Doctorate Degrees in Molecular Sciences

Compare 30 PhD Programs in Molecular Sciences

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A doctorate degree is also called a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy. The name can be misleading, as most doctoral students do not study philosophy. Instead, the degree indicates the highest level of study in any field, from mathematics to literature. A PhD is the culmination of one’s academic career and indicates that the graduate has achieved an expert degree of knowledge and contributed to the field in new and novel ways.

What is a PhD in Molecular Sciences? This is an intensive program in which the student undertakes advanced study of the tiny units of matter called molecules. It spans both chemical and biological sciences as it explores how molecular processes shape the world around us. Most doctoral programs require participants to complete a doctoral dissertation before graduation. This capstone project includes a lengthy written portion that details independent and original research conducted by the student that contributes to the field in some meaningful way.

Earning a PhD in Molecular Science can have many benefits. On a personal level, it is a fascinating field of study that challenges the mind and can foster sophisticated reasoning skills. On a professional level, it can open the doors to many career opportunities.

The cost of a PhD program can vary widely, depending on the institution one chooses to attend. Prospective students should contact institutions directly with questions regarding tuition and program specifics.

Many graduates of a PhD program choose to pursue a career in academics. They may join the faculty of universities as full-time teachers, imparting their knowledge to graduate and undergraduate students while continuing to pursue individual research and publication in scientific journals. Other graduates may pursue careers in biotechnology or biochemistry, particularly in public and private research labs. Nontraditional careers might include work in science writing, science policy or medical illustration.

A PhD often takes several years to complete, but the rewards can be well worth the effort. Search for your program below and contact the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Official Doctoral Program In Cell And Molecular Biology

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The Doctoral Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology is an official university degree that addresses training in fundamental molecular and cellular biological research. It has the collaboration of the Institute of Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC). [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. Introduction The Programme PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology Is an official university degree that addresses training in fundamental molecular and cellular biological research. It has the collaboration of the Institute of Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC). Its objective is to train in methodological and instrumental skills to be able to develop research projects in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Physiology and Biomedicine. Why study the degree The program offers quality teaching, personalized and integrated in consolidated research groups. It has also recognized national and international prestige. Lines of investigation These are the lines of research of this doctoral program: Evolutionary biology Molecular biology of RNA and proteins DNA damage Aging and inflammation Gene Expression in Yeast and Applications Physiology of plants Genetics of marine organisms Genetics and Genetic Toxicology Tissue Engineering Research in rheumatology Microalgae Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Neuroanatomy of vertebrates Specific Training Complements In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program. In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage... [-]

Official Doctoral Program In Neurosciences

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

Research Lines These are the research lines of this doctoral program: Anti-inflammatory drugs Cellular and circuital bases of Epilepsy. Control of excitability and modifications of synaptic plasticity [+]

Lines of investigation These are the lines of research of this doctoral program: Anti-inflammatory drugs Cellular and circuital bases of epilepsy. Control of excitability and modifications of synaptic plasticity Cellular and molecular basis of basal ganglia physiology. Modifications of synaptic plasticity in extrapyramidal pathologies such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's, dyskinesias, etc. Cellular and molecular bases of memory and learning. Phenomena of synaptic plasticity and its modifications in dementias (Alzheimer's disease), etc. Cellular and subcellular bases of the function of potassium channels and receptors for neurotransmitters in the auditory system Molecular and cellular bases of neuronal plasticity. Molecular and cellular mechanisms related to long-term neuronal plasticity. Subcellular bases mediating the association and functional coupling between receptors for neurotransmitters and ion channels in the central nervous system Biomarkers of Stroke. Development of artificial implants for regeneration of peripheral nerves Early detection of Alzheimer's disease based on the combination of different markers Dissection and search for new pharmacological targets. Study of the mechanisms of action of possible new neuroprotective drugs. Participation of mitochondria and second messengers in neurodegenerative processes. Parkinson's disease and other parkinsonisms / Dementias / Prion diseases / Dysautonomia Drug-resistant epilepsies Study of the innervation of the axonal segment of the main neurons of the cerebral cortex Study of the mechanisms of action of possible new neuroprotective drugs Study of the mechanisms that guide the visual attention and of the corticotalámicas interactions Expression of factors that prevent postlesional regeneration of nerve connections by the application of small inhibitory molecules such as... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology

