Academic Year 2022-2023
Subject area Mathematical Physical, Chemical and Astronomical Sciences
Cycle 38
Coordinator Prof. Andrea Miglio
Language English
Duration 3 years

Application deadline: Dec 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

2nd NRRP Call for Applications - Further PhD positions

Enrolment: From Feb 02, 2023 to Feb 12, 2023 - On, PhD candidates awarding NRRP positions should use NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Mar 01, 2023

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Application deadline: Aug 02, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

NRRP Call for Applications

Enrolment: From Sep 26, 2022 to Oct 05, 2022 - On download NRRP forms only

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

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Application deadline: Jun 09, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Expired)

Call for Applications

Positions: More information in the PhD Programme Table

Enrolment: From Jul 20, 2022 to Jul 29, 2022

Doctoral programme start date: Nov 01, 2022

Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi" - DIFA
Research topics
  • Stellar populations in the Local Group
  • Populations, chemistry and dynamics of stellar clusters
  • Stellar and chemical evolution of galaxies
  • Formation and evolution of galaxies and AGN
  • Radioastronomy
  • High energy astrophysics
  • Astronomical technology
  • Galactic dynamics
  • Galaxy Clusters, Large-scale structure of the Universe, Cosmology
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
- Research and teaching activity at (national/international) Universities, research centres and industries
- Educational activities at high schools
- Software development
- Activities related to scientific publishing trade
- Outreach, dissemination of science
- Research and development activities in private and public organizations for handling of large databases
- Analysis and forecasts for complex systems in public and private institutions
- More in general, activities related to research, innovation, education, production, forecast and prevention in the sector of advanced services.
Admission Board

NRRP Call - Further PhD Positions
Appointed by RD 952/2022 Prot. n. 0357333 of 02/12/2022

Surname Name University / Institution Role Email
Annibali Francesca INAF Member
Miglio Andrea Università di Bologna Member
Rodeghiero Gabriele INAF Member
Ferraro Francesco Università di Bologna Substitute
Giroletti Marcello INAF Substitute

NRPP Call Admission Board
Appointed by RD 1103/2022 Prot. n. 0162873 of 17/07/2022

Surname Name University / Institution Role Email
Ferraro Francesco Università di Bologna Member
Gheller Claudio INAF Member
Marulli Federico Università di Bologna Member
Torresi Eleonora INAF Member
De Gasperin Francesco INAF Substitute
Miglio Andrea Università di Bologna Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics:

  • Eleonora Torresi - INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
  • Claudio Gheller - INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
  • Eleonora Torresi - INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
  • Maria Antonietta Perino - Thales Alenia Space Italia


Call for Application Admission Board
Appointed by RD 830/2022 Prot. n. 0127511 of 30/05/2022

Surname Name University / Institution Role email
Bernardi Gianni INAF Member
Dalessandro Emanuele  INAF Member
Miglio Andrea Università di Bologna Member
Pellegrini Silvia Università di Bologna Member
Vazza Franco Università di Bologna Member
Ferraro Francesco Rosario Università di Bologna Substitute
Giroletti Marcello  INAF Substitute
Marulli Federico Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes

This PhD course aims at training young researchers to carry out independent research activities in different fields of astronomy and astrophysics (stellar and extragalactic astrophysics, cosmology, technological and computer applications in astrophysics). In general, our PhD students are expected to become familiar with scientific methods that could potentially be used also in frameworks not necessarily related to astrophysics, like for instance for training managerial staff in private/public organizations which treats complex systems and in the field of outreach and dissemination of science.

Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates

Fundamental research (both theoretical/modeling and experimental/observational), focused on: Stellar Clusters (their formation and evolution, populations, chemistry and dynamics of stellar clusters); Galaxies (single objects, galaxies with AGN, dynamics and formation, galaxies in groups and clusters); Cosmology (models, large scale structure, cosmic microwave background radiation). Applied research, related to the development of numerical codes and/or astrophysical instrumentation in different wavebands, ranging from radio to X- and gamma-rays. The activity can include the acquisition of data at the main national and international facilities (INAF, ESO, ESA, EVN, NRAO, etc.) and the preparation of proposals for observations with ground-based and space telescopes or for supercomputers. The research activity requires the development and/or usage of numerical codes to model and analyze the data, the extensive usage of databases, and the bibliographic research. Each year PhD students are required to attend 2-3 cycles of seminars  specifically organized for them dealing with topics of great relevance in astrophysics and cosmology (see the web page

Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes

The main goal of the PhD course is the training of the students in the most modern areas of the astrophysical research, both theoretical/modeling and experimental/observational. According to the specific subject of the thesis, the students, thanks to their immediate inclusion in the research groups, develop their capabilities to acquire and analyse observational data obtained using the best international instruments in the different bands (optical, millimetric, radio, X-rays, very high-energy) and/or to develop numerical codes or models and/or astrophysical technologies. Fundamental part of the training is to write scientific papers and reports, to publicly present the results, to write applications for computational or observational time. Moreover the PhD students develop the necessary knowledge about the national and international system for financial support to the research. Finally, thanks to the internal courses and seminars, and the attendance to National and international schools, the PhD students extend their general culture in fundamental Astrophysics and Physics. PhD students are also involved in the design and implementation of public engagement, outreach and dissemination methodologies for science.

Internationalization features

PhD students participate actively to research projects of international value, often in the context of extended international collaborations. Almost all the observational activity is based on the most advanced ground-based and space instrumentation, the access to which is guaranteed by the direct participation of INAF, by the italian presence in european organizations for astronomy (ESO, ESA) and by specific international agreements (LBT, EVN, ASTRONET, etc). The research activity for PhD theses are acknowledged by different international institutions (like NRAO and EVN). All the internal activities (courses, seminars, reports, etc.) are given in english, as well the written final dissertation. Foreign researchers are regularly members of the defense committee. Long visits (3-6 months) to foreign scientific institutions are recommended: to this goal a dedicate grant (Marco Polo Program) is reserved for PhD students. Moreover theses in the framework of international joint supervision (cotutela) or for european degrees are strongly supported. The attendance to international meetings (with presentation of results) are strongly encouraged. Several Ph candidates come from foreign countries. The participation of foreign candidates to the selection process is facilitated by the use of videoconference (i.e. skype)

Expected research results and products

Thesis written in english, talks at (national/international) meetings, publication of the results extracted from the thesis (at least two by three years after the defense) on international refereed journals or at least one patent request; reports on possible technological and/or computational applications.