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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE ADMISSION TO THE PHD PROGRAMMES (38TH CYCLE) ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023 FOR FURTHER PHD POSITIONS FUNDED BY NEXT GENERATION EU – NRRP “NATIONAL RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE PLAN” AND FROM OTHER SOUR:
The Call for Applications for the admission to the PhD programmes at Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Via Zamboni 33, 40126, Bologna), 38th cycle, AY 2022/2023 – for further PhD positions detailed in the present call, is now open. Additional information about doctoral positions, research topics, scholarships, specific requirements and assessment criteria are detailed in the PhD Programme Tables.
Nationality of candidates; anyone from: AFRICA. EUROPE, OCEANIA, NORTH AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA
Salary: Euro 16243
|Subject area||Biological, Geological and Agricultural Sciences|
|Coordinator||prof. Massimiliano Petracci|
Operating centre Bologna Main Department
Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences – DISTAL Research topics
- Agronomy, Herbaceous Crops, Flowers and Vegetables Systems, Agricultural Genetics and Agricultural Chemistry
- International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies
- Microbial Ecology and Plant Pathology
- Agricultural and Food Economics and Policy
- Agricultural Entomology
- Agricultural Engineering
- Food Science and Biotechnology
- Animal Science
- Tree Production Systems, Fruit, Forest and Ornamental Trees and Grape
- Water-Food-Energy-Sustainable Agriculture Nexus
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment With reference to the professional activities classified by ISTAT (Italian Institute for Statistics), for the doctoral students of STAAA PhD course different employment opportunities can be recognized in the field of intellectual, scientific and highly specialized job (Big Group II), or in general professions requiring a high level of knowledge and experience in the scientific sector, with the aim to carry out tasks which consist in enriching existing knowledge by promoting and conducting scientific researches, interpreting scientific theories, teaching them in a systematic way and applying them to the solution of concrete problems.
The more specific reference is a specialist in the life sciences (2.3.1), with special regard with the broader field of agricultural, environmental and food sciences. The sectors and the types of employment include highly several opportunities: enterprises of the agri-food and environmental sector (and related fields such as the sector of technical products for agriculture), government, producer associations, schools, institutions of research (public and/or private), organizations operating in the field of technology transfer and innovation, organizations dealing with cooperation and development. Given the very broad field of employment, horizontal mobility for this professional figure takes the form of the possibility of moving to other roles in contexts similar to those in which it has gained some professional experience.
Thanks to its organization into 10 research topics, the STAAA PhD course provides the doctoral students with an in-depth knowledge and appropriate skills in the different branches of the agri-food sector. The goal is to prepare high profile experts able to carry out research, knowledge-transfer and management activities at the University, and in other public bodies or private companies. The educational path consists in a common program, aimed at providing the fundamental research enablers to every student to acquire an in-depth knowledge related to scientific communication, organization and functioning of the research.
PhD students are trained with the basic knowledge for the planning and implementation of the individual research project, and the elaboration of the research results. During the 2nd year, the activities are focused on the development of individual research activities, while during the 3rd year students are advised to concentrate on the preparation of dissertation. Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Doctoral students can carry out research activities at the different levels (farm, greenhouse, lab) as required by the specific topic chosen for their dissertation. The main instruments available for their researches, divided according to the different main scientific disciplines of the PhD course, include: 1) Analytical chemistry: HPLC, LC-MS, GC, GC-MS, UV-VIS, IR and mass spectrometers, gel electrophoresis, TG-DTA, isotopic mass 13C/15N, FTIR, ICP-OES; 2) Food analysis: texture analyzer, calorimeters, pilot plant for the high pressure homogenization, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); 3) “-omics” studies: Real time PCR, DNA sequencers, PCR thermo-cyclers, microarray scanner, Abi-Prism 3100, Rotor Gene – 6000, Genomyx LR e SC, ultra-centrifuges, Nanodrop, DDGE-PCR; 4) Entomology, Plant pathology and Microbiology: laminar hoods, fermentation tools, autoclaves, incubators, optical and electronic microscopes; 5) Agricultural engineering: tools for the investigation of the interaction between the soil and agricultural machineries, pesticide dispensers, tools for the study of the physical-mechanic features of agricultural products, devices for the control of agricultural machineries; 6) Crop physiology: ion selective electrodes, micro-osmometer, chlorophyll meter, suction lisimeters, light scanner, devices for the measurement of 14C radio-isotopes, phloem sensors, gas exchange analyzers; 7) Cartography: building and landscape design software, survey and remote sensing devices. Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme’s learning outcomes
The Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, Food Science and Technology requires the compulsory attendance at courses and seminars, which are common to the doctoral students of the 10 research topics, in order to provide a consistent and homogeneous knowledge basis. The courses/seminars (in English language) include:
1. Bibliographic services to support research (4 hours)
2. Philosophy and methodology of scientific research (10 hours)
3. – Writing a scientific paper in agricultural sciences (4 hours)
4. How to present a paper in a scientific conference in agricultural sciences (4 hours)
5. Setting up a research protocol (4 hours)
6. Statistical methods applied to agriculture with modern computer applications (25 hours)
7. Advanced statistics (10 hours)
8. Research financing and project design in agricultural sciences (20 hours)
9. Intellectual property rights, enterprise creation, and business plan (20 hours)
10. Academic Writing Course (20 hours)
11. Cycle of seminar held by visiting professors within Department of Excellence programme.
In addition, specific seminars (15 hours) are organized within each research topic. During the three-year period of the PhD course, the doctoral students with scholarship are required to spend an internship abroad (not less than 3 months, usually 6 months) toward qualified university or research centres, in order to facilitate the exchange and the integration of young researchers in the international scientific community.
