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Junior Faculty Recruitment Program



Terms of appointment

All positions are fixed-term.

Assistant Professors and Post-Doctoral Fellows can be offered an "Assegno di Ricerca", a "Collaborazione a Progetto" or a "Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato" contract.

Type of Contract (a) Requirements Duration Gross Salary Range/Year
Assistant Professor Assegno di Ricerca Can be offered to all candidates Min. 1 year and max. 3 years (with the option of a renewal for a maximum of 4 years) Negotiable; minimum €30,000 - maximum €50,000
Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato (l. 240/2010 art 24, c 3 a) A PhD is required Max. 3 years (with the option of a single renewal for 5 total years) +/- €35,000 (100% of the salary of a tenured researcher as defined by law)
Ricercatore a Tempo Determinato (l. 240/2010 art 24, c 3 b) A PhD is required. To be eligible, the appointee has to have held at least three years of research contracts by the date of appointment. Max. 3 years +/- €45,000 (130% of the salary of a tenured researcher as defined by law)
Collaborazione a Progetto (a) Can be offered to all candidates. Variable Variable on the basis of project funds, but no more than €80,000
Post-Doctoral Fellow Assegno di Ricerca Can be offered to all candidates Min. 1 year and max. 3 years (with the option of a renewal for a maximum of 4 years) Negotiable; minimum €19,360 - maximum €35,000
Collaborazione a Progetto Can be offered to all candidates. Variable Variable on the basis of project funds, but no more than €60,000

Notes:

  1. Contracts cannot be awarded for more than a total of 12 years. The calculation of total duration covers post-doctoral positions as well as research / assistant contracts in universities in Italy or abroad.

