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 state of the art research facilities, and faculty with research interests in frontier areas of modern microbiology (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 & Epigenetics
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Pathogen Biology
  • Cellular Trafficking
  • Microbial Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Host-Microbe Interaction
  • Drug Designing and Development
  • Industrial & Environmental Microbiology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Microbial Diversity & Ecology
  • Bioinformatics & Large Data Analytics
  • Biochemical Engineering.
  • Medicinal Chemistry

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1.  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. The minimum aggregate of marks in case of SC/ST/Differently-abled candidates are 50% (or equivalent in CGPA).

2.  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 are eligible to apply. Candidates selected for working only in ICMR Projects are not eligible. B.Tech/BE/B.Pharm students with valid GATE or GPAT score must fulfill the conditions for GATE-JRF fellowship (https://csirhrdg.res.in/Home/Index/1/Default/2008/58). 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.

3. Candidates must also state their present occupation, if any, in the AcSIR application. 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 either in person at CSIR-IMTech, Chandigarh or through online mode. 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. 9,000/- and thesis submission fees is Rs. 5,000/-.

In case the interviews are in person at CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh, those appearing for the interview must be prepared to stay in Chandigarh for three 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.


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

The last date for submitting the application is 31st  October, 2021. 


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.


Any query pertaining to admission may be enquired at phd@imtech.res.in

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

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



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