The Ph.D. Programme in STAAA promotes the internationalization by agreements with research institutions for obtaining a double degree and/or the joint supervision and among them actives ones are: i) Framework Agreement among six partner EU universities founding the European Bioeconomy University; i) Framework Agreement between the University of Bologna and the National Chiao Tung University – NCTU (Taiwan); ii) ii) Bilateral-agreement: OUTGOING – International and European Law, Academy of Economy Studies of Moldavia (L. Sangiovanni, 33° cycle), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (E. Appolloni, 35° cycle) and University of Granada (F. Barbieri, 35° cycle); INCOMING – Universidade do Porto (C. do Vale Correira), Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai (M. Altaf Satti) and University of Strasbourg (R. Helfer). The STAAA PhD programme also successfully participates to international funding programmes which allowed the activation of 2 additional positions in the 36th cycle (Program H2020-Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions-Innovative Training Networks) and 1 in the coming cycle (Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships – JCR Program).
The STAAA Ph.D. programme also works actively to increase the recruitment of foreign students, through the information support, the link with institutions/universities from other countries and the cooperation with funding agencies providing scholarships to foreign students. Currently, a total of 28 foreign Ph.D. students are enrolled in the STAAA PhD Programme (25%) and most of them are financially supported by international mobility programs (e.g., China Scholarship Council). PhD students holding a scholarship are obliged to spend a period of research and training of at least three months in foreign universities or research centres. They also participate in research projects of international importance, follow courses in English, and participate in international conferences and schools. Expected research results and products
The research products of PhD students in the 5 year period starting from the final doctoral defence will be evaluated on the basis of University of Bologna criteria: articles published on ISI/SCOPUS scientific journals, full paper and abstracts published in symposium proceedings, book and book chapters and patents. In order to be admitted to the final dissertation, it is mandatory that the PhD students demonstrate that at least one scientific paper was accepted or published on SCOPUS/WoS Thomson Reuters (ISI) indexed journals.
The paper must be coherent with thematic research of their dissertation as well as with research activities carried out during the three-year period of the PhD course. The admission to the second and third year of the PhD course is be based on a collective evaluation (Doctoral Council assisted by the tutors of each PhD student). The criteria for admission to the following year will include: a) the frequency and rating of the planned common teaching activities; b) the acquired skills in relation to the specific field of research; c) the ability to acquire the proper methodological scientific approach and to plan and carry out research activities on their own.
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
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How to apply for a PhD programme
PhD Programmes attendance at the University of Bologna is conditional upon passing an examination. The provisions governing the selection procedure are laid down in the Call for applications and its attachments.
A new Call for Application for the PhD programmes – A.Y. 2022/2023 [.pdf 671 KB] for further PhD positions funded by Next Generation EU – NRRP “National Recovery and Resilience Plan” and from other sources is now open.Applications shall be submitted before December 14th, 2022, at 11.59 pm.
For further information, please, refer to:
- the Call for Applications [.pdf 671 KB]
- the specific PhD Programme Table
- the specific webpage of the preferred PhD Programme
If you wish to apply, keep reading.
Please, note that new PhD positions could become available up to ten days before the oral examination. We kindly advise all the applicants to constantly check the PhD Programme Tables.
The following calls for applications for the A.Y. 2022/2023 have already expired:
- NRRP Call for Application
- Call for Applications [.pdf 1602 KB]
- Call for Applications for the PhD programme in Economics [.pdf 1457 KB]
Enrollment of the successful applicants is now complete.
Before applying, we kindly advise you to carefully read the call for applications and the specific PhD programme table: there, you will find all the relevant information and the list of the documents to attach to your application.
The application must be submitted using the Studenti Online website only. If you are using it for the first time, you will be required to register submitting your personal data.
If you are registered in Studenti Online, you can use the credentials you are already in possession of. If the credentials have not been used for a long time, an account recovery procedure is available on the University website.
Keep in mind that who has participated even once to a selection procedure or has been enrolled in an academic programme at the University of Bologna, is already in possession of the credentials email@example.com. A new registration with the same anagraphic data will not be possible. In this case, the recovery procedure of the previous credentials is required. It is therefore advisable to start your application process well in advance of the deadline.
How to apply
- while the call for applications is open, log in Studenti Online
- select “Admission application”, then “PhD programme” and ”Next”;
- select the PhD programme you intend to apply for;
- fill in the online application form and upload the documents indicated in the art. 3 of the Call for applications and the additional documents indicated in the PhD Programme Table, of each course in the PhD programmes list;
- remember to pay the €5 admission fee, before the deadline, using the PagoPA system only;
- click on ”Submit”.
Notice: applications that have been filled in but not submitted by the deadline of the call will be rejected.
For international applicants
If you’ve been awarded a scholarship funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI or by other Institutions in your Country of origin, and you’ve successfully passed the selection procedure as an eligible applicant, you shall be entitled to an extra-quota position. In order to obtain this possibility, please, submit an official document attesting your scholarship awarding.
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