ITALY: 9 Early Stage Researcher positions available at the University of Genova - MSCA COFUND 2020 CLOE Doctoral Programme

UniGe is recruiting 9 ESRs under the Doctoral Programme CLOE - MSCA COFUND 2020 CLOE Doctoral programme -  Training to complexity: multidisciplinary approaches to rural and mountain sustainable development and conservation

The 2022 call for applications for 9 positions within CLOE Doctoral Programme has been published on University of Genova Ph.D. programmes' webpage. They are reserved to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who also comply with the MSCA mobility rule (cfr. requirements for details).

Please read carefully the full notice of competition and the list of PhD programmes on the institutional Ph.D. programmes' webpage (https://unige.it/en/usg/en/phd-programmes) in order to submit your application.


CLOE Doctoral Programme training is focused on multidisciplinary approaches to mountain and rural sustainable development and conservation starting from historical, environmental and legal perspectives. The project aims to train 15 PhD students from different countries also thanks to the collaboration of institution and organisations of the Liguria Region and excellent European research centres. CLOE supervisors develop their research in rural and mountain areas carrying out important European projects about: historical process of mountain marginalisation, living rural heritage, biodiversity and natural heritage conservations, measures to mitigate climate change and environmental risks, territorial justice, democracy in marginal areas. The objectives is to answer to one of the most important objectives of national and regional innovation strategies: address the problem of the abandonment of in-lands areas, promoting new approaches to locally-based, socially fair and sustainable development and thus contributing to better respond to the needs of rural areas in term of land management and territorial justice.


As detailed in the call for applications, the candidate has to present the complete Curriculum Vitae and a research project. The candidate has to choose one of the two proposed themes about each position for the preparation of the research project, as summarised below:


1) Rural and environmental archaeology and history (2 positions)

  • Research Theme 1: Rural archaeology and history: space, environmental resources and access rights;
  • Research Theme 2: Rural heritage and landscapes definition, construction and conservation;
  • Research Theme 3: Historical practices and new models of sustainable conservation and development;
  • Research Theme 4: Landscape of practices and landscape for rights and the changes in institutional definitions.

Contact e- mail:

Prof. Anna Maria Stagno: anna.stagno@unige.it


2) Sciences and Technologies for Electrical Engineering and Complex Systems for Mobility

  • Research Theme 1: Microgrid installation in rural environments to cope with electrical energy infrastructures' maintenance problems, due to depopulation and increased with pandemics emergency. Reconfiguration of energy provision grids to reduce their impact on cultural and natural heritage and minimize ground exploitation.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Renato Procopio: renato.procopio@unige.it


3) Science and Technology for the Environment and Territory -

  • Research Theme 1: Evaluation of geomorphological hazards and related risks in the Ligurian Apennines with particular emphasis on extreme events and abandonment processes;
  • Research Theme 2: Assessment of soil landscape sensitivity in relation to land use changes in Ligurian region (NW, Italy) over the last two centuries.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Ivano Rellini: ivano.rellini@unige.it


4) Landscape design and spatial planning

  •  Research Theme 1: Neo-settlement in the Mediterranean uplands: towards the formation of new landscapes;
  • Research Theme 2: New inhabitants and communities in the Mediterranean uplands: demand for governance and spatial planning.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Roberto Bobbio: roberto.bobbio@unige.it


5) Mathematics and applications

  • Research Theme 1: Coherent Inference for graphical models with applications to risk assessment of rare events;
  • Research Theme 2: Causal discovery with chain event graphs in the presence of asymmetric independencies in a dynamic setting.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Eva Riccomagno: riccomag@dima.unige.it


6) Political Sciences 

  • Research Theme 1: Local authorities’ organization, protection of rights and services’ delivery in rural and mountain areas;
  • Research Theme 2: Historical minorities and new minorities’ (EU and non EU migrants) protection and empowerment (also from a gender perspective) in rural and mountain areas.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Arianna Pitino: arianna.pitino@unige.it


7) History, History of Art and Archaeology

  • Research Theme 1: Retracing and mapping the presence of major artists and architects of the XX century in the Ligurian hinterland;
  • Research Theme 2: Designing and developing strategies to connect cultural memories and the sustainable enhancement of the mountain and rural areas surrounding the region.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Paola Valenti: paola.valenti@unige.it


8) Philosophy of Law

  • Research Theme 1: Alternatives to private property in the history of legal culture;
  • Research Theme 2: Legal history and sociology of private, public and common property.

Contact e-mail:

Prof. Isa Fanlo: isa.fanlo@unige.it


PhD students will be recruited under a 36 months Research Fellowship (Assegno di Ricerca – AdR, art. 22 L. 30/12/2010, n. 240) which will comprise:

  • a living allowance, corresponding to the gross salary (employer/employee) paid in monthly instalments to fellows, inclusive of all social security coverage, contribution to pension funds (gestione separata INPS) and unemployment indemnity;

  • a mobility allowance for fellows’ expenses linked to their mobility (i.e. relocation, family and travel expenses);


The monthly gross salary, including living and mobility allowance, will be of 2.196,16 euro.


An insurance coverage is foreseen, according to Italian law provisions. The contract (AdR) will specify rights and obligations of the ESR and the arrangements relating to confidentiality and intellectual property rights. Moreover, each CLOE fellowship will include a contribution to costs needed to carry out research projects (e.g. consumables, contribution to travel expenses for secondments, short visits and conferences participation, publications, consumables and visas, if needed). The human resources policies of UniGe are guided by the general principles and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.


Researchers will be provided with an adequate working space, taking into account personal specific needs or disabilities. UniGe has an Equal Opportunities Committee and a Guarantee Committee for equal opportunities, the enhancement of the well-being of workers and against discrimination in order to guarantee a workplace free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and fair practices and behaviour at work.




The call is reserved to Early Stage Researchers. ESRs are researchers must be in their first 4 years of research career at the date of the recruitment and not have been already awarded a PhD degree before. Researchers must also comply with the MSCA mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, study etc.) in Italy for more then 12 months in the three years prior to the date of recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent under a procedure to obtain refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account for the calculation.

Candidates’ research proposals must fit with the research areas of the call for applications. Candidates are asked to submit with their applications a research proposal. Applicants whose proposal should be deem off-topic will be considered not eligible and will not be admitted to Step 2 of the Evaluation and Selection Procedure. Candidates must submit all the requested information and forms through the application platform through the following link: https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/post-laurea/dottorato/domanda

For further information about procedures please read the complete notice of the call for applications (https://unige.it/en/usg/en/phd-programmes) and the MSCA-COFUND guideline for applicants available here: https://cloe.dp.unige.it/en/application_package_2022

Specific Requirements

Please read carefully the notice of competition about the specific requirements of each PhD course where the position of your interest is hired: https://unige.it/en/usg/en/phd-programmes


Eligibility criteria

You can find all the information about eligibility criteria in the guideline for applicants (2 Eligibility criteria –Who can apply?)


Selection process

You could find all the information about the selection process in the guideline for applicants (6 Evaluation procedure and selection)



Application Deadline:  30 june 2022 by 12 noon (Italian time)