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.

  EURAXESS Portal

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 DN – Doctoral Networks, ESR/PhD Positions

Most recent calls for applications addressed to ESRs/PhDs within the University of Padua Doctoral Networks can be found on the University page on the Euraxess portal.


One Doctoral candidate(DC)/PhD vacancy is available at the University of Padova (Italy) for highly motivated doctoral candidate as part of the new Horizon Europe, EU-funded, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks “QSI - Quantum Safe Internet” project (GA # 101072637).

The research topic of the position is the following: -Project DC #8: Intermodal Quantum Communications in Free-Space and Fibre
Objectives: Experimental study and modelling of intermodal quantum communications, aiming at bridging free-space and fibre links.
At University of Padova the research/training of the successful candidate will be carried out within the Department of Information Engineering, under the guidance of Professors Paolo Villoresi and Giuseppe Vallone. Other supervisors will join during the secondment periods.
The DC is expected to join the University of Padova starting from Fall 2022 (estimated).
All the information about the above-mentioned position and the application form (google account is required to access) can be found here: https://forms.gle/3etxctjF6U8qvnFJ7

Deadline for applications: July 20, 2022 - 11 PM CEST

  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

International Research Office

via Martiri della libertà 8, 35137 Padova, Italy
tel. +39 049.827 1947 / 1945
fax +39 049.827 1911
international.research@unipd.it