PhD program in Microelectronics

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 Ph. D. School in Microelectronics is focused on integrated circuits and devices fostering the acquisition of know-how and research skills aiming to the development of innovative ideas in this field. To attain this goal, the planned research activities are based on modern design instruments and state-of-the-art technologies.

The vision of the School is that high-tech education is an essential mean to support the technological and scientific growth of the new generations. It serves to create both professional figures with solid knowledge and positive background conditions for economic and social development.

For this purpose, the School aims to improve the student professional skills as follows:

  • background knowledge of technologies, circuit architectures and the ability to use experimental equipment;
  • specific knowledge of modern high-tech electronic integrated systems;
  • team and interdisciplinary working;
  • creativity, problem solving skills and innovative ways of thinking;
  • ability to use simulation tools;
  • expertise in public speaking and report writing.

In order to achieve these goals, the School plans, besides the use of conventional technologies and CAD programs, training-on-the-job periods in foreign Universities or companies, meetings with international researchers from both public and private research centers, design and layout of integrated circuits to be fabricated on silicon and tested, and writing of technical reports and scientific publications for magazine or conference proceedings.

Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Piero Malcovati

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