PhD Programme in Biomolecular Sciences

The University of Trento opens the call for positions for the 37th Cycle (Academic Year 2021/2022) of the PhD Programme in Biomolecular Sciences.

Announcement of selection - 37th cycle - A.Y. 2021-2022

Rector's Decree no. 478 dated June 7th, 2021, posted on this web page on June 7th, 2021 (available below and in the Attachments section).

Positions: no. 22 + 4
no. 14 (of which 8 on reserved topics) + 4 on reserved topics
Research fellowships for doctoral studies (Assegni di ricerca per studi dottorali) Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ROPES: no. 2 - specific requirements to be checked in Annex 3
Positions without scholarship reserved to employees of partner companies engaged in highly qualified research activities
: no. 3 (one in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ROPES project) - specific requirements to be checked in "Reserved scholarships and fellowships details" attachment and Annex 3
Positions reserved to candidates working for academic institutions or research centers in Italy or abroad (ex. art. 20 par. 2 of the University Regulations for Doctoral Programmes): no. 1 (please see art. 6 of the call)
Positions without scholarship: no. 2
Supernumerary positions: 
no. 2 (please see art. 8 of the call)

Start of the Academic Year: November 1st, 2021

application/pdfSB_call 37_ENG(PDF | 574 KB)

How to apply

The online application is available from June 8th, 2021.

Deadline for application:  July 22nd, 2021, hrs. 04.00 (Italian time, GMT +2).

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

Scholarships and positions funded by other means of financial support are distributed as follows (the positions with scholarships or other financial support added after the publication of this call till are in bold and preceded by a +):

no. 6 scholarships funded by the University of Trento (the winner of each scholarship will choose the laboratory at the CIBIO Department where he/she will carry out his/her research activity, after a short Lab Rotation, from the list available in Annex 1 you can find in the Attachments section below);

no. 8 + 4 reserved scholarships funded as follows:

no. 5 + 4 funded by the Department CIBIO:

A - Microbiome analysis of fecal microbiota transplantation cohorts and meta-analysis of publicly available datasets for elucidating the links between the human microbiome and response to immunotherapy - Ministero della Salute GR-2018-12365734 - CUP C54119001990001 (Nicola Segata)
B - Meta-analysis of metagenomic data to uncover disease-microbiome relationships with specific focus on cancer-related microbial signatures (Nicola Segata)
C - Molecular characterization of extracellular vesicles (EVs) isolated from prostate cancer patients’ plasma (Francesca Demichelis)
- Dissecting the Biophysical properties of chromatin in genetic diseased (Alessio Zippo)
- Computational Epigenetics in cancer cell reprogramming (Alessio Zippo)
K - Intercellular (mis)communication in TDP-43 pathologies (Manuela Basso) - additional posted on June 21st, 2021
- Developing Pharmacological Degraders for the Cellular Prion Protein (Emiliano Biasini) - additional posted on June 21st, 2021
- Analysis of multimodal single cell and spatially resolved data in human diseases (Toma Tebaldi) - additional posted on June 25th, 2021
-  An approach to differentiation therapy of glioblastoma (Alessandro Quattrone) - additional posted on August 5th, 2021

no. 1 scholarship funded by FBK (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
- XAI in integrative bioimaging&omics 

no. scholarship funded by COSBI - The Microsoft Research – University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology Foundation
G - Quantitative modeling of the molecular mechanisms underlying Alpha-synuclein misfolding and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases 

no. 1 scholarship funded by Fondazione Sandro Pitigliani per la lotta contro i tumori - ONLUS
- Computational methods for the estimation of tumor content in patients with hormone-dependent tumors from the epigenetics analysis of liquid biopsy samples

no. 2 research fellowships for doctoral studies - (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ROPES) - CUP E62F20000270005 - specific requirements to be checked in Annex 3
I - Cooperative/competitive interactions between effectors of the RNA m6A modification (Erik Dassi)
- Drugging the YTH reader proteins in m6A epitranscriptomic signalling (Alessandro Quattrone)

Euraxess link fellowship I

Euraxess link fellowship J

no. 3 positions reserved to employees of partner companies engaged in highly qualified research activities (the intellectual property of the research results that will derive from the activities carried out by the doctoral student is owned by the company):

Philochem AG 
AE - Design, generation and validation of novel immunocytokine products for the treatment of cancer and other diseases
BE - Discovery, generation and characterization of novel antibody-cytokine fusion proteins with modulatory anti-cancer immunity properties

IMMAGINA Biotechnology Srl (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ROPES) - CUP E62F20000270005 - specific requirements to be checked in Annex 3
CE - New technologies to map RNA modifications genome-wide

Euraxess link position CE

A detailed description of the research topics of the scholarships and fellowships is available in the file "Reserved scholarships and fellowships details".
A description of the positions and specific requirements within the EU H2020 project ROPES is available in Annex 3.

Please note: applicants who are employees of the company from a date not later than November 1st, 2021 and for a period of not less than 36 months may compete for places reserved for employees of the company itself.

Examination schedule and ranking lists


Deadline for enrolment: 
Position with scholarship or other forms of financial support: September 23rd 2021
Position without scholarship: September 29th 2021

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

Assessment schedule: the assessment of qualifications will be held starting from August 23rd, 2021.

Results of the assessment of qualifications (25/08/2021)

Oral examination: the interviews will be held on 6, 7, 8 and 10 September, 2021. The detailed schedule of the interviews is now available (27/08/2021). 

Following the COVID-19 health emergency, as an extraordinary measure for carrying out oral tests in telematic mode, 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.
Further details will be defined by the Evaluation Committee and communicated to the admitted candidates.

List of candidates not admitted due to a lack in the application (28/07/2021)

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