PhD program in Neurosciences

XXXVI cycle - 2020/2021

Duration 3 years
Position 7 position available - 5 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Michele Zoli
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Nota One selection procedure.
Two of the available positions are reserved, as provided by the Call:
- 1 is financed with a three-year research grant funded on the MIUR Call “Department of Eccellence 2018-2022”;
- 1 for employees of the Company specified by the Call (industrial doctorate).
Admission Expiration date 07/07/2020 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 02/09/2020
Enrollment deadline 14/09/2020 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

BIO/09 (Physiology), BIO/11 (Molecular Biology), BIO/14 (Pharmacology), MED/25 (Psychiatry), MED/26 (Neurology), MED/39 (Child Neuropsychiatry), M-PSI/01 (General Psychology), M-PSI/02 (Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology), CHIM/03 (General and Inorganic Chemistry)

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. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The PhD Program in Neurosciences aims at the preparation of researchers with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach of the various aspects of neuroscience and behavioral sciences, providing a high degree of specialization in research in these areas.
In parallel, a multidisciplinary training will be offered in order to give a unitary view of the problems that the doctor of neuroscience will face in practice.
Specific training is achieved by associating the PhD student to a research group which where he/she will learn all the necessary technical and manual skills to develop specific research line in their chosen field. The part of training that ensures each student multidisciplinary training is carried out both on a personal basis and through different types of integrated educational activities for acquisition of knowledge of the problems and specific research techniques of the various fields of the PhD School (molecular neurobiology , neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral science and cognitive psychology).
The course consists of 2 curricula:
- Neurosciences, with a strong interdisciplinary approach (from molecular and cellular neurosciences, to neuro and psychopharmacology, to cognitive and social neurosciences, to psychology, and to clinical neurosciences).
- Behavioral Sciences, focused on the assessment of risk factors and protection of emotional, cognitive and personality development in childhood and adolescence.
The student will be inserted in a network of relationships and exchanges among the participating groups and national and international research and higher education structures (periods abroad are encouraged), and with public and private bodies.

• Study of the central nervous system in rodents, non-human primates and humans, using techniques of neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, molecular biology, electrophysiology, behavioral analysis and brain imaging.
• Study of cognition, with particular interest in social cognition in rodents, non-human primates and humans, through the use of molecular biology techniques, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, behavioral techniques, single neuron recording in animal model and in brain activity in humans using brain imaging techniques and stimulation of brain activity.
• Assessment of risk and protective factors in emotional, cognitive and personality development in children and adolescents victims of traumatic experiences such as physical and emotional or psychological violence.

Career opportunities include:
- Basic researcher (employment: academic or industrial research).
- Clinical researcher, psychologist or neuropsychologist (employment: applied research, planning and consulting; sector: academy, health, industry, public health and national and international bodies for the protection of the integrity of development in childhood and adolescence).
- Medical or pharmaceutical biologist or biotechnologist (employment: applied research, planning and consulting in academic, healthcare or industrial domains).


Three years (01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023)


The course venue is at Modena.


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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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