Current Calls

  • Complex networks of economic and financial data and BigData platforms - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
    FIELDS: Complex Networks, financial networks economics, CS fundamentals, programming, Big Data, social networks platforms
    PROJECT: CrisisLab
    SCIENTIFIC AREA: Statistical Physics, Economics, Computer Science ACTIVITY: Research in the context of the CrisisLab project, with particular regard to Complex Networks of Economic and financial data. The candidate will design and realize a Web Services platform for economic and social data retrieval, analysis, visualization and management of the collected data. Research, tutorship and mentoring of the Institute's Ph.D. students, limited teaching and participation in the development of the Institute's research activities.
    RESEARCH AREA: Economics and Institutional Change
    RESEARCH UNIT: AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: A Phd in a related field with publications. The candidates should have an adequate scientific curriculum for carrying out research activities. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.
    Note: Please remember to fill in the "PhD section" with all relevant information when compiling the Online Application Form.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Professional experiences in the following areas is a preferential requirement: physics, mathematics and computer. The candidates should have a wide set of publications in complex networks of economic and financial data, social networks and general algorithms.
    Candidates should have a Background and publications in: data mining, machine learning (classification, clustering, learning to rank, collaborative filtering, regression analysis, etc.), graph mining (community detection, link prediction etc.), complex networks, stochastic modeling, information retrieval, social and information networks, big data and scalable computing.
    CS fundamentals: algorithms, data structures, software engineering, databases, etc.
    Strong programming skills (at least one is required, few is a plus): Java, C++, Python
    BigData tools: MapReduce, Hadoop, Mahout, NoSQL, etc.
    Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm for performing applied research in an interdisciplinary Research Unit.
    TYPE OF CONTRACT: "assegno di ricerca"
    DURATION: One year, renewable for a maximum of three total years
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
  • Computational mechanics applied to solar energy materials - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
    FIELDS: Finite element method, Fracture/damage mechanics, Coupled problems in multi-physics, Error control and mesh adaptation, Multi-scale numerical methods
    PROJECT: CA2PVM - Multi-field and multi-scale Computational Approach to design and durability of PhotoVoltaic Modules
    ACTIVITY: Participation in the research activities of the ERC Starting Grant CA2PVM related to the development of multi-physics computational models for the study of the durability and performance of standard and innovative photovoltaic modules. In particular, research activities regard:
    • Development of multi-physics mathematical formulations for silicon semiconductors accounting for the coupling between the electric, the thermal and the mechanical fields and implementation of the derived weak forms in the finite element method.
    • Implementation of fracture mechanics and damage mechanics models for the simulation of cracking and diffuse damage in silicon cells embedded in photovoltaic modules.
    • FEM implementation of innovative constitutive models for the viscoelastic response of polymeric materials.
    • Realization of pre-processors written in Matlab, Python or analogous software for the automatic generation of finite element meshes for photovoltaic modules.
    • Development of mathematical techniques for the control of modelling and numerical errors.
    • Computational methods for the assessment of the probability of failure of composites.
    Research, tutorship and mentoring of the Institute's Ph.D. students, limited teaching and participation in the development of the Institute's research activities.
    RESEARCH AREA: Computer Science and Applications
    RESEARCH UNIT: MUSAM - Multi-Scale Analysis of Materials
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a PhD in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, Applied Mathematics or in a related field, or a four or five year undergraduate degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or in a related field if the PhD is expected to be earned by the date of appointment (around May 2014). An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.
    Note: Please, remember to write the overall score/average grade (if available) of your four or five year undergraduate degree when compiling the Online Application Form.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must demonstrate though his curriculum and publications experience in the implementation of user element subroutines in finite elements analysis programmes (FEAP, ABAQUS, or others). The candidate should possess research experience in fracture mechanics and/or damage mechanics. Knowledge and experience in error control techniques and in the numerical treatment of coupled problems in multi-physics are also welcome. Candidates should have excellent programming skills in Fortran and Matlab; good programming skills in Python and Mathematica is ideal. Candidates should also have an excellent publication track record in computational mechanics and computational methods and an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
    DURATION: One year, renewable for a maximum of three total years
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
    Director Decree Selection Committee − Download decree in Italian
    Official Selection Calendar  (latest version updated on March 6th, 2014) − Download Calendar in Italian
    First Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Selection criteria outlining and agendaMarch 21st, 2014
    Second Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Shortlist
    Download preliminary short-list in English / Italian
    Third Meeting of the Selection Committee
    PresentationsApril 8th, 2014 from 9.30am - San Francesco complex - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca
    Fourth Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Final Ranking
    Download list of eligible candidates in Italian / English
  • Computer Vision and Machine Learning - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
    FIELDS: Image analysis, Pattern recognition, Machine learning, Data mining, Biomedical imaging
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are a rapidly growing and interdisciplinary group that collaborates with a variety of laboratories across the world to investigate new approaches for image analysis (segmentation, detection, tracking) and the discovery of patterns in multidimensional datasets arising in imaging problems in natural and life sciences. We have funding from the EU to investigate the formulation of (active and semi-supervised) learning problems for object segmentation and detection, where variants of the object appear many times (often occluded and under affine transformations) in the scene. These problems are commonly encountered in cell characterization and phenotyping, plant phenotyping, and nano-particle characterization.
    ACTIVITY: We are looking for an enthusiastic and strongly motivated researcher to join our lab in Italy and propose innovative learning-based approaches to image segmentation. He/she will have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with our partners in Europe, USA, and Australia. The fellow is expected to focus mostly on research. Limited teaching of graduate courses and assistance mentoring PhD students may also be requested.
    RESEARCH AREA: Computer Science and Applications
    RESEARCH UNIT: PRIAn - Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a 4 or 5-year degree or equivalent MSc's level education in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or in a related field. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A PhD in Computer vision, Machine learning, Signal processing, Image analysis or related areas is preferable. A good record of international publications demonstrating prior experience is required. The candidate should have good programming skills, a strong mathematical background, and an interest in bridging the gap to the biological/natural sciences.
