PhD in Physics

Academic Year 2021-2022
Subject area Mathematical Physical, Chemical and Astronomical Sciences
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Michele Cicoli
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 17 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Expired)
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2021
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi" - DIFA
Doctoral Programme in collaboration with research institutions (art. 2, comma 2, lett. a) del D.M. n. 45/2013)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)
Mobility abroad
6 month
Research topics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics
  • Physics of Condensed Matter, Atoms and Molecules
  • Applied Physics and Complex Systems
  • Physics Education and History of Physics
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Research activities at universities, research centres and industries, both foreign and domestic. Teaching activities at universities and secondary schools. Employment in the public and private sectors that require a high scientific expertise. Employment in Data Science and Big Data companies.
Admission Board

Surname Name University/Institution Role email
Carbone Angelo Università di Bologna Member
Cramer Tobias Università di Bologna Member
Montanari Alessandro INFN Member
Pascoli Silvia Università di Bologna Member
Sala Claudia Università di Bologna Member
Spighi Roberto INFN Member
Cavalcoli Daniela Università di Bologna Substitute
Kamenchtchik Alexandr Università di Bologna Substitute
Margiotta Annarita Università di Bologna Substitute
Remondini Daniel Università di Bologna Substitute
Sbarra Carla INFN Substitute
Tosi Nicolò INFN Substitute

* The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members for positions linked to specific research topics:  Francesco Minardi (CNR,; research topic "Experimental cold atoms physics and photonics"); Remondini Daniel (Università di Bologna,; research topic "Machine learning and network-based techniques for analysis and modelling of Haematologic cancer data"); Maria Clelia Righi (Università di Bologna,; research topics "Reactions at materials interfaces activated by mechanical forces: fundamental understanding and applications" and "Advancing solid interfaces for energy harvesting and tribological applications"; Graziano Bruni (INFN,; tema "Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions"; Alessandro Tronconi (INFN,; tema "Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions"); Francesca Bellini (DIFA,; tema "Measurement of (Anti)helium production with ALICE at the LHC for indirect dark matter searches in cosmic rays"); Olivia Levrini (DIFA,; tema "Role of STEM education in the society of acceleration and uncertainty: development of methodologies for analysing the impact of didactical activities in formal and non-formal contexts"); Armando Bazzani (DIFA,; tema "Statistical Physics of human mobility in urban systems").

Learning outcomes
The PhD in Physics has the purpose of completing the scientific training in Physics for the various research fields actively present in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the Bologna Sections of INFN and CNAF-INFN, and in the CNR Institutes of the Bologna area. The PhD programme aims to train researchers able to perform independent activities in the following sectors: Theoretical physics, Condensed matter physics, Nuclear and subnuclear physics, Applied physics and complex systems, Physics education and History of Physics. In the theoretical field, the PhD candidates should be able to build and study mathematical models to describe physical phenomena, while in the experimental field to conduct physics experiments in laboratories and critically analyze the results. In general the PhD candidates are trained to use the scientific method and achieve the ability to apply it in different contexts, making them eligible to take leadership positions in high-level organizations.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Basic and fundamental research (theoretical and experimental), applied research (with applications to physics, medicine, technology, computer science, etc.). The research of the PhD candidates includes laboratory activities, participation in international workshops and conferences and measurement campaigns, the use of networks, databases, a software for analyzing data and models.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The PhD candidates are required to attend PhD or advanced Master courses for a total of 136 hours of lectures in the first two years of the course. The PhD candidates also attend specialized seminars and national and international schools. They are also part of research groups at universities and research centers where they carry on their activities in preparation of the PhD thesis.
Internationalization features
PhD candidates holding a scholarship are obliged to spend a period of research and training of at least six months in foreign universities or research centres. They also participate in research projects of international importance, follow courses in English, and participate in international conferences and schools. There are active official agreements with foreign universities to obtain joint PhD degrees and candidates in cotutelle are required to follow lectures at the associated universities abroad. The doctoral theses are commonly written in English and are available to the international scientific community.
Expected research results and products
PhD thesis written in English, talks at national and international conferences and workshops, publication of research results in refereed international journals with high Impact Factor (at least 1 publication within 3 years from the conclusion of the doctorate).
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Pietro Antonioli INFN Primo Ricercatore
Silvia Arcelli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Federico Boscherini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Angelo Carbone Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Roberto Casadio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Andrea Castro Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Michele Cicoli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Tobias Cramer Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Elisa Ercolessi Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Fabrizio Fabbri INFN Primo Ricercatore
Davide Fioravanti INFN Ricercatore Ente
Beatrice Fraboni Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Alessandro Gabrielli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Enrico Giampieri Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Gaetano Maron INFN-CNAF Primo Ricercatore
Alessandro Montanari INFN Primo Ricercatore
Vittorio Morandi CNR Primo Ricercatore
Silvia Pascoli Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Daniel Remondini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Marco Selvi INFN Primo Ricercatore
Nicola Semprini Cesari Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Maximiliano Sioli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Giulia Tasquier Università di Bologna Ricercatore a tempo determinato
Claudia Testa Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Mauro Villa Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario