PhD program in Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Health Technologies

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

The PhD covers a highly interdisciplinary scientific area that requires the convergence of different scientific fields, ranging from engineering and computer science to biology and medicine. The PhD program aims at training students to achieve high standard in bioengineering knowledge and skills from both the methodological and technological viewpoints. It is also designed to strengthen the students’ personal creativity, especially through the practice of scientific research in several leading sectors.

The PhD activities are led by academic personnel belonging to groups that are very active in research at the national and international level. The student’s research activities are focused on an independent research project, original and scientifically significant. It is conducted in close and continuous contact with one of the research groups of the involved departments. During the second year, typically students spend 4-8 months abroad, in a lab where same or similar research lines are conducted. It lasts until the end of the third year and concludes with an original thesis on the research performed. The final dissertation is aligned with the highest international standards. This is reflected by the high number of qualified scientific results and publications delivered each year. The Faculty also promotes useful initiatives to establish collaborative relationships with private companies in the sector, many of which have shown interest in the Bioengineering PhD course at the University of Pavia. Also thanks to these links, our PhD training has been shown to be adequate for a successful job placement in prestigious R&D laboratories, both in Italy and abroad.

Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Silvana Quaglini

The scholarships

Candidates can apply for only one of the following categories:

  • 7 regular scholarships. Applications are open to national and international candidates;
  • 1 scholarship reserved to candidates holding a second-level degree earned outside Italy;
  • 1 additional position, without scholarship, reserved to candidates already holding a three-year international scholarship.

For a detailed list of available positions see Annex 1 of the call for applications (pp. 17-19).

In addition, 50 fully paid lodgings at UNIPV students’ residences are available for the first year (for all PhD programs): see art. 5 para. 2 of the call for applications.

The requirements

Applications are invited from candidates, regardless of age and nationality, holding a second-level degree (generally equivalent to a master’s degree) attained in Italy or abroad. Candidates who expect to obtain their degree by the deadline of November 30, 2020 can apply as well.

Candidates who hold a degree attained abroad will have to submit, along with the qualifications required for evaluation, some additional documents (transcripts, certificates) on their degree, that will be examined in order to allow admission to the PhD competition. See art. 2, para. 1 of the call for applications for more information.

Dates

The deadline for applications is June 24, 2020 at 17:00 pm (CET). The academic year starts on October 1, 2020. See Annex 1 (pp. 17-19) of the call for the date of the interview.

Call for applications

PhD program website