A stepping stone in your research career

PHD@IIT
A stepping stone in your research career

IIT gives graduate students the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree by making good use of its state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. All our supervisors have an international standing, interdisciplinarity is the rule and the environment is international; in short, if you want a challenging, but rewarding start for a career in research, we are here for you. 

IIT is not a degree-awarding body though.  

PhD students are registered in a number of Italian & International Universities IIT has agreements with, and the Universities award the degree, in addition of being ultimately responsible for the organizational and training aspects of the PhD. IIT provides the research environment and finances the bursaries that the Universities will eventually award to the students, after a public selection process. 

The added value of a PhD at IIT

The added value of a PhD at IIT

IIT is an excellent research institution. We have already said it.
It also has a mission to link basic research with technological development and technology transfer. This is a plus, if you are interested in understanding the potential economical and societal implications of your research. Another distinctive trait of IIT is independence; our research groups are financially and intellectually independent, IIT provides them with the means and the freedom to concentrate on what they think is worth investigating.
On the top of these favourable points, we have established an umbrella structure, with the aim to give a distinctive IIT flavour independent of which IIT centre you are in, or which University you are registered at. With time, we aim to harmonize administrative procedures and create communal training programmes, and most importantly provide a single contact point for PhD-related queries.
In this framework, we have also launched (2021) an IIT-managed doctoral programme in collaboration with the Open University as a quality control- and degree awarding body. This programme is delivered through an Affiliated Research Centre (ARC@IIT) and you can gather more information about it by clicking here.

Current openings

Current openings

Check out the positions available at the ARC.

Please read carefully the description of the submission process as indicated in the individual advert; the details may be considerably different depending on the University involved. The procedures must be followed by all applicants.

PHD AT SPAE

PhD Course in Psychological, Anthropological and Educational Sciences (SPAE)
1 PhD position available at Università degli studi di Torino

The position is proposed by Cristina Becchio, Principal Investigator of the Cognition, Motion and Neuroscience Research Line, Location: Genova (CHT Erzelli), for the following research project: Neural computations underlying intention reading

Visit the web site of the  PhD Course for more information.

To apply: full information is available at the general web page "Call for Applications to UniTO PhD Programs - cycle XXXVII - a.y. 2021/2022" of the Università degli studi di Torino. Applicants can download the complete "Call for applications", with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, and the Program Information Sheet-Annex1, under the section on the PhD Program in “Scienze Psicologiche, Antropologiche e della Educazione/ Psychological, Anthropological and Educational Sciences” where the position is listed. Please refer to these pages for the updates and deadlines.

Milano Bicocca Materials Science and Nanotechnology

PhD Course in Materials Science and Nanotechnology
2 PhD positions available at Università degli studi di Milano - Bicocca

Both positions are proposed by Michele Parrinello, Principal Investigator of the Atomistic Simulations Research Line, Location: Genova (CCT Morego), for the following research project: Machine learning and molecular dynamics.

Visit the program page for more information.

To apply: full information is available at the general web page "How to apply for PhD program" of the Università degli studi di Milano - Bicocca. Applicants can download the complete Call for applications, with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, and the Call Sheets for each PhD programme, where the two positions are listed in the section dedicated to "Materials Science and Nanotechnology", (Code 79R), and the Guide to online application. Please refer to these pages for the deadlines.

Science at Cattolica

International Doctoral Programme in Science
2 PhD positions available at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Brescia (UCSC)

The positions are offered to develop the following research topics
Study of cooperative optical phenomena in artificial solids of nanocrystalline metal halides (1 scholarship)
Supervisors: Prof. Liberato Manna (IIT) Italy, Dr. Dmitry Baranov (IIT) Italy, Prof. Masaru Kuno (ND) USA, Prof. Claudio Giannetti (UCSC) Italy;
Colloidal nanoscale heterostructures for catalytic and optoelectronic applications (1 scholarship)
Supervisors: Prof. Liberato Manna (IIT) Italy, Dr. Luca de Trizio (IIT) Italy, Prof. Prashant Kamat (ND) USA, Prof. Luca Gavioli (UCSC) Italy.
For details and to apply, visit the International Doctoral Programme in Science and the pre-application web pages of UCSC. Both positions foresee training & research activities at Brescia (UCSC), at the Nanochemistry Research Line in Genova Morego CCHT and at Notre Dame (ND).

Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials

PhD Course in Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Roman Glass: development of protective strategies for material preservation (Supervisor:  Arianna Traviglia, Research Line:  Cultural Heritage Technologies; Location: Venezia). For questions contact ccht@iit.it

Visit the program page for more information

To apply:  click here; the position is listed on page 25 of the Call 2021/2021 and Annex A.

Environmental Sciences

PhD Course in Environmental Sciences
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Landscape studies, environment and Artificial Intelligence (Supervisor:  Arianna Traviglia, Research Line:  Cultural Heritage Technologies; Location: Venezia). For questions contact ccht@iit.it.

