PhD program in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering



During the filling out of the application, online candidates must choose which Research area(s) (max. 2, specifying the order of preference) they are interested to apply for.

The subsequent publication of the second call for applications with positions covered by research fellowships (Assegni di ricerca) is foreseen; all positions in the second call will be on specific topics. Applications for the second call will also be accepted by the participants of this first call, but those who will be winners both in the selection of the first call and in that of the second, will be automatically removed from the first since the winnings on the second call will be considered the first choice for the candidate and therefore binding

Positions and scholarships are available on 2 distinct Research areas:

Research area A: Materials Science and Engineering

  • N. of positions: 6
  • N. of scholarships: 5

Research area B: Mechatronics, Electronics, and Operational Research

  • N. of positions: 6
  • N. of scholarships: 5 of which 3 on specific reserved research topics as follows:
  • Scholarship B1: "Development of methods and tools for the design and intelligent control of robotic systems" (funded by University of Trento and Dept. of Industrial Engineering)
  • Scholarship B2: "Human-robot interactions based on mirroring mechanisms: human-vehicle collaboration in a driving simulator" (funded by University of Trento and Dept. of Industrial Engineering)
  • Scholarship B3: "Distributed control algorithms for a team of service robots" (funded by Dept. of Industrial Engineering)

SECOND CALL 2018 - Departments of Excellence (Italian Law 232/2016)


Link to the Application Online

Positions: no. 12

Research fellowships (assegni di ricerca): no. 12 on the following specific research topics:

A: Variable impedance actuators based on composite elastomers for advanced robotics

B: One step bioprinting of complex hierarchical biological tissues: intervertebral disc

C: Measurement of physio-mechanical parameters for a regenerative vertebral prosthesis and human posture optimization

D: High-Performance Photodetectors based on Engineered 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Layers

E: Maintenance policy optimization in the Industry 4.0 paradigm

F: Optical Flexible Biocompatible Sensors - OPTIFLEBS

G: Polymer-derived ceramics cellular structures from replica of 3D printed lattices for bone tissue applications

H: Production of bioceramic components by P-3DP (Powder-based 3D Printing) starting from powders synthesized from natural products

I: Flexible multifunctional sensors for soft robotics

J: Design and development of an exoskeleton with rehabilitative functions for diseases of the spine

K: Modeling and simulation of vehicle emissions for the reduction of road traffic pollution

L: Liquid-based Electro Active Polymers (LEAP) for a new class of soft actuators and generators

The Academic year starts November 1, 2018.

The announcement of selection: Rector's Decree no. 398 of 25.05.2018, published on this webpage on May 28, 2018 – available in the “Download Box”*

*Please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Candidates are recommended to complete the online application well in advance before the deadline, in order to avoid possible technical problems or overcharge of the connection and/or of the application systems.

Examination's schedule: at least 20 days before the date of the examinations, time and location of the examinations will be published on the selection website


Materials Science and Engineering: Biomaterials and biomedical technologies, Coatings and surface treatments, Corrosion and wear, Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of the material behavior, High-strength glasses and ceramics, Powder metallurgy, Polymers and composite materials, Materials and technologies for cultural heritage, Materials chemistry, Materials for energy, Nanostructured materials, mechanical properties, smart materials, materials production technologies, production process, Manufacturing processes.

Mechatronics: Autonomous driving, Hybrid dynamical systems, Intelligent systems, Optimal control, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Vehicle dynamics

Electronics: Avalanche photodiode, CMOS, Embedded systems, Energy harvesting, Measurement and monitoring techniques, Microelectronics, Sensor networks, Silicon radiation sensor, Smart grid

Operational Research: Multi-criteria decision modeling, Linear and non-linear programming, Network analysis, Queuing models, Risk analysis, Fuzzy systems, Machine learning, Project management, Decision support systems, Business analysis, Web reputation management, Smart management of cultural heritage for a sustainable tourism

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