Opportunities and open positions

As one of the most ancient research centres in Italy, the University of Padua strives to attract the best academics. Listed below are our main employment and fellowship opportunities for researcher staff.

Open positions

  Official Register (“Albo di Ateneo”)

It is the repository of all rulings and official decrees issued by the University of Padua and it serves as a legally binding form of public notice, in accordance with the Italian Law. It lists several vacancies and selection announcements for the awarding of research grants (e.g. “Bando di selezione per il conferimento di assegni per lo svolgimento di attività di ricerca”) and academic positions that are available here.

  STARS@UNIPD Funding Programme

The STARS funding programme is launched every 2 years (new edition is expected in 2021). It is addressed to young pioneers of frontier research, offering support to ground-breaking ideas with definite potential to turn into competitive proposals for the prestigious ERC grants. STARS grants are open to all scientific areas and will support two-year research projects to be developed in one of the 32 Departments of the University of Padua.

  Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (“MIUR”) Portal

The MIUR website dedicated to calls for research proposals provides all the information related to calls for research grants and fixed-term researchers communicated by Italian universities, public research and experimentation entities. Research grants available at the University of Padua are listed here.


Take advantage of EURAXESS and find your job in research. EURAXESS showcases thousands of vacancies and fellowships from more than 40 European countries and other regions in the world. Positions available at the University of Padua are listed here.

More information on Euraxess are available here .

  MSCA ITN – Innovative Training Networks, ESR/PhD Positions

Most recent calls for applications addressed to ESRs/PhDs within the University of Padua Innovative Training Networks are listed below. For more details, go to University page on the Euraxess portal.

  • Within the framework of the EU Marie Curie innovative training network: xCTing, Unipd is hiring two Early Stage Researchers for the following topics:
    - Enabling Industry 4.0 by fast and accurate CT metrology. 
    - CT-based adaptive advanced manufacturing and assembly chains.
  • One PhD vacancy is availabl for highly motivated ESR positions (full-time 36 months) as part of the new H2020, EU-funded, MSC ITN “AppQInfo” (Applications and Hardware for Photonic Quantum Information Processing) is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN).
    The aim of AppQInfo is to provide a world class training in photonic Quantum Information Processing (pQIP), and prepare an excellent cohort of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to become the future R&D staff of Europe’s emerging markets in this area.
    One PhD vacancy is available for highly motivated ESR position (full-time 36 months) as part of the new H2020, EU-funded, MSC ITN “AppQInfo”. EURAXESS Job Offer id: 676245.
    The research topics of the position are the following:
    -ESR4: Exploitation of entanglement in quantum networks
    Objectives: Experimental exploitation of entanglement in quantum networks (protocol beyond QKD, quantum computation, fundamental test of physics).
    Expected Results: Advancing the capabilities of entangled-based quantum communication.
    ERS will be primarily hosted by the University of Padova-Department of Information Engineering (Italy) with stays in other partner institutions (secondments).
    Job offer and Application form can be found here (google account is required to access): https://forms.gle/xwKJdksKrDq7rxqu9
    (Deadline 9/09/2021, 11 p.m. CEST)
    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 956071.

  MSCA IF - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) are one of the actions through which the European Commission financially supports international mobility of experienced researchers within European Countries or between a European country and a country outside Europe. MSC fellows carry out their own research project in collaboration with a host institution, which is indicated at the time of their application. Researchers of all ages, nationalities and scientific disciplines can apply.

More information on MSCA IF at Unipd are available here.

Other opportunities

  Lombroso Postdoctoral Fellowships

Lombroso Fellowships are awarded to qualified candidates from Italy, wishing to pursue cancer research as Postdoctoral Fellows at the Weizmann Institute, Israel. Other opportunities are also made available for Phd students.
Application deadline: There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted throughout the year

Call for application: available here

  EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support excellent postdoctoral researchers in laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key requirement. Now awarding grants for employment contracts in EMBC countries, EMBO Fellowships also support the career development of the fellows through leadership courses and networking opportunities.

Application deadline: There are no application deadlines but there are two annual evaluation deadlines for EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships: Second Friday of February (Spring Selection Round) and Second Friday of August (Autumn Selection Round)

Call for application: available here

  EMBO Short-Term Fellowships

Short-Term Fellowships fund research exchanges of up to three months between laboratories in eligible countries. Short-Term Fellowships are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country.

Application deadline: There is no deadline for applications, however it is recommended to apply three months before the proposed starting date.

Call for application: available here


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