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ACE

Aerosol Characterization and receptor modEling Group

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For PhD students, there are openings twice in a year, one each during the Spring and Fall semesters. Detailed information regarding admission to the PhD programme can be accessed online here . I typically take at least one student every semester.

For Post-doctoral fellows (PDF) – if you are interested in being hosted by our group under the aegis of the SERB N-PDF scheme or other fellowships, please write to me and I can provide inputs on whether the work proposed by you, your area of interest and expertise will fit in with what we work on. I can also provide scientific inputs on your proposal, should you require it.

Project Fellows and Summer/Winter interns can find details about openings as and when available on the ‘Opportunities’ tab. Keep an eye on the website and apply!

Yes, all students admitted to our Ph.D programme get a fellowship. Depending on the exams you have qualified, you will be eligible either for funding by an external agency or by the Institute. Your Institute fellowship will be as per MHRD norms. Do spare sometime to read our PhD manual. Most of your queries related to the program will be fairly well addressed by the manual.

Our research interests span across disciplines and specific courses (such as aerosol science, atmospheric chemistry, aerosol field measurements and instrumentation, and air quality modeling) that prepare you for research in our group are seldom taught at the undergraduate or Master’s level. However, I do expect that applicants have at least undergraduate level Mathematics and Physics. Strong training in analytical chemistry in lieu of Mathematics and Physics may also work.

My graduate students come from various backgrounds including environmental sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering and other areas. Many students have had little or no exposure to aerosol science, while others have had a flavor of it as a sub-discipline in environmental or atmospheric sciences. The coursework during your Ph.D. at IISER Bhopal is designed to prepare you for succeeding in research conducted by our group.

No. Most incoming students have little or no scientific programming experience. You can pick up specific skills on the job!

Prior programming experience (in C/C++, IDL, MATLAB or FORTRAN) is a big advantage though! Familiarity with handling large datasets, experience with numerical models, analysis of hyper-spectral satellite data such as that from OMI, GOME-2, AIRS, MODIS, or IASI and some working knowledge of PMF, air parcel trajectory ensemble models, OPAC and SBDART models is a plus.

IISER Bhopal is nestled in the lap of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of a city. While some may find this environment calm and ideal for intellectual pursuits, some others (especially from large metropolitan cities) may find it unusually ‘quiet’. For the motivated lot, IISER Bhopal offers a great opportunity to progress in their academic journey with in-house facilities from a great library, state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities and unlimited internet! You can get a better feel for what is on offer here by talking to students in our group. Within the campus, there is a shopping center, canteen, coffee shops, and different students clubs (movie, astronomy etc). There is never a dull moment should you seek to find joy in what is on offer.

Our group is very welcoming and friendly. While we all work hard and strive to achieve research excellence, the ambiance is one of co-operation and collectivism rather than competition within the group, in achieving our goals. You will find that there is no hierarchy within the group and everybody from the PI to interns do their best to help every member of the group settle in and be productive (and happy!).

Please feel free to write to graduate students to find out more about the ‘joys’ and ‘miseries’ of working with the group!

You will have the liberty to choose your own project within the scope of the research interests of this group. The group web site should give you a fair idea of our research interests. I generally encourage students in their first year to take 3 regular courses a semester (a full load is 4 courses) along with 1 unit (4 credits) of thesis. These thesis credits in the first two semesters must really be viewed as a "reading and research" course with me. The reading and literature review you will be doing in the first year is a great opportunity to start thinking about your Ph.D. problem.

The summer after the first year is an important time in which you really get started on your Ph.D. research. In the second year you typically take 0-2 courses a semester and can begin to really spend time on your research, and after that you will hopefully educate me on the body of knowledge and excitement of your 'own' research problem!

Apply for internships at least one semester ahead of time. Some limited funding is available.

3 Ph.D. students have graduated from our lab, thus far. They are employed in academia, research and a state pollution control board, respectively.

In general, a Ph.D working with our group should prepare you well for careers in academia or for research in certain sectors, even in industries. State and Central Pollution Control boards should also have suitable openings for alumni from the group. The Ph.D program is really a training for you to become a researcher, 'how' you use that training and ‘who’ you become is entirely up to you. Truly, sky is the limit!

We also have 5 BS-MS graduates from our lab, thus far. Four of them are/will be in reputed PhD programs across the world. Two of them are graduate students in the United States of America, one in France and another will soon commence a PhD in the UK.

You can take a look at where our PhD and BS-MS students, PDFs, Project Assistants and Interns are in the 'Past Members' sub-tab under 'Members' tab.

Yes, of course. They will be glad to interact with you. You can stop by the current members tab and get the required information to contact them. You also free to contact me. As a group, we are always happy to help!