Visit the program webpage for more information

To apply:  click here; the position is listed on page 27 of the Call 2021/2021 and Annex A.

Data Science & Computation

PhD course in Data Science & Computation
4 PhD positions available at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

Visit the program page for more information.

To apply:  full information is available on the web page of the PhD in Data Science and Computation where applicants can access the Call for applications, with specific information on Admission requirements (section 2) & How to Apply (section 3). Please refer to the University web pages for updates and deadlines.

Physics

PhD course in Physics
10 PhD positions available at Politecnico di Milano

Antonio Ambrosio, Research Line Vectorial Nano-Imaging Location: Milano; Antonio proposes the three following research themes:

  • Advanced microscopy of nanostructured interfaces and 2D materials;
  • Computational methods in Flat Optics
  • Light-matter interaction in metamaterials and metasurfaces

Mario Caironi, Research Line Printed and Molecular Electronics Location: Milano; Mario proposes the following research themes for 3 positions:

  • Organic Bioelectronics;
  • Edible Electronics

Maria Rosa Antognazza, Research Line Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience, Location: Milano, with the following research theme

  • Photonic devices for optical control of the living cells fate

Luigino Criante, Research Line Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience, Location: Milano, with the following research theme

  • “Advanced Optofluidic Lab-on-a-Chip” - where Photonics meets Microfluidic and Life Science

Guglielmo Lanzani, Research Line Nanomaterials for Energy and Lifescience, Location: Milano, with the following research themes

  • Fabrication and characterization of bio-compatible photonic crystals
  • Light actuators for cell stimulation

Visit the program page for more information

How to apply PoliMI

To apply: full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Politecnico di Milano where applicants can access the Call for applications and apply through the available online procedure. All positions are activated with thematic scholarships and the themes' description can be downloaded at the relevant page, under the Physics category.

Mechanical Engineering

PhD course in Mechanical Engineering
1 PhD position available at Politecnico di Milano

Barbara Mazzolai, Research Line Bioinspired soft Robotics, Location: Genova, with the following research theme:

  • Design and fabrication of biometric robots for environment exploration

Visit the program page for more information

How to apply PoliMI

To apply: full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Politecnico di Milano where applicants can access the Call for applications and apply through the available online procedure. All positions are activated with thematic scholarships and the themes' description can be downloaded at the relevant page, under the Physics category.

Cognitive and Brain Science

PhD course in Cognitive and Brain Science
2 PhD positions available at Università degli studi di Trento

Alessandro Gozzi, Research Line Functional Neuroimaging, Location: Trento, with the following research theme: Neuromodulation of functional connectivity in the mouse brain;


Lorella Battelli, with the following research theme: Mechanisms of action of noninvasive brain stimulation to support cognitive functioning in humans.


Visit the program page for more information.

To apply: full information is available at the web page dedicated to the Announcement of selection. Details on the proposed research themes are available on the 2021 Topic-Specific Grants and Descriptions web page.

Chemistry

PhD course in Chemistry
2 positions available at Università degli studi di Trieste & Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Ancient Manuscripts: degradation assessment for the development of protective coatings 
  • Mosaic: study of the constituent components, from the glass tiles to the bedding mortar and development of tailored protective systems

Supervisor:  Arianna Traviglia, Research Line:  Cultural Heritage Technologies; Location: Venezia. For questions contact ccht@iit.it

Visit the program page for more information.

To apply:  click here; the documentation for the admission and the PhD course is available in section 4 – Chemistry, while the positions & research projects are listed in the New Positions available web page of the call.

Science and Technology for electronic and telecommunication engineering

PhD course in Science and Technology for electronic and telecommunication engineering
2 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8365)

Supervisor: Alessio del Bue, Research Line Pavis, Location Genova (Erzelli).

  • Theme A: 3D scene understanding with geometrical and deep learning reasoning
  • Theme B: Artificial Intelligence for Human Behavior Analysis
  • Theme C: Deep Learning for Multi-modal scene understanding
  • Theme D: Self-Supervised and Unsupervised Deep Learning
  • Theme E: Visual Reasoning with Knowledge and Graph Neural Networks for scene understanding 

More detailed information on the specific themes and indication of supervisors, by downloading the Research themes.

Visit the program page for more information.

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

PhD Course: Bioengineering and Robotics curriculum “Advanced and Humanoid Robotics”

PhD course in Bioengineering and Robotics - Advanced and Humanoid Robotics
7 positions at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8635)

All research themes are available at the Admission – Research Themes 2021  web page, under the Advanced & Humanoid Robotics curriculum section

Visit the program page for more information

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Bioengineering and Robotics

PhD course in Bioengineering and Robotics - Bionanotechnology
4 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8637)

 

All research themes are available at the Admission – Research Themes 2021 web page, under the Bionantechnology curriculum section.

Visit the program page for more information.

