PhD National Programme in Space Science and Technology - SST

The University of Trento announces a public selection procedure for admission to the 40th cycle (academic year 2024/2025) 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. 2024-2025

Rector's Decree no. 666 of 14/06/2024, published in this webpage on June 17th 2024
*please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Positions: n. 38 +3
Scholarships: n. 37 +3 (on reserved topics)
Positions without scholarship: n. 1

Supernumerary positions (art. 8 of the Call): n. 3

The Academic year starts November 1, 2024
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.

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How to apply 

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

Deadline for application: July 16th, 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



1A - Experimental study of the high energy cosmic radiation with space-based missions - Fondazione VITALITY - (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
1B - Combined Data Analysis for Space Missions - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati - SISSA Trieste
1C - Universe exploration, from planets and exoplanets to stars and galaxies – University of Padova (PNRR M4C1 Inv. 4.1 Dottorati per la Pubblica Amministrazione, CUP E66E24000210006)
1D - Multi-wavelength observations of Galactic and extragalactic compact objects and transients - University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia

2 - Earth and the Sun-Earth system



2A - Turbulence and Climate Change in the Mediterranean: Medicanes and Extreme Events - University of Calabria-Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia INGV
2B - Space weather and Sun-Earth interaction - SpaceItUp! (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
2C - Remote sensing for precision monitoring of vineyard diseases - University of Ferrara (PNRR M4C1 Inv. 3.4 Transizione Digitale, CUP E66E24000190005)
2D - ASI SPACE IT UP SPOKE 5 - Study of Lithosphere-Magnetosphere interactions using data from space borne e ground based instruments, a new tool for natural hazard mitigation – University of5G Trento (CUP E63C24000530003)

3 - Planetary Sciences



3A - Theoretical and computational methods in Celestial Mechanics, Astrodynamics and Space Sciences - Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi INdAM (CUP E53C24000960001)
3B - Internal processes and structure of Mercury - University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara (PNRR M4C1 inv. 4.1, Ricerca PNRR, CUP E66E24000200005)
3C - Analysis of planetary radar data with artificial intelligence methodologies – University of Trento (CUP F83C23000070005)

3C - Analysis of planetary radar data with artificial intelligence methodologies – University of Trento (CUP F83C23000070005)

4 - Astrobiology, Life Sciences and Space Medicine



4A - Biotechnological Applications of Microalgae for Long-Duration Space Missions - University of Cagliari  (PNRR M4C1 inv. 4.1 Pubblica amministrazione, CUP E66E24000210006)
4B - Molecular modifications induced by altered gravity in epithelial barrier integrity and evaluation of innovative countermeasures to mitigate its dysfunction - University of Pisa (PNRR M4C1 inv. 4.1 Ricerca PNRR, CUP E66E24000200005)
4C - Human Life Science and Space Medicine - Physiological and biological bases of space adaptations: quantitative approaches - University of Roma “Tor Vergata”
4D - Space Farming in microgravity - Thales Alenia Space Italia s.p.a. (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)     
4E - Astro-Pharmacology: the cure beyond Earth (and better on Earth) - University of Torino

5 - Space sensing and instrumentation


7 +1

5A - Development of rad-hard, single-photon detectors optimised for satellite missions and astroparticle physics experiments - Fondazione Bruno Kessler FBK
5B - Advanced integration of optical and RF spatial data using reduction algorithms, processing and data fusion - ARCA Dynamics (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
5C - Development of reconfigurable and intelligent RF active components and systems for space applications - RF Microtech (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
5D - Photonics for space applications - National, Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications CNIT
5E - Design and prototype characterization of innovative high energy particle detectors for space application - National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN
5F - Study of synergies between CTA and space-based observatories for the exploration of the transient sky - University of Palermo
5G - ASI SPACE IT UP SPOKE  6 - Development of a particle detector for a CubeSat mission – University of Trento (CUP E63C24000530003)

5H - Development of high-performance microwave passive components for space applications - ASI (additional, published on 2/07/2024)

6 - Engineering and satellite platform technologies


11 +1

6A - Radiation hard photonic integrated circuits for space applications - National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN (Progetto PNRR_NQSTIS6, CUP I53C22001460006)
6B - Model-based system-software engineering and formal methods for space systems - Fondazione Bruno Kessler FBK
6C - Digital technologies for satellite communications and their integration in non-terrestrial networks - National, Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications CNIT
6D - Metallic additive manufacturing advancements for aerospace innovation in microsatellites - Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A. - ProM Facility (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi E66E24000000001)
6E - Development of innovative mechatronic systems for scientific and technological payloads for space and exploration missions - OHB Italia (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
6F - Navigation techniques based on satellite signals and image processing images - QAscom (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)

6G - FPGA based Large scale interferometry, ultra precise syncronization - SANITAS E.G (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, E66E24000000001)

6H - Development of millimetre/sub-millimetre-wave components for Space payloads through Advanced Manufacturing - National Research Council CNR
6I - Deep Learning techniques for inverse problem in imaging - Fasternet S.r.l. (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
6L - Optical Fiber Sensor Systems for Space Applications, Infibra Technologies S.r.l. (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
6M - ASI SPACE IT UP SPOKE 5 – Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for the analysis of multisensory and multitemporal Earth observation data – University of Tento (CUP E63C24000530003)

6N - Development of an anechoic chamber digital twin for the prediction of antennas for space applications radiation measurements - Thales Alenia Space Italia (additional, published on 2/07/2024)

7 - Economics, law and space diplomacy


3 +1

7A - GeoBlockchain applications in the space economy ecosystem - University of Bari             
7B - Industrial aerospace and intellectual property - Thales Alenia Space Italia s.p.a. (PNRR M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)
​7C - Understanding the impact of climate change on security and defense services in the space industry - Geoville Information Systems and Data Processing GmbH (M4C2 inv. 3.3 Dottorati Innovativi, CUP E66E24000000001)

7D - Back to the future. A transdisciplinary pilot PhD Program of Space Diplomacy analyst for ASI, from the operational history to the preservation and dissemination of Archives - ASI (additional, published on 2/07/2024)

Supernumerary positions: 2 (art. 8 of the Call): n. 1 position in Curriculum 3, n. 2 positions in Curriculum 7

Additional scholarships. Applicants who have already closed and sent the online application before the publication of additional scholarships can apply for those scholarships by sending an e-mail to ateneo [at], indicating in the subject line: "Application ID - Surname Name - National PhD in Space Science and Technology - 40th cycle - additional scholarship" and mentioning the new order of preference if necessary.

Please note that candidates may apply for a maximum of 3 scholarships selecting up to two curricula, specifying the order of priority

Examination’s schedule and results

Assessment schedule: starting from July 22nd 2024
Oral examination: starting from July 29th 2024

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: not available
List of exclusions for not recognized qualification: not available

Assessment of qualifications and candidates admitted to the interview: not available
Final results: not available

Deadline for enrolment:
Position with scholarship: -
Position without scholarship: -

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

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Last update: July 2nd, 2024