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Fully Funded PhD Positions at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Fully Funded PhD Positions at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a public university school for higher education and research.

Nestled in the picturesque region of Tuscany, the IMT School stands out as a premier post-graduate institution in Europe.

Interdisciplinary research, cutting-edge technologies, and internationalization form the cornerstone of the IMT School's identity."

In addition to doctoral training, the IMT School also offers executive courses and master's degrees conducted in collaboration with prestigious universities and research institutes.

Facilitating a conducive environment for learning and growth, the IMT School provides an array of facilities and benefits, including a well-stocked library, state-of-the-art laboratories, on-campus accommodation and canteen services. Additionally, PhD students can enjoy fitness and relaxation amenities, leisure rooms for socialization, and opportunities to immerse themselves in Italian language and culture through dedicated courses.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School translates into the various research areas, articulated in Research Units:

  • AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of compleX Economic Systems
  • DYSCO - Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization
  • LYNX - Center for the interdisciplinary Analysis of Images
  • MOMILAB - Molecular Mind Laboratory
  • MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials
  • NETWORKS - Network Theory, Theory of Modern Statistical Physics, Economic and Financial Systems
  • PhiBor - Philosophy on the Border of Civilizations and Intellectual Endeavours
  • SYSMA – Systems Security Modelling and Analysis
Fully Funded PhD Positions at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Most RUs are led by a prominent senior researcher, include a small group of junior faculty members, and involve doctoral students actively contributing to the research as part of their studies. Other RUs instead are structured in a multipolar fashion, with highly specialized research centered on thematic nuclei and the contribution of diverse methodologies.

The research carried out within the RUs is closely connected to the School’s PhD programs. In fact, every PhD student is affiliated with a Research Unit and contributes to the research and projects carried out therein. Several RUs are affiliated with highly specialized laboratories, and the entire School relies on very high level computer infrastructures.

Current global challenges demand complex, flexible, adapting responses not confined to a single expertise or set of tools. The IMT School’s multidisciplinary PhD Programs aim at providing research skills and tools to address complex issues of the 21st century.

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is looking for bright students from all over the world to recruit through highly competitive and transparent procedures.

English is the official language of the school, and for the year 2024 IMT offers 34 fully funded full-time positions consisting of a 3-year studentship of 16.243 euros per year (tax free, social security withholding), free housing in the School’s accessible campus in the historical town of Lucca, free access to the canteen, library and other campus facilities, additional funds for research and international mobility.

To be eligible, candidates must obtain their Master’s degree or equivalent by October 31, 2024.

Start date of the PhD Programs: November 4th, 2024.

Fully Funded PhD Positions at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

PhD Programs with fully funded positions

Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences

This research-based, multidisciplinary PhD Program focuses on cognitive, computational and social neurosciences, and integrates basic neuroscience methods with traditional experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The track prepares researchers capable of developing innovative research strategies and creative ideas to monitor, understand and predict human behaviour, mind and its complexity.

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Cultural Systems

The Ph.D. Program Cultural Systems constitutes a unique multidisciplinary environment. It trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in the many scientific fields related to cultural systems and to operate as high-level, innovative cultural heritage professionals. It offers two tracks, Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) and Museum Studies (MUST). Both research- and practice-oriented courses are in the program, which aims at opening career paths in Academia, museums, cultural institutions, creative industries, and private companies. Students are encouraged to spend part of their training abroad within the Erasmus+ framework and ad hoc mobility agreements.

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Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences

The PhD Program in Economics, Analytics and Decision Sciences trains students to undertake cutting-edge research in a wide range of economic and social disciplines with a unique multidisciplinary approach that relies on the unifying language of statistics and data science, as well as on selected tools from computer science and psychology.

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Systems Science

The aim of SyS is to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct advanced research in the field of analysis and design of a range of technological, natural, economic, and social systems. This is achieved through the use of descriptive and predictive mathematical models. SyS students work on diverse projects, such as improving the efficiency of industrial systems, comprehending the complexity of biological, ecological, social, and economic systems, and ensuring the reliability and autonomy of cyber-physical systems that combine physical modules and software. The potential application areas of SyS include several industries such as automotive, aerospace, communication, chemical, infrastructure, energy, biomedicine, financial, and manufacturing, as well as governmental sectors such as central banking and official statistics.

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Management of Digital Transformation

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