Admission

A public competition is open, based on qualifications and interview, for the assignment of additional PhD scholarships, under the project "PON - Research and Innovation" for the academic year 2021/2022 - XXXVII cycle, at the University of Naples "Federico II", Italy.

The PON Program aims to promote research activity on innovation issues, digital and enabling technologies and, at the same time, to support the enhancement of human capital, such as determining factor for the development of research and innovation in Italy.

The same Program, on the other hand, aims to enhance the human capital to be committed to PhD on issues oriented to ecosystem conservation, biodiversity, reduction the impacts of climate change and the promotion of sustainable development.

Deadline to apply (see here below):

by and no later than 1.00 pm (Italian time) on 25 October 2021.

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A short description / presentation of the contents of each research project related to the 3 scholarships

available for the PhD program in Quantum Technologies

is reported at the bottom of this file

Requirements for admission

Those who are in possession of one of the following qualifications can participate in the competition:

- specialist or master's degree awarded

- other degrees obtained, whose legal course has a duration of at least four years;

- equivalent academic qualification obtained at foreign universities.

In addition, those who will obtain a degree by and no later than October 31, 2021: in this last case, candidates are admitted to the competition with reserve.

Academic Degrees conferred abroad

The suitability of the qualifications obtained at foreign universities is ascertained, solely for purposes of admission to the selection, by the selection board. In that case, the degree certificate – with the passed exams and the study plan - as well as other documents deemed useful for assessing the suitability of the qualification, must be presented

If the certificate and other documents are drawn up in a language other than Italian, English, French, Spanish or German, they must be translated into one of the aforementioned languages.

Applications

The application for participation in the competition must be submitted exclusively through telematic procedure available at:

 https://pica.cineca.it/unina/dottorato37-pon/

by and no later than 1.00 pm (Italian time) on 25 October 2021.

To participate in the selection, candidates are required to pay, under penalty of exclusion, a contribution of € 50.00.

This contribution is valid exclusively for the selection for the PhD program for which the application form is being submitted.

Non-Italian candidates who are not resident in Italy are EXEMPTED from the obligation to pay the contribution.

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The documentation concerning the qualifications must be sent exclusively by upload when submitting the application.

For the purpose of the EVALUATION OF TITLES, candidates must submit the following documentation, following the instructions below:

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3) Candidates graduated abroad:

1. degree certificate, reporting the given exams and the study plan followed (if the certificate is drawn up in a language other than Italian, English, French, Spanish or German, it must be translated and legalized in one of the aforementioned languages);

2. any other qualifications (scholarships and certificates of attendance of post-graduate courses, related qualifications to carry out research activities, scientific publications, standardized test scores used for the selection of access to university courses at international or national level, etc.);

3. Any presentation / recommendation letter must be submitted through the way here below described;

4. curriculum vitae;

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4) Undergraduate candidates abroad

1. academic certificate, indicating the exams taken and the study plan followed (if the certificate is drawn up in a language from Italian, English, French, Spanish or German, must be different be translated and legalized in one of the aforementioned languages);

2. any other qualifications held (scholarships and certificates of attendance of post-graduate courses, related qualifications to carry out research activities, scientific publications, standardized test scores

used for the selection of access to university courses at international or national level, etc.);

3. Any presentation / recommendation letter must be submitted through the way here below described;

4. curriculum vitae

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The application must be printed, signed and reloaded in the procedure following the instructions given in the same procedure, attaching a copy of a valid identity document. The lack of signature and / or identity document are grounds for exclusion from the selection.

After having closed the application, the candidate can request reference letters by filling in the appropriate letter section, by the deadline for submitting the application (25 October 2021, 1.00 pm - Italian time).

The notice of the letter will be sent to the referee only after the final closure of the application. The contact person will be automatically notified by the system and will have to personally fill in the letter form reference present in the online procedure and send it by October 27, 2021 at 13:00 (Italian time).

 

Exams/ proofs

The examination tests are aimed at ensuring an appropriate comparative evaluation of the candidates and ascertain the candidate's preparation and aptitude for scientific research.

The admission exams are held by assessment of qualifications and oral exam.

Candidates must also demonstrate good knowledge of English language.

The qualifications and topics covered by the tests must be relevant to the scientific-disciplinary sectors of reference of the PhD course and can be differentiated by Thematic Areas.

The Commission of selection has a total of one hundred points divided as follows: 20 for qualifications and 80 for the oral exam. The qualifications that can be assessed and the scores referred to them are:

- university career: graduation grade or (for undergraduates) weighted average based on the CFU of the grades of the exams taken relating to the qualification required for admission to the course: up to a maximum by 12 points;

- scientific publications, thesis and other qualifications up to 8 points, of which up to a maximum of 1 can be awarded on the basis of letters of introduction from scholars or other relevant qualifications (awards, patents, scholarships, etc.).

Candidates who have reported a score in the evaluation of qualifications are admitted to the oral exam not less than 8/20.

The oral exam is only passed if the candidate obtains a score of at least 48/80.