    DURATION: one year renewable for an additional year
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
    Director Decree Selection Committee − Download decree in Italian
    Official Selection Calendar  (latest version updated on February 18th, 2014) − Download Calendar in Italian
    First Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Selection criteria outlining and agendaMarch 5th, 2014
    Second Meeting of the Selection Committee
    ShortlistMarch 5th, 2014
    Download preliminary short-list in Italian / English
    Third Meeting of the Selection Committee
    PresentationsMarch 12th, 2014 from 11.30 am in Piazza San Ponziano, 6 - Lucca
    Fourth Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Final Ranking
    Download list of eligible candidates in Italian / English
  • Medical Image Analysis - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
    FIELDS: Image analysis, Pattern recognition, Machine learning, Data mining, Biomedical imaging
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are a rapidly growing and interdisciplinary group that collaborates with a variety of laboratories across the world to investigate new approaches for image analysis (segmentation, detection, tracking) and the discovery of patterns in multidimensional datasets arising in imaging problems in natural and life sciences.
    We have funding from the National Institutes of Health (USA) together with partners from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of California Los Angeles (California, USA), and Siemens, to investigate new non-invasive techniques of cardiovascular imaging with MRI. We are particularly interested in unsupervised methods of analyzing such datasets and characterize cardiac disease, based on sparse space-time decompositions. Similar problems are encountered in functional MRI of the brain.
    ACTIVITY: We are looking for an enthusiastic and strongly motivated researcher to join our lab in Italy and propose innovative approaches to cardiovascular image analysis. He/she will have the opportunity to visit and collaborate with our partners. The fellow is expected to focus mostly on research. Limited teaching of graduate courses and assistance mentoring PhD students may also be requested.
    RESEARCH AREA: Computer Science and Applications
    RESEARCH UNIT: PRIAn - Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a 4 or 5-year degree or equivalent MSc's level education in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics or in a related field. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: A PhD in Computer vision, Medical image analysis, Machine learning, Signal processing or related areas is preferable. Prior experience in cardiac/brain registration and segmentation will be considered a plus. A good record of international publications demonstrating prior experience is required. The candidate should have good programming skills, a strong mathematical background, and an interest in bridging the gap to the medical/biological/natural sciences.
    DURATION: one year renewable for an additional year
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
    Director Decree Selection Committee − Download decree in Italian
    Official Selection Calendar  (latest version updated on February 18th, 2014) − Download Calendar in Italian
    First Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Selection criteria outlining and agendaMarch 5th, 2014
    Second Meeting of the Selection Committee
    ShortlistMarch 5th, 2014
    Download preliminary short-list in Italian / English
    Third Meeting of the Selection Committee
    PresentationsMarch 12th, 2014 from 11.30 am in Piazza San Ponziano, 6 - Lucca
    Fourth Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Final Ranking
    Download list of eligible candidates in English / Italian
  • Applied Economics and Econometrics in the Analysis of Economic Systems and Markets - 1 Assistant Professor Position
    SCIENTIFIC AREAS: Applied Economics (13/4A); Econometrics (13/A5).
    FIELDS: Applied Economics, Econometrics and Statistics, Applied Economics, Industrial Organization.
    ACTIVITY: Research in the context of the CrisisLab project, with particular reference to the analysis of the microstructure and dynamics of product markets and/or of global R&D and production networks both within and between firms. Analysis of input-output matrices, productivity indicators, etc.. Research, tutorship and mentoring of the Institute's PhD students, limited teaching and participation in the development of the Institute's research activities.
    RESEARCH AREA: Economics and Institutional Change.
    RESEARCH UNIT: AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems.
    PROJECT: CrisisLab.
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a PhD in a related field, or a four or five year undergraduate degree in a related field if the PhD is expected to be earned by the date of appointment. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should have a high degree of proficiency in the use of mathematical and statistical methods. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm for performing applied research in an interdisciplinary Research Unit.
    TYPE OF CONTRACT: "Assegno di Ricerca".
    DURATION: Negotiable, from one to three years, renewable for four total years.
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
    Director Decree Selection Committee − Download decree in Italian
    Official Selection Calendar  (latest version updated on December 4th, 2013) − Download Calendar in Italian
    First Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Selection criteria outlining and agendaNovember 29th, 2013
    Second Meeting of the Selection Committee
    ShortlistDecember 2nd, 2013
    Download preliminary short-list in English / Italian
    Third Meeting of the Selection Committee
    InterviewsDecember 5th, 2013, from 12:00 pm and December 9th from 3:00 pm 2013, in the San Francesco complex from 12:00pm
    Download final short-list in Italian / English
    Fourth Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Presentations and Final RankingDecember 20th, 2013, in the San Francesco complex from 11:00 am
    Download list of eligible candidates in Italian / English
  • Comparative Political History - 1 Assistant Professor Position
    FIELDS: XIXth and XXth Century comparative political history, with special reference to Italy and Great Britain and to questions related to the interaction between institutions and the media.
    ACTIVITY:Research, tutorship and mentoring of the Institute's PhD students, limited teaching and participation in the development of the Institute's research activities.
    RESEARCH AREA: Economics and Institutional Change.
    RESEARCH UNIT: POLHIST - Political History.
    FORMAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a PhD in a related field. An excellent level of both written and spoken English is mandatory.
    SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have an excellent record of high-impact international publications and should demonstrate enthusiasm for performing applied research in an interdisciplinary Research Unit.
    DURATION: Three years, renewable for one additional year.
    Download Full Call  (Bando) only in Italian
    Director Decree Selection Committee − Download decree in Italian
    Official Selection Calendar  (latest version updated on January 13th, 2014) − Download Calendar in Italian
    First Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Selection criteria outlining and agendaDecember 2nd 2013
    Second Meeting of the Selection Committee
    ShortlistDecember 13th 2013
    Download preliminary short-list in English / Italian
    Third Meeting of the Selection Committee
    InterviewsJanuary 15th 2014
    Download final short-list in Italian / English
    Fourth Meeting of the Selection Committee
    Presentations and Final RankingJanuary 31st 2014
    Download list of eligible candidates in Italian / English

