The admissions process aims at selecting candidates with an outstanding academic profile, a strong interest in the topics dealt with and the ambition to develop a career in scientific research, either in academia or for private or public organisations.
The 3-year programme includes training to strengthen specific skills and gain knowledge about the efficient and sustainable use of resources and energy in manufacturing, transport, domestic use and agriculture. Besides training, students will design a 3-year research project under the supervision of a team of lecturers and researchers aiming at exploring the field and providing an original contribution to science in the fields related to the PhD programme, such as energy production from renewable sources, thermophysics of buildings, new technology in the consumer sector and in manufacturing, materials and manufacturing processes and components, systems and automation.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research carried out in the Faculty of Science and Technology, we welcome prospective candidates from various academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are Engineering graduates, but the programme is also suitable for Architecture, Physics, Maths and Chemistry graduates.
Through these training activities, a PhD candidate can develop the skills to design, organise and manage highly innovative basic and applied research projects. At the same time, students will also develop methodological rigour, the ability to interpret and disseminate results, the skills to deepen and develop their knowledge independently and the ability to work in a group in an interdisciplinary context.
Courses will be taught in English.
You can apply until:
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The PhD programme includes two major research areas. The first area is Sustainable use of energy resources, which includes energy production from renewable sources, the conversion of energy and its transportation, its efficient use in final utilisation, particularly in buildings, with the ultimate goal of optimising performance and enhancing the quality of interiors and of the environment. The other research area explores Sustainability of products and manufacturing processes, including mechanical design and industrial automation, technology and industrial production processes and management of internal and external logistics, of processes and of the lifecycle.
Once candidates have gained admission to the programme, they will design a research and study plan with their supervisor in order to define the purpose of their research project and the necessary steps to implement it, after compiling a comprehensive literature review.
Every year the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano decrees the institution of a new PhD cycle, and announces a public competition for the admission to the corresponding PhD reserach programmes.
The public competition is open to all, regardless of sex, age and citizenship, who possess a Master degree (laurea magistrale), an Italian undergraduate degree according to the former system or a foreign degree equivalent to the degrees mentioned above.
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