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Ph.D. program in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ph.D. program in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Institution

The University of Pavia (, one of the oldest academic institutions in the world, today is an international multidisciplinary education and research institution that includes excellences in the areas of Biology, Medicine and Mathematics. The University is located in Pavia, a beautiful small city in Northern Italy, tailored for students.

The Program

The Ph.D. program in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology focuses on offering an integrated approach to biological research. Objective of the program is training young researchers capable to tackle the challenges of modern biology, a discipline aiming at a deeper understanding of complex biological phenomena using interdisciplinary skillsets.

Ph.D. students are expected to combine laboratory research activity on one of the program research lines with attendance to advanced courses held by faculty members and international speakers (10 courses during the three-year program). Seminars are also regularly organized. During the three-year program, students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge on frontline topics and technologies, an essential background to perform high-level research in our rapidly evolving society. All activities, including the Ph.D. thesis, are in English.

Students of the program will have access to the research facilities of the University Departments involved in the program, including among others a high-performance computational cluster, a state-of-the-art cellular biology and microscopy facility (including a Cryo-EM microscope) and an ancient-DNA laboratory.

The Scholarships

13 scholarships are fully funded by the program. Three of these scholarships are reserved for international students graduated abroad and additionally include paid housing in a University college for the three-year duration of the program.

The Requirements

A Master’s Degree in related topics is required. The scholarships reserved for international students graduated abroad will be assigned in a two step-process: evaluation of CVs and skype interviews. For the open positions, the selection procedure will consist in the evaluation of the candidates’ CV, a written and an oral exam (exams will be held in September and will require the candidates’ presence in Pavia).


Applications will open in May 19th, 2020, and close June 24th, 2020. Selections will be held in July-September 2020, the program will start October 1st, 2020. Check the program website for more information.

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