38th PhD COURSES LIST a.y. 2022 2023 (38th PhD Call deadline 27.07.2022 h.11:59 pm)

PhD Coordinator: Professor Gabriele CENTI

e-mail: gabriele.centi@unime.it

telephone: +39 392 1992182

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/advanced-catalytic-processes-using-renewable-energy-sources 

Positions and scholarship: No.3 positions with scholarship, No.2 positions with other financial support (PhD grant), No.2 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian and English

Department: Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

This PhD course, which began with the 36th cycle, is in cooperation with foreign universities and companies. The PhD is connected to the ERC Synergy SCOPE (Surface-COnfined fast-modulated Plasma for process and Energy intensification in small molecules conversion project; project nr. 810182 funded by EU-H2020 in total for about 10 M € -duration 6 years from 02 /04/19), which is coordinated by the University of Messina and has as partners the two foreign Universities (University of Antwerp – Belgium – and Technical University of Eindhoven, Holland) participating in the PhD, whose professors participate in the PhD Board. The ERC Synergy SCOPE project finances two of the PhD scholarships, and offers PhD students, not only those directly funded by the project, participation in various educational activities and mobility programs within this project.

The NEXTCHEM industry, of the multinational group Maire / Tecnimont, whose mission is the research and development of new solutions for the circular economy and the energy transition, and has various European projects with the partners of this PhD, is added to the partnership. This industry participates with three of its researchers and offers training and secondment activities with them to PhD students.

The general topics of the course concern the electrification of chemical processes, catalysis, the decarbonisation of industrial processes, the circular economy of carbon and the processes of reuse of CO2, the production of green H2 and hydrogen carriers, storage. energy chemist and the production of energy vectors, the development of energy technologies to increase the resilience of industrial production, the development of technologies for the direct conversion of solar energy into chemical energy, such as artificial leaves, all topics of ample interest both in Europe and in Italy, for example in the PNRR.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Michele GAETA

e-mail: michele.gaeta@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 6765572

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/bioingegneria-applicata-alle-scienze-mediche

Positions and scholarship: No.3 positions with scholarship, No.1 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Imaging Sciences

The PhD course in “Bioengineering Applied to Medical Sciences” aims to train new researchers who are able, starting from technological and biomedical knowledge, to carry out interdisciplinary and innovative research activities to improve productivity and competitiveness in private and corporate sector, in companies and design industries, production and marketing of the biomedical sector. The scientific and didactic objectives are built around the development of materials, devices, processing algorithms among the fundamental objectives of the doctoral course in “Bioengineering Applied to Medical Sciences” is the technology transfer, strongly believing that the industrial effects of new researchers can even effect and broaden the objectives of the national PNRR.

The skills acquired in the course are oriented to the following employment and professional opportunities:

– academic researcher positions at national and international level

– researcher positions in private or public research institutions (CNR, INFN, ENEA, INGV, etc.)

– in innovation and technology transfer projects, today particularly incentivized at regional (PON, POR, etc) and national level (specific funds for start-ups)

– in positions of responsibility in R&D departments of companies in the sectors involved in the PhD program.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Nunziacarla SPANO’

e-mail: nunziacarla.spano@unime.it 

telephone: +39 090 6765572

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/biologia-applicata-medicina-sperimentale 

Positions and scholarship: No.6 positions with scholarship, No.2 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

The PhD course in Applied Biology and Experimental Medicine (DBAMS) offers young graduates a post-university education which is essential to undertake research and / or coordination activities both in the academic field and in public or private extra-university institutions. Among the priority objectives of the course are to be considered essential issues relating to the ethical motivations of research work, awareness of the environmental risks inherent in the alteration of the genome or the introduction of new species, and full responsibility in terms of sustainable development. The course will train modern figures with both in-depth basic knowledge and a strong propensity for application in vast sectors of modern biology; it will also confer the ability and skill required to carry out research in an autonomous and competent manner in the pre-clinical, clinical, and post-marketing fields.

This PhD course implements forms of collaboration with Italian and foreign research bodies in order to propose study and research periods in order to learn new techniques and methodologies for scientific research.

The PhD course in Applied Biology and Experimental Medicine will train professionals that can be used in the area, both in the public and private sectors, on the basis of the chosen address.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Fabrizio CESARONI

e-mail: fabrizio.cesaroni@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 6766148 

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/economics-management-statistics

Positions and scholarship: No.4 positions with scholarship, No.1 positions without scholarship

Language: English

Department: Department of Economics

This PhD course project develops around a training course whose content and structure will allow participating students to acquire the skills necessary for carrying out research activities in the international arena. The program is structured in three curricula (Economics, Management and Statistics) with a common educational base.

