Deadline: 21 Jun 2024

Published: 29 May 2024

6 Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates.


Students are expected to complete their thesis within three years, with the possibility of a fourth year without salary, to write up the thesis (should this be necessary). The gross salary is € 16.000,00 per year for three years from which taxes (approximately 18%) will be subtracted. Students are liable to an annual registration fee to be paid to the Open University (not to the Stazione Zoologica). The Stazione Zoologica will cover the registration fee for three years.

Applicants must hold or be in the process of receiving (within July 29th 2024):

  1. an advanced degree such as a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or its equivalent in a scientific area coherent with the project proposed; and, where English is not the applicant’s first language,
  2. an IELTS certificate (dated within the last two years) with scores that meet the minimum requirements of 6.5 overall score, and no less than 6.0 in any of the four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
  3. Alternative language certificate accepted: a degree completed either in the UK or in one of the majority English speaking countries
  4. Applicants must specify the chosen project in the application form. They can also provide a second preference option.

In the Application Form you can choose among the following projects (you can indicate your 1st and 2nd choice):

  1. PLASTIcity of seagrass Clones against AGEing (PLASTIC-AGE)
  2. Reconstruction of Nitric Oxide Signaling networks during the embryonic development of Amphioxus (NOSA).
  3. The molecular mediators of the ribbon-like Golgi architecture in animal cells
  4. Identification of refugia from climate warming in the eastern Mediterranean Sea
  5. From Regulatory Networks to Embryonic Architecture: a Computational Perspective into the Genomic Syntax of Developmental Programs
  6. The evolution of range shifts: understanding and predicting species’ responses to changing environments
  7. NeuroMITilus Unraveling the role of mitochondria in coping with hypoxia/reoxygenation stress in Mytilus nervous system
  8. Roles of Retinoic Acid in Cardiomyocytes Specification during Ciona Embryogenesis
  9. DANCE- Diapause in copepod eggs: a multi-disciplinary approach
  10. BlueDiversa: Marine biodiversity and ecosystem function of benthic habitats in a changing ocean using novel underwater imaging approaches
  11. Chemosensory perception in copepods: behavioral, physiological and molecular responses to biotic stimuli
  12. The Role of Sharks and Rays in the Mediterranean Deep-Sea Food Web
  13. The good and the bad side of microalgae: biosorbents and vehicles of copper in polluted marine environments
  14. Study of the resilience of Mytilus galloprovincialis to microplastics pollution and its link with genetic variability
  15. BioSurfactants from underexplOred sources and potential For heavy metal bIoremediAtion (SOFIA)
  16. Unraveling the reproductive plasticity of scyphozoan polyps in response to diverse environmental conditions
  17. EPIgenetic regulation of bioactive Compound production from microalgae (EPIC)
  18. How animals sense (and are related to) the microbial world: the impact of microorganisms on gut environment maturation of the protochordate Ciona robusta

Apply by the 21st of June 2024. Find out more about the application procedure through the link below!