Italy: European Ph.D. in Materials Science

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Eight Ph.D. positions will be available starting on
January 2009 and lasting for three years.

The tax free salary will be € 1234 per month.

During offsite stages the
base salary will be further increased by 50%. A few rooms might be available in
the University Residence.

Curriculum A (funded by the University):

A1-A3:   3
grants on any research topic developed in the Department of Materials Science;

A4:       1
grant on structural advanced materials (with special emphasis on ceramics);

A5:       1
grant on energy saving and distributed power generation.


Curriculum B (funded by Pirelli SpA):

B1:       1
grant on ab initio models of catalysts for anti-particle
filters (grant available to non-EC students);

B2:       1
grant on high efficiency Si based photovoltaic cells with surface treatments
(grant available to non-EC students);

B3:       1
grant on photovoltaic organic and hybrid photovoltaic cells


Additional six positions without a supporting grant
are also available.

The Ranking

The call has just been
. You can
download it either in Italian or in English.
Deadline for applications is September 15, 2008.

Candidates must hold a master or an equivalent University degree
in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Physical, Chemical and Materials
Engineering at the time of the written test. Applicants will be
evaluated on the basis of their CV, of a written exam on physics and/or
chemistry and of a viva (oral) exam about their past research activity.

Exams will be held:

  • Written test: October 28, 2008, 2:00 pm, Seminar
    Room of the Department of Materials Science, Bldg. U5, Via Cozzi, 53 – Milano
  • Oral examination: October 30, 2008, 10:00 am,
    Seminar Room of the Department of Materials Science, Bldg. U5, Via Cozzi, 53 – Milano


Non-EC applicants to
positions B2 or B3 will be exempted from the exam and will be evaluated on the
basis of their CV. They are therefore suggested to send their resume to Prof. Pacchioni
(position B1) and/or to Prof. Narducci (position B2) and to check all details of the application procedure as published
in the call. For legal information
concerning the application/ranking procedure for non-EC applicants please
contact the doctorate secretary Dr. Maria Cristina Fassina.


Candidate ranking will be
made available within a week from the oral examination.


For general information
please e-mail the doctorate secretary Dr. Maria Cristina Fassina. For specific information on Pirelli grants,
contact Dr. Vincenzo


The University
of Milano-Bicocca
was founded just ten years ago, in June 1998. It is set on
an area, called Bicocca, in the northern part of Milan 
which was the kernel of its past industrial activity with a lot of the
largest Italian factories in steel processing, chemical manufacturing, and
electro-mechanics. Nowadays the production lines are far from town, and part of
advanced industrial research and managing are still in the borough of Bicocca.
For this reason the University
of Milano-Bicocca has
strong technological vocation. In the faculty of science non-traditional
degrees, from B.Sc. to Ph.D., in materials science, biotechnology and
environmental science are coupled to the conventional ones in physics,
mathematics, biology, chemistry, computation and earth science. Very exciting
atmosphere, up-to-date laboratory training, several research groups of
international level and officially rated among the top in Italy, have attracted
a lot of students; at the present the whole University hosts more than 30000



The scientific activities related to PCAM are
developed in the Department
of Materials Science
where the research laboratories and the teaching staff
of the doctorate in Materials Science of the University of Milano-Bicocca are
located. The aim of this doctorate is to train graduate students in
investigating fundamental, applicative and industrial topics, either
experimentally or theoretically/computationally. Such a result is accomplished
by courses and research in all areas constituting the modern materials science
and the technological innovation. The main topics comprise innovative chemical
processes, synthesis and application of organic semiconductors,
electrochemistry, new functional and structural materials, materials for the
energy production and storage, nano-structured
materials, microelectronics, smart sensor systems, laser optoelectronics,
theoretical and computational modelling. In particular, perspective Ph D
students in materials science could choose their research subject among:

materials for photonics, micro- and optoelectronics and radiation detection

Molecular semiconductors;

Semiconductor quantum

Organic non-linear optical

Glass and ceramic


o       Materials
for energetics

§         Hydrogen storage

and hybrid photovoltaic materials;

efficiency silicon photovoltaic materials with surface treatments;

cells electrode and electrolyte materials;

Li-ions battery materials.

Advanced NMR
techniques for materials

heritage and luminescence dating


Crystal growth;

OMB Deposition.

Theory and
materials computation

Classical and quantum
molecular dynamics:  simulations of
growth processes and of tailoring of 
microelectronics and photonics materials;

Density Function Theory, Many-Body
methods and quantum modeling for magnetic nanostructures, magnetic scanning
tunneling spectroscopy, and excited states in surface science;

Theoretical chemistry for

Ab initio models for hydrids.


The Research

A full list of research
groups and their interests may be accessed via the Department of
Materials Science website
. The Materials Science Ph D course is organized
in two curricula: the former devoted to basic research (A) and the latter to
applied one (B). The curriculum B, funded by Pirelli Company, is devoted to
provide strong scientific as well as applied knowledge suitable to the
development of new materials in an industrial environment.

Students are required to
follow some courses: among them fundamentals of finance, economics for research
management, and elements of Intellectual Property, management and protection,
can be chosen. Furthermore students have to spend a minimum six month period at
a foreign research laboratory, selected together with their own tutors.  The stay at one of the Universities belonging
to the network PCAM is
strongly encouraged and gives the advantage to obtain the credits needed for
the European doctorate in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials.


For any further information
please contact the Doctorate Dean, Prof.
G.P. Brivio


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