The training course will promote students’ active participation in international research networks.

This course project aims to create a stimulating environment for highly motivated students with adequate potential to undertake subsequent research activities both in the academic field and in national and international research institutions.

At the end of the training and research course, PhDs in Economics, Management and Statistics will have a wealth of knowledge and skills necessary to find employment in both the public and private sectors.

The first and most immediate professional career is in the institutional academic field, as well as in public and private research institutions.

A second outlet for employment is that of private companies.

Finally, a third job outlet is that of international organizations such as the European Union, the UN, the IMF and the World Bank, just to name a few. The PhD in Economics, Management and Statistics possesses the necessary skills to analyze the complex economic and statistical phenomena that are at the heart of the action of these organizations.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Vincenza CRUPI

e-mail: vincenza.crupi@unime.it

telephone: +39 0906765004

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/fisica

Positions and scholarship: No.5 positions with scholarship, No.1 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Earth Science

The PhD course in Physics offers a broad spectrum of specific topics of a highly interdisciplinary nature in avant-garde sectors of fundamental and applied research. The main objective is in fact to train young scientifically “versatile” researchers capable of easily entering the most varied working sectors, academic and non, in which scientific research is in any case required.

Another peculiarity of the PhD in Physics is the close synergy between nationally and internationally recognized local companies that carry out research and development (R&D) activities, with which agreements have already been activated starting from the previous cycles, thanks to which it was possible to activate research projects of common interest.

The activities of Physics Doctorate are aimed at training professionals who are able to develop basic and applied research activities, even in groups, with the following purposes:

– Advanced knowledge in the field of the structure of matter with regard to theoretical, computational and experimental aspects

– Material characterization and surface analysis; advanced knowledge in nuclear physics, with regard to theoretical and experimental aspects

– Studies on nuclear and subnuclear particles, plasma physics, accelerators, and detection systems

– Physics applied to cultural and environmental heritage, medical physics; geophysics with regard to the use of spectroscopic techniques, modelling, risks and regulations

– Synthesis, diagnostics and modelling of nanomaterials, quantum and non-linear optics phenomena in micro- and nano-structures.

The PhD course in Physics trains professionals capable of pursuing a high-profile scientific career at universities and national research institutions (CNR, INFN, ENEA, ENI, INGV), as well as in the private sector of the electronic components industry, IT, telecommunications, economics, finance, in the R&D sectors of industrial companies

This course trains professionals whose skills can be spent in healthcare facilities requiring advanced knowledge of radioactivity, imaging techniques, physics applied to medical diagnostics, as well as in the Superintendencies and in structures operating in the sector of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and protection of environmental heritage, in facilities operating in the atmospheric process control sector (meteorology and oceanography), including the numerical simulation of complex evolution processes and assessment of natural and anthropogenic risks.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Edoardo PROVERBIO

e-mail: edoardo.proverbio@unime.it

telephone: +39 0906765243

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/ingegneria-industriale-informazione

Positions and scholarship: No.10 positions with scholarship, No.3 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Engineering

The PhD course in Industrial and Information Engineering completes the educational offer of the master’s degrees in the industrial and information area, providing doctoral students with the opportunity to acquire high-level skills and scientific qualification, through research training and higher education activities, in order to carry out highly qualified research activities at universities, public bodies or private entities, also for the purpose of accessing careers in public administrations and the integration of highly innovative professional paths.

The educational project transversally includes the strategic sectors of engineering and industrial chemistry as well as computer and electronic engineering through a multidisciplinary approach aimed at innovation and the development of new products and processes with particular emphasis on the challenges posed by the industry 4.0 paradigm.

The educational offer and the research topics are concentrated in the field of fundamental enabling technologies, combining theoretical-scientific aspects and those more specifically design with particular reference to:

a) Advanced materials and technologies for industrial, environmental and energy sectors; Development of advanced knowledge-intensive materials, devices and processes, with better performance in use and new potential; Design and development of converging technologies in the field of energy saving and environmental control

b) Advanced experimental methods applied to manufacturing systems and processes; Supporting technologies, such as characterization and non-destructive evaluation, to support the development of advanced and intelligent integrated materials, components and systems

c) Numerical modelling and development of numerical models for components, functional devices or structures; Predictive modelling applied to engineering sciences. Development of IT systems for the IoT (Internet of things). Edge processing and fog computing algorithms for the IoT.

