfacing.

Eligibility and Selection: Candidates with Master's Degree or equivalent in any branch of science (Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Pharmacy) or in chemical/biochemical engineering who have qualified to be eligible to receive a doctoral junior research fellowship (JRF) after passing any of the following examinations are eligible to be interviewed: CSIR/UGC NET, DBT JRF examination, or ICMR JRFexamination. Those who come for interview must be prepared to be present in Chandigarh for at least three days, which is the approximate time required to finalize the admission of successful candidates.  No TA/DA or any other expenses will be paid for appearing in the interview. Candidates whose result for qualifying examination is awaited, but likely to be declared on or before the interview date may also apply; however, they will be allowed to appear in the interview only after they produce a valid proof of having passed the qualifying masters’ level examination (e.g., a letter from the relevant Head of Department). Candidates must also state their present occupation, if any, before the interview; any concealment may result in cancellation of admission at any stage. Age limit: 28 years. (Age relaxation is applicable to SC/ST and OBC candidates as per Govt. of India rules). The decision of the Director, IMTECH, regarding selection/admission of the candidates shall be final.

Residential Accommodation: Separate hostel accommodation for boys and girls in the campus may be provided to admitted candidates, when available. Please note that this year we won’t be able to provide any hostel accommodation immediately after admission.

How To Apply:

Application Procedure for Doctorate of Philosophy PhD in CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, IMTECH, Chandigarh

Prepare and bring with yourself attested photograph and 3 copies of a write-up in the prescribed format (downloaded from our website), stating: 1. Name 2. Full address for correspondence, telephone/fax/mobile numbers, e-mail address 3. Region (North/South/East/West); 4. Male/ Female; 5. Date of Birth 6.  Which category do you belong: SC/ST/OBC/General?  7. NET (CSIR/UGC) or Junior Research Fellowship Examination (ICMR/DBT)   Passed: Yes/No.  8. Roll No and date of passing of NET or equivalent examination.  9. Present occupation.  10. Marks obtained in M.Sc. Part I and II, name of Institute, date of passing and subjects studied. Kindly bring original and attested copies of (a) All certificates (school leaving, B.Sc., M.Sc., etc.), (b) Proof of passing NET (a copy of certificate or roll number along with newspaper clipping showing result with roll number highlighted). Those who are selected will be assigned labs and will be required to pay Rs. 3000/- in cash towards registration which will be immediately done after selection/admission. Reservation as per rules will be applicable to SC/ST candidates.


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