67 PhD positions at SISSA, Italy

Deadline: 08/07/2010, 23/09/2010
Open to: young candidates with a strong interest in research even if without previous experience
Grants: € 1.040,00 net/month approximately

For the academic year 2010/2011, SISSA offers the possibility of obtaining the Ph.D. degree in the following fields:

Applied Mathematics    (4 positions)
Astroparticle Physics    (4 positions)
Astrophysics    (5 positions)
Functional and Structural Genomics    (5 positions)
Geometry    (4 positions)
Mathematical Analysis    (4 positions)
Mathematical Physics    (4 positions)
Neuroscience – Cognitive Neuroscience    (6 positions)
Neuroscience – Neurobiology    (9 positions)
Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems    (5 positions)
Statistical Physics    (4 positions)
Theory and Numerical Simulation of Condensed Matter    (8 positions)
Theory of Elementary Particles    (5 positions)

Postgraduate training and leading-edge research in various areas of Physics, Mathematics, and Neurosciences are the objectives of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste. SISSA was the first Italian university to offer the PhD degree, and has continued to do so with notable success. Since its founding in 1978, SISSA has prepared more than 500 young people for careers in research and teaching: today SISSA represents one of the leading scientific institutions in Italy and a noted center on the international stage.

The School offers grants (currently € 1.040,00 net/month approximately), depending on the amount of funds available, to students who have made a specific request in their application. The grant is awarded for three years, extendable for a fourth year subject to approval by the School authorities and to the availability of funds. A contribution towards living expenses of the amount of € 1.200,00 gross per year will also be awarded to those who will submit a regular rent contract (registered at the “Agenzia delle Entrate”).


The School welcomes applications from young candidates soon after completion of their undergraduate studies with a strong interest in research even if without previous specific experience.

To be admitted to the School, candidates must be in possession of the Italian laurea (“laurea specialistica” as per new rules) in a scientific subject, or of a University degree obtained abroad and considered equivalent by the governing bodies of the School (i.e. M.Sc.). This degree must have been conferred within the starting date of the teaching programme which is:

– October 4, 2010 – for for participation in the Ph.D. in Astroparticle Physics, Geometry, Mathematical Physics and Theory of Elementary Particles.
– November 4, 2010 – for all the other Ph.D. programmes.

Outstanding candidates who are not citizens of the European Union (EU) member states may be admitted by means of a preselection which takes place in the Spring, based on their academic and scientific qualifications. Non-EU students admitted by means of this preselection will be expected to pass a qualifying examination within the first year of study.

Applications must be sent to the following address:
The Director
via Beirut 4
34151 Grignano (Trieste)

INFO: Students Secretariat
tel.: +39 040 3787 452 / +39 040 3787 456
fax: +39 040 3787 466
e-mail: phd@sissa.it

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