ColOpt – 15 PhD positions are available

The European Training Network ColOpt (Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter) is inviting applications of highly qualified and ambitious early state researchers for three year research or research & development projects. In total 15 positions are available at 12 partners. Candidates hosted at university nodes are expected to participate in the PhD programme of their host institution.

For more details see at or contact Nicola Piovella (deadline 01/04/2017).

New source of matter antimatter asymmetry

For the first time the LHCb experiment at CERN has measured an asymmetry between baryonic matter and antimatter. Baryons are particles composed of three quarks as the protons and neutrons that constitutes the matter that we know. Such asymmetries have been measured in the past in the decays of particles composed of two quarks (quark and anti-quark) called K and B mesons, but were never observed in the decay of any baryon. The study of  matter antimatter asymmetries is crucial to answer questions on the evolution of the Universe and in particular how it was possible to reach a state of complete absence of antimatter, if at the the origin matter and antimatter were produced in equal amount, as required by the Big Bang theory.


To perform this measurement at CERN were isolated for the first time about 6000 events of rare decays of Lambda-b baryons- particles about 6 times heavier than the neutron, due to the fact that contain a heavy quark called “bottom” – into a proton and 3 pions. Nicola Neri (researcher at INFN Milan) and his research team conducted the study now published in Nature Physics. According to Neri it is a first evidence that must be confirmed with more data but that would open new research opportunities: “LHCb has the ability to measure precisely asymmetries between matter and antimatter even in heavy baryons processes and it will be even more in future after the upgrade of the LHCb detector”. The LHCb group at INFN Milano led by Neri is responsible for the construction of the new silicon tracker to allow to collect a larger amount of data and possibly answer many questions still open on the evolution of the Universe.

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Eni Award 2017 – Giovane Ricercatore dell’Anno

Eni, contestualmente alle sezioni principali della nuova edizione 2017 di Eni Award, indice DUE PREMI specificamente rivolti a dottorandi o neo dottori di ricerca, che abbiano discusso o debbano discutere la propria tesi presso un Ateneo italiano nel 2015 o nel 2016, sui temi della decarbonizzazione e transizione energetica, della ricerca di nuove frontiere dell’energia e di soluzioni ambientali avanzate. Ogni Premio consisterà in una medaglia d’oro appositamente coniata dalla Zecca dello Stato Italiano e nell’importo di 25.000 €.
Termine ultimo per la registrazione di account: 11 novembre 2016
Termine ultimo per la presentazione di candidature: 25 novembre 2016
Per maggiori informazioni e dettagli riguardanti requisiti e modalità d’iscrizione, si prega di consultare il bando:

Enrollment for 2016-2019 open from 19/9 to 23/9

2016-2019 enrollment procedures

Please notice that all candidates admitted to the PhD courses have to enrol imperatively from 19 to 23 September 2016.


Instruction for the enrollment (foreing students) – Istruzioni per l’immatricolazione (italian students)



The results of the current selection have been published.

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2016 Selection – deadline on July 6th

The closing date of the selection for the 32th PhD cycle  (2016-2019) has been set: applications due by July 6, 2016 at 13h00.

Interviews will take place in July (foreign applicants can be interviewed via audioconference, by request).  More details are available here.

Potential candidates are invited to contact the secretary to get  help with the web procedure for applications, which has now been activated (see this link ), in order to prepare their application well in advance.  See also our Poster here.

16 PhD positions are available this year.

PostDoc Opening

Project Description: The position is founded via Volkswagen Foundation – Lichtenberg Project “Extreme ultraviolet probing of energy-conversion in photoexcited states”. Our new project investigates molecular dynamics with photoelectron spectroscopy using short wavelength sources based on high harmonic generation. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will be embedded in the ongoing collaborations of our group at Free Electron Lasers like Stanford’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

Borsa di studio per la Fisica 2016 Edison in memoria di Francesco Somaini

Con lo scopo di premiare e incoraggiare gli studi di Fisica in Italia, la Fondazione “Alessandro Volta” e Edison S.p.A. indicono il Concorso come segue:
La “Borsa Edison” di 10.000,00 euro, al lordo delle ritenute di legge, offerta da Edison S.p.A. verrà assegnata per concorso a quello che, tra i concorrenti, la Commissione Giudicatrice riterrà in senso assoluto il più meritevole, sia per titoli, preparazione scientifica, lavori già svolti e risultati già conseguiti, sia anche per il vantaggio che gli studi, per i quali e richiesta la Borsa, possono portare allo sviluppo della Fisica in Italia.

Bruno Rossi Prize to Laura Collica, alumnus of our PhD School

Laura Collica

The second INFN National Scientific Committee awarded the Bruno Rossi Prize to Laura Collica for her PhD Thesis in Astroparticle Physics. The Thesis entitled “Mass Composition Studies of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays through the Measurement of the Muon Production Depths at the Pierre Auger Observatory” was obtained during a cotutelage between the University of Milan and the University of Paris Diderot under the supervision of Prof. Lino Miramonti and Dr. Antoine Letessier-Selvon. The thesis work has consisted in the study of the composition of cosmic rays of ultra high energy through the analysis of data from surface detectors of the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina. It is of fundamental importance studying the nature of cosmic rays for both the astrophysics and the particle physics, since it allows to discriminate between the various scenarios of origin and propagation of cosmic rays and explore the hadronic interactions at energies currently inaccessible to accelerators.

The award ceremony will take place on April 5th at the INFN President Offices in Rome, where Laura will present her thesis work.