The objective of the PhD will be to train high-level experts who are able to personally guide the development of innovation in advanced production sectors, in public and private research institutions and to aspire to top positions in the public administration as in industrial companies.

The professional figures that correspond to the training characteristics of the PhD are those of Production Manager, R&D Manager, Maintenance Manager, Specialist in the development of new materials, Specialist in control of structures.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Francesco OLIVERIO

e-mail: francesco.oliveri@unime.it

telephone:  +39 09067650898

Website of the PhD course: https://mat521.unime.it/dottorato-matscicomp/

Positions and scholarship: No.12 positions with scholarship, No.4 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Earth Science

The educational project, which covers topics of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences.

The PhD course is in agreement between the three Sicilian Universities of Catania, Messina and Palermo.

The primary objective of the PhD is the training of young researchers in the fields of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences, and the creation of professionals who can find an outlet in the field of scientific research, university and non-university, as well as in industry.

The main career path of the PhD is in the research sector, both university and corporate.

In the university environment, new doctors will be able to participate in calls for research grants, both in Italy and abroad, to continue the research activity started with the doctorate.

The advanced training acquired during the PhD will allow new doctors to aspire to jobs at high-tech companies.

Finally, a possible career opening in the field of quality scientific communication should not be overlooked.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor  Concetta DE STEFANO

e-mail:  concetta.destefano@unime.it

telephone:  +39 090 6765749 

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-chimiche

Positions and scholarship: No.5 positions with scholarship, No.1 executive position (only for employees) ad No.2 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

During the three-year period, the PhD Program in Chemical Sciences provides for the participation of PhD students in training and research activities, partly common to all PhD students, partly differentiated on the basis of the specific research project of each individual PhD student.
The training activities will be divided into specific lesson cycles for Phd students, mainly concentrated in the first and second year of the course, seminar cycles coordinated annually by the teaching staff on the basis of specific proposals and on the basis of incoming mobility programs for Italian researchers or teachers and foreigners. Furthermore, doctoral students will be encouraged to participate in doctoral schools related to their educational project.
The research activities foresee the proposal by the doctoral student of a specific theme, in line with the objectives of the doctoral course. The PhD student, under the guidance of the tutor assigned by the college, will attend the respective laboratories, where he will be able to use the latest generation equipment and tools, computer resources and specific software to optimally conduct his research. During the attendance in the laboratory, the doctoral student will have the opportunity to acquire skills to conduct research individually, constantly confronting himself with his tutor, and with the doctoral students, through specific periodic “meeting groups”.
PhD students will be constantly encouraged to spend periods at other Italian and foreign institutions / universities, also counting on the Erasmus mobility programs that the university promotes annually.
PhD students will be encouraged to participate in national and international conferences, during which they will be able to present the results of their research.
The results of the research will be the subject of scientific publications in qualified journals relevant to the sectors for which the specific research is conducted.

The aim of the course is to prepare competitive and high-level professionals capable of entering the research laboratories of academic institutes, industry and both public and private entities. The three-year course provides for the achievement of a high standard of training both on a theoretical and practical / experimental level. The training areas offered mainly concern the sectors of chemical processes and innovative materials, advanced chemical methodologies, the preparation of products of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical-food interest, nanotechnologies, energy conversion and information processing, ” isolation and structural characterization of active ingredients, of the analytical and toxicological control of synthetic and natural products, chemical structure, thermodynamics of equilibrium in solution, and the control and prevention of environmental damage. The research activity mainly focuses on the scientific disciplinary sectors: CHIM / 01, CHIM / 02, CHIM / 03, BIO / 10, CHIM / 06, CHIM / 08, CHIM / 09, CHIM / 10, CHIM / 12.

The PhD course in Chemical Sciences aims to train young people with high organizational skills and autonomous research, in the fields of various chemical and biochemical disciplines. Therefore, the PhD in Chemical Sciences offers a wide possibility of insertion into the world of work, both public and private, which can be summarized as follows:
– basic and applied research (chemical and biochemical research aimed at promoting and developing scientific and technological innovation, definition of new methods and application protocols, development and characterization of new products and formulations).
– industrial production activities (chemical analysis, quality control, research and development).
– teaching
– freelance profession and consultancy (consultancy in pure and applied chemistry, roles of high responsibility in the industrial sectors, in the synthesis and characterization of new materials, in the fields of health and pharmaceuticals, food, environment, energy , security, cultural heritage and public administration).