Alabama State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Montgomery

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines. [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines. Program Vision and Goals The ultimate vision of the Ph.D. program in microbiology at Alabama State University is to make essential scientific and societal advancements for the benefit of the state of Alabama, region and nation through the operation of a unique new doctoral research and training program. The research, education and service outcomes of the proposed Ph.D. Program in Microbiology will benefit Alabama’s citizens in important ways, namely: 1) create new opportunities to study environmental and commercial food resource issues important to the state’s economy, and the health and safety of its citizens, (2) provide marketable, doctoral-level training opportunities in areas of emerging scientific importance, (3) foster the development and implementation of scientific strategies that maximize stewardship of the state’s environmental and commercial resources, and (4) produce a pool of scientists capable of employing contemporary tools to address emerging societal threats such as rising food and waterborne diseases, bioterrorism, environmental contaminants, and new-generation microbial pathogens. Graduate Program Administrative Unit The Ph.D. Program in Microbiology is administered through the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology. Financial Support Financial assistance in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) awards are available to selected Ph.D. students. All GTAs must have completed at least 18 credit hours... [-]

PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Nanotechnology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

A joint postgraduate program in Nanoscience and Technology, initiated by the Schools of Science and Engineering, can offer long-term support to our ongoing research and training as well as to the development of technology and to commercialization efforts. The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. [+]

Working at the cutting edge of the field with top international scientists, our postgraduate programs seek to ensure that each student: attains an in-depth understanding of fundamental yet advanced chemical engineering topics; exercises intellectual curiosity in probing chemical engineering subjects at the frontiers of chemical engineering; develops skills to pursue new knowledge, both basic and applied, independently; and engages in pioneering research in this and related disciplines. The Department emphasizes both academic excellence and industrial relevance and, wherever possible, programs are set in the context of local industrial needs and explore the potential of creating demand for new technologies. The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a dissertation to demonstrate competence in research. Research Foci Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into four major areas: Advanced Materials Nanomaterials, zoelites, novel polymers, polymer composites, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ceremic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process. Bioprocess Engineering Environmental biotechnology, Chinese traditional medicine (novel extraction, drying, packaging), biosensors (applications to wastewater treatment, genechips), food industries (batch processing), mathematical modeling/simulation, and process control. Research activities are supported by HKUST’s Biotechnology Research Institute. Environmental Engineering Air... [-]

PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Energy Technology Concentration)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

The interdisciplinary postgraduate research program in Energy Technology in the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology provides long-term support to our ongoing educational training and fast-developing research in technology in general. The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. Working at the cutting edge of the field with top international scientists, our postgraduate programs seek to ensure that each student: attains an in-depth understanding of fundamental yet advanced chemical engineering topics; exercises intellectual curiosity in probing chemical engineering subjects at the frontiers of chemical engineering; develops skills to pursue new knowledge, both basic and applied, independently; and engages in pioneering research in this and related disciplines. The Department emphasizes both academic excellence and industrial relevance and, wherever possible, programs are set in the context of local industrial needs and explore the potential of creating demand for new technologies. The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a dissertation to demonstrate competence in research. Research Foci Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into four major areas: Advanced Materials Nanomaterials, zoelites, novel polymers, polymer composites, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ceremic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process. Bioprocess Engineering Environmental biotechnology, Chinese traditional medicine (novel extraction, drying, packaging), biosensors (applications to wastewater treatment, genechips), food industries (batch processing), mathematical modeling/simulation, and process control. Research activities are supported by HKUST’s Biotechnology Research... [-]

PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a dissertation to demonstrate competence in research. [+]

