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PhD Programme in Innovative Technologies and Sustainable Use of Mediterranean Sea Fisheries and Biological Resources (FISHMED-PHD) - Academic Year 2021/2022 - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
    Agricultural sciencesPhytotechny
    Biological sciencesNutritional sciences
    Environmental scienceNatural resources management
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/05/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Bologna


Despite the fact that the fishery issue is one of the priorities of the European agenda, this topic has never been supported by high level dedicated education. FishMed-PhD programme will focus predominantly on Mediterranean fisheries, both in terms of understanding the impact that fishing pressure can have on ecosystems, but also how fisheries are interconnected with the marine environment and are themselves impacted by other drivers of change (e.g. climate change, alien species). FishMed-PhD programme will train a new generation of managers, not only on innovative Technologies, the biology of the harvested species and biotechnologies, but also on the importance of limiting the anthropic impacts while maintaining the economic performances. PhD candidates will carry out interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and complement their training through specialised courses. PhD candidates will also learn to implement environmental awareness and to deliver scientific knowledge to policy makers, and the general public.
Research topics
  • Marine microbial metagenomes: study of microbial metagenomes from marine organisms (holobionts) and environments as indicators of ecosystems and organism health and functionalities;
  • Marine environment: relationship between environment and organisms; autecology and synecology, biological cycles of the species being harvested, and food webs;
  • Modeling gene regulation, biomineralization, growth, and population dynamics in marine calcifiers and fish species;
  • Genomic methods and life history traits as tools for fisheries management;
  • Fishery stock assessment methods;
  • Fishing innovative techniques and Technologies;
  • Marine microbial food webs, and food security;
  • Influence of contaminants (chemical and microbiological) on reproductive cycles, on food quality and on human biodiversity;
  • Bioremediation of impacted marine ecosystems (surface and subsurface water and sediments);
  • Aquaculture, restocking and relative environmental impact;
  • Human genetic variability of genes and pathways involved in lipid metabolism across Italy and the Mediterranean area: focus on genetics, nutrition and health;
  • Natural resources and environmental economics;
  • Fisheries economics, product marketing and fishery chain;
  • Protection of the environment and resources: legal bases, organizational, and innovative elements and tools for ecosystem-based fishery management;
  • Community legislation on fisheries, national rules in the Mediterranean countries and EUSAIR;
  • International Fisheries Organizations operating in the Mediterranean: objectives and functioning;
  • Sustainable exploitation of marine bio-resources (microbes, biomass and fish processing by-products and wastes);
  • Citizen Science: communication, volunteer involvement, spatial and temporal large-scale monitoring, dissemination, environmental education.

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The yearly gross amount of the scholarships is € 15.343,28. Social-security contributions are deducted monthly from the gross scholarship by the University on behalf of the PhD candidates. Scholarships are paid to PhD candidates on a monthly basis, in arrears (payment is completed not earlier than the 25th day of the month).

Eligibility criteria


Please, check the Call for applications


Selection process

Qualifications and research proposal evaluation

Oral examination

More information in the PhD Programme Table


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Offer Requirements

    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good



Applicants, regardless of age and citizenship status, can apply for the admission to the selection procedure if they have awarded at least one of the following degrees:

  • Laurea Magistrale, Magistrale a ciclo unico or Laurea Specialistica (Master’s Degree);
  • Laurea di Vecchio Ordinamento (pre-1999 reform);
  • A Second Cycle Degree awarded by academic institutions part of AFAM (Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale);
  • A non-Italian Second Cycle Degree (Master’s Degree or Single Cycle Degree) awarded by an academic institution equivalent to the above mentioned degrees (letters a, b, c).

Applicants who are yet to obtain their Second Cycle Degree are admitted to the selection procedure on condition that they obtain their degree by no later than October, 31st 2021.

Specific Requirements


- Multi-annual research proposal

- Abstract of the second cycle degree thesis

- No more than 2 reference letters

- Personal Statement

- List of publications (i.e. monographs, articles on scientific journals, volume chapters - max. 5), minor publications (conference papers, etc. - max. 5) and abstracts and posters presented during academic conferences (max. 5). All in full text.

- University Master Courses (Master Universitari di I e II livello), Postgraduate vocational training programmes and/or specialisation programmes relevant to the PhD Programme

- Postgraduate vocational training programmes and/or specialisation programmes relevant to the PhD Programme

- Research activity of any kind

- Working experience

- Apprenticeships

- Language proficiency certificates

- Periods of study abroad, outside the country of origin (e.g. Erasmus programme or other similar mobility programmes)

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

More information in the PhD Programme Table


Work location(s)
7 position(s) available at
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna
Via Zamboni 33

EURAXESS offer ID: 631030


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