Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems

News from our PhD

access_time February 01, 2021

The PhD Course is an innovative post-graduate program. The normal duration of the Ph.D programme is four years. After an eight-month intensive training period with lectures on a wide spectrum of advanced topics (statistical mechanics, polymer physics, data analysis, physical chemistry, bioinformatics, molecular simulation techniques, etc), the students start their own research activity under the supervision of a faculty member. Research is carried out in daily contact with the supervisor and collaborators.

In addition to attending colloquia and participating in regular seminars and journal clubs within the group, PhD students can also benefit from the existing collaboration with a large number of international research institutes and from the possibility to attend Summer Schools and International Workshops thanks to dedicated travel funds.

Applicants should have a good background in Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Applied Mathematics and are expected to obtain their M.Sc. (Laurea Magistrale) or equivalent degree by October 31, 2021. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis, by a written and oral exam and taking into consideration their CVs, undergraduate transcripts, and reference letters. SISSA can cover, in full or in part, the expenses for taking part to the exam. Please contact for further information.

The group of Molecular and Statistical Biophysics ( at the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati ( (SISSA) of Trieste, Italy, has initiated a major effort to expand in new areas related to the Physics of Biological Systems (theory and computation) and has planned the opening of a permanent position at Tenure Track or Associate Professor level.

At this stage we welcome expressions of interest from young researchers seeking to establish their own lines of research in the international and stimulating research environment of SISSA, where diversity and cultural differences are valued and encouraged.

The scholar will work as an independent principal investigator and bring complementary expertise to the Group which is currently focussed on physics-based models of biological and polymeric systems and their characterization using advanced theoretical and numerical techniques. The researcher will benefit from top level working conditions in our research-oriented gradual school, including a starting grant, teaching to small groups of motivated graduate students, and the possibility to supervise PhD students fully paid by the School.

As a result of this enquiry, the Group will decide whether or not to fill a position, and on the contract to offer or procedure to activate.

Expressions of interest, as well as general enquiries, should be addressed to the coordinator of the Group, Giovanni Bussi.

Deadline for the receipt of applications: November 1, 2019.

Applications (in Italian or English) should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae with a complete publication list and the names of three referrals.
  • A description of current research interests.
  • Five publications on topics related to the sought areas of expertise.

SISSA is an international PhD school. Knowledge of Italian is not required.

More information about the school and the group can be found at and