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Ph.D. Programme

The Ph.D. programme at Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) focuses on basic and applied aspects of advanced research in the field of nano and soft matter sciences. CeNS is affiliated to Mangalore University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).


Applications are invited from students for admission to the Ph.D. programme for the January 2024 Session as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the following areas of research.

Areas of research

Energy & Environment 

Photovoltaics, photodetectors
Energy storage devices
Hydrogen Energy
Smart windows and displays
Electro catalysts
Electrochemical & Photocatalytic energy conversion
Electrochemical sensors
Piezo / tribo electric energy generation and pressure sensing


Large-scale synthesis at near-ambient conditions

Solution based processes

Low-cost instrumentation

Hybrid spin valve - resistive switching memory devices


Low dimensional Perovskites, Atomic Layer Deposition

Organic nanomaterials

Supramolecular polymers, Biomaterials, Polymers

Aqueous self-assembly


Acoustic and optical meta
Radiative cooling

Soft materials/ Liquid crystals

Synthesis, Composites
Phase transitions
Peptides, Organo- and hydrogel


Phase transitions in two dimensions
Micro- and nano-structured surfaces
Structural colours

Essential qualifications as given in the AcSIR website

  • M.Sc./M.Tech. from a recognized University/Institute in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science/Nano Science and allied subjects with at least 60% aggregate marks for the general category and 55% for SC/ST candidates.
  • The candidate should have qualified at least in one of the national level entrance tests, i.e., CSIR-UGC NET (JRF only) / GATE or JEST, or should be an INSPIRE fellow.
  • Specialization in Condensed Matter Physics, Electronics, Materials Science, and Organic/Inorganic/Physical/General Chemistry at the Master’s degree level is desired.

Selection procedure

Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on their performance in the national entrance test(s) and academic performance. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview.

Note: Interviews will be held in person only.

Travel grants

Students are encouraged to participate in national and international workshops, expos, symposia and conferences. Centre provides financial assistance of up to Rs. 1,50,000/- during the five-year duration of the Ph.D. programme.

Medical Facility

A clinic with basic facilities and a medical practitioner is available for the students on the campus. For any special medical needs, students are referred to nearby /empanelled hospitals.
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Ph.D. (Sciences)


Last date of submitting online applications

Second or third week of December 2023