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Alessandra FALZONE

e-mail:  alessandra.falzone@unime.it 

telephone:  +39 0906765123 

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-cognitive

Positions and scholarship: No.5 positions with scholarship, No.1  position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Cognitive Science, Education and Cultural Studies

The PhD course is continuously active from the 18th cycle and offers a broad spectrum training starting from the “cognitive turning point”. Cognitive sciences, in fact, constitute a field of study that does not refer to specific sectors but to research fields that respond to complex and intrinsically multidisciplinary problems. The unitary object of study is the nature and functioning of the mind in any natural or artificial system, but it is investigated here by a variety of approaches. Philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and computer science, constitute the architraves of classical cognitivism. More recently it has extended to the social sciences and those of evolution, producing new disciplines such as bioethics, neuroesthetics, cognitive ethology, social neuroscience: all objects of the doctoral training proposed here. More than in a set of contents, cognitive sciences are recognized in an interdisciplinary method based on the integration between the rigor of the natural and technological sciences and the breadth of the interpretative spectrum of the human sciences, adopted as the fundamental educational objective of the PhD course. The division into two curricula (philosophical-naturalistic and technological-social) consistent in terms of content and methodology outlines a training framework that is completely congruent with the ERC SH4 sector “The Human Mind and its complex: cognition, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and education”.

During the PhD Course in COGNITIVE SCIENCES the student must:
1) acquire high-level skills through the in-depth study of one of the research areas included in the two curricula of the Course (philosophical-naturalistic and technological-social);
2) adopt and test methodologies, research techniques and data analysis, with the use of technological tools (hardware and software) suitable for the specific applications of one’s field of study;
3) design and implement an original research plan, commensurate with the international standards with which it will have to deal;
4) engage in communication activities and dissemination of their results (through the presentation at seminars, conferences and conventions; the publication of scientific articles and essays; the care of their networking activities with international communities of scholars on specific topics of their research );
5) draw up a thesis that fully and articulate the process, methodology and results of your research project and discuss it orally at the end of the three years.

For the realization of these objectives, the PhD Course in Cognitive Sciences provides specific training resources. The main ones are:
– Ad hoc courses that provide knowledge and skills typically not acquired in previous study paths and preparatory to all the research activities carried out in the context of the specific know-how of the PhD. The educational offer is prepared annually, presented in the Manifesto of Studies and described in the related syllabus.
– Supervision: from the beginning of the doctoral course, up to the discussion of the thesis, each student is supported by a tutor identified within the Teaching Body. The tutor is the main interlocutor within the course and his / her functions are described in the University Regulations for Research Doctorates. The doctoral student can also be assisted in his research work by co-tutors belonging to the PhD Committee or also by experts belonging to other Italian or foreign universities, only after having been specifically appointed by the college.- Change of year exam: evaluation test and comparison with the members of the Teaching Body from which to receive input on their research, better identify their training and career development needs and objectives.
– Seminars and interviews: organized by the doctoral course or by the department, or by other structures of UNIME or other Italian or foreign universities.
– Research laboratories and equipment: during the doctorate the doctoral students have access to the laboratories and research equipment of the COSPECS Department, both in the Messina and Noto offices, and are assisted by technical support staff.
– Internationalization and Mobility: during the PhD course the PhD student will carry out, starting from the second year, a period of study and research at a foreign research institution of an average duration of 6 to 8 months, according to the established procedures of the University Regulations for Research Doctorates
– Support for mobility and research: The University Regulations for PhD programs provide for the possibility of an increase of the scholarship equal to 50% for the period spent abroad, to which a contribution from the doctoral course for travel expenses can be added . In addition, each student receives a budget that they can use to present their research at conferences, conventions and small group meetings, participate in workshops, and / or possibly purchase research material.
– Bibliographic resources: during the PhD course the PhD student has access to the vast University Library System and other integrated electronic resources.
– Language courses: PhD students and doctoral students have access to all departmental and university resources, as well as to the language improvement laboratory.
– Tools for the dissemination and dissemination of results (own series or journals of Band A (ANVUR), SCOPUS and ISI, specific initiatives of Unime Research Centers.
Each of these resources is described in detail in the specific parts of this sheet.

