Ph. D. in Mathematics - University of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma

The PhD program in Mathematics is organized within a close collaboration between the three universities of Ferrara, Modena-Reggio Emilia and Parma, and represents a consolidated reality at regional and national level since 2013. The students of PhD programs benefit both from the educational offers of the three campuses in the various fields of Mathematics, and from the plurality of skills in the teaching staff. Through a capillary network of national and international contacts and the high level qualification of its teaching staff, the program offers an educational path of the highest level in each specific sector of mathematical sciences.

The main objective of this program is to train highly qualified professionals in the field of Mathematics, with advanced skills on mathematical models and methodologies, which can also be used in application contexts of interdisciplinary type is achieved through series of lectures, seminars, participation in workshops and research periods in third-party institutions which, on the one hand, introduce PhD students into the academic and non-academic research mode and, on the other hand, allow them to establish business contacts that will accompany them in the years following graduation. Alongside the periods of study, presentations at conferences and workshops of international importance are organized to help the doctoral student in subsequent insertion into the working way. The training is therefore specifically aimed at the ability to recognize significant research problems in the field mathematician, to formulate solutions to such problems and to pass on the results to others through oral presentations or written work.

PhD candidates, at the end of the program, must be able to: carry out a research activity independently, produce original and relevant results and enter the international scientific community. Graduates will be in possession the skills necessary not only to work in universities and research institutes, but also in industry, in administration public and private commercial enterprises.


Doctoral Positions in Mathematics

Applications are invited for 12 doctoral positions within the PhD Program, starting

November 1, 2022

The program will provide doctoral researchers with a high-quality education in the fields of pure and applied mathematics, and their interactions with computer science. Carefully selected research projects will introduce doctoral researchers to relevant and challenging topics at the forefront of current mathematical research.

In addition to 9 fellowships with research theme open to all fields of mathematics, 3 thematic fellowships are available, two of which funded by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (RRP) at the University of Ferrara in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning:
- Physics-informed neural networks with applications to socio-epidemiological dynamics
- Artificial intelligence and e-health techniques applied to proprietary platforms for aid and assistance in telemedicine

and a third one funded by EU (ERC advanced grant) at the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia:

- Dynamic causal modeling of brain activity to uncover specific neurophenotypes of dementia associated with anosognosia and delusions


We are looking for highly motivated, excellent candidates with strong mathematical skills and interest in pure and applied mathematics, and computer science. Applicants must hold a master’s or equivalent degree in mathematics, computer science or a related field.

Doctoral researchers will work on a theoretical or applied research project, participate in the activities of the PhD program by attending some of the curses offered, and pursue a doctoral degree.

Employment will be for three years. Applications must be submitted by

July 25, 2022 at 12.00 (Italian time)

either in English or Italian at the following links: (Italian version) (English version)


Further Information

For further information, please contact the Ph.D. program coordinator: Prof. Lorenzo Pareschi of the University of Ferrara.