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12 Ph.D. positions in “Systems Science” at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

12 Ph.D. positions in “Systems Science” at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

The IMT School of Advanced Studies Lucca is now recruiting 12 fully funded doctoral candidates in its Systems Sciences (SyS) Ph.D. Program.

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. Program will learn the necessary methodologies to analyze technological, natural, economic, and social systems using descriptive and predictive mathematical models. The acquired skills can be spent in academia and research centers, and can be applied in many industrial sectors, such as in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, infrastructure, energy, biomedicine, financial, and manufacturing industries.

The SyS Program includes four specialization tracks:

  • Computational Mechanics (CM) offers an interdisciplinary doctoral training for graduates wishing to specialize in the research of innovative numerical simulation methods, developing digital twins to predict the behavior of materials, components, or processes throughout their operational life.
  • Complex Systems and Networks (CN) offers an interdisciplinary program embracing the theoretical and computational tools of complexity science (physics of complex systems, graph theory, statistical mechanics, information theory, inference, data science) as well as their application to real-world biological, social, economic and technological systems.
  • Learning and Control (LC) offers an interdisciplinary doctoral training focused on becoming an expert in developing new machine learning and numerical optimization algorithms for modeling dynamical systems from data and designing model-based predictive control systems.
  • Software Quality (SQ) provides doctoral candidates interested in formal methods, machine learning, modeling and simulation, program verification, cybersecurity, and software engineering with methods for the design, analysis, and validation of software quality and security.

SyS framework

  • Contract Type: 36-month scholarship (extendable up to 48 months)
  • Commitment: Full time
  • Location: Lucca (Tuscany, Italy)
  • Official language: English
  • Starting date: 2 November 2023


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or in a related field
  • High level of proficiency in English
  • Demonstrated solid mathematical and programming skills
  • Enthusiasm for research, critical thinking

What We Offer

  • An exciting multidisciplinary and international research environment with ample opportunities to exchange with scholars from related disciplines at international Universities
  • Work under the supervision of at least one Advisor from the Faculty
  • Interact with several other doctoral candidates, postdoc researchers, and Faculty members;
  • A tailor-made scientific training program, a wide range of courses and seminars held by leading researchers
  • Mentoring, training, and career development support
  • A highly competitive full-time PhD Position with
    • a scholarship for a maximum period of 4 consecutive years
    • social security coverage
    • free accommodation on campus (all year round)
    • free meals on campus (lunch and dinner, all year round)
    • additional research funds
    • additional international mobility funds
    • insurance coverage (liability, accident)
    • no tuition fees

How to Apply

You are welcome to submit your application through the online application system at the following link:

Students graduating by 31st October 2023 can also apply.

Apply Here

Application Schedule

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2023 at 23:59 (CEST time)

  • Publication of short-listed candidates: by mid-July 2023
  • Interview of short-listed candidates: 17-21 July 2023
  • Notification of admission: end of July/early August 2023

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