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PhD Programme in Law, Science and Technology - Academic Year 2019/2020 - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
    Computer science
    EngineeringIndustrial engineering
    Juridical sciencesInformatic law
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/05/2019 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Bologna, Turin, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Vilnius, Vienna, Hannover, Bruxelles
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The LAST-JD-RIoE is an International Ph.D. programme under the Horizon 2020 EU project 814177, MSCA ITN (Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions European Joint Doctorates). Doctoral candidates will acquire joint degrees in INTERNATIONAL DOCTORAL DEGREE IN LAW, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. The consortium is composed of 29 partners (9 beneficiaries, 2 research centers, 4 associate universities, 14 industries) with seven EU countries (Italy, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium) and two non-EU countries (Australia, USA). The nine universities are: the universities of Bologna, Turin, Luxembourg, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Mykolas Romeris University, the Centre for IT and IP Law, KU Leuven, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Universität Wien.

Three terms of mobility, for a total of 18 months, are required to ensure that all students follow courses in an integrated way and can benefit from the specific expertise available at partners universities, providing in particular an opportunity to experience research activity in departments of different kinds (law, computer science, bioethics, genetics) and to familiarize with local languages and the different legal systems of the EU. The research topics are fixed and they concern the Internet of Things coupled with the rights and freedoms. We have also six associated partners, two research centers (ITTIG-CNR, Data61- CSIRO), and four associate universities (Univ. del Piemonte Orientale, Univ. of Pittsburgh, La Trobe, and Observatorio de Bioética y Derecho of UB). They guarantee a connection with a high-technology centre from an international perspective.

The objective of the doctoral programme in Law, Science and Technology (LAST-JD) is to offer interdisciplinary integrated competences making it possible to deal with the new challenges the information society and the newly emerging technologies will increasingly pose in the future in the legal domain and the socio-ethical field. Upon completing of the doctoral programme, participants will be able to become legal professionals in specific ICT domains like software, databases, big data, AI, blockchain, robotics; government officials capable of managing eGovernment projects; researchers in specialised laboratories (medical genetic or nanotechnology); members of ethics committees; computer-forensics and security experts; legal-knowledge engineers. IoE technologies are viewed through the lens of the law, ethics, and human rights. Particular attention is dedicated to the Internet of Data, the Internet of Things, the Internet of Persons, the Internet of Health, the Internet of Money.


Positions n. 19:

n. 15 financed by LAST-JD-RIoE (Law, Science and Technology, Rights of Internet of Everythings) MSCA ITN (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions European Joint Doctorates) Horizon 2020 EU project  814177;

n. 4 not belonging to MSCA ITN (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions European Joint Doctorates) Horizon 2020 EU project

814177, supported by other kind of funding and under different conditions (e.g., it is not guaranteed mobility and multiple PhD titles).



The amount of the research grant is defined according to the rules of the LAST-JD-RIoE (Law, Science and Technology, Rights of Internet of Everythings) MSCA ITN (Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions European Joint Doctorates) Horizon 2020 EU project 814177.

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD unding is for 36 months.

The total gross amount includes local tax, social security contributions and considering the country correction factor we have the following figures:
- UNIBO, UNITO: 3.413,88€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€ for family allowance (if applicable).

- UAB, UPM: 3.119,58€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€ for family allowance (if applicable).

- UL, KUL: 3.270,00€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€ for family allowance (if applicable).

- MRU: 2.370,75€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€ forfamily allowance (if applicable).

- LUH: 3.171,90€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€ forfamily allowance (if applicable).

- UNIVIE: 3.489,09€ for living allowance + 600€ for mobility allowance + 500€for family allowance (if applicable).


Eligibility criteria

For the admission requirements, please, see art. 2 of the Call for applications.

In order to apply for the MSCA research grants, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements at the deadline of this call for applications:

  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers;
  • have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • have resided or carried out their main activity outside the country of the beneficiary university in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline of this call for applications. In the case of researchers with refugee status, refugee procedure is not considered as a period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary university.
  • Please, see art. 3 of the Call for applications for the mandatory documents to be attached to the application.

Further qualifications, if in possession of the applicant (only qualifications attested by documents drawn up in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish shall be considered as valid and assessed by the Admission Board), may be attached to the application: see the specific requirments.

For the details please check the call for applications here where you can find the call for applications and the detailed instructions and criteria of admission.


Selection process

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Offer Requirements

    Juridical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good



Regardless of age and citizenship, applicants holding the following academic qualifications can apply for admission:

a. second cycle master’s degrees);

b. degree obtained under the previous Italian regulations;

c. Second cycle degrees obtained abroad, recognised as equivalent to those covered by letters a), b) and c) of the present paragraph.

Undergraduate applicants may apply on condition toobtain the necessary academic qualification to be admitted to the PhD programme by 31/10/2019.


Specific Requirements

Abstract of the second cycle master’s degree thesis. Undergraduate applicants may submit the draft of the thesis approved by their supervisor;

No more than 2 reference letters signed by Italian and international academics and professionals in the research field, which do not form part of the Admission Board, attesting the suitability of the applicant and his/her interest for the scientific research. Please, note that the above letters cannot be uploaded by applicants;

Minimum 1, maximum 3 multi-annual research projects, with special emphasis on the activities to be completed during the first-year course. Applicants must indicate the chosen research topic on the cover page of the research projects. Taking into account the preferences expressed by the applicants and with due consideration of the applicants’ skills and expertise, the Admission Board will establish if the applicants can be considered eligible for the allocation of the positions linked to specific topics. Should the chosen candidate not accept, the offer will be made to the second on the list and so on until the position is filled. Should available positions remain vacant, eligible applicants from the general ranking list may be contacted. The remaining available positions shall be awarded from the top of the ranking list downward, in compliance with the eligibility requirements for MSCA research grants.

Motivational letter. This must include the reasons to attend the PhD Programme and those relevant experiences and research interests, that make the applicant suitable for the specific PhD Programme (3000 characters maximum, including spaces)

List of the publications (monographs, articles published on scientific journals)

List of the minor publications (conference papers, volume’s chapters, etc. - Professional Master courses completed in Italy (1st or 2nd level), relevant to the PhD Programme

Postgraduate vocational training programmes/specialisation programmes relevant to the PhD Programme

Summary of the thesis defended within the framework of Specialization Schools Programme (5000 characters maximum, including spaces)

Teaching activity carried out at university level.

Research activity of any kind - whether basic, applied, translational, etc. - carried out in any capacity, including when covered by research grants, and as a staff member of research projects

Work activity

Vocational internships - Curricular and non-curricular training and guidance internships

Title attesting the knowledge of the English language: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, ESOL or B1 (note: the research project with KUL beneficiary requires TOEFL or IELTS only)

Study periods completed by students outside their countries of origin (e.g. Erasmus programme or other similar mobility programmes)

Other qualifications attesting the suitability of the applicants (scholarships, prizes, etc)

Work location(s)
19 position(s) available at
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
Bologna, Turin, Luxembourg, Barcelona, Madrid, Vilnius, Vienna, Hannover, Bruxelles

EURAXESS offer ID: 299954


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