The Ph.D. program, jointly offered with the Scuola Normale Superiore, aims to provide the critical tools to understand several aspects of Molecular Sciences applied to the study of Earth and Space, with particular emphasis on climate changes and the underlining processes of life origin and evolution.
Relevant topics in these fields are: the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter and how the collected data can provide a direct knowledge of Earth’s atmosphere and space, the processes of molecule formation in space and the conversion and evolution of molecules towards complex systems, including also the transformation and destruction of molecules, the chemical reactivity in the Earth’s atmosphere, taking into account the atmospheric pollution.
Molecules, ubiquitous in the universe and in the atmospheres of planets (including Earth), are the ideal proxy for these studies.
Thus, the main Ph.D. program topics are:
Relying on these solid grounds, the Ph.D. program offers a research track based on the methodological foundations of Molecular Sciences, pursuing the following goals:
Every academic year, via a public competition, SSM provides 4 scholarships, gross amount of 19.000 EUR, plus additional other 2 founded by Scuola Normale Superiore of the same amount, to attend the program. Additional scholarships can be added based on bilateral agreements with other academic and research institutions.
The total amount of each scholarship is increased to promote research activities in Italy and abroad.
The admission to the Ph.D. program is granted after passing a public competition based on qualifications and examinations. To apply to the competition is required a Master Degree (Laurea Magistrale), or an equivalent title obtained in Italy or abroad.
The examination is based on the evaluation by the review board, of qualifications, recommendation letters, a research statement, and a final oral exam in English. A short list of applicants, admitted to the final oral exam, will be published in advance.
The number of available positions is decided every year from the SSM decisional board as reported in the public call (bando).
prof. Vincenzo Barone
Ana Belen Munoz Garcia
Cristina De Castro
Università di Bologna
Chimie Paris Tech Francia
University of Shanghai, Cina
Max Planck, Garching, Germania
ICMM-CSIC, Madrid, Spagna
University of Pennsylvania, USA
The following activities are managed in concert with the other SSM PhDs’ programmes.
Language courses: Italian language courses for foreigners, as well as English, French, German and Spanish are offered by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo..
Computer skills: The School organises short courses to train PhD students in the critical use of digital resources and familiarise them with tools such as reference and source managers.
Management of research, knowledge of research systems and funding sources: The School organises training activities on funding opportunities .
Enhancement of research results and intellectual property: The School organises activities on the dissemination of scientific research, the protection of research results and authors, the protection of intellectual property and patenting procedures in the national and international field.
The research activity is carried out by each PhD student under the supervision of a thesis director chosen from among the members of the Scientific Board. The thesis director designated by the Board can be joined by a second director from within or outside the Board, possibly also activating a co-tutelle agreement.
The transition from the first to the second year will be decided on the basis of the presentation of an expanded research project including a state-of-the-art and a three-year work plan discussed in an interview which normally takes place in October. In addition to the discussion of the project itself and the papers prepared by them for the attended seminars and courses, the students will also present and discuss the bibliography relevant to their research.
The transition from the second to the third year will be based on the discussion and approval of an indicative but detailed outline of the thesis that the doctoral student proposes to draft and a chapter.
The transition from the third to the fourth year will take place on the basis of the presentation and discussion, and therefore the approval by the director of the thesis, of a further chapter of this and a detailed index.
– Physical and Theoretical Chemical Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
– King’s College London, UK
– Astronomy Department, UCL, UK
– Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany
– Université Gustav Eiffel, France
– Université de Rennes 1, France
– Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
– Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany
– 6Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
– ELTE Eötvös Lorànd University, Budapest, Hungary
– Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
– Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
– Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
– University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Length of the programme: 4 years
Scholarship: each year the SSM advertises six scholarships amounting to € 19.000 gross per year.
In addition to the scholarship, each student receives a research allowance.