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PhD in Polar Sciences Università di Venezia Cà Foscari Deadline April, 10th 2019

PhD in Polar Sciences 35° cycle (Duration: 4 years)
Deadline April 10th 2019 1 P.M. (Italian Time)

9 scholarship positions are available, one of which is funded by the University of Pisa and linked to the theme: “The Antarctic system and its response to global changes”.

Website for the PhD in Polar Sciences: Università di Venezia Cà Foscari:

Doctorate Coordinator: Prof. Carlo Barbante, Ca' Foscari University; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Department: Department of. Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics

Associated partners are:

  • National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
  • University of Milano-Bicocca
  • University of Pisa
  • Insubria University
  • National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV)

The programme is taught entirely in English. Duration: 4 years
Admission to Doctoral Programmes is gained through a highly selective application process, subject to international attention. The call for applications for academic year 2019/20 is now online. Deadline April 10th 2019 1 P.M. (Italian Time)
The oral examination, in English, will cover the discussion of the research proposal and the motivations of the candidate, but will also be aimed at ascertaining the skills acquired in subjects necessary for quantitative analysis and modelling, such as mathematics and statistics. The oral examination will also assess the competences required for the PhD course, the motivations of the candidate and an adequate ability to express themselves in English.

Educational Aims: The objective of the PhD programme in Polar Sciences is to prepare students with in-depth scientific competences and original and innovative research activities for becoming experts on topics related to recent and past environmental and climate changes of the Polar Regions and of the glaciated areas of high altitude/low latitudes sites. The state of the art of the scientific knowledge will be made available for the students for building a robust scientific understanding of the processes regulating the climate changes occurring in the Polar Regions with an interdisciplinary approach.

Research themes

  • Glaciology
  • Ice core sciences
  • Ice sheet Modeling
  • Polar Biology
  • Polar Oceanography
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleoceanography
  • Polar Climate
  • Remote Sensing
  • Polar Geography and Geopolitics
  • Spectral Methods for Climatic Time Series
  • Data Mining

Professional Profiles: The PhD programme in Polar Sciences will form a new generation of scientists, experts and professionals with a holistic view of the polar environments and climate. They will be able to cover leadership roles in the academia, in national and international research centres for dealing with the great challenges imposed by Global Climate Changes in these highly vulnerable areas.