Call for Applications (a.y. 2023/2024) (in Italian and English)

Annex - NEW The oral exam for the admission to PhD in Earthquake Engineering has been postponed to 19/07/2023 at 9.30 a.m.

Deadline: June 28th 2023, 1:00 PM (CEST)

Positions available: 7, of which:

with scholarship funded by National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) - DM 118/2023 – Research PNRR, with a focus (although not exclusively) on the following topic:
Integrated seismic and energy efficiency design of buildings
This scholarship addresses, for example, and not exclusively, design schemes for new buildings including risk and environmental impact metrics and new guidelines and model design codes for sustainable buildings facing, e.g., natural hazards and climate change.

1 with scholarship funded by National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) - DM 118/2023 – Research PNRR, with a focus (although not exclusively) on the following topic:
Optimal Seismic Retrofitting of Existing Structures for improved sustainability
The research foreseen in this scholarship focuses, among other topics, on developments in seismic retrofit schemes and techniques, combined with other criteria, such as energy efficiency, evaluated in a comprehensive manner with a range of key sustainability-related structural, economic and social decision variables.

1 with scholarship funded by National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) - DM 118/2023 – Investment 3.4 - Digital and Environmental Transitions, with a focus (although not exclusively) on the following topic:
Multi-hazard assessment and sustainable retrofitting of ageing buildings and bridges
This research will address methodologies for quantitative risk assessment of existing buildings and bridges, subjected to seismic and other hazards, considering the large-scale analysis of bridge and building portfolios under natural and anthropic hazards, and the impact of their out-of-service/collapse.

2 with scholarships funded by the University of Pavia through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) - DM 118/2023 – Investment 4.1 Public Administration, with a focus (although not exclusively) on the following topic:
Risk assessment and damage scenarios of existing structures for development of civil protection strategies
The thesis will deal with developing tools for predicting and reducing the consequences of seismic events on infrastructures and components of strategic interest for the Province of Pavia, allowing to develop plans for reducing the interruption of essential services and/or consequences also on the environment.

2 with scholarships funded by the Eucentre Foundation, on a topic to be agreed upon, with the Eucentre Foundation, at the beginning of the programme.

Evaluation schedule

The results about the evaluation process will be published here (IUSS website -

The oral exams / interviews will be carried out from 18/07/2023 at 09:30 AM (CEST) onwards, at IUSS Pavia, the “EUCENTRE Foundation”, Via Ferrata n. 1, 27100, Pavia or online, via Zoom.

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To apply to the programme, the following documents are required:

  • A PDF copy of a valid identity document (e.g. Passport, National Identification Card)
  • Self-certification of the MSc Degree Certificate (in case of Italian or EU educational qualification) OR copy of the MSc Degree Certificate (NON-EU educational qualification)
  • Academic and professional CV
  • Diploma Supplements (or similar documents) of BSc Degree (Diploma di Laurea Triennale) and MSc Degree (Diploma di Laurea Magistrale)
  • Scientific publications (and list of relevant publications)
  • Up to three reference letters (submitted by the referees through the online portal)
  • Any other academic or professional qualifications that the candidate deems relevant to the programme

Applications are evaluated and scored by the Selection Board in two steps:

  1. Qualification assessment - The Selection Board will assess the submitted scientific qualifications awarding a score up to 50 points. Only the applicants obtaining a score of at least 36/50 in this qualification assessment phase will be admitted to the oral interview. Applicants are not required to be present during the assessment of qualifications.
  2. Oral interview - The interview will entail a discussion about the scientific skills and the research that the applicant would like to conduct with the aim of ascertaining their suitability for research and overall ability. Applicants will be assigned a score of up to 50 points. The interview is in English and may be carried out on line through a videoconference (i.e. Skype), as long as the candidate can be identified via suitable photo documentation. 

With the scoring of the two steps, the Selection Board will then award a final score from 1 to 100 to each applicant, which will then determine the final ranking and formal offer. Candidates obtaining a score below 36/50 will not be given a ranking and hence, not be admitted to the ROSE doctoral programme. Applicants will be notified of their admission to the programme using the e-mail address provided during their application. Results of the application will be posted in the ROSE doctoral programme page in addition to the university notice board.