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19 PhD positions at the Doctoral Course in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (Italy)

the Italian Doctoral Course in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (PhD-SDC, https://www.phd-sdc.it/ ) gathers 50+ Italian University and Research Institutes with the collaborative aim to provide a high-level preparation to doctoral candidates by coordinating and integrating a diverse team of high-profile scientists, who can offer a full spectrum of disciplinary areas, ranging from ecology, technology, economics and engineering to math, philosophy, medicine and agriculture.

Within the Curriculum “Earth System and Environment” (CU1) we currently offer 19 PhD positions on the following Research Topics: the research activities will be carried on mainly at the host university, but they will include multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary workshops held across Italy.

Research topics (host university):

• Short- and long-lived climate forcing compounds in urban areas (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2 grants)
• Integrated and environmentally sustainable water resources management in the Mediterranean area (University of Messina)
• Assessing the impacts of climate change and extreme events on water resources (University of Parma)
• Microplastic pollution: exchanges between ocean and atmosphere (University ‘G. d’Annunzio’ of Chieti-Pescara)
• Simulating Climate-Chemistry Scenarios to Assess Changes in Air Quality in Italy (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
• Impacts of climate change related stressors and anthropogenic pollution on marine biodiversity (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
• Remote sensing and machine learning techniques for river monitoring (University of Naples – Federico II)
• Integrated Ecohydrological Modeling for in Data-Scarce Environments (University of Naples – Federico II)
• Enhanced weathering as a climate solution: modeling and field aspects (University of Palermo)
• Fate of nanoplastics in the environment and in wastewater treatment plants (University of Turin)
• From hazard to eco innovation : the new role of harmful minerals in the view of resource efficiency (University of Catania)
• Risk assessment of ports exposure to extreme winds (IUSS Pavia)
• Sustainable sediment management in hydropower reservoirs in a climate change scenario (Free University of Bolzano)
• Foraminifera in the Sedimentary Record as Proxies of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Pollutants (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
• Development and application of computational strategies for tropospheric condensed phase chemistry (Scuola Normale Superiore)
• Genomics consequences and adaptive chances for natural populations in fast changing environments (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
• Statistical data science for modelling intensive farming, air quality and climate change in the EU (University of Bergamo)
• Every drop counts. Towards new sustainable territorial water footprints (IUAV University of Venice)

How to apply

Application deadline: July 17, 2023 13:00 CEST

Application webpage: https://www.phd-sdc.it/how-to-apply The official call is attached.

The recording of a webinar on the PhD SDC programme is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amry2YsEBTE&t=10s

The recording of a webinar on the PhD SDC application procedure is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PPA2kbR6JY

Best regards,


Alessandro Bigi
Dipartimento di Ingegneria ‘Enzo Ferrari’
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
via Vivarelli 10, I-41125 Modena
phone: +39-059-2056328
fax: +39-059-2056243
email: alessandro.bigi@unimore.it