Call for no. 1 Doctoral position on the PhD Programme in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering, cycle 36 (a.y. 2020/21), within the Project H2020-RUR-2020-2 - Research and Innovation Action ONEforest “A Multi-Criteria Decision Support System For A Common Forest Management to Strengthen Forest Resilience, Harmonise Stakeholder Interests and Ensure Sustainable Wood Flows”

N.B. The call for Doctoral positions on the PhD Programme in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering, cycle 37 (a.y. 2021/22) will be available in the next weeks.

Positions: no. 1
Scholarships: no. 1

The scholarship is funded by the University of Trento in the framework of the project H2020-RUR-2020-2 - Research and Innovation Action “ONEforest” about the following topic:

ONEforest supports the deployment of regional forest management concepts that strengthen forest resilience and sustainable wood supply levering wood-based products. Within this project, an innovative top soil coating (TSC), based on a bio-degradable bio-composite, with water regulating properties will be developed. This layer should control precipitation uptake and evaporation rate of the soil, to reduce erosion and nutrient leaching. This TSC will allow new seeding methods to expand forests. It will contribute to planting young trees on unfavourable sites (e.g. in arid regions). The objective of this PhD work is thus to engineer a suitable TSC and describe its physical, mechanical, chemical characteristics and its impact on forest soil microbial communities. An LCA study that takes the TSC into consideration will be performed to assess its environmental impact.

For more information on the research project please see the attached file below.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 15th, 2021, hrs. 4.00 p.m. (Italian time - GMT +2)

N.B. Candidates are recommended to complete the online application well in advance before the deadline, in order to avoid possible technical problems or overcharge of the connection and/or of the application systems

NEWS: final results available (see the Attachment section below)

Link to the Application online

The Academic year starts June 1, 2021

Announcement of selection: Rector's Decree no. 202 of 09.03.2021, published in this webpage on 10.03.2021. (Please see the attachment below. Please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only).

N.B. The enrolment on the PhD Programme, only for the admitted candidate who has accepted the position following the instructions in the call, will be automatically formalized as soon as the EU Grant has been signed. In case the Grant is not signed, the candidate who has accepted the position will receive a timely notification via email and the Provincial tax for the Right to Education (TDS) will be refunded.

Examination schedule:
Assessment of qualifications: April 20th, 2021
Oral exams: May 4th, 2021


List of exclusions of applications: posted on April 20th, 2021 (please see the "Attachments" section below)
Assessment of qualifications results and candidates admitted to the oral examination: posted on April 23rd, 2021 (please see the "Attachments" section below)

Final ranking list

posted on May 7th, 2021

Deadline for enrollment to the first year

May 15th, 2021

Information about first year enrollment procedure available at Enrolment 1, 2, 3 year (the online application is available from May 8th, 2021).

IMPORTANT: Following the COVID-19 health emergency, as an extraordinary measure to carry out the oral exams in telematic mode, all interviews will be held exclusively using 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.
Further details will be defined by the Evaluation Committee and communicated to the admitted candidates.


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PhD programme in materials, mechatronics and systems engineering
announcement of selection

The announcement of selection for the PhD Programme in “Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering” 37th cycle (a.y. 2021/2022) starting on 1st November, 2021 will be published on this webpage as soon as possible.

On the web page List of calls for Phd positions announcements of selection from past years are available.