Candidates Selection and Regulations

“Doctor Philosophiae” Entrance Exams Academic Year 2017/18

 

The International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste offers post-graduate training to obtain a

“Doctor Philosophiae” (Ph.D) degree in
PhD course in Neurobiology  places available: 8 (including positions from the non-EU Candidates Selection)

The Ph.D programme lasts for three years and is based on teaching and research activities, with examinations to determine admission from one year to the next and the attainment of the Ph.D degree.

About the Entrance Exams Application

http://www.sissa.it/phd-announcements-and-deadlines

Titolo / Title Pubblicato / Published Scadenza / Expiration

Esami di Ammissione al Corso di PhD in Neurobiologia (Anno Accademico 2017-18)
01/02/2017 15/09/2017
 Neurobiology PhD Entrance Exams (Academic Year 2017-18) 01/02/2017 15/09/2017

 

Applications must be sent to the following address:

The Director

SISSA/ISAS

via Bonomea, 265

34136 Trieste

Italy

For Online Applications please go to:

http://www.sissa.it/applications/phd/

 

 

Fellowships and other benefits

The School awards fellowships for 3 years, extendable for a fourth year subject to approval by the School authorities and to availability of funds.

The yearly amount of the fellowships is, at the moment, of € 15,010.32 gross (10.24% tax).

Requirements

The School welcomes applications from young candidates who ae going to complete or have just complete their undergraduate studies with a strong interest in research. To be admitted to the School, candidates must be in possession of one of the following degrees by 31 October, 2017:

  • Italian laurea or laurea specialistica/magistrale in a scientific subject;
  • A University degree obtained abroad and considered equivalent to the aforementioned Italian degrees by the governing bodies of the School (i.e. M.Sc.).

Online application

An online application must be filled in and sent using the procedure available at the page

http://www.sissa.it/applications by the deadlines shown in the schedule of each Ph.D course.

Candidates should upload the following documents in pdf format:

  • curriculum vitae et studiorum;
  • a certificate of University examinations taken (with marks) in Italian, English, French, German or Spanish;
  • a final degree certificate in Italian, English, French, German or Spanish;
  • If, at the time of application, candidates should not be yet in possession of a degree certificate, they can submit it at the time of the examination.

European Union candidates can submit a personal declaration instead of the aforementioned certificates.

  • a copy of the diploma thesis (if any).

Candidates will have to indicate the names and email addresses of two professors that will be asked to send a recommendation letter through the same online procedure.

A confirmation message will be sent to the candidate when he/she will complete the application process.

The candidate will then have to print out the admission request form, sign it and send it, together with a copy of an ID document (i.e. passport) by email, fax or post to the address on the form itself. The request form must reach SISSA within 8 days from the “online deadline” of each course. Late arrival of the application, for whatever reason, will not be accepted.

All necessary information about the online procedure can be found at the page

 http://www.sissa.it/applications/phd/

Entrance Exam

All the information about the exams can be found in the Ph.D schedules at the SISSA main website. A contribution towards documented travel expenses with the exclusion of expenses incurred using their own means of transport, of up to a maximum of 150 €, will be given to all candidates participating in the oral exam.

Admission

All students admitted to the School will receive a telegram confirming their place and fellowship. They will also be asked to be present at the School starting from November 6th 2017. Failure to do so without a valid reason will result in the loss of the place and fellowship awarded.

In order to be enrolled and to be awarded the fellowship, admitted candidates must pay a “Regional Tax” of the amount of € 120.00 - € 160.00 per year. Information will be given by the Students’ Secretariat in due time.

PhD course: Neurobiology
Session: Single
Deadline Online Procedure: 15.09.2017
Exams Dates: 25.09.2017 and 26.09.2017

Ph.D course in Neurobiology
Head of the Ph.D course: Prof. Vincent Torre

Research Fields

    • Olfactory Systems and Ion Channels
    • Applied Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology
    • Bionanotechnology
    • New Materials and Neurons
    • Phototransduction
    • Structure and Function of Ionic Channels

 

Projects available for the first year students (Academic Year 2017-2018):

Vincent Torre
1. Ionic channels: electrophysiology and nanotechnology
2. Phototransduction


Anna Menini
1. Olfaction and smell


Laura Ballerini
1. Spinal synaptic activity in inflammation and disease
2. Nanotechnology and neuroscience
3. 3D artificial tissue constructs


Loredana Casalis
1. Extracellular nano and microvesicles in neurological disease progression
2. Design and fabrication of cell interactive 3D scaffolds
3. Miniaturized devices for circulating biomarkers assessment in neurodegenerative diseases


Dan Cojoc
1. Growth cone dynamics: optical manipulation and 3D imaging
2. Neuron signaling: optical manipulation and fluorescence imaging


Marco Lazzarino
1. Nanobiomechanics: cell adhesion, differentiation and mechanosensing
2. Brain cancer cell migration and nanomechanics investigated with atomic force microscopy 

Further information

Available fellowships

8

(including possible selected Non-EU candidates)

Admission

Academic and scientific qualifications  + oral exam

Besides the documents mentioned in the general part of the announcement, all applicants must provide a written essay in English describing their previous academic background and scientific motivations to pursue a SISSA PhD and including a short list of theses projects among those available (see course website). The essay (about 3 pages long) will be used for an initial screening of suitable candidates to be invited to the oral exam.

Evaluation of Academic Qualifications

30 points

Beginning of Courses 6 November, 2017
Access to Oral Exam minimum mark of 21/30 on Academic Qualifications
Evaluation of Oral Exam 70 points
Total Evaluation 100 points
Eligibility 70 points

 Single Session

Deadline for online submission of applications 15 September 2017
Oral Exam 25 & 26 September, 2017

Candidates admitted to the oral exam will be notified by email by 20 September.

The results of the oral exams will be notified by email.

 

 

 

 

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