Working at the cutting edge of the field with top international scientists, our postgraduate programs seek to ensure that each student: attains an in-depth understanding of fundamental yet advanced chemical engineering topics; exercises intellectual curiosity in probing chemical engineering subjects at the frontiers of chemical engineering; develops skills to pursue new knowledge, both basic and applied, independently; and engages in pioneering research in this and related disciplines. The Department emphasizes both academic excellence and industrial relevance and, wherever possible, programs are set in the context of local industrial needs and explore the potential of creating demand for new technologies. The PhD program aims to instill in students the skills needed to identify research issues in Chemical Engineering, formulate an original research plan, and develop creative and innovative solutions that address the research issue. Students are required to undertake coursework and successfully complete a dissertation to demonstrate competence in research. Research Foci Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a highly diversified engineering and science discipline. The Department’s research can be classified into four major areas: Advanced Materials Nanomaterials, zoelites, novel polymers, polymer composites, polymer interfaces and surfaces as well as polymer/ceremic membranes. In-depth studies are being carried out in: rheology, non-Newtonian flow, heat and mass transport, and process control associated with the injection-molding process. Bioprocess Engineering Environmental biotechnology, Chinese traditional medicine (novel extraction, drying, packaging), biosensors (applications to wastewater treatment, genechips), food industries (batch processing), mathematical modeling/simulation, and process control. Research activities are supported by HKUST’s Biotechnology Research Institute. Environmental Engineering Air... [-]

PhD in Molecular Bioscience at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (INTERLINK)
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Louisville

The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year. [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year. This program allows graduate students to rotate in three different laboratories during their first year, within their chosen area of research. By the end of the first year they must select a research advisor and be formally admitted to a department to conduct a research project leading to the completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy. Research Areas: Biofilm Sciences & Engineering BioInspired Materials Bioinformatics/Genomics/Proteomics Biomedical Sciences Biophysics Cell, Developmental, & Molecular Biology Chemical Biology Environmental Microbiology Immunology & Infectious Disease Life in Extreme Environments Biological & Mathematical Modeling Neuroscience Plant Sciences Virology This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty departments and research centers across campus: Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Center for BioInspired Materials, Computer Science Department and the Thermal Biology Institute to provide students with laboratory instructions to become successful research scientists. Application Deadlines All applications for the following Fall semester must be submitted by December 11th. Any incomplete application will not be reviewed by the selection committee and will be deemed ineligible for the Molecular Bioscience program fellowship Required Tests The Graduate... [-]

PhD in Bioengineering

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Flagstaff

Our PhD in Bioengineering focuses on the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics. This interdisciplinary program provides a broad-based research perspective that draws upon the expertise of our faculty from unique disciplines. [+]

Our PhD in Bioengineering focuses on the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics. This interdisciplinary program provides a broad-based research perspective that draws upon the expertise of our faculty from unique disciplines. Emphasis Areas Include: Biophysics Energy efficient remote sensing Engineering of artificial plants Environmental endocrinology Informatics and Computing Muscle-like actuation and Wearable Robotics Novel biomaterials Wound healing What Will You Gain From Our Program The goal of this program is to educate future industry and research leaders in bioengineering through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. Students will receive advanced training in research through focused coursework and will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia. After completing the degree, students are prepared to undertake careers in industry, government organizations, nonprofits, and universities. Learning Outcomes Students will build skills and knowledge through formal course work and an original dissertation project. The goal is to foster students’ abilities to identify and synthesize fundamental principles of bioengineering and apply them to complex problems. NAU graduates with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering will have achieved the following learning outcomes: Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced bioengineering problems in the emphasis area (Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biophysics, Informatics & Computing). Interdisciplinary: Demonstrate the ability to integrate information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (Science) (Research)

Taylor’s University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6 years Open Enrollment Malaysia Subang Jaya + 1 more

Research in the School of Biosciences encompasses four broad themes (Infectious Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Environmental Research, Food Science and Nutrition) and is supported by a core group of researchers in bioactive compounds (Drug Discovery & Development Team) [+]

Research in the School of Biosciences encompasses four broad themes and is supported by a core group of researchers in bioactive compounds (Drug Discovery & Development Team):

