GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute

Introduction

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education. The GSSI aims to create a new center of scientific excellence in L’Aquila fostering the skills and highly specialized structures already present in the area, such as the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the University of L'Aquila, facilitating the attraction of high-level resources in the fields of natural and social sciences.

All the GSSI areas are encompassed by the awareness of the complexity of today's world, where the ability of interpreting large amounts of data is increasingly critical for making correct and timely decisions. This is why no barriers stand between our areas of study and research, as it always should be between different fields of knowledge. Cross-fertilization, leading to the contamination of interests and study methods typical of different disciplines, is a feature that we want to be present in our activities.

The PhD program (started in the academic year 2013-2014) is organized in the scientific areas of physics, mathematics and computer science and social sciences (management of innovation and regional development).

Professors, researchers and students from all scientific areas are selected internationally, following the standards of the best graduate schools worldwide.

Research and learning at the GSSI are grounded on firm epistemological and methodological bases. Through a day-to-day collaboration and interaction, researchers and doctoral students of the three research areas of the GSSI have the opportunity to build a sound knowledge of the methods of scientific research and to acquire a familiarity with the history of science.

The GSSI is a project supported by the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD); it was presented for the first time in July 2009 in Rome at the meeting organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs with the OECD. In 2012, the Italian Government, on the basis of the Law 35/2012, established the GSSI and assigned INFN the responsibility of establishing it. INFN has framed the GSSI in its organizational structure, for the first three years of activity, as a National Centre for Advanced Studies.

The PhD degree is released jointly with prestigious educational institutions such as the post-graduate School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste (Physics and Mathematics), the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa (Social Sciences) and the institute for advanced studies Institutions Markets Technologies (IMT) of Lucca (Computer Science).

In addition to the three-year PhD program, the GSSI aims to activate and develop additional courses for students enrolled at the University of L'Aquila, research projects involving professors, researchers, students of the GSSI and professionals of the private sector and training courses for the staff of the Public Administration to promote the development of the local area.

What we offer to our students

We want our students get the best possible experience during their time at the Gran Sasso Science Institute. That's why we decided to provide them free housing plus the standard three years PhD grant. Meals expenses will be partly covered with luncheon vouchers and other recreational and cultural services will be offered.

So, whatever you want from your graduate experience, we offer the perfect environment in which you can learn, develop your skills and have a great time.

The standard italian three years PhD grant can be found in the following table

health insurance option yr net income tax and health insurance yr gross income
including health insurance € 13.638,00 € 2.522,00 € 16.160,00
health insurance from third parties € 13.638,00 € 1.638,00 € 15.276,00

GSSI impact

Knowledge, education and research are always drivers of economic growth but in the case of GSSI the socio-economic return has, and always will have, a special place among our goals.

First of all, the GSSI will attract Italian and international students, thereby contributing to making the city of L’Aquila an internationally recognized location for high-level education. This will be further enhanced by strong links with the local University, whose students will have the possibility to attend courses for undergraduates at the Institute. A fraction of the young and talented individuals that the GSSI will play a role in attracting may eventually choose L'Aquila as their residence, enriching the knowledge capital of the area in a more permanent way. They will add economic value to the area by working in existing organizations or creating new ones. The research carried out at GSSI will have a high potential of socio-economic impact: by addressing topics such as Urban Studies or studying complex systems from different approaches (physics, computing or mathematics); our aim is to create usable knowledge that can be shared with the local policy makers and contribute to make L’Aquila a better and “smarter” place to live. Moreover, the GSSI has a dedicated service, the Industrial Liaison Office (GSSI-ILO), that will foster links between research and the productive sector.

Finally, we want our headquarters to be a welcoming place for all visitors. We will organize open workshops, public conferences and art exhibitions, to share with everyone our passion for knowledge and the findings of our research.

L’Aquila as a knowledge-driven city: higher education and research

The economic base of the city, the presence of the University and other cucltural and research centers allow to revision L’Aquila as a knowledge-drive city.

The economic and social structure of L’Aquila allows to revision the city a knowledge-driven city of national and international significance, as already stated in previous OECD work (OECD 2009). First, it hosts a large university; second, it hosts the word-renowned Laboratory of Gran Sasso and the newly established Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI doctoral school); third, as any other capital city hosts the production of services with a high content of human capital.

With a knowledge-driven city we mean a city in which a significant share of employment is directly or indirectly accounted for by production processes that use highly skilled human capital. Yet knowledge goods are very complex to produce, and their production, as private or public goods, requires to be supported by long-term policies, and the knowledge sector is very much sensitive to the general condition of the city, in particular quality of life, environmental sustainability, and cultural openness.