Doctors of Philosophy in cognitive sciences find employment both in the field of theoretical and applied research of each of the fields of which the cognitive sciences are constituted, including neuroscience, linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy and psychology, and in that of rehabilitation and care for people as well as in the field of technology of “cognitive artifacts”, ie all those devices that aim to increase human cognitive abilities. The fields of research mentioned above are among the most dense of opportunities in today’s landscape. Although they are practiced more abroad, even in Italy neuroscience, bioengineering and robotics, just to mention some experiences of sure social recognition, constitute authentic job opportunities. The field of cognitive rehabilitation is already developed and presumably will be even more so in the future as social awareness of disabilities and methods of their treatment grows. Finally, the use of technologies of “cognitive artifacts” is proving to be one of the high-tech sectors most capable of guaranteeing employment: the construction of ontologies for the web, the simulation of market behavior, the design of ergonomic artifacts are some some examples. Furthermore, the PhD program in Cognitive Sciences proposed here prepares professionals of digital interfaces for private individuals and the public administration, with theoretical and applicative skills in relation to social and territorial contexts, as well as cultural heritage and local resources. To initiate the PhD students to undertake an employment path in the directions described, the PhD has undertaken protocols of collaborations, internships and stages with some companies.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Daniela NOVARESE

e-mail:  daniela.novarese@unime.it 

telephone:  +39. 090.6766016

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dipartimenti/scipog/dottorato-di-ricerca-scienze-delle-pubbliche-amministrazioni

Positions and scholarship: No.6 positions with scholarship, No.2  position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Political and Legal Sciences 

The PhD in Public Administration Sciences intends to provide a high-quality training offer, characterized by an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary connotation and oriented both to the definition of research paths and to the qualification of public administration personnel.
It aims to make students acquire the methodological skills and content knowledge necessary for the training of highly specialized professional operators in the sectors of public administration, research in public and private institutions and in the field of professions, with the aim of training professionals with planning skills and able to pursue the advancement of knowledge in basic and applied research in the historical-political-institutional, legal, statistical-economic, economic-business areas.
It also provides for the acquisition of transversal skills to be transferred in the scientific and professional fields, with particular regard to all sectors of public and private administration.
The training activities will be developed in line with the objectives of the PNRR with particular regard to the needs of the digital transformation process of public administrations and the ecological transition.
The PNRR, as is known, provides for structural interventions aimed at supporting the digital transition and the modernization of public administration, communication infrastructures and the production system. In this perspective, it intends to ensure coverage of the whole territory with ultra-broadband networks, improve the competitiveness of industrial chains, facilitate the internationalization of companies, stimulate technology transfer to the productive world. At the same time, the same Plan aims to achieve the ecological transition of society and the economy in order to make the system sustainable and ensure its competitiveness. The importance, in this context, of efficient and adequate administrations to the changes in progress is evident which, not surprisingly, are the subject of transversal lines of development and implementation. The new systematic approach proposed by the PNNR requires, as an essential prerequisite for the success of the Plan, a competitive and adequate response from the Administrations, which necessarily involves the implementation and updating of traditional knowledge and the diversification of the same towards disciplines and knowledge that remain , to date, largely unrelated to the cultural background of public administrations.
In light of this framework, as part of the PhD activities, particular attention will be paid to the study of new technologies in the legal, economic and social sciences and to the in-depth study of issues related to the ecological transition.
The purpose of the PhD will be to develop research paths useful for defining and enhancing effective management, leadership and communication skills for public organizations, with specific reference to the selection, management and development of human resources, as well as to promote the digital transition of public administrations, through careful paths to the simplification of organizational models, as well as to the processes of selection and adoption of innovative technologies and digital solutions, in order to ensure greater effectiveness, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of public action.
A further objective of the course will be to support institutional planning also through the experimentation of more up-to-date governance models, also in relation to the resources provided by new information and communication technologies (ICT).
Therefore, it is foreseen the carrying out of activities useful to provide doctoral students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the research and identification of funding calls and the drafting of national, European and international projects, thanks to the support of specialized technical personnel.
The College will be made up of experts from academia, public administration roles and international organizations.
The activities will take place in an attractive and stimulating institutional environment, in which the organization of specialized laboratories, conferences and seminars will be held in which scholars and senior Italian and foreign officials will participate, which will allow the student to acquire autonomy and precious responsibilities for the professional path.
The Doctorate will make use of a quality assurance system different from the one set up for the I and II cycle of university training, aimed at improving the quality of the research environment and at defining transparent procedures for admission, supervision, release. degree and professional development of PhD students.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Concetta PARRINELLO

e-mail: concetta.parrinello@unime.it

telephone:  +39 090 6768411

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Positions and scholarship: No.5 positions with scholarship, No.1  position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Law

