PhD in Computer Sciences

GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute

Program Description

PhD in Computer Sciences

GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute

The modelling and management of discrete and continuous phenomena, the need to efficiently and sustainably cope with heterogeneous networks, the possibility to access potentially unlimited hardware and software resources, the inherent levels of uncertainty brought by this vision, the need to elaborate in real time a massive amount of data, all require to develop multidisciplinary knowledge that shall be founded on firm modelling and reasoning capabilities. This will be the main aim of our graduate studies with courses that will, on one hand, integrate the necessary formal background and, on the other, offer specialized courses to introduce students to the newest developments in the area of Reactive Systems, Software Engineering and Computer Networks.

The PhD program consists of 3 years of study and research. During the first year students will take a number of courses structured in three main pillars: Foundations of (Modern) Networks, Specification and Analysis of Concurrent Reactive Systems, Software Systems and Services.

Apart from internal GSSI courses, students will be encouraged to take classes also at summer schools or other institutions in Italy or abroad. Each student will be asked to prepare, together with the PhD coordinator, a study-plan to be approved by the Scientific Board.

Performances in the exams and quality of the thesis proposal (submitted at the end of the first year) will be the main criteria for deciding admission to the second year. The second and third years will be mainly dedicated to research. Students will be assisted by a supervisor and their progress will be assessed by an advisory board consisting of experts in the relevant area of their scientific interests. Students will be strongly encouraged to spend part of their research studies in external labs in Italy or abroad.

The Gran Sasso Science Institute, a recently established international PhD school and a Center for advanced studies in L’Aquila (ITALY) offers 10 PhD positions in Computer Science.

These positions are related to the pillars of the PhD program in Computer Science, namely:

  • Foundations of social and computer networks
  • Software systems and services
  • Specifications and analysis of concurrent reactive systems

Apart from pursuing their own research studies, the successful candidates will have the opportunity to cooperate with members of the research group and of the Scientific Board, as well as with the frequent guests of the institute.

Facilities and benefits:

  • All PhD students will have tuition fees waived;
  • all PhD students will have free accommodation on GSSI facilities (a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month may be offered upon request);
  • all PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers;
  • all PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities.

The deadline for application is: April 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Rome time)

The PhD programs last three years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of € 16.159,91 gross.

For any further information feel free to contact Rocco De Nicola (, the coordinator of the PhD program in Computer Science, or any other member of the research group or of the Scientific Board.


Disclaimer Please note that the submission of an application to the GSSI PhD degree in the different programs of the school has to be intended as an application to a selection procedure. Depending on the number of applicants and on the selection criteria, decided by the school faculty members, candidates will be shortlisted for a skype interview (shortlisted candidates may also choose to come to L'Aquila at their own expenses).

Fellowships All applicants admitted to the GSSI PhD courses will benefit of the GSSI fellowships and facilities, as detailed in the call for applications.

Application Instructions The questions within each section should be completed in order. Once you have begun working on your application form, you can save your work and, using your email address and password, coming back later to complete your application. Fields tagged with (*) are mandatory. The application procedure can be considered as successfully completed only after receiving the confirmation email, with a short summary of your data and the files you uploaded in attachment.

Application Materials The documents you need to submit are:

copy of the University title certificate academic transcripts (list of courses with grades) Curriculum Vitae a copy of a valid Identity Document (ID) signed and dated. These documents, common to all applicants, must be in pdf or jpg format and each file size should not exceed 3Mb.

Depending on your program choice several additional materials are required, namely:

PhD in Computer Science a single file (pdf or jpg, 3Mb maximum size) with a motivational letter describing expertise and general research interests together with future plans and reasons for having chosen GSSI.

Should you require assistance with questions that are not addressed in the GSSI web site please email

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 19, 2015
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3 years
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Start date Oct., 2016
Italy L'Aquila
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