In the case of L’Aquila, the knowledge sector has a key position in the economy of the city. The university sector was, before 2009 earthquake, one of the most important components of the economic base and its expansion should be considered of the over-riding importance. That L’Aquila should re-brand itself as a knowledge-driven city is also confirmed by citizens’ preferences, as expressed both in the OECD-University of Groningen Community Survey and in public meetings.

The recently established doctoral school linked to the Gran Sasso National Laboratory can make the city even more identifiable as a place of research.

The presence in the city of the world-renowned Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics significantly adds to the reputation of L’Aquila as a city of research. Over the years, and against the background of the internationally recognised excellence of the physics community, the Gran Sasso national Laboratory has established itself as a research premise of undisputable significance, giving to L’Aquila a very special signature. The National Institute of Nuclear Physics has recently launched a new-interdisciplinary research center and international doctoral school – the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) – that the three years will have about 100 doctoral students and more than 20 post-doctoral researchers. The GSSI will be located in L’Aquila, and it will make the city even more identifiable as place of research in the world, generating strong synergies with the university.

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PhD in Astroparticle Physics

Campus Full time 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in this interdisciplinary and young research field, grown at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The program addresses some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in science today: the origin and the evolution of our universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the study of neutrinos, of cosmic rays, of gravitational waves. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects. [+]

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in this interdisciplinary and young research field, grown at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The program addresses some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in science today: the origin and the evolution of our universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the study of neutrinos, of cosmic rays, of gravitational waves. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects. Places / Scholarships : 10 Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross(an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”) or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento) Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years(full time). If admitted,foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below). Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description).Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it by November 20 2016(for Italian degrees a“self declaration” can also be accepted). Application Applicants must fill out the online application form (www.gssi.it/phd/) and attach the required documents by September 1,2016, 6pm (Italian time zone).No other application method will be accepted. Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program. In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted. Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure. INFORMATION AND DATA TO FILL IN THE ONLINE FORM The PhD applicants are applying to: Astroparticle Physics Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) It is possible to apply for more than one curriculum, in this case the applicant should repeat the application procedure for each curriculum chosen(also for the additional scholarship in Network Communications in Plant Roots). Personal data Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Degree Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must fill out the information referred to the final degree required for admission (as reported in the above table). Reference Letters Optional Applicants can provide the names and contact information up to two referees. Referees should submit reference letters in English or Italian through the online application system (the information provided by the applicants in the online form will be used to send the referees and email with a link to a page where they can upload the reference letter). Interview Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must specify their preference for the interview: via videoconference (skype call) in l’Aquila (at the applicants expenses) Please note that the Selection Committee prefers no option, they are equivalent. Disabilties Optional/td> Applicants with disabilities needing special assistance must specify it in the online form. ATTACHMENTS TO THE ONLINE FORM, COMMON TO ALL PHD PROGRAMS Identification Document Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required. The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all 6 pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended. Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) n English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any. Degree certificate Compulsory Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned): EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self-declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and final grade; other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and finalgrade.For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned. In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility. Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement Compulsory Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades. Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission. SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS TO UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE FORM PHD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Astroparticle Physics No additional specific requirement. Selection Procedure Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects. The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases: Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview. Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. Dates of the shortlist publication and interviews in the different PhD degrees: PhD Program Publication of the shortlisted candidates Interviews Astroparticle Physics September 5, 2016 From 8 to 16 September 2016 Admission General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site: www.gssi.it.The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking. Enrollment Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila –Italy or by email phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure. FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration. IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process. Contact and info info@gssi.infn.it, +39 0862 4280262, www.gssi.infn.it. [-]

PhD in Computer Sciences

Campus Full time 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The PhD program in Computer Science focuses is concerned with heterogeneous distributed systems and their interactions. Different perspectives are offered to provide students with the necessary tools for the design, the implementation, the management and the use of distributed systems. The main research areas of interest are: efficient algorithms for communication networks and social networks, formal methods for systems correctness and analysis,software engineering for efficient and resilient applications. [+]