Selection procedure and criteria

Procedure

A Selection Committee, appointed by the Director, assesses all applications on the basis online application info and - if provided - reference letters.
Assistant professor Positions: applicants selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis are interviewed at the Job Market Meetings in which the Institute is planning to participate, if applicable to the specific academic sector. Alternatively, individual preliminary interviews may also be conducted at IMT or by conference call. Travel expenses to Lucca for the preliminary interview will not be reimbursed.
Shortlisted candidates are invited for a Job Market Presentation open to IMT faculty members and students. Travel expenses for the Job Market Presentation will be reimbursed.
Post Doctoral fellow positions: shortlisted candidates, selected on the basis of the preliminary analysis, are invited for a research presentation at IMT. Travel expenses to Lucca for the research presentation interview will not be reimbursed.

Selection Criteria

The evaluation criteria are based on:
Quality of research activity, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and references;
Research organization experience and participation in international/national research projects and research periods in public and private institutions (academic and non-academic);
Relevance of the candidate's profile for the development of IMT's research activities;
Teaching, mentoring and supervision experience;
Motivation;
Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken;

As well as any other requirements as specified in the advertisement.

Application

Apply ONLINE only.

Before starting prepare the application attachments and information as listed below.

Info

Personal info and contact info (compulsory)
Number of your Identity Document (Passport or Identity Card) (compulsory)
University degree (compulsory) and Ph.D. (obtained, or "ongoing")
Name, position, institution and email address of three referees (compulsory)

An email, with the appropriate instructions to upload the reference letters will be automatically generated and sent to your referees. Please verify with your referees that they have duly received this email. Reference letters are not binding (only the contact info of three referees is mandatory). For this reason there is no particular deadline within which reference letters be sent. Nevertheless, since they represent additional documentation and the Selection Committee will take them into consideration when accessing candidates, we strongly recommend that candidates ensure their referees send the letters in a timely fashion. References must be submitted by the referees or by University Placement Offices directly to IMT, preferably through the above mentioned online upload procedure; or -alternatively- by:

Email (researchers.opening@imtlucca.it)
Fax (+3905834326565) Express mail: RPO - IMT - Piazza San Ponziano 6 / 55100 Lucca / (LU) Italy
Nb. Always indicate the title of the position

Indications regarding the starting date and duration for which you would be available to work at IMT (optional)

