PhD Programme in BioRobotics Call for applications NOW ON LINE

The Call for Application for the PhD programme in BioRobotics, for next Academic Year 2014/2015 is NOW ON LINE!

For further rinformation you can contact the PhD Programme in BioRobotics Secretariat:
Ms. Federica Radici
tel +39050883420

Ms. Silvia Dell'OroSA_biorobotics_logo_eng
tel +39050883136

Downloads: Call for application.pdf


PhD degree are offered, upon selection via publicly published competition, at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna for those candidates holding a MSc degree or equivalent (i.e. Laurea Magistrale). Phd Degrees run for a 3 year duration and are equivalent to the italian research doctorate in compliance to article n°41 (14th of february 1987) of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. 

Candidate are offered the chance to pursue a doctorate degree at any of the research institutes of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna; among these, the Ph.D. programme offered at the BioRobotics Institute aims at educating highly competent researchers with the potential to be leaders in the area of robotics. 

Students are admitted to a PhD degree in BioRobotics upon successful scoring in the entrance examination. Eligible applicants must hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree or an equivalent title and must be under 35 years old. Undergraduate students may also apply if they graduate before the beginning of the Course.

The PhD Programme in BioRobotics is a three-year program of advanced studies and supervised research; after the end of the Programme, the "Diploma di Perfezionamento" is conferred to those students who have fulfilled the didactic requirement and passed a final examination with thesis dissertation; the Diploma di Perfezionamento is the equivalent of a PhD degree. A successful accomplishment of the PhD degree by the prospective candidates is assessed based on the number of papers published in peer reviewed international journals and by the number of patents filed. Upon completion of the PhD programme, graduates will benefit from a solid scientific and engineering background, the ability to conceive and carry out original research projects as well as an autonomous entrepreneurship spirit. 

The BioRobotics Institute provides students with a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment. Doctoral research projects can be undertaken at the institute main site in Pontedera, where first-class equipment and state-of-the-art laboratories are available to the PhD students. Each laboratory offers the chance for students to undertake research in a specific field of interest. At the Research Centre for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics, research programs are devoted to the study of underwater robots. Here prospective students are offered the chance to undertake research in topics such as design of bioinspired underwater systems, with an effort in underwater bioinpsired propulsion or legged locomotion, control of unconventional underwater robots, mechanical design of new actuators or sensors. Major effort is also put in modelling of non-conventional systems with a focus on structural mechanics and fluid-dynamics, rigid and soft-body-dynamics and fluid-structure-interaction by the employment of commercial and in-house codes. At the Research Centre for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics students investigate how biological systems work from an engineering viewpoint, and make use of such knowledge to pursue challenging research projects aimed at modelling, designing and building novel components and systems for marine applications such as underwater structure inspection and monitoring of the marine environment. PhD candidates at the Research Centre for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics are encouraged to perform high-ranking, innovative research through team work performed under the supervision of several committed researchers.