The PhD program in Computer Science focuses is concerned with heterogeneous distributed systems and their interactions. Different perspectives are offered to provide students with the necessary tools for the design, the implementation, the management and the use of distributed systems. The main research areas of interest are: efficient algorithms for communication networks and social networks, formal methods for systems correctness and analysis,software engineering for efficient and resilient applications. Places / Scholarships : 10 Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross(an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”) or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento) Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years(full time). If admitted,foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below). Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description).Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it by November 20 2016(for Italian degrees a“self declaration” can also be accepted). Application Applicants must fill out the online application form (www.gssi.it/phd/) and attach the required documents by September 1,2016, 6pm (Italian time zone).No other application method will be accepted. Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program. In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted. Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure. INFORMATION AND DATA TO FILL IN THE ONLINE FORM The PhD applicants are applying to: Computer Science Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) It is possible to apply for more than one curriculum, in this case the applicant should repeat the application procedure for each curriculum chosen(also for the additional scholarship in Network Communications in Plant Roots). Personal data Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Degree Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must fill out the information referred to the final degree required for admission (as reported in the above table). Reference Letters Optional Applicants can provide the names and contact information up to two referees. Referees should submit reference letters in English or Italian through the online application system (the information provided by the applicants in the online form will be used to send the referees and email with a link to a page where they can upload the reference letter). Interview Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must specify their preference for the interview: via videoconference (skype call) in l’Aquila (at the applicants expenses) Please note that the Selection Committee prefers no option, they are equivalent. Disabilties Optional/td> Applicants with disabilities needing special assistance must specify it in the online form. ATTACHMENTS TO THE ONLINE FORM, COMMON TO ALL PHD PROGRAMS Identification Document Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required. The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all 6 pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended. Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) n English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any. Degree certificate Compulsory Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned): EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self-declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and final grade; other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and finalgrade.For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned. In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility. Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement Compulsory Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades. Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission. SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS TO UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE FORM PHD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Computer Science A statement letter describing: the past studies and the acquired expertise, a brief research project outlining the research challenges to consider for the PhD thesis, the reasons for choosing GSSI for the PhD studies. Selection Procedure Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects. The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases: Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview. Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. Dates of the shortlist publication and interviews in the different PhD degrees: PhD Program Publication of the shortlisted candidates Interviews Computer Science September 5, 2016 From 8 to 16 September 2016 Admission General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site: www.gssi.it.The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking. Enrollment Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila –Italy or by email phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure. FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration. IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process. Contact and info info@gssi.infn.it, +39 0862 4280262, www.gssi.infn.it. [-]

PhD in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences

Campus Full time 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The PhD program in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences aims to guide graduate students to deal not only with the most classic aspects of Mathematics, such as Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Numerical Analysis but also with emerging new challenges proposed by non traditional domains of application, requiring the development of new tools and inter and multidisciplinary approaches. One additional PhD position will be financed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots(see the following table*). [+]

The PhD program in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences aims to guide graduate students to deal not only with the most classic aspects of Mathematics, such as Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Numerical Analysis but also with emerging new challenges proposed by non traditional domains of application, requiring the development of new tools and inter and multidisciplinary approaches. One additional PhD position will be financed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots(see the following table*). Places / Scholarships : 10 + 1 for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots *One additional scholarship of the PhD in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences will be financed by the Italian Institute of Technology for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots with the following conditions: 1 PhD position GSSI –IIT for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots Salary Gross Amount and additional benefits follow the ordinary GGSI rules. Financial Support: Italian Institute of Technology -IIT Scientific Directors: Pierangelo Marcati (GSSI) Barbara Mazzolai (IIT) Locations of the scientific activity: Gran Sasso Science Institute(GSSI) –Viale F.Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy; IIT -Center for Micro-BioRobotics (IIT@SSSA)–Viale R. Piaggio n.34, 56025 Pontedera PI,Italy. Different locations may be agreed between the scientific directors. Fellowship Research Program: data collections, quality of data, mathematical models and simulations on plant roots The student will be enrolled in the Ph.D program of “Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences” of the GSSI (the XXXII cycle in the italian national Ph.D scheme) and her/he will be required to follow the school by laws and regulations. The PhD fellow research activity is expected to be full time dedicated to investigate topics within the fellowship research program, under the supervision of the scientific directors. The fellow publications and the Ph.D thesis are subject to the prior approval from both of the scientific directors. Failure by the PhD fellow to pursue her/his research in the required topics can lead any moment the GSSI to exclude the fellow from the PhD program./td> Selection Procedure: the application to the present program can be done with the standard GSSI procedure, by using the dedicated option on the URL http://www.gssi.infn.it Information can be required to phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it Preferred background Beyond the admission requirements to GSSI, the selection committee will consider a specific background (possession of an M.Sc degree will be considered) in Applied Mathematics or theoretical physics or theoretical aspects in engineering. An important consideration will be given the knowledge of basic numerical and theoretical aspects of ODEs and PDEs, the basic knowledge of probability and some experience in mathematica modelling. Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross(an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”) or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento) Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years(full time). If admitted,foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below). Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description).Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it by November 20 2016(for Italian degrees a“self declaration” can also be accepted). Application Applicants must fill out the online application form (www.gssi.it/phd/) and attach the required documents by September 1,2016, 6pm (Italian time zone).No other application method will be accepted. Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program. In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted. Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure. INFORMATION AND DATA TO FILL IN THE ONLINE FORM The PhD applicants are applying to: Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) It is possible to apply for more than one curriculum, in this case the applicant should repeat the application procedure for each curriculum chosen(also for the additional scholarship in Network Communications in Plant Roots). Personal data Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Degree Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must fill out the information referred to the final degree required for admission (as reported in the above table). Reference Letters Optional Applicants can provide the names and contact information up to two referees. Referees should submit reference letters in English or Italian through the online application system (the information provided by the applicants in the online form will be used to send the referees and email with a link to a page where they can upload the reference letter). Interview Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must specify their preference for the interview: via videoconference (skype call) in l’Aquila (at the applicants expenses) Please note that the Selection Committee prefers no option, they are equivalent. Disabilties Optional/td> Applicants with disabilities needing special assistance must specify it in the online form. ATTACHMENTS TO THE ONLINE FORM, COMMON TO ALL PHD PROGRAMS Identification Document Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required. The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all 6 pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended. Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) n English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any. Degree certificate Compulsory Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned): EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self-declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and final grade; other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and finalgrade.For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned. In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility. Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement Compulsory Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades. Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission. SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS TO UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE FORM PHD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences Applicant are required to upload also a file containing a synthetic report of the core courses followed on the following topics: Partial Differential Equations Probability/stochastic processes Functional Analysis Numerical Analysis Physics/continuum mechanics/fluid dynamics For each course in this area, students should provide a short syllabus (no more than 10 lines) main textbooks, name of the instructors and possibly the link to the course home page. Selection Procedure Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects. The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases: Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview. Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. Dates of the shortlist publication and interviews in the different PhD degrees: PhD Program Publication of the shortlisted candidates Interviews Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences September 5, 2016 From 8 to 16 September 2016 Admission General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site: www.gssi.it.The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking. Enrollment Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila –Italy or by email phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure. FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration. IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process. Contact and info info@gssi.infn.it, +39 0862 4280262, www.gssi.infn.it. [-]

