XXXV Cycle Call for Applications

The XXXV Cycle Call for Applications is now open.

If you’re interested, please visit the corresponding pages to find out more info, documents and how to apply!

For any questions and info, please contact Prof. Laura E. Depero: laura.depero@unibs.it

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Number of ordinary available positions 
19 positions (12 positions benefiting of a scholarship / equivalent financial support and 7 positions not benefitting of a scholarship / equivalent financial support)
Number of scholarships / equivalent financial support 
n. 1 scholarship funded by the University of Brescia, not linked to a specific research topic.
Number of scholarships / equivalent financial support, linked to a specific research topic
n. 2 scholarships funded by Regione Lombardia and ENEA (approved by Regional Decrees of 19 April 2019, no. 5859; and of 15 May 2019, no. 6807), in the field of sustainability technologies, namely:
– Technologies and supply chain relationships for a new industrial ecosystem: application of industrial symbiosis in the metals sector; 
– Smart agriculture for the sustainability of the agri-food system. 
n. 2 scholarships funded by the University of Brescia, under research topics agreed in collaboration with ENEA, in the field of sustainability technologies, namely:
– Development of technologies and methodologies for sustainability for a relevant supply chain in the Lombard economy; 
– Models of sustainable economic development and impact of sector policies. 
n. 4 scholarships co-financed by the University and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (50%-50%), namely:
– Development of analytical protocols for the characterization of micro and nano plastics and recovery strategies; 
– Design of a product for substitution of phosphate rocks; 
– Functional biomechanics on an experimental basis: methods, models and embedded devices; 
– Development of automated solutions for component micro-assembly. 
n. 1 scholarship co-financed by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Polibrixia s.r.l.(50%-50%), named Mechatronic systems for orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.

n. 1 scholarship financed by Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A, named Numerical investigation of flow-induced structural vibrations and noise in a centrifugal pump; 

n. 1 scholarship financed by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering named Adaptive models for vibration containment of robotic and mechatronic system.

Reserved positions not benefitting of scholarships, not linked to a research topic 
n. 3 reserved positions for applicants employed in companies (Industrial Research Doctorate), in collaboration with:
  1. Cembre SpA
  2. Italian Gasket
  3. A&T Europe SpA

n. 4 positions not benefitting of a scholarship.

My PhD Tutor

My PhD Tutor is a project designed and implemented by the PhD Valorisation Committee in Italy to help students to gear themselves during the choice of their master thesis and / or in front of the hypothesis to undertake a PhD. In fact, most of the students face these steps without the necessary information, risking to lose significant opportunities for their future.

My PhD Tutor is born to reverse this tendency, allowing a more aware choice and favoring the creation of a great network to national level among students, graduates, phd students and research fellows.

To every master student will be assigned a phd student or a research fellow that will act as a tutor. The tutors are assigned based on the affinity of their formation, research interests and job interests to those of the student candidate, which in turn can refer to the assigned tutor to obtain useful information and suggestions about the academic and research career.

If you’re interested in the project, being you a student or a phd/researcher, subscribe using this form!


My PhD Tutor è un progetto ideato e realizzato dal Comitato per la valorizzazione del Dottorato in Italia per aiutare gli studenti ad orientarsi durante la scelta della propria tesi magistrale e/o davanti all’ipotesi di intraprendere un Dottorato di ricerca. La maggior parte degli studenti, infatti, affronta questi passaggi senza le dovute informazioni, rischiando di perdere opportunità significative per il proprio futuro.

My PhD Tutor nasce per invertire questa tendenza, permettendo una scelta più consapevole e favorendo la creazione di un grande network a livello nazionale tra laureandi, laureati, dottorandi e dottori di ricerca.

Ad ogni studente magistrale che aderirà sarà affiancato come tutor un dottorando o dottore di ricerca con interessi, formazione e prospettive future affini al quale sarà possibile rivolgersi per avere informazioni e consigli utili al proprio percorso.

Per iscriverti al progetto, sia in qualità di studente sia in qualità di dottorando o dottore di ricerca, compila questo modulo!

DIMI Post-Doc Researcher wins the SPINEDI award

Marialaura Tocci (in the picture), research fellow of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, was the winner of the P. Spinedi” award 2018 promoted by the Italian Metallurgical Association (AIM).

The award was established to honor the memory of Professor Paolo Spinedi, a Metallurgy professor of international fame. It is assigned to the most interesting and innovative PhD thesis in the field of fundamental and applied metallurgical research.

The Commission, appointed by the AIM Board of Directors, chose the thesis of Dr. Tocci, entitled “Investigation on the effects of Cr in addition to an AlSi3Mg alloy” developed during her PhD at DRIMI in 2016.

HAF – Aliminium hybrid forging.

The research work involved the study and characterization of a new light alloy. At the time of the competition, it had 8 indexed articles on Scopus, some of these with foreign co-authors. It was also presented at national and international metallurgy conferences.

The awarding of the Prize to Dr. Tocci took place during the opening plenary session of the 37th National AIM Convention, which was held in Bologna from 12 to 14 September 2018.

PhD Award of AICIng to Dr. Irene VASSALINI

THESIS: Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional smart nanomaterials

Over the past two decades nanomaterials and nanoparticles have encountered a great interest among the scientific community. This is justified by the new properties arising in a material as a result of its nanometric size. Examples are the lowering of melting point, unique optical properties related to Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance, changes of band gap energy values inside semiconductor quantum dots and changes in chemical reactivity.

The aim of the project is to create “intelligent” and adaptive nanomaterials, venturing beyond equilibrium/static structures, that, instead, are the major part of nanomaterials studied until now. In fact, the use of systems far from equilibrium can provide interesting properties: stimulated sensing, adaptability, self-healing, self‐replication and movement.

The idea is to create responsive and nonequilibrium materials, that could use externally delivered energy to change their structures and overall functions on demand, exploiting the simple synthesis technique known for nanomaterial preparation. The external stimuli that will be more widely investigated will be:

  1. light introducing in the materials functions that are sensitive to light, with particular regards to wavelength selective illumination and response;
  2. changes in chemical composition, exploiting, for example, oscillating reactions if a continuous response is wanted, or by introducing a time limited concentration variation if, for example, a sensing activity is wanted.

The systems studied could find an application as:

  • actuators (photo‐thermal actuators, self-­actuators);
  • catalysts (self-­repairing catalyst, catalyst with dynamically reconfigurable structures);
  • sensors (allowing a controlled and cyclic uptake and release of the analyte of interest);
  • systems that allow an information storage.