PhD National Programme in Space Science and Technology - SST

The University of Trento announces a public selection procedure for admission to the 38th cycle (academic year 2022/2023) of the  National Doctoral Programme in “Space Science and Technology - SST”.

In List of Calls for Phd positions, announcements of selection from past years are available.

Announcement of selection - A.Y. 2022-2023

Rector's Decree no. 642 of 8/07/2022, published in this webpage on 8/07/2022.
*please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Positions: 38 +1 additional
Scholarships: 37 + 1 additional
Positions without scholarship: 1
Supernumerary positions: 1 (art. 7 of the Call)

The Academic year starts November 1, 2022
Duration of the PhD Programme: 3 years

May also be admitted on additional positions candidates selected by special committees for admission related to specific international mobility programmes involving the participating Universities and Research Institutions.

How to apply

To partecipate to the selection procedure, fill in the application online within the deadline.

Deadline for application: August 8th, 2022, hrs. 4.00 PM (Italian time)

Applicants are advised to register well in advance of the deadline. The University shall not be considered responsible for any dysfunctions due to technical problems and/or overload of the communication line and/or of the OS, for the loss of communication due to incorrect address details or late communication about possible change of address of the candidates, or for any other problem and delay due to third parties, unexpected cases or circumstances beyond one’s control.

Details about funded positions

Curriculum 1: Observation of the Universe
Curriculum 2: Earth and the Sun-Earth system
Curriculum 3: Planetary Sciences
Curriculum 4: Astrobiology, Life Sciences and Space Medicine
Curriculum 5: Space sensing and instrumentation
Curriculum 6: Engineering and satellite platform technologies
Curriculum 7: Economics, law and space diplomacy

Positions and scholarships increased after the publication of the call are in bold (indicated with +).

Curriculum  N. position without scholarship N. positions with scholarship Topic of research (Funder) 
1 - Observation of the Universe   11 1A - Study of the high energy cosmic radiation with space-based missions and corresponding detector design and optimization (Gran Sasso Science Institute - GSSI)
1B - Multi-wavelength observations of Galactic and extragalactic compact objects and transients (IUSS Pavia)
1C - Galactic science with Cherenkov Telescope Array (IUSS Pavia)
1D - Analysis, Combination and Interpretation of Space Measurements of Galactic, Extra-Galactic and Cosmological Electro-Magnetic and Gravitational Radiation (SISSA Trieste)
1E - Multi-messenger and multi-wavelength observations of Cosmic Rays accelerators (University of Bari "Aldo Moro")
1F - Understanding the production mechanism of light antinuclei to constraint indirect searches for dark matter annihilation in space (University of Brescia)
1G - Constraints from space borne observations of the cosmic microwave background and of the large scale structure of the Universe (University of Ferrara)
1H - Space based observations and experiments for the detection of cosmic sources and the characterization of their physical properties (University of  Firenze)
1L - Modeling and experimental study of astrophysical processes across the electromagnetic spectrum (University of Pisa)
1M - Multimessenger and multiwavelength signals of particle dark matter (University of Torino)
​1N - Measurements of antimatter in space (University of Trento)
2 - Earth and the Sun-Earth system  

3 +1

2A - Studies of the coupling processes of geospheres (from the lithosphere to the upper atmosphere) induced by volcanic activity (INGV)
2B - Space physics and Sun-Earth relations (University of Calabria)
2C - Study through nanosatellites of solar drivers and Sun-Planet interaction in the context of Space Weather (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
2D - Deep Learning for Time-transient phenomena in the ionosphere and correlation with seismo-induced events (FBK - additional, published on 28/7/2022)
3 - Planetary Sciences   5 3A - Sensors and techniques for the exploration of the Solar System (INAF)
3B - Mathematical challenges in space science: theoretical and computational methods in Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics (INDAM)
3C - Natural and synthetic analogues of the planet Mercury: mineralogical and petrological aspects (University of Firenze)
3D - Search, characterization and exploration of exoplanets and exoplanetary systems (University of Padova)
3E - Analysis of planetary data acquired by remote sensing and radar instruments (University of Trento)
4 - Astrobiology, Life Sciences and Space Medicine   5 4A - Bioactive lipids and resolution of inflammation in microgravity (University of  Aquila)
4B - Molecular modifications induced by long term spaceflight in humans and in experimental biological models. Focus on innovative countermeasures to support space exploration (University of Milano "La Statale")
4C - Astrobiology, Life Science and Space Medicine (University of Pisa)
4D - Bioengineering approaches to neurophysiology in the space environment (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
4E - Physiological adaptations and behavioral alterations in extreme environmental conditions and microgravity (University of Trento)
5 - Space sensing and instrumentation   7 5A - Space surveillance and tracking with radar systems (CNIT)
5B - Study, design and qualification of electronics and electro-optical systems for space applications (CNR)
5C - Space compliant LGAD sensors (FBK)
5D - Design and prototype characterization of innovative high energy particle detectors for space application (INFN)
5E - Photonic Integrated Sensor Systems for Space Applications (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna)
5F - Modular observatories to study the most energetic events in the Universe (University of Palermo)
5G - Design, simulation and test of a not-imaging space detector devoted to cosmic-rays studies (University of Salento)
6 - Engineering and satellite platform technologies   6 6A - Advanced manufacturing of microwave and millimeter/sub-millimiter-wave components for Space payloads (CNR)
6B - Model-based software engineering and formal methods for space systems (FBK)
6C - Self-antifrosting microstructured surfaces (FBK)
6D - Antennas, sensors and RF systems for satellite applications (Università degli studi di Cagliari)
6E - Engineering challenges for future 'near-Earth' missions (University of Pisa)
6F - Telecommunication systems: High frequency transceiver systems for small satellites, towards a 5G transceiver in Ka band (University of Trieste)
7 - Economics, law and space diplomacy 1    

Supernumerary positions: 1 (art. 7 of the Call): nr. 1 position in Curriculum 7.

For information about scholarship with reserved research topics see the file "Reserved topic scholarships".

Candidates who have already submitted their applications and wish to compete for the additional reserved scholarship made available after the opening of the call may supplement their documentation. Supplements should be sent by 4 p.m. CEST on August 8, 2022 to the email address ateneo [at]

 indicating in the subject line: "Application ID - Last Name First Name - National Doctorate in Space Science and Technology - 38th cycle - application supplement (additional scholarship)." Integrations received by other means than the one described will not be accepted.
Please note that candidates may apply for a maximum of 3 scholarships for each selected curriculum, specifying the order of priority. Applicants who wish to change the previously selected curriculum/scholarship choice, replacing it with the additional scholarship, must clearly indicate in the integration which previously selected scholarship they wish to delete, and the new order of preference.

Examination’s schedule and results

Assessment schedule: starting from 29/08/2022
Oral examination: starting from 20/09/2022

All interviews will be held exclusively in remote mode through the use of audio-video connection tools that will allow:
- the correct identification of the participants (through a webcam);
- the conduction of the oral test in a public form.

List of exclusions of incomplete applications: -
List of exclusions for not recognized qualification: -

Assessment of qualifications and candidates admitted to the interview: available (published on 14/09/2022)
Final results: available (published on 17/10/2022)

Deadline for enrolment:
Position with scholarship: October 25th 2022
Position without scholarship: October 31st 2022

Information about first year enrollment procedure available at the related web page.

Last update: October 17th, 2022