Attachments

Your CV in English (compulsory);
One research paper (published or working paper): compulsory for both Assistant Professor and Post Doctoral Fellow applications. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present this research paper in the final stage of the selection. For Assistant Professor applications only: Up to 11 additional papers can be submitted for evaluation if desired (to be attached to your application in a single zip file where indicated in the online form)

Recruitment Program Principles and Standards

IMT Assistant Professors and Post-doctoral Fellows are resident researchers pursuing advanced studies.
IMT is a dynamic center for young researchers. They work closely with other young researchers, graduate students and senior researchers.
Junior Faculty is regarded as IMT's most important investment. All junior faculty members are required to perform a limited load of teaching activities within the Ph.D. programs and supervision/mentoring of Ph.D. students, as well as to contribute to the development of the Research Areas of the Institute.
The remuneration package is competitive at an international level and includes generous research funds. IMT's procedures are in compliance with the European Commission recommendations proposed in the European Charter for Researchers and in the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers . In particular, IMT ensures that researchers will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, or social and/or economic conditions. Broad dissemination of information about the openings guarantees that any candidate in any part of the world can compete for the position offered.

Candidates may apply by simply filling out an online application form.

Selection procedure conditions are transparent and are based on international standards. IMT is committed to providing adequate resources to support the research activity of its faculty, as well as full flexibility in working conditions.

Furthermore, IMT recognizes "the value of geographical, intersectional, inter− and trans−disciplinary and virtual mobility as an important means of enhancing scientific knowledge and professional development at any stage of a researcher's career" (European Charter for Researchers, Ref. Value of mobility).
Therefore, it acknowledges any past mobility experience, encourages mobility at all levels and supports research and projects on interdisciplinary topics and collaborations at an international level.

IMT has also signed the " Commitment of Quality Assurance " (PDF, 25 KB) for the EURAXESS Researcher's mobility portal .

Closed Calls

  • Data Mining with Applications to Economics - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Applied Macroeconomics, Forecasting, Macroeconometrics, Economic Policy, Long Term Sustainability of Public Finances - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Control over Energy Systems - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Control Systems - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Applied Economics. Economics of Health and Pensions - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Networks of Networks in Socio-Economic Systems - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Brain Networks - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Applied Economics - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Applied Economics, Analytics, Statistics, Big Data in the Analysis of Economic Systems and Markets - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Econometrics and Statistics - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position (Deadline November 30th, 2012, 12 pm italian time)
  • Economics - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Input-Output Analysis and Trade Networks - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Analytics - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Analytics for "Crisis Lab" - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Statistical Physics - 2 Assistant Professor Positions
  • Control and Optimization of Dynamical Systems - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Brain Networks - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning Applied to Image Analysis - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Model Predictive Control - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Analytics - 2 Post Doctoral Fellow Positions
  • Data Visualization - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • High Performance Computing, Big Data - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Quantitative Finance - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Statistical Physics - 2 Post Doctoral Fellow Positions
  • Brain Imaging and Computational Morphometry - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Contemporary History - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow Position
  • Law and Economics- 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Economic History - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Stochastic model predictive control for energy systems - 1 Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Art History: Images, Visions and Reactions - 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Art History: Images and Motion - 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Statistical Physics - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Analysis, Control and Optimization of complex dynamical systems - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Economics and Innovation Management - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Modelling and Analysis of Concurrent Systems - 1 Assistant Professor Position
  • Art History - 2 Post Doctoral Fellow positions
  • Development of innovative algorithms for predictive stochastic control applied to problems in management of electrical systems - 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow position
  • Analysis of dynamic systems, piecewise linear virtual sensors, embedded predictive control - 2 Post Doctoral Fellow positions
  • Complex Data and Image Analysis − 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Networking Systems Engineering − 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Economics − 2 Assistant Professor positions
  • Management Science, Analysis of Complex Systems, Operations - 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Global Computing - 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Computer Science Applications to Cultural Heritage Sites - 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Complex Data and Image Analysis − 1 Assistant Professor position
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency − 1 Assistant Professor position

Past Calls and Statistics

Information about past calls

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