PhD in Urban Studies

Campus Full time 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science is to address issues related to local development with specific reference to industrial clusters, economic, social and spatial dynamics of cities, regional development, governance of urban policies, the role of knowledge and innovation, social inclusion. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology. [+]

The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science is to address issues related to local development with specific reference to industrial clusters, economic, social and spatial dynamics of cities, regional development, governance of urban policies, the role of knowledge and innovation, social inclusion. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology. Places / Scholarships : 10 Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross(an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”) or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento) Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years(full time). If admitted,foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below). Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description).Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it by November 20 2016(for Italian degrees a“self declaration” can also be accepted). Application Applicants must fill out the online application form (www.gssi.it/phd/) and attach the required documents by September 1,2016, 6pm (Italian time zone).No other application method will be accepted. Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program. In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted. Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure. INFORMATION AND DATA TO FILL IN THE ONLINE FORM The PhD applicants are applying to: Urban Studies and Regional Science Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) It is possible to apply for more than one curriculum, in this case the applicant should repeat the application procedure for each curriculum chosen(also for the additional scholarship in Network Communications in Plant Roots). Personal data Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Degree Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must fill out the information referred to the final degree required for admission (as reported in the above table). Reference Letters Optional Applicants can provide the names and contact information up to two referees. Referees should submit reference letters in English or Italian through the online application system (the information provided by the applicants in the online form will be used to send the referees and email with a link to a page where they can upload the reference letter). Interview Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Applicants must specify their preference for the interview: via videoconference (skype call) in l’Aquila (at the applicants expenses) Please note that the Selection Committee prefers no option, they are equivalent. Disabilties Optional/td> Applicants with disabilities needing special assistance must specify it in the online form. ATTACHMENTS TO THE ONLINE FORM, COMMON TO ALL PHD PROGRAMS Identification Document Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required. The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all 6 pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended. Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV) Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition) n English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any. Degree certificate Compulsory Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned): EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self-declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and final grade; other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing University and finalgrade.For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned. In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility. Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement Compulsory Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades. Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission. SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL COMPULSORY REQUIREMENTS TO UPLOAD TO THE ONLINE FORM PHD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Urban Studies and Regional Science Motivational letter describing research interests and reasons for having chosen to apply to the GSSI PhD. GRE scores (Verbal and Quantitative) are preferred but optional (please include them in the application package). Selection Procedure Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects. The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases: Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview. Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. Dates of the shortlist publication and interviews in the different PhD degrees: PhD Program Publication of the shortlisted candidates Interviews Urban Studies and Regional Science September 5, 2016 From 8 to 16 September 2016 Admission General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site: www.gssi.it.The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking. Enrollment Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila –Italy or by email phd.secretariat@gssi.infn.it within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure. FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration. IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process. Contact and info info@gssi.infn.it, +39 0862 4280262, www.gssi.infn.it. [-]

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