PhD program in Models and methods for material and environmental sciences

XXXV cycle - 2019/2020

Duration 3 years
Position 5 position available - 4 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Maria Giovanna Vezzalini
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Admission Expiration date 20/06/2019 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 02/09/2019
Enrollment deadline 12/09/2019 at 13:00:00

Scientific areas

BIO/02 (Systematic Botanics), BIO/03 (Environmental and Applied Botanics), BIO/05 (Zoology), BIO/06 (Comparative Anatomy and Citology), CHIM/01 (Analytical Chemistry), CHIM/02 (Physical Chemistry), CHIM/03 (General and Inorganic Chemistry), CHIM/06 (Organic Chemistry), GEO/01 (Palaeontology and Palaeoecology), GEO/02 (Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology), GEO/04 (Physical Geography and Geomorphology), GEO/05 (Applied Geology), GEO/06 (Mineralogy), GEO/07 (Petrology and Petrography), GEO/08 (Geochemistry and Volcanology), GEO/11 (Applied Geophysics)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 13 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


Eductional goals and scientific topics
The environmental emergency situations require the formation of new researchers and consultants able to understand and interpret the delicate relationships which govern the earth system from both an abiotic and biotic viewpoint.
The development of new materials with controlled properties and wanted applications is fundamental to approaching the global challenges in strategic fields, i.e. chemistry, pharmacology, electronics, green energy and waste management.
The research doctor will be able to operate in one or more of the following fields: definition of processes regulating the transfer of elements and compounds from geosphere to hydro- and biosphere forecasting; prevention and mitigation of natural risks; identification and optimal use of resources; study, conservation and appraisal of cultural assets; environmental impact and sustainability of human activities; chemical sustainable strategies; preparation and characterization of materials with innovative functional properties; devices and methodologies for electrochemical sensing suitable to work in real systems; photophisics and photochemistry methodologies for materials environmental appications; computational multiscale strategies for the study of materials; chemometrics, multivariate analysis of signals and images.
In addition, the research doctor will be able to manage and communicate his/her own scientific results and identify their technological applications.

Professional opportunities
The specific interdisciplinary character of this doctorate allows students to acquire a sound preparation both in experimental and computational fields and high flexibility which guarantee an adequate placement in the work world.
The main professional prospects of doctorate holders are:
- In public research boards, universities, national and international laboratories. Types of placement: research, teaching activities, management of research services, technological transfer, scientific popularization.
- In territorial services and boards (agencies for environmental protection and sustainable development, laboratories and centres for industrial research or technological transfer, public boards and institutions for cultural development). Types of placement: management of research services and consulting.
- In industrial companies. Types of placement: research and development of new materials, bio-molecules and devices, process control, management of technological research services, production and protection of intellectual property.
- In education. Types of placement: teaching.


Three years (01/11/2019 - 31/10/2022)


The course venue is at Modena.


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» Final ranking

Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed once a year. The admissions will be open in May 2018 (refer to the Calls).

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» Guide for admission application to Ph.D. programmes

Please complete the application form and submit it electronically following the application guide. A non-returnable administrative fee of 25 € will be charged. The decision on admission as well as on financial support is published on the web.

Contact office

For further information please contact:
Master and PhD Office
via Università, 4 - 41121 Modena
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