Infectious DiseasesThe rich biodiversity of Malaysia enables the discovery of novel compounds to fight infectious diseases. At Taylor’s University, the identified natural compounds will be examined for their bioactive properties as well as their mode of action. In addition to the antimicrobial research, the host-pathogen interaction research is focused to understand the disease manifestation in host cells. Non-communicable diseasesDiet, smoking, alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle and stress have contributed to greater incidences of heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, among others. Available drugs for these diseases are often accompanied by undesirable side effects, not selective enough or simply too expensive. Hence, this cluster targets the discovery of novel lead compounds and to scientifically validate natural remedies for lifestyle-related chronic diseases Environmental ResearchResearch conducted in this cluster focuses in bioremediation, taxonomic identification of marine flora and to facilitate the development of mechanisms or processes that are in compliance with environmental laws. It will target improvement in resources savings, waste disposal and resolving environmental stress issues. In addition, researchers in this cluster also provide consultation and training in environmental management systems Food Science and NutritionThe broader aim of research in this cluster is to study the fundamentals and applied aspects of new functional foods, medical foods and nutraceuticals as well as new technologies that facilitate development of novel consumer products that enhance human health,... [-]

PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry

Brno University of Technology
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Brno

The post-graduate in Ph.D. study programme Macromolecular Chemistry is able to formulate independently the scientific problem, to design the hypothesis for the solution and to carry out experimental and theoretical work for its confirmation. [+]

Macromolecular Chemistry Abbreviation: DPAP_MCH_4 Level of course unit: Doctoral Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry Academic year: 2017/2018 Title awarded: Ph.D. Qualification awarded: Ph.D. in the field "Macromolecular Chemistry" Level of qualification: Doctoral (3rd cycle) Accredited from: 13.10.2010 Accredited until: 1.9.2019 Specific admission requirements: Condition for admitting is a completed higher education. Key learning outcomes: The post-graduate in Ph.D. study programme Macromolecular Chemistry is able to formulate independently the scientific problem, to design the hypothesis for the solution and to carry out experimental and theoretical work for its confirmation. Simoultaneously, he is capable of critical evaluation of published scientific informations and of presentation of experimental results in english language as well. Examination regulations, assessment and grading: Examination and assessment regulations Graduation requirements: A specific number of ECTS credits, final state examination, doctoral thesis Mode of study: full-time study Programme supervisor: prof. RNDr. Josef Jančář, CSc. ECTS departmental co-ordinator: prof. Ing. Oldřich Zmeškal, CSc. [-]

PhD in Condensed Matter Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste + 1 more

SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a PhD in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste. [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. SISSA welcomes applications for up to 6 positions for a new Fast Track PhD in Condensed Matter Physics starting in October 2016 SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a PhD in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste. The PhD course in “Theory and numerical simulation of condensed matter” is a rich and complete post-graduate program of up to 4 years of training and research covering the various aspects of the field. The fast track program allows students to start their research careers one year earlier, studying and working in a vibrant international environment. Students at SISSA have ongoing close interaction with their supervisors as well as with several scientists and specialists in their field of study. To access this fast track PhD program students will be selected based on their curriculum and two entrance exams, one before enrolling the Master and one after two years for being admitted to the PhD. The two students, who will rank best in the selection, will be granted up to 750 euros per month to cover living costs in Trieste and university fees. Info SISSA is a scientific center in the fields of Physics, Mathematics and Neurosciences, located in a campus with stunning views over the city and the gulf. How to apply Applications will be accepted from 15 June... [-]

Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO)

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO). [+]

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the International Center for Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (ICGEB), the University of Trieste and the University of Udine offer a new Joint PhD Program in Molecular Biology (JuMBO). The main mission of JuMBO is to train enthusiastic young scientists from developed and developing countries to use advanced molecular tools with a deeper understanding of their scientific and technical opportunities and limitations. Students who complete this PhD program will have a solid background in the various aspects of Molecular Biology and related methodology, including bioinformatics and structural biology, to efficiently exploit new functionalities for scientific and technical research purposes. Students will benefit from receiving their training in Molecular Biology in the active and exciting research environment of the four prestigious institutions. In addition, PhD students will benefit from established collaborations of the Institutions involved in the program, and in particular ongoing exchanges with the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the German Research School for Simulation Sciences in Jülich (Germany). Projects within the PhD Course Program take advantage of tools in molecular and structural biology to study the mechanisms of differentiation and cell homeostasis and their dys-regulation in cancer, viral infection and neurodegenerative diseases. A large collection of organisms is studied ranging from Homo sapiens to plants. Students are continuously in touch with cutting-edge research by attending classes, seminars and workshops throughout the year. The average teacher-student ratio is about 1 to 3. Main research lines are: Molecular Biology of Cells Developmental Biology... [-]