The course offers PhD students and PhD students the tools for understanding legal systems, as modified due to the Europeanization and internationalization movements of law and highly specialized training in the relevant scientific-disciplinary sectors of each curriculum, through a critical analysis and careful examination of the doctrinal orientations and solutions adopted by internal and supranational jurisprudence. Furthermore, the PhD in Legal Sciences intends to develop a multidisciplinary cognitive path of the evolutionary dynamics of Western legal systems, and European ones in particular, in the transition from their traditional reference contexts to those that are emerging in the scenarios of globalized post-modernity. The course, in cultivating the advancement of knowledge in the legal field, intends to carry out teaching and research activities with a multidisciplinary slant and specific attention is reserved for an interdisciplinary dialogue on the new legal issues that are imposed on the attention of scholars today. With this in mind, we intend to promote studies on legal change related to technological innovation processes and to this end a multidisciplinary path is activated; furthermore, the aim is to investigate the legal problems connected with the transition towards a sustainable development model. In a framework that favors interaction between multiple legal points of view, the training will also enhance the issue of the multidisciplinary relevance of the principle of equal opportunities and non-discrimination and gender equality. Furthermore, there are courses of linguistic improvement with lectures concerning the critical examination of sentences (in language) of the supranational courts and the results of the research are the subject of collective publications of the PhD students; a course in legal informatics is also provided for the purpose of acquiring IT skills and knowledge. Furthermore, PhD students and doctoral students will be invited to a meeting / debate on the code of conduct to protect the dignity of the people who work and study at the University of Messina, as the respect and full implementation of the set of principles and values ethics contributes, together with legal rules, to the integrity of research. The Doctorate favors the path of the academic career; the acquired training allows to practice the legal activity in all fields and specifically in the civil, criminal and administrative, international, commercial and transport, tax and labor fields; prepares official competitions at the institutions of the European Union and other international bodies and organizations; gives access to the competition in the judiciary and notary; constitutes an important qualification for the purposes of job placement in administrations, public bodies and companies. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary path in the technological field allows doctoral students to acquire the necessary skills to become lawyers specialized in privacy, network law, intellectual property protection, consultants for companies, with particular attention to new professions in the digital dimension; the path is also aimed at acquiring the skills necessary to hold positions of high administration or international agencies and organizations, also in relation to specific problems such as computerization and digitization. A further objective of the course is to train researchers and legal operators able to manage the complexities of the present time, especially as regards the interactions between the different actors involved in the legal definition of the sustainability paradigm, both from the side of private activity and from that of public and institutional activity. In the first case, job opportunities are provided in specialized professional firms, for example in the fields of environmental protection, human rights, renewable energy, social enterprise and sustainable finance, privacy protection and data protection personal.  With reference to public and institutional activities, on the other hand, employment opportunities are envisaged in public institutions and enterprises, independent authorities, national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations in the various sectors of intervention.
Job opportunities are supported by the collaboration protocols concluded by the University with professional associations, public administrations, international organizations and bodies and businesses.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Giuseppe BOTTARO

e-mail:  giuseppe.bottaro@unime.it

telephone:   +39 0906766021

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-politiche

Positions and scholarship: No.6 positions with scholarship, No.2  position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Political and Legal Sciences

The PhD course in Political Sciences expresses and combines the different training needs for advanced research of the Department of Political and Legal Sciences of the University of Messina. The Doctorate, therefore, makes use of the multiple scientific and disciplinary skills present in the Department. It arises from the awareness that only a multidisciplinary approach, typical of Political Science, can provide adequate tools and methodologies for the knowledge, orientation and interpretation of the complex nuances that characterize the complexity of the contemporary political world in its various and varied dimensions. In the same way, it is considered necessary to analyze the continuous and rapid evolution of national and supranational democratic political institutions, even in the face of the increasingly dangerous challenges launched by authoritarian regimes.
The specific training course for the first year will be aimed at deepening the history of political thought, contemporary history, political-social processes and legal-regulatory effects, with particular reference to the Italian context, the European Union, the American continent. . and to the analysis of the major issues of republicanism, constitutionalism and representative democracy in emergency situations. Particular attention will also be paid to understanding the governance processes in a globalized society, migration phenomena, the decline of monoculturalism and the new dimensions of citizenship.
The specific training objective for the second year will consist in deepening the construction of the national state with respect to historical, theoretical, institutional and political profiles. However, the critical observation of the difficult process of European integration, also as a consequence of the recent health emergencies, of the juridical-political confrontation between collective rights and individual rights and between forms of representative democracy and participatory democracy will not be neglected. In the third year we will investigate the dynamics of change, ecological, cultural and institutional transition of the globalized society and the correct understanding from the historical, legal, social and economic point of view of international relations and cooperation relations.
The oral tests are suitably foreseen by the teachers.
Study stays in Italian and foreign Archives and Libraries are foreseen for the elaboration of the thesis, always under the constant supervision of the teacher-tutors.
The PhD focuses on the following areas of study in particular: History of political doctrines; Political philosophy; History of political institutions; Politic science; Contemporary history; History of international relations; Public Law; Comparative private law; Administrative law; general sociology; Sociology of economic processes; Sociology of cultural processes; Economic-political geography; English language; French language.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Caterina MALTA

