About Program

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

CSIR-IMTECH is a multidisciplinary institute with excellent research facilities, state of the art computational and library facilities, and faculty with research interests in frontier areas of modern biology and biotechnology (please visit our website http://www.imtech.res.in for information on different areas and faculty activities). Openings are likely to be available in the following areas: 

  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics & Genomics
  • Host-Microbe Interaction
  • Pathogen Biology
  • Cellular Trafficking
  • Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Drug Designing and Development
  • Applied & Environmental Microbiology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Microbial Diversity & Ecology
  • Bioinformatics & Large Data Analytics
  • Biochemical Engineering. 

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  • 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 Science or Technology OR B.Tech (in Information Technology/ Computer Sciences/ Biological Sciences or other branches with special interest in Biology) OR B.Pharm OR B.E. OR 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 (https://csirhrdg.res.in/Home/Index/1/Default/1247/58) are also eligible. The minimum aggregate of marks in case of SC/ST/Differently-abled candidates are 50%.
  • A valid Fellowship. Candidates having any of the valid fellowship from CSIR-UGC NET (NET-LS not eligible)/DBT-JRF examination (‘A’ Category only)/DST INSPIRE Fellowship/ICMR-JRF examination (those selected for working only in ICMR Projects are not eligible) are eligible to apply. Admission of candidates having DST INSPIRE fellowship shall stand cancelled in case candidate fails to obtain fellowship from DST. CSIR-IMTech will not provide any financial support to such candidates. Please note that valid proofs of Fellowship examinations are mandatory for appearing in the interview.
  • Those appearing for the interview must be prepared to stay 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.

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

Selection Process

The eligible candidates will be called for interview at CSIR-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 the PhD program is as per AcSIR fee structure. Currently, per semester fee is Rs. 8,000/- and thesis submission fees is Rs. 5,000/-. 

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.

The decision of the Director, CSIR-IMTECH, regarding selection/admission of the candidates shall be final.



The application should be submitted online at http://acsir.res.in

The last date for submitting the application is 28th  May, 2020.  Extended date: 15th June 2020

Residential Accommodation

Separate hostel accommodation for boys and girls in the campus may be provided to the admitted candidates as per availability. 


Residential Accommodation

Separate hostel accommodation for boys and girls in the campus may be provided to the admitted candidates as per availability.