PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme 2022 (Open Again): Dates, Application Form, Results

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme 2022 – Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad invites application for selection as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) July 2022.

JRFs at PRL can register for a PhD degree at an Institute/University with which PRL has a MoU.

Latest –

  • List of selected candidates declared
  • Application Process started again with new different topics
  • List of shortlisted candidates declared for Previous applications

About PRL

Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad is a premier national research institution under the Department of Space, Government of India.

Research Fields for JRF July 2022

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Geosciences
  • Theoretical Physics

Key Research Areas

Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Studies of solar system minor bodies like Comets and Asteroids in the optical wavelengths (both imaging-polarimetry and low-resolution spectroscopy), discovery and characterization of exoplanets around stars using state-of-the-art high-resolution fiber-fed stabilized optical spectroscopy using the PRL’s 2.5m aperture telescope, stellar astrophysical research at multiwavelengths (radio to optical) including M-dwarfs, symbiotic stars, morphological studies of high mass and low mass star formation regions, optical and near-IR studies of star clusters, extragalactic astronomy and transient events like novae, supernovae and GRBs, studies of Radio galaxies using radio telescopes, Space-based X-ray observations of neutron stars, black holes in binary systems like Be-X-ray binary systems and X-ray polarizations, Space-based X-ray astronomy instrumentation for future X-ray missions, and Optical and near-IR instrumentation for PRL 2.5m telescope.

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

  • AMOPH Division is an interdisciplinary division comprising experimental and theoretical physics covering a wide spectrum of research. It consists of several key research areas such as quantum entanglement, quantum communication, quantum cryptography, quantum imaging and quantum sensing, nonlinear optics, single-photon sources, photonic quantum computing, structured beams, generation and detection of THz radiations, theoretical studies related to atomic clocks, low-energy probes of nuclear structures and particle physics, many-body theories of atomic spectroscopy, astrochemical studies, shock processing of materials, reactions induced in astrochemical ices by projectiles, radiations and shockwaves, ultrafast reactions studies, femtosecond and attosecond processes, fragmentation dynamics of molecules, Photons and auger electron studies, XUV generations, crystal defect dynamics studies, radiation dosimetry, luminescence dating, earth surface processes studies.

Geosciences

  • Nitrogen and Carbon cycling in marine and terrestrial environments, isotopic fingerprinting of waters of India, paleoclimate studies using marine and terrestrial proxies, marine geochemistry, chemical weathering and climate, paleo-monsoon and desertification on various time scales, spatial and temporal evolution of various landforms of India, the evolution of proterozoic sedimentary basins of India, subduction zone volcanism, catastrophic/extreme events, mass extinctions, and Earth surface processes, ambient aerosol chemistry over land and oceans.

Theoretical Physics

  • Quantum condensed matter physics, including topological materials, strongly correlated electronic system, itinerant magnetism, unconventional superconductivity, neutrino physics, dark matter phenomenology, CP violation, baryogenesis, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in fundamental physics, heavy flavor physics, effective field theories, strong interaction physics and quark-gluon plasma, precision calculations in strong and electro-weak interaction physics, studies of extended gauge and space-time symmetries.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates from disciplines of any branch of Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing are eligible to apply.
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Science or Engineering with at least a first-class (60%) or equivalent grades at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.
  • Candidates expecting their Master’s degree by August 2022 are also eligible to apply, subject to having secured at least a first-class (60%) or equivalent grade(s) up to the last semester.
  • Candidates should be interested in pursuing a research career in the current areas of research at PRL, as mentioned above.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their Master’s degree in the last two years. The intake will depend on the candidate’s performance in the interview and the suitability of the candidate’s research interest to the research program of PRL.
  • Applicants should have qualified for any one of the following examinations:
    1. CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) JRF/AP [June 2020/June 2021] in Physical Sciences / Chemical Sciences / Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences.
    2. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) [GATE 2020/GATE 2021/GATE 2022] in Physics / Geology and Geophysics / Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Chemistry.
    3. Joint Entrance Screening Test [JEST 2021/JEST 2022] in Physics.
    4. UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) JRF/AP [December 2020/June 2021] in Environmental Sciences. (Applicable for candidates applying in Space & Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Sciences & space exploration. Physics at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level is mandatory)
  • Applicants whose All India ranks are in the range of 1-500 in any of the CSIR-UGC-NET/UGC-NET/GATE/JEST tests are likely, but not assured, to be called for an interview at PRL subject to their fulfilling other eligibility criteria mentioned above and online application through PRL’s website.
  • It is expected that prospective candidates have good proficiency in fundamental physics and mathematics.
  • About 10-12 JRF positions are available.
  • PRL encourages gender diversity.
  • All candidates meeting the above minimum requirement are encouraged to apply.

Nationality

The candidate must be an Indian Citizen.

Age Limit

28 years (as on 01st July, 2022).

Fellowship

Junior Research Fellows (JRF): Rs. 31,000/- pm

Senior Research Fellows (SRF): Rs. 35,000/- pm.

On the completion of two years, the JRFs will be reviewed, and based on the recommendations of the review committee and the approval of the Director, PRL, the JRF may be awarded the position of SRF with an enhanced fellowship as per rules.

Performance of the Research Fellows shall be reviewed on a yearly basis for continuation of fellowship.

