Open Positions in the PhD Program in Computer Science and Systems Engineering
DIBRIS, University of Genova
The PhD Program in Computer Science and Systems Engineering ( 
of the Department  of Informatics, Bioengineering,  Robotics,  and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) at the 
University of Genova offers several 3-years grants  in the areas such as Artificial intelligence and Multi-agent Systems,  
Data Science  and Engineering, Secure and Reliable Systems, Systems Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, 
and Science and Technology for Health. 
More in detail, we currently offer the following positions:
  • Computer Science10 positions, 8 with scholarship:
    • 3 funded by MIUR
    • 1 funded by MIUR-DIBRIS
    • 2 funded by the ERC Project “SLING, Efficient algorithms for sustainable machine learning"
    • 1 funded by AXPO
    • 1 funded by ESAOTE-CNR IMATI Genova

  • Secure and Reliable Systems: 6 positions, 4 with scholarship, 1 position covered by a research contract on the SIMARGL EU Project
    • 1 funded by MIUR
    • 3 funded by Fondazione Bruno Kessler Trento BK

  • Systems Engineering: 6 positions, 5 with scholarship
    • 2 funded by MIUR
    • 2 funded by CIMA Foundation, Savona, Italy
    • 1 funded by Aizoon

The amount of each scholarships is 15.343,28 euros gross per year.

The deadline for the application is June 12, 2019, 12 am (Italian Time)

General Information are available at the URL:

Instructions for the application and more details on research projects and scholarships are available at the URL:

The on-line application form is available here (link:

See on-line help for instructions.

You will need to fill the form with your personal data and to specify the PhD program you are applying for (Computer Science and Systems Engineering).
Then you will have to specify the curriculum.


Detailed Instructions

It is assumed that you are interested in one of the research areas of the PhD in Computer Science and Systems Engineering. 
A description of the research areas may be found here (see also Mission entry in the Left Menu).
A list of more specific themes proposed by DIBRIS research groups may be found available here (see also Specific Research Project entry in the Left Menu).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the reference person for the theme they are interested in. In case they wish to visit the department, they can contact the PhD program coordinator, the Reference person of the Curriculum, or the responsible of a specific research theme or scholarship.

One necessary requirement for admission is that you have a University degree at Master level, or you expect to obtain it by 31 October 2019.
If you have a foreign degree (ie you did not graduate in Italy) your application your follow an ad hoc procedure to have your degree recognized as equivalent to an Italian degree.

You will need to upload a number of documents (in pdf format):

  • valid photo ID (both sides and all pages)
  • CV that clearly indicates your prior research experience (this includes e.g. project work, publications, teaching experience, title and short summary of your Master’s thesis)
  • research project consistent with the research theme that you selected (10 pages maximum). 
    A template of the research project is available here.
  • transcript of exams with grades

Each canditate should provide 1 to 3 reference letters to support the application. You must not upload reference letters. These must be sent directly by the writer to the PhD coordinator (see below).

Important notice for non local candidates

For non-local candidates (i.e., not known to faculty members at DIBRIS) it is particularly important to secure reference letters from well-established researchers that can provide a reliable assessment of the candidate's abilities.

A template of the reference letter may be found here.

The reference letters must be sent by the writer of the letter to the following email addresses, before the submission deadline 

-computer science/secure and reliable systems: phd.compsci at (replace at with @)
-systems engineering: phd.syseng at (replace at with @)

Selection process 

A Selection Committee (COMMISSIONE) evaluates background knowledge and research potential of the candidates, based on the information submitted with their application (TITOLI) and based on a technical/motivational INTERVIEW. At the end the Committee produces a ranked list (GRADUATORIA) of candidates sufficiently qualified and trained to have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing the graduate program.

The ranking is primarily based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Quality of previous undergraduate/graduate workStrength of reference letter
  • Statements in the applicant's research proposal
  • Other evidence of graduate potential
  • Availability of an advisor in the research area selected by the applicant
  • Availability of positions in the PhD program


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