e-mail:  caterina.malta@unime.it

telephone:   +39 0906766021

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-umanistiche

Positions and scholarship: No.8 positions with scholarship, No.2 position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department:  Ancient and Modern Civilization Department

The PhD course in “Humanity” is structured in four curricula, which cover most of the humanistic knowledge, along a wide diachronic arc: Archeology and Ancient History; Anthropology and history; Ancient and modern philosophy; Philosophy. interdisciplinary cut, as demonstrated by the interconnection between the various thematic areas of the SSDD that appear within it, attributable to the two ERC sectors SH5 and SH6, and the presence in the College of specialists from two CUN areas (10 and 11). is expressed in the proposal of an educational offer common to the curricula, both in the first and second year, based on the identification of aggregating thematic areas, relating to theoretical and methodological aspects of the various research lines active in the PhD, presented in a transversal perspective The courses provided have the aim of opening the perspective of training to interdisciplinary dialogue, in order to strengthen effective interaction between the different curricula and promote concrete spaces for discussion between the doctoral students on methodological or epistemological issues of common interest. Training in the specific disciplinary areas of the different curricula is instead reserved for seminars, which involve the tutors and teachers of the college of the specific disciplinary areas and favors the possibility of specialist study, structuring a didactic practice that sees the doctorate students as an active part. of the training process: for each curriculum there are periodic meetings in which the work done is exposed and discussed. The project was born with the primary objective of training, for a correct approach to literary, historical-anthropological, archaeological and philosophical facts, young researchers equipped with the necessary tools for an adequate understanding of the culture and political-social aspects of the ancient world, Medieval, modern and contemporary Europe; this training, although declined in the four curricula, in highly specialized study paths, is based on an integrated dimension of humanistic knowledge and allows doctoral students to deal with research and techniques of neighboring disciplines, maturing that openness and that scientific flexibility that are essential qualities of the modern scholar. For the preparation of the thesis, study stays in Italian and foreign Archives and Libraries, participation in archaeological excavations and research and internships at Museums are foreseen.
The overall commitment is 180 training credits, distributed equally over the three years of the course (60 credits for each single year).
In the first and second year the training activity provides for the acquisition of a total of 18 ECTS, obtained thanks to the attendance of cycles of lessons (offered by the University of Messina, specifically dedicated to doctoral students).
Each CFU is equivalent to 6 hours of frontal lessons. In this first two-year period, the residual number of training credits (51 CFU per year) is attributed by the teaching staff to seminars aimed at specialized training and activities related to the specific research of individual doctoral students, including participation in congresses, schools, stays abroad.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Rosaria LAURA’

e-mail:  rosaria.laura@unime.it

telephone:  +39 0906766834

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/scienze-veterinarie

Positions and scholarship: No.10 positions with scholarship, No.3 position without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Veterinary Sciences

The PhD Program in Veterinary Sciences aims to train research doctors who, through different experimental activities of an interdisciplinary nature and with innovative investigative methodologies, can analyze and expand research topics in basic, pre-clinical, clinical and non-clinical (animal production and inspection of food of animal origin).