Important Dates for July 2022

EventDate
Online Application Starts25 April 2022 (07:00 IST onwards)
Last date for online Application20 May 2022 (till 23:59 IST)
Dates for Interviews at PRL, Ahmedabad06-07-08 June 2022

How to Apply

  • Candidates interested in applying to the PRL’s JRF program must complete the submission of the online application form.
  • A valid e-mail ID and Mobile Number are mandatory for registration. E-mail ID should be kept active until the end of the admission process. The status of successful registration will be sent to the registered e-mail ID.
  • Candidates are requested to fill in the online Application Form with the utmost care, as no modification(s) will be allowed after its submission. Request for any change(s)/correction(s) in the Application Form shall not be entertained under any circumstances after the submission of the application form.
  • PRL will not be responsible for any consequences arising out of incorrect/incomplete information furnished and/or failing to provide the required information on time. Successful submission of the application form online does not guarantee a call for an interview.
  • The candidate’s interview will be based on the academic qualification(s) and basic knowledge in physics, mathematics, & chemistry and not on the topic of research interest opted to pursue a Ph.D. degree in PRL.
  • Candidates are advised to apply well before the closing date and not wait until the last date to avoid possible hindrances, such as issues with internet connections, problems with a local server(s), and power failures.

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme July 2022 Results

Selected Candidates

List of Selected Candidates

Shortlisted Candidates

List of Shortlisted Candidates declared.

Shortlisted Candidates has received an email for confirmation.

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PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme April 2022

Important Dates

EventDate
Online Application Starts25 March 2022 (07:00 IST)
Last date for online Application20 April 2022 (till 23:59 IST)
Dates for Interviews at PRL, Ahmedabad27-28-29 April 2022

Research Fields for JRF April 2022

  • Planetary Sciences & Space Exploration
  • Space & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Solar Astrophysics

Key Research Areas

Planetary Sciences & Space Exploration

  • Studies of surfaces, atmospheres, ionospheres of planets
  • theoretical modeling and observational studies of physical processes of Mars, Venus, Moon, asteroids
  • origin and evolution of the solar system objects through laboratory analysis of extraterrestrial material (meteorites and sample returned missions)
  • analysis of data from Indian missions Chandrayaan-1, -2, -3, Mars Orbiter Mission and Aditya-L1
  • Development of scientific instruments for future planetary missions to Moon, Venus, and Mars
  • Studies of planetary geology through the data obtained from space missions

Space & Atmospheric Sciences

  • Physics of the sun-earth interactions
  • space weather and its effect on societal applications
  • atmospheric circulation
  • aerosols and their impact on Earth’s radiation budget
  • studies of trace gases, volatile organic compounds and their effects on the atmosphere
  • cloud dynamics
  • global warming/climate change

These investigations are enabled by state-of-the-art and in-house built rocket-, balloon-, and ground-based experiments, optical and radio probing techniques, laboratory experiments along with theoretical simulations, numerical modeling, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning techniques.

Opportunities also exist for participation in upcoming Indian space missions like Aditya-L1, dual-aeronomy satellite mission DISHA, and missions to Venus and Mars.

Solar Astrophysics

  • Physics of solar oscillations
  • structure and evolution of sunspotsConnection between solar interior dynamics and solar activity
  • Magnetohydrodynamic processes in the solar atmosphere, coronal heating, solar eruptions
  • space weather predictions

These investigations utilize high-resolution multi-wavelength data from both ground and space-based instruments like Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST), Chandrayaan-2, Udaipur-CALLISTO solar radio spectrometer, Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) together with numerical simulations.

The solar astrophysics group is also involved in the design and development of sophisticated instruments for solar observations and participation in upcoming national projects, like the Aditya-L1 space mission and National Large Solar Telescope (NLST).

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme April 2022 Results

Shortlisted Candidates

List of Shortlisted Candidates declared.

Shortlisted Candidates has received an email for confirmation.

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PRL Ahmedabad WebsiteClick Here

Previous Admissions

PRL Ahmedabad PhD Admission JEST Based 2021

All the candidates having JEST 2021 Rank in range 1-500 (who have not appeared for JRF interview held by PRL in June 2021) are eligible to apply.

Important Dates

Online Application Starts 25 November 2021
Last date for online Application 30 November 2021
Dates for Interviews at PRL, Ahmedabad 6-7-8 December 2021
Mode of Interviews ONLINE

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme 2021

Research Fields for JRF 2021

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Solar Physics
  • Space and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Geosciences
  • Planetary Science
  • Theoretical Physics

Research Topic Wise Requirements

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Candidates from Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Physics, Space Sciences, Instrumentation disciplines are eligible to apply.

Solar Physics

Candidates from Physics, Applied Physics, Space Sciences, Astrophysics disciplines are eligible to apply.

Space and Atmospheric Sciences

Candidates from Physics, Applied Physics, Space Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences Climate Science/Climate Change studies, disciplines are eligible to apply.

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Candidates from Physics, Applied Physics, Electronics, Photonics, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Chemical Engineering disciplines are eligible to apply.

Geosciences

Candidates from Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science disciplines are eligible to apply.

Planetary Science

Candidates from Physics, Chemistry, Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Applied Physics, Space Science, Planetary sciences disciplines are eligible to apply.

Theoretical Physics

Candidates from Physics, Applied Physics, Astronomy disciplines are eligible to apply.

Important Dates

EventDate
Online Application Starts29 March 2021 (07:00 IST)
Last date for online Application10 May 2021 (till 23:59 IST)
Dates for Interviews at PRL, Ahmedabad3,4,7,8 June 2021
Mode of InterviewsOnline

PRL Ahmedabad Research Fellowship Programme 2021 Results

PRL-Junior Fellow Research Fellowships (JRF) Selection List 2021