PhD in Structural and Functional Genomics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The PhD Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines. [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. Our Mission The PhD Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines. Projects within the PhD Course Program span from genomics, transcriptomics and developmental genetics to structural biology, molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and developmental neurobiology. Crossing over research such as system biology may have a prominent role within the PhD Course Program. Students are continuously exposed to cutting edge research through year around classes, seminars and workshops. Average ratio between supervisor and students is about 1 to 5. Main research lines are: Functional Genomics of the Brain Developmental Genomics Systems Biology Nanotechnology for Biological Sciences Structural Biology of Prion Protein Structural Biology of DNA Replication Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: Synthetic Prions Molecular Physiology Drug Discovery The most recent placements after PhD at SISSA: Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, USA), VIB Center for the Biology of Disease (KU Leuven, Belgium), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), National Institute of Chemistry (Ljubljana, Slovenia) Admissions The admissions to the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) Course in Functional and Structural Genomics take place through a selection based on academic and scientific qualifications and a written and oral examination, according to the Statute of the School. Exceptionally qualified non EU-students can be admitted to the course only through evaluation of their academic and scientific qualifications. For the admissions, candidates must hold an Italian Laurea (Laurea Specialistica, Laurea Magistralis or the old... [-]

PhD in Neurobiology

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The aim of the Lectures of the PhD program in Neurobiology is to provide students with a common framework starting from different backgrounds. [+]

The aim of the Lectures of the PhD program in Neurobiology is to provide students with a common framework starting from different backgrounds. Lectures will take place at the beginning of the PhD Program, so to have more time to focus on the scientific research project that will be carried out during the PhD. There will be two main scientific modules complemented by a module dedicated to specific experimental methodologies and safety procedures. All the lectures will be in English and will be held by an expert in the field. Module 1 will be devoted to fundamental aspects of Neurophysiology and Neurobiology: we will review basic notions about neurons, synapses and sensory systems. We will also cover properties of neuronal networks underlying perception in the cortex and locomotion in the spinal cord. Module 2 will be dedicated to emerging tools and experimental methodologies from Nanotechnology, which can be used to investigate molecular properties of neurons, synapses and sensory cells. Properties of the interactions between neurons and new materials, such carbon nanotubes and grapheme, will be covered as well as basic properties of Atomic Force Microscopy and advanced Photonics. Module 3 will focus on methods to study receptors and channels function at molecular level, to understand signaling mechanisms involved in neuronal plasticity and adaptive responses. This module will be complemented by practical courses and lectures on specific molecular biology methods, like site-directed mutagenesis, protein analysis as well as on the use of conventional microscopy and cell biology techniques. This module will... [-]

PhD in Theory and Numerical Simulation of Condensed Matter

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

The PhD curriculum in Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter is suited to highly motivated students interested in learning how the microscopic constituents of matters self- assemble to bring about the whole complexity of the states of matter, from molecules to complex solids, [+]

PhDs in Molecular Sciences. The PhD curriculum in Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter is suited to highly motivated students interested in learning how the microscopic constituents of matters self- assemble to bring about the whole complexity of the states of matter, from molecules to complex solids, and in learning how to model fascinating macroscopic phenomena, from friction to superconductivity and superfluidity, emerging from the collective behaviour of those microscopic agents. During the first year of their PhD course, students acquire the most advanced tools for modelling and studying states of matter, from ab-initio simulation of real materials and molecules to quantum simulation of lattice models, from the classical statistical theory of many-body systems to its quantum counterpart, and acquaint themselves with the broad research activity carried out at SISSA through more focused and topical courses. This preliminary stage provides students with a common background and all the information they need to decide on the research topic they intend to pursue in their PhD thesis. The following 2 or 3 years of the PhD programme are devoted to individual research under the guidance of supervisors. Annual progress reports will ensure the timely detection and solution of possible difficulties. The DEMOCRITOS Simulation Centre belonging to the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) part of the National Council for Research (CNR), and hosted by SISSA, is fully integrated in the research activity of the Condensed Matter group. Strong links are also maintained with scientists of the nearby Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical... [-]