The final score is given by the sum of the marks obtained in the evaluation of qualifications and in the oral exam

To take part to the selection, candidates must show one of the following documents: identity card, passport, driving license with photo, identification cards - with photograph and stamp or other equivalent signature - issued by a State Administration.

The absence of the candidate on the day, place and time of the exam will be considered as renounce, whatever the cause.

The interview tests will be held on November 5th 2021 starting from 14:00 (CET)

The outcome of the assessment of qualifications and the manner in which the interview will be held will be announced by 3 November 2021 on the University website, at the address:

http://www.unina.it/didattica/post-laurea/dottorati-diricerca/bandi-di-ammissione

The publication of the calendar represents an official notification to the interested applicants.

Candidates will not receive any written communication regarding the dates of the exam tests.

Any changes to the calendar will be promptly announced on the University website, at

http://www.unina.it/didattica/post-laurea/dottorati-di-ricerca/bandi-di-ammissione

which therefore candidates are required to consult constantly.

 

Merit rankings

The rankings will be formulated in descending order of the overall score reported by each candidate in the individual tests and approved by Rector's Decree.

In case of an ex-equo / tie among two or more candidates, the younger candidate will have priority in the ranking.

Candidates will be declared winners according to the order of the ranking up to the competition of positions available for each phd program.

In case of non-acceptance within the term referred to in the call, candidates will take over according to the order of the ranking

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Granting, enjoyment and disbursement of scholarships

The scholarships are valid for one year and are renewed on condition that the student has completed the program of activities planned for the previous year and has been admitted to the following course year.

The annual amount of the scholarship amounts to € 15,343.28 (fifteen thousand three hundred forty three / 28) inclusive of social security contributions-.

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Research projects of the 3 scholarships – PhD program in Quantum Tecnologies

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1 - Photoacoustic trace-molecule detection in the mid-IR and THz with MEMS cantilever sensors

Realization of a compact system capable of achieving sensitivity greater than one part per trillion in the detection of molecules of environmental interest. The technique is based on photoacoustic sensors based on microelectromechanical-MEMS transducers and will tend to reach and exceed the classic detection limit thanks to the control of the mechanical degrees of freedom of the cantilever or by using non-classical radiation in the interferometric reading. In this way the first environmental sensors assisted by Quantum Technologies would be obtained.

- 6 months to be carried out at ppqSense Srl

- X months to be carried out abroad

One of the strategies for implementing the European Green Deal is to invest in the field of Research and Innovation for the development of technologies that can assist the transition to a more sustainable and green society. For this reason, a growing number of research initiatives have been launched in recent years in the field of environmental control technologies.

The issue of the detection and control of trace molecules is of strategic importance in many areas, from the civil one (air quality control) to the industrial one (polluting emissions control) up to the most recent analysis of green fuels and emission control. global greenhouse gases. It is fully part of the National Research Plan-PNR both for the Green theme and for that of Quantum Technologies.

Refs.: prof. Francesco Saverio Cataliotti – francescosaverio.cataliotti@ino.cnr.it   e  Paolo De Natale – paolo.denatale@ino.it

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2 - The project involves learning Variational Quantum Circuits (VQCs) through evolutionary algorithms. In short, VQCs are quantum algorithms capable of modeling an objective function starting from a set of variables that can be optimized to achieve the objective through the use of an algorithm performed on classical architecture.

- 12 months to be carried out at Netcom Engineering S.p.A.

- x months to be carried out abroad

The proposal is in line with the SNSI with respect to technological innovation based on joint experimentation with the private sector. It is attributable to the National Thematic Area Digital Agenda, Smart Communities, Intelligent Mobility Systems due to the indirect impact it may have on related problems. For the Regional Specialization Areas, it is consistent with the Smart, Secure and Inclusive Communities Area for the use of quantum technologies, and in particular quantum computing, in the security sectors. In relation to the Large Spheres and Areas of Intervention of the PNR, it is part of Quantum Technologies, in the pillar of quantum computing: quantum computers have potential in many areas, from the optimization of production processes to the solution of complex problems

hanno un potenziale in molti ambiti, dall'ottimizzazione di processi produttivi alla soluzione di problemi complessi

Refs.: proff. Gianpiero Pepe – giovannipiero.pepe@unina.it   e   Giovanni Acampora – giovanni.acampora@unina.it

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3 - Consistent with the objectives of the PNR to make Italy a key player in the field of QT for computers and simulators both as a supplier of enabling technologies and as a developer of integrated platforms and algorithms and as an industrial end user, the project concerns research on systems innovative read-out and superconducting qubit control based on RSFQ superconducting electronics to optimize scalability and noise. (regional specialization area S3). Research tasks include study of qubits, design and simulations of qubits and superconducting circuits, feasibility studies, quantum measurement protocols and qubit measurement. The research will be carried out in full collaboration with SeeQc, world leader in superconducting electronics, with an R&D laboratory distributed between the Physics Department and CESMA.

- