The announcement of selection for the PhD Programme in “Biomolecular Sciences” 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.


ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTION: 36th cycle – Academic Year 2020/2021

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: EXPIRED July 23, 2020, hrs. 4.00 p.m. (Italian time)

NEWS: final rankings available in the "Download" box (posted on 14/09/2020)

Link to the Application online (not available)

Positions: 16 + 1 (without scholarship added on 20/07/2020) + 2 + 4 + 1 (position without scholarship reserved to employees of partner companies working on highly qualified research activity published on July 7,2020) + 3 + 1
Scholarships: 14 + 2 + 4  + 3 + 1 of which 18 on specific research topics 

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

Scholarships are funded by:

no. 6 scholarships funded by the University of Trento, on research topics to be carried out at the laboratories of the Department CIBIO (;

no. 8 + 2 + 4 + 3 + 1 scholarships on reserved topics that require specific competence assessed during the oral examination and funded as follows:

no. 6 + 2 + 3 + 1 scholarships funded by the Department CIBIO:
A - Transcriptional and genomic characterization of extracellular vesicles (EVs) isolated from prostate cancer patients’ plasma (Francesca Demichelis)
B - Molecular characterization of extracellular vesicles (EVs) isolated from prostate cancer patients’ plasma (Francesca Demichelis)
C - Epigenetic reprogramming during breast cancer progression (Alessio Zippo)
D - The role of TERRA and its targeting in zebrafish cancer model (Emilio Cusanelli)
E - Light induced learning in in-vitro neuronal networks (Marco Canossa)
F - Statistical and computational methods for large-scale metagenomic data analysis (Nicola Segata)
I - Epigenetic mechanism driving liver cancer formation and progression (Fulvio Chiacchiera) - additional (published on 29/05/2020) 
- Cancer Immunotherapy (Guido Grandi) - additional (published on 19/06/2020)  
- Exploring the links between germline genetics and somatic genomic events in cancer (Alessandro Romanel) - additional (published on 09/07/2020)
M - Role of Epigenetics in developmental genetic diseases - CUP n. E64I19001050001 (Alessio Zippo) - additional (published on 09/07/2020)
N - Identification of novel Cas9 from human gut microbiome (Anna Cereseto) - additional (published on 14/07/2020)
RChemical synthesis of new small molecules able to inhibit the m6A reader proteins YTDHF (Alessandro Quattrone) - additional (published on 04/08/2020)

no. 1 scholarships funded by COSBI -The Microsoft Research – University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology Foundation:

G - Development of a single cell-centric systems biology framework for the identification of therapeutic targets in complex diseases (Enrico Domenici)

no. 1 + 1 scholarship funded by The Pezcoller Foundation:

H - One scholarship funded by the prestigious Pezcoller Foundation for a cancer research project. The winner will choose the host laboratory from a list approved by the scientific committee of the Foundation, and after a short Lab Rotation.
K - One scholarship supported by the prestigious Pezcoller Foundation with the financing by Casse Rurali Trentine for a cancer research project. The winner will choose the host laboratory from a list approved by the scientific committee of the Foundation, and after a short Lab Rotation additional (published on 09/07/2020)

no. 3 scholarships funded by Eurac Research (the research will be carried on principally at Eurac's premises):

O - ELSI aspects of the return of individual genetic results to research partecipants in light of RbG studies (Deborah Mascalzoni) - additional (published on 23/07/2020)
P - Mendelian randomization and polygenic risk scores to understand reduced penetrance in movement disorders (Fabiola Del Greco M.) - additional (published on 23/07/2020)
Q - Reduced penetrance in Parkinson’s disease (Andrew A. Hicks) - additional (published on 23/07/2020)

Position without scholarship reserved to employees of partner companies (working on highly qualified research activity) - additional published on July 7, 2020:



Research topics

IMMAGINA Biotechnology Srl


DI - Developing new technologies for detection and quantification of RNA and/or ribosomes at the cellular and/or extracellular level

For details on this position please check the box "Download". 

Please note that only applicants who are employees of the company from a date not later than October 31 2020 and for a period of not less than 36 months may compete for places reserved for employees of the company itself.
To apply for this position fill in the "Additional scholarships" field you can find in the "Reserved scholarships" section of the online Application.

Announcement of selection: Rector's Decree no. 357 of 19.05.2020, published in this webpage on 20.05.2020 (available in the “Download Box”) . Please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

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.

For details on the reserved topics please see the box "Download". 28/08/2020 - ERRATA CORRIGE: the file "Reserved scholarships" has been replaced because of a typo (scholarships O and Q were inverted). The right sequence of the scholarships is the one written on this web page.

The Academic year starts November 1, 2020. 

Examination schedule (posted on July 16, 2020):
Assessment of qualifications: starting from August 5, 2020
Oral exams: starting from September 3, 2020


List of exclusions of incomplete applications: available in box "Download" (published on 28.7.2020)
Assessment of qualifications results and candidates admitted to the oral examination: posted on 07/08/2020 (see "Download" box)

Final rankings: posted on 14/09/2020 (see download box)

Deadline for enrollment to the first year:
admitted to a position with scholarship: September 22, 2020
admitted to a position without scholarship: September 28, 2020

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

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.

Last updated on September 14, 2020