PhD program in Physics and nano sciences

XXXIX cycle - a.y. 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
Position 8 position available - 8 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Marco Affronte
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Admission Expiration date 27/07/2023 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 18/09/2023
Enrollment deadline 25/09/2023 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

FIS/01 (Experimental Physics), FIS/02 (Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods), FIS/03 (Physics of Matter), FIS/07 [Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine)], CHIM/02 (Physical Chemistry), CHIM/03 (General and Inorganic Chemistry), CHIM/06 (Organic 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.


Educational goals and scientific topics

This interdisciplinary Course aims at learning developing and applying experimental techniques and advanced theoretical / computational methods for the study of matter and systems at the micro- and nanoscale. Further aspects of fundamental or applied Physics are also objectives of the Course.

The training project includes: an original technical-scientific project; participation in courses, seminars and schools providing exercises; educational and outreach activities. In addition to emerging topics of fundamental or applicative interest, the topics that are characterizing the PhD course in Physics and Nano-Sciences are: quantum sciences and technologies; (nano-)systems for energy conversion; nanostructured, low-dimensional systems, graphene and 2D systems; nanofabrication, microscopies and spectroscopies; functional surfaces and molecules; physics and chemistry of bio-nano systems; nanoscale tribology; advanced computational theory and methods for materials and nano-systems; field and string theory; fundamental interactions.

PhD students have access to both local (material deposition, lithography, microscopies, spectroscopies, low-temperature physics, biophysics) and international facilities (synchrotrons, super-computing, high magnetic fields, electron microscopy), and they participate to national/international research networks with stays abroad. Applied projects also include training periods in companies or in collaboration with other subjects (eg. hospitals, secondary schools) for scientific dissemination.

The aim of the course is to train researchers with specialized skills in key areas of physics and nanosciences in order to acquire the transversal knowledge useful for interacting with operators in multi-disciplinary sectors. The training course includes learning and the practice of advanced experimental techniques among which surface science, microscopy, low temperature physics and theoretical methods for the physics of correlated systems and fundamental interactions and computational techniques for high performance computing.

Professional opportunities

The training aims at obtaining the necessary skills for the access to the academic career and to the roles of researcher or technologist in Italian and foreign universities and research institutions, as well as management and executives in the sector of industry and services. The training courses focus on both basic science and applications and respond to the demand for training in the fields of information (Quantum Technologies, High Performance Computing, Nano(Spin)Electronics, etc.), life sciences (biotechnologies, and drug design) and technologies for the optimization and recycling of energy resources.


Three years (01/11/2023 - 31/10/2026)


The course venue is in Modena.


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed normally once a year. The admissions will be open in June or July 2024 (please refer to the Calls).

More documentation

How to apply for the PhD Programmes (pdf)

How to apply for the Italian National PhD Program in Religious Studies (pdf)

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.

PhD Certificates and Self-certifications

PhD original diploma (Parchment)

Contact office

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