1. Research Opportunities
  2. Research Themes

SPL has a broad spectrum of opportunities for doing front ranking research in the areas of Atmospheric, Space and Planetary Sciences. These opportunities can be classified into the following categories.

1) Research Fellows (Doctoral Fellowship):

SPL has a very vibrant research fellow’s programme, with a strength of about 20 to 25 students at any time of the year. Every year, SPL recruits 5 to 6 Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) through written test and interviews conducted around June-August time period. Online applications for JRFs are sought through advertisements in national dailies around March-April.

These positions are meant for candidates having M. Sc. in Physics/Applied Physics/Space Physics/Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences or any other allied field


with M.Sc Physics with specialization in any one of the above subjects including electronics


M. Tech in Atmospheric/Space/Planetary Sciences/Applied Physics or allied fields.

Selected students first undergo coursework and subsequently work under the supervision of a senior faculty of the SPL. All the students selected for research receive fellowship, which is extendable up to a maximum of 5 years. The fellowship is extended each year after the student passes the review conducted by Academic Committee of the SPL and the external review conducted by VSSC. The current fellowship is @ Rs. 14,000/- per month for the first 2 years and @ Rs. 18,000/- per month from 3rd year onwards. The HRA is as per Govt. rules.

2) Research Associates (Post Doctoral Research Fellowship):

SPL has two types of Post Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDF) programme:

(a) The Research Fellows of SPL, after submitting their PhD thesis may be given PDF position, based on an interview conducted by PDF Committee of the laboratory. The candidate has to submit an application along with a research proposal. This PDF is normally for a period of 2 years, extendable by one more year in exceptional cases

(b) The other type of PDF is for external PhD holders. Application for this PDF can be made at any time of the year by submitting a research proposal along with a CV and publication list to the Director SPL. Selection is made based on an interview conducted by SPL. Number of PDF positions at any time for this category is five. Any enquiry for these positions can be directed to the Director SPL.

3) Visiting Scientists (VSs):

SPL has a visiting scientist (VS) programme, which either operates through ADCOS VS programme, or directly by SPL, where the same guidelines as that of ADOCS RFS (ADREF) are followed.

These positions are for senior scientists who have sufficient experience and hold a permanent position elsewhere. Applications can be made any time of the year to the Director SPL. Any enquiry for these positions can be directed to the Director SPL.


Following are the research themes

1) Atmospheric Aerosols Clouds Chemistry and Radiation:

• Physical Characterisation of Aerosols

• Chemical Charecterisation of Aerosols

• Studies on Trace gases using insitu and satellite based observation

• Studies on Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing for land emissivity and surface characterisation

• Studies on Mesoscale Convective Systems

• Microwave Radiometric observations

• Microwave Propagation studies for GPS navigation and Communication applications

• Studies on Soil moisture and temperature

2) Atmosphere Dynamics Branch:

• Atmospheric Waves and Oscillations

• Lower-middle-upper atmosphere coupling processes

• Low and High latitude coupling processes

• Stratosphere-troposphere exchange processes

• Tropical Tropopause Dynamics

• Cloud Dynamics

• Middle atmospheric modelling

3) Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Modelling

• Characterization of Coastal ABL Processes over Thumba

• Numerical Weather Prediction through Atmospheric Models

• Regional Climate Modelling

• Improvements in Parametrization Schemes in Atmospheric Models

• Ship-borne Field Experiments for studying Marine ABL Characteristics

• Precipitation Studies (Disdrometer & Micro-Rain Radar)

4) Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Magnetosphere Physics

• Equatorial Electrojet Studies

• Spread-F

• Total Electron content

• Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling

• Blanketing Es

• E- region irregularities

• Geo-magnetic storms

• Space weather

5) Planetary Science Branch

• Research on the Solar System objects (Planets, satellites, Comets), and their interaction with solar wind and solar radiation.

6) Atmospheric Technology Division

Research opportunities are available in the following projects

• Partial Reflection Radar

• HF radar

• Ionosondes

• CW Lidar (CWL)

• Multi Wavelength Radiometer (MWR)

• Automatic Sun Tracking Radiometer

• CHACE (Chandra's Altitudinal Composition Explorer)

• SARA for Chandrayaan-I mission

• Multi Wavelength Day Glow Photometer