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Bioengineering and Robotics

PhD course in Bioengineering and Robotics - Cognitive Robotics, Interaction and Rehabilitation Technologies
7 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8638)

 

All research themes are available at the Admission – Research Themes 2021 web page

Visit the program page for more information

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Physics and Nanoscience

PhD course in Physics and Nanoscience - Bio-Nanoscience
6 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8667)

Sergey Artyukhin, Research Line: Quantum Materials Theory, Location: Genova (CCT Morego); (2 positions). Sergey proposes projects on Theoretical and computational condensed matter physics: materials with complex orders;


Alberto Diaspro, at the Nanoscopy and Nikon Center, Location Genova (CHT Erzelli), (2 positions). Alberto proposes the following research themes: 

  • Development of a Multimodal Optical Microscopy Image Correlation Sensing - MOMIX (tm) -e super resolution microscope to study cellular systems at the nanoscale;
  • Label-free optical microscopy, using circular intensity differential scattering (CIDS) and non linear processes (multiphoton and second harmonic generation), towards nanoscale biophysics applications.

Ilka Kriegel, Research Line: Functional Nanosystems, Location: Genova (CCT Morego); (1 positions). Ilka proposes the following research theme: Development of low-dimensional material based light-driven nanoscale devices.


Roman Krahne, Research Line: Optoelectronics , Location: Genova (CCT Morego), (1 position). Roman proposes the following research project: Optoelectronic single particle detection of decorated biomolecules for data storage.


Visit the program page for more information

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Mechanical, Energy And Management Engineering

PhD Course: Mechanical, Energy And Management Engineering
1 position at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8675)

Supervision of Jesus Ortiz, Research line Advanced Robotics Location: Genova (san Quirico)

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Neurosciences, curriculum “Neurosciences and Neurotechnologies”

PhD course in Neurosciences - Neurosciences and Neurotechnologies
6 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8693)

Fabio Benfenati and Luca Maragliano, Research Line: Neuroscience and Smart Materials, Location: Genova – San Martino NSYN; 1 position with the following research theme:


Elisabetta Colombo e Stefano di Marco, Research Line: Neuroscience and Smart Materials, Location: Genova – San Martino NSYN; 1 position with the following research theme:


Valentina Castagnola e Fabio Benfenati, Research Line: Neuroscience and Smart Materials, Location: Genova – San Martino NSYN; 1 position with the following research theme:


Tommaso Fellin, Research Line: Optical Approaches to Brain Function, Location: Genova (CCT Morego). Tommaso proposes the following research theme:


Laura Cancedda, Research Line: Brain Development and Disease, Location: Genova (CCT Morego). Laura proposes the following research theme

  • Brain developmental pathology of Neurodevelopmental disorders

Andrea Barberis, Research Line: Synaptic Plasticity of Inhibitory Networks, Location:  (1 position). Andrea proposes the following research theme

  • Coordination in space and time of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic plasticity at dendritic synapses

 

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials, curriculum "Nanochemistry"

PhD course in Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials - Nanochemistry
9 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8708)

Roman Krahne, Research Line: Optoelectronics , Location: Genova (CCT Morego), (1 position). Roman proposes the following research project: Optoelectronics of plasmonic/semiconducting low-dimensional nanomaterials 


Athanassia Athanassiou Research line Smart Materials Location: Genova (CCT Morego); (2 positions). The reserach themes proposed are


Teresa Pellegrino, Research Line: Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (1 position). Theresa proposes the following research theme:


Liberato Manna, Research line Nanochemistry, Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (1 position). Libero proposes the following research theme:


Michele Tamagnone, Research Line: Nanophotonics Devices,  Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (1 position). Michele proposes the following resarch theme:


Ilka Kriegel, Research Line: Functional Nanosystems, Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (1 position); Ilka invites applicants interested to the following research theme:


Francesco Di Stasio, Research Line: Photonics Nanomaterials, Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (2 positions); Francesco proposes the following research themes:


 

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials

PhD course in Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials - Drug Discovery and Nanobiotechnologies
3 positions available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8707)

Piero Paolo Pompa, Research Line: Nanobiointeractions and Nanodiagnostics, Location: Genova (CCT Morego) (2 positions); For both positions, Piero invites applications on the following research theme:

  • Development of colorimetric nanosensors for on-field diagnostics

Paolo Decuzzi, Research line Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine, Location: Genova (CCT Morego); (1 position). Paolo proposes as research theme: 

  • Nanomedicines for chronic inflammatory diseases

 

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .

Science and Technologies for the Earth and Environment - Biology applied to Agriculture and Environment

PhD course in Science and Technology for the Earth and Environment - Biology applied to Agriculture and Environment
1 position available at Università degli studi di Genova (course code 8712)

Francesca Baldini & Alberto Diaspro to develop the following proposed theme.

Visit the program page for more information

How to apply uniGE

To apply:  full information is available at the general web page of the 37th cycle Ph.D.call - 2021/2022 of the Università degli studi di Genova. Applicants can download the complete notice of competition (the Call for applications), with general condition on Phd Courses and the application, the list of PhD programs, containing the Course description. Please follow the steps listed: 1. Choose the programme, 2. Review the application, 3. Apply, following the detailed instructions and using the online procedure .