PhD Fellowships in Astroparticle Physics at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

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Deadline:  2013-06-24

Location:  Trieste, Italy

The Astroparticle group at SISSA invites applications for PhD fellowships to start in the academic year 2013/2014.

The PhD fellowships have a duration of 3 years, with a possible extension for a 4th year, and the net salary is about 1.135 euros/month.

The Ph.D. program, entirely devoted to astroparticle physics, covers a wide spectrum of subjects, including quantum field theory, the standard model of particle interactions, cosmology, gravitation, particle and high energy astrophysics. The curriculum consists of 3-4 years of study and research. During the first year, students are offered a number of courses covering all of the aforementioned topics and undergo examination on a selection of them. By the beginning of the second year they undertake a research project under the supervision of one or more Astroparticle Physics staff members. These include, beyond those part of the SISSA faculty, staff from ICTP and the OAT (Trieste Astronomical Observatory).

Students will benefit from interactions with the Astroparticle group, consisting of about 20 students, 3-4 postdocs and about 12 staff members, as well as with the rest of SISSA’s research groups, including those in Astrophysics and Particle Physics. SISSA and the Astroparticle group in particular maintain also strong ties with nearby research institutes, such as ICTP, OAT and INFN. The combination of a broad scientific training and a stimulating research environment makes a PhD in Astroparticle Physics at SISSA an excellent stepping stone for those that wish to engage in research in some of the most exciting and puzzling questions of modern physics.

The main research lines include:

Classical and Quantum Gravity
Particle Astrophysics
The Dark Universe
Theoretical Cosmology

Additional information about the courses and the research activity can be found at:

The deadline for application is the 24th of June. More information about the selection procedure can be found here (please select the appropriate announcement – “Astroparticle Physics Ph.D Entrance Exam”)

The exams will take place at SISSA on the 4th-5th of July.

For non-EU nationals only: Non-EU nationals can be awarded PhD fellowships on the basis of a “preselection” and without participating in the oral and written exams. The “preselection” will be based on submitted material and the procedure may include a phone interview and/or a offer to visit SISSA for an extended period prior to the selection (which would include financial support for the visit). Please see the link entitled “Spring preselection 2013/2014” on the website given above. Consideration for the preselection requires a separate application and the deadline is March 29th 2013.