PhD Programme in Materials, mechatronics and systems engineering - announcement of selection 37th cycle

The University of Trento announces a public selection procedure for admission to the 37th cycle (academic year 2021/2022) of the PhD Programme in Materials, mechatronics and systems engineering.

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

Rector's Decree no. 440 of 21.05.2021, published on this webpage on May 24, 2021 – available in the section Attachment*
*please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Position: n. 14 + 1
Scholarships: n. 12 (of which n. 5 on reserved topics) + 1 on reserved topic
Position without scholarship: n. 2
Supernumerary positions: no. 2 (see art. 7 of the call)

The Academic year starts November 1, 2021

How to apply

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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONSJuly 15, 2021, hrs. 4.00 PM (+2 GMT)

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

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

Positions and scholarships are available on 2 distinct Research areas:

Research area A: Materials Science and Engineering
Positions: n. 6
Scholarships: n. 5

Research Area A: Materials Science and Engineering Number
University of Trento scholarships 5
Positions without scholarship 1
No. of positions 6
Supernumerary positions (see art. 7) 1

Research area B: Mechatronics, Electronics and Operational research
Positions: n. 8 + 1
Scholarships: n. 7 + 1 of which n. 5 + 1 on reserved topics

Research Area B: Mechatronics, Electronics and Operational research N. Topics of reserved scholarhips
University of Trento scholarships 2  
University of Trento and Department of Industrial Engineering 3 B1 Learning and model predective Control for quadruped locomotion 
B2 Human-like intelligence for smart human-vehicle cooperation
B4 Development of advanced 3D silicon radiation detectors
Department of Industrial Engineering 1 B3 Design and management of learning factories in Industry 4.0 era through digital technologies and quantitative methods
TIM 1 B5 Cellular IoT, AI and Blockchain for production chains
Department of Industrial Engineering in collaboration with NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) 1 B6 High performance electro-mechanical conversion systems for wave energy applications - additional posted on June 25th 2021 [1]
Positions without scholarship 1  
No. of positions 8  
Supernumerary positions (see art. 7) 1  

[1] This scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway and has special admission conditions for the PhD candidate, who will need to satisfy the entry requirements of both universities. Moreover, the PhD candidate shall spend 18 months at NTNU where he/she will undergo part of the training and research that are part of the PhD project. For more information please see the attachment Research scholarship posted on this webpage.

For details on the reserved topics and research areas, please see the Attachments section below.

During the filling out of the application online candidates must choose which Research area(s) (max. 2, specifying the order of preference) they are interested to apply for.

Candidates interested in participating for the additional scholarship on reserved topic can indicate their preference in the "Other" area they can find when filling in the online application, or, in case they have already closed the application, they can send a supplement by email to the address ateneo [at] indicating in the subject "Application ID – Surname Name – PhD Programme in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering - 37th cycle – supplement to application".  

Examination's schedule and final rankings

Assessment schedule

The assessment of qualifications will be held July 27th and 28th, 2021.
Oral examination: the interviews will be held from September 7th, 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.

The assessment of qualifications and candidates admitted to the interview (2/08/2021).

Final rankings available (20/09/2021)

Deadline for enrollment to the first year:
Position with scholarship: September 28th, 2021
Position without scholarship: October 4th, 2021

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

Useful links


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