Externally Funded Project list and details

In addition to the intake under the IIA-PU programme, following Externally Funded Project - JRF positions are available.
The PhD students selected under the projects will work for the duration mentioned under the project plus additional period with the support of the institute subjected to the institute norms.


A) Project PI: Prof. Gajendra Pandey
DST-SERB Core Research Grant Project "Measuring helium abundances in cool stars" approved for the period 2022-2025 (CRG/2021/000108). The proposed study intends to measure helium in cool stars by adopting a novel technique and will measure helium abundance along the red giant branch and main-sequence stars for the first time. The project involves observations, data reductions, and measuring star's surface abundances using state-of-the-art model atmospheres.
Essential Qualification: M. Sc. Physics/Astronomy. Other details are as for the IIA-PU programme.
Desirable Qualification: Fairly good knowledge of programming with some experience in data analyses.
Selection process: Same as IIA-PU PhD process


B) Project PI: Dr. Vemareddy Panditi
DST-SERB project "Data-Driven Magneto-hydro Dynamic Simulations of the Solar Active Regions" approved for the period 2022-2024 (SRB/2021/000031). This project intends to study the solar active regions and their potential to erupt through data-driven computer simulations. The study involves analysing the observations of the solar active regions and then feed them to an MHD code to reproduce the dynamical evolution at different time scales.
Essential Qualifications: M.Sc., (Physics) with good record and cleared a national level eligibility test is required as the Junior Research Fellow for this project.
Desirable Qualifications: Prior experience in computer programming.
Selection process: Same as IIA-PU PhD process


C) Project PI: Dr. Smitha Subramanian
DST-SERB project “Effect of tidal interactions in the evolution of low mass galaxies” approved for the period March, 2022 – March 2025 (SPG/2021/002672). This project aims to understand the effect of interactions in the evolution of low mass/dwarf galaxies by performing a multi-wavelength observational study (UV, Optical and NIR) of nearby dwarf galaxies.
Essential Qualifications: M. Sc. Physics/Astronomy. Other details are as for the IIA-PU programme.
Desirable Qualifications: Basic Astrophysics background and basic programming skills.
Selection process: Same as IIA-PU PhD process