The PhD is divided into 3 Curricula, listed below:
• Morpho-physiology and applied biotechnologies;
• Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety;
• Veterinary clinical sciences.
The research areas within the Doctorate are therefore represented by Basic Sciences, Inspection Sciences and Public Health, Clinical Sciences, as well as Bio-pathological Sciences and Sciences and Technologies of Industrial Production. towards innovative research and the development of knowledge within the various scientific disciplinary sectors that compose them such as VET, AGR, BIO and CHIM.
The Curricula present different research and training activities, described below: Morpho-physiology and Applied Biotechnology Curriculum: aimed at the research sector in basic and applied veterinary sciences, experimentation on animal models and the application of functional principles aimed at animal production, reproduction, sporting activities and the therapeutic use of animals. Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety Curriculum: will train specialized figures in the field of infectious and parasitic diseases, spontaneous and non-spontaneous diseases and animal production, in the field of O.A.’s food inspection. and food safety in support of livestock companies. Veterinary Clinical Sciences Curriculum: will train specialized figures in the field of medical, surgical, obstetric and reproductive methodologies, and related national and EU legislative aspects applicable to professional activity.

PhD students will have to acquire mastery in terms of autonomy and problem solving skills in different application contexts.
The course provides basic training, followed by a progressive ability to plan, organize and complete a specific research program resulting in a doctoral thesis inherent to the training program.
The training program for PhD students includes:
a specialized and interdisciplinary training offer characterized by courses of lectures and seminars to be carried out within didactic-training courses specially prepared for each curriculum and in part, common to the three curricula;
additional training activity at national and international schools on issues relating to the topics of individual researches; research activity to be carried out within one of the Department’s research groups on specific issues distinct for the individual curricula;
internships in external research groups, in Italy or abroad;
all the results of the doctoral research will be published in qualified journals;
all doctoral students will have the opportunity to carry out teaching support activities and specific scientific dissemination and orientation activities.

Occupational and professional opportunities envisaged
PhDs will achieve professional qualification for freelance activity, in the National Health Service, in public and private industry, in local bodies, international organizations and cooperation and research agencies,

in sports, rehabilitation, productive and reproductive increase facilities.
The typology of studies, organized on the basis of EU directives (primary role in services offered to the community and the veterinary profession, relations with foreign universities, projects in the field of animal welfare, food safety and veterinary public health and development cooperation in third countries ) offers employment within the community.
The skills developed will guarantee employment and specialist and management consultancy in:
• zootechnical, agro-zootechnical companies, racecourses, riding stables and rehabilitation structures, wildlife hunting, aquaculture systems and accredited animal housing;
• control of the state of welfare and health of animals in farms, shelters and research stables;
• qualitative and quantitative improvement of animal production;
• evaluation of health interventions (medical, surgical, obstetric);
• application of biomedical laboratory techniques and specific biotechnological and functional techniques in the veterinary field;
• management and control of the quality and safety of livestock production;
• food safety and activities of planning, supervision, verification of the quality of O.A. and transformed.

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PhD Coordinator: Professor Gaetano CARAMORI

e-mail: gaetano.caramori@unime.it

telephone: +39 090 6765572

Website of the PhD course: https://www.unime.it/it/dottorato/translational-molecular-medicine-and-surgery

Positions and scholarship: No.8 positions with scholarship, No.2 positions without scholarship

Language: Italian

Department: Department of Biomedical, Dental and Morphological and Functional Imaging Sciences

The PhD in Translational Molecular Medicine and Surgery encompasses various disciplinary sectors and is open to numerous graduate classes that have a marked propensity for the translational research approach. The course is aimed at training future researchers capable of developing research projects that bridge the gap between laboratory activities and clinical sciences, from bench to bedside and vice versa. The training course will tend to favour the development of critical, creative, and elaborative skills to facilitate the intellectual autonomy of the future researcher. This objective is achieved through the inclusion of doctoral students in research programs supervised by professors of well-known experience, both nationally and internationally and developed in modern and well-equipped laboratories. Furthermore, the course offers a rich didactic program and formal opportunities for interaction between doctoral students, professors, and experts in the sectors inherent to the training activities of the course.

Specific training objectives:

1. acquire mastery in the path of translational scientific research aimed at promoting the integration between biological discoveries, the clinic, preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative practice, in order to improve health and lifestyles, also in consideration of the global trend towards increased life expectancy;

2. acquire a solid foundation in the methodological disciplines necessary for the correct formulation of experimental hypotheses, the definition of experimental designs and the critical interpretation of the results;

3. promote communication between biological and clinical-behavioural research specifically as regards the processes that underlie movement and physical activity in the areas of prevention, psycho-physical well-being, sports and professional performance, in healthy conditions, illness and disability, in a unitary perspective;

4. understand the ethical implications of biological and clinical research

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