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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.

Director, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), invites exceptionally motivated candidates for pursuing doctoral research at IMTECH under the aegis of Ph.D. degree program being jointly run by IMTECH and Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi.  

Kindly note that those candidates who are waiting for MSc results may also appear for interview but their joining is subject to clearing all the eligibility criteria.

IMTECH is a multidisciplinary institute with excellent research facilities, state of the art computational and library facilities, and faculty with interests in many different areas of modern biology and biotechnology. The major thrust areas of the institute are Antibiotic drug discovery, Virology, Microbiome and Bio-therapeutics. During this intake, openings may be available in the areas which involves following:
(a) Molecular Biology: Molecular biology of pathogens, antimicrobial research, gene silencing, stress tolerance, signal transduction, gene expression, genome-wide analysis, diagnostics and clinical markers using Nanotechnology, molecular glycobiology
(b) Cell Biology & Immunology: Host- pathogen interactions, protein trafficking, molecular immunology, animal biotechnology
(c) Protein Science & Engineering:  Structure-function relationships, Protein design, folding, engineering, stability, expression, structure determination of proteins and structure-based drug designing etc.  
(d) Applied & Environmental Microbiology: Genetic engineering of microbes, Microbial diversity and their metabolites
(e) Bioinformatics: Computer-aided drug development, genome annotations, protein structure prediction, molecular simulations, data analytics, system biology
(f) Medicinal Chemistry: Design and synthesis of small molecules and analogs,  natural products synthesis and their designed analogs, natural product discovery, discovery of new synthetic strategies and technologies
(g) Biochemical Engineering: Fermentation & downstream processing, Biotherapeutics and vaccine, process development and optimization, scale up

Candidates with Master's Degree (M.Sc./ M.Tech/ M.Pharm) with minimum aggregate of 55% marks or equivalent in CGPA in any branch of Life sciences / Biotechnology / Physics / Chemistry / Computer Sciences or allied subject with special interest in Biology OR B.Tech (in Information Technology/Computer Sciences/ Biological Sciences or other branches with special interest in Biology) / B.Pharm / B.E. / MBBS candidates with at least 55 % (or equivalent in CGPA) may apply. B.Tech/B.Pharm/BE students who fulfill the condition for GATE-JRF fellowship ( are also eligible. The minimum aggregate of marks in case of SC/ST/Differently-abled candidates are 50%. 

Candidates also need to have any of the valid research fellowships such as CSIR/UGC NET or DBT JRF examination (‘A’ Category) or DST INSPIRE Fellowship or ICMR JRF examination or other equivalent fellowship. Please note that valid proofs, of Fellowship examinations, and Masters’/ Bachelor’s degree or those awaiting for their final results, are mandatory for appearing in the interview. Those coming for interview must be prepared to be present in Chandigarh for two days, which is the approximate time required to finalize the admission.  No TA/DA or any other expenses will be paid for appearing in the interview. Candidates must also state their present occupation, if any, before the interview; any concealment may result in cancellation of admission at any stage.

The eligible candidates will be called for interview at IMTECH, Chandigarh. The interview will be aimed at assessing the candidate’s knowledge, critical analysis, logical reasoning and aptitude for scientific research. The result of the selected candidates will be declared on AcSIR website. The fee for Ph.D. program is as per AcSIR fee structure. Currently, per semester fee is Rs. 7,000/- and thesis submission fees is Rs. 5,000/-.

How to apply:
The application should be submitted online at The last date for submitting the application is 24th October, 2019.    

Important to Note: In case of selection, admission of candidates shall be provisional subject to condition that they shall obtain fellowship for a period of five years from a funding agency. In case, candidates fail to receive fellowship, admission stands cancelled.

Residential Accommodation:
• Separate hostel accommodation for boys and girls in the campus may be provided to the admitted candidates on request and as per availability.
• Any questions pertaining to admission may be enquired at
• The decision of the Director, IMTECH, regarding selection/admission of the candidates shall be final.


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