PhD in Geophysics

Academic Year 2018-2019
Subject area Mathematical Physical, Chemical and Astronomical Sciences
Cycle 34°
Coordinator Prof. Nadia Pinardi
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 7 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrolment period From Jul 06, 2018 to Jul 16, 2018
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2018
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi" - DIFA
Associated locations (agreements)
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
National Research Council - Istituto di Scienze dell’atmosfera e del clima
Centro EuroMediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
Arpae Emilia Romagna
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Research topics

Three are the research topics:

  1. Solid Earth: Seismology, Physics of volcanism, Geodesy, Quantitative geodynamics, Tsunami
  2. Atmosphere: Atmospheric physics and chemistry, remote sensing of the atmosphere, urban meteorology, atmospheric dynamics and weather forecasting, physical climatology
  3. Oceans: Ocean circulation dynamics, numerical modeling of the ocean, ocean predictions, marine biogeochemical cycles, numerical modeling of pollutants in the marine environment
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Research activity in universities and research institutions in Italy and abroad; teaching in universities and secondary schools; positions in the public administration (land and sea areas management, prevention of natural disasters, civil protection); national meteorological and oceanographic services; positions in companies employing techniques of applied geophysics (research and exploitation of natural resources, civil engineering, marine and maritime companies); positions in private and public companies requiring advanced scientific expertise (numerical modelling, data base management, analysis and forecasting of complex systems, scientific editing).
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Belardinelli Maria Elina Università   di Bologna member
Corti Susanna CNR   - ISAC member 
Gualdi Silvio (renounces) CMCC member
Paccagnella Tiziana ARPAE   - SIMC member
Pinardi Nadia Università   di Bologna member
Porcu Federico Università   di Bologna member
Coppini Giovanni (substitutes Dott. Silvio Gualdi) CMCC substitute
Dragoni Michele Università   di Bologna substitute
Lupi Angelo CNR   - ISAC substitute
Maestri Tiziano Università   di Bologna substitute
Valentini Andrea ARPAE   - SIMC substitute
Zavatarelli Marco Università   di Bologna substitute
Learning outcomes
The doctorate trains students to carry out an autonomous research activity in geophysics and specifically in one of the following fields: seismology, physics of volcanism, geodesy, quantitative geodynamics, tsunami modelling, ocean circulation dynamics in the global and semi-enclosed sea areas, numerical modelling and ocean forecasting, numerical modelling of marine biogeochemical cycles, numerical modelling of pollutants at sea, physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, urban meteorology, climatology, weather forecasting. In general the Ph.D. trains students to use the scientific method and to apply it in complex natural and anthropogenically modified systems, making them fit to undertake responsibilities in different socio-economic areas.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The Ph.D. students will develop their thesis work both with theoretical, experimental and computational methods depending on the research group they will be associated. The research activity includes laboratory work, measurement campaigns, the use of instrumental networks, data bases, use of HPC parallel computing and the development of numerical models for the processes of interest.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
During the first year, the Ph.D. students have to follow 120 hours of classes organized by the Doctoral Degree Program Committee and in addition they will be allowed to follow other University of Bologna Courses up to a maximum of 12 credits (CFU). They must attend lectures and national and international schools for further 80 hours in the second and third years. They are introduced in research groups at universities and research institutions, where they carry out their research and prepare the final dissertation.
Internationalization features
PhD students participate in international research projects, attend lectures given in english, participate in international schools and meetings and are involved in international programs. Students with a fellowship granted by the doctorate must spend at least three months at Universities or research institutions outside Italy.
Expected research results and products
Dissertation written in English language, presentations of the research work in national and international meetings, publications in international journals with peer review (at least one publication submitted before the thesis conclusion).
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ARCHETTI RENATA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
ARMIGLIATO ALBERTO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BAZZANI ARMANDO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CASTELLARO SILVIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
DRAGONI MICHELE Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
GANDOLFI STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GASPERINI PAOLO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MULARGIA FRANCESCO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PINARDI NADIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
PORCU' FEDERICO Università di Bologna Ricercatore confermato
PULVIRENTI BEATRICE Università di Bologna Ricercatore confermato
ROMAGNOLI CLAUDIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SPADA GIORGIO Università di Urbino Carlo Bo Professore Associato
TINTI STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
TOSITTI LAURA Università di Bologna Professore Associato 
ZANIBONI FILIPPO Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
ZAVATARELLI MARCO Università di Bologna Professore Associato