PhD positions in Earth Sciences at the Dept. of Geosciences in Padua University (Padua, Italy)

Società Geologica Italiana

Please have a look at the following 3-year long PhD projects in Earth Sciences available at the Dept. of Geosciences of the University of Padua (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy), one of the leading Italian Universities in Science and Technology:

The guidelines for the applications (including mandatory requirements) can be found at:      (in Italian)      (in English)

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2018 and there will be 11 PhD positions available.  The selection of the applicants will be performed from July 13 to July 20 with a two-step procedure. The first step will  consider:

1) the CV,
2) a research project related to those proposed  at,
3) two recommendation letters.

In the second step, a selected number of applicants will be interviewed by a panel of Professors from the Dept. of Geosciences.  The PhD positions will be offered at 11 applicants.  The salary will be 1132.72 Euro per month plus health care cover, etc.

All the positions are open to non-Italian applicants, and in particular two positions are only for  non-Italian citizens. One of these two, called "CARIPARO stranieri" (= CARIPARO foreigners"), is funded by a local Bank Foundation and will cover the salary plus the living costs (= food and house rental) in Padua. I wish to highlight that Padua, one of the most wonderful towns in the Northeast of Italy ( and located 25 minutes by train from Venice, is the town where modern Science was born (Galileo Galilei taught for 18 years at Padua Univ.). Moreover, the Italian landscape and geology, not only the cultural heritage, is simply amazing.

In particular, if you are interested in the two following projects related to the European Research Council NOFEAR project on earthquake mechanics (

1) Geology, mechanics and numerical modeling of complex earthquake ruptures in the continental crust:

in collaboration with:
Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, LMU, Germany )
Dr. Shane Murphy (Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer, IFREMER, Brest, France)
Dr. Elena Spagnuolo (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, Rome, Italy)
Prof. Haibing Li (Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, CAGS, Beijing, China)
Prof. Jean-Paul Ampuero (GeoAzur Lab, Nice, France)


2) Mechanism of formation of slip surfaces in carbonate-built rocks: seismic faulting vs. deep-seated gravitational slope deformation

in collaboration with:
Dr. Marco Moro, Dr. Elena Spagnuolo, Dr. Stefano Gori, Dr. Emanuela Falcucci (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, Rome, Italy)
Dr. Michele Fondriest  (The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Prof. Michele Saroli  (Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Cassino, Italy)
please contact myself at:

For information regarding all the other projects listed at:

contact the supervisors of these particular projects.

For general information regarding the PhD positions, please contact:

Prof. Claudia Agnini (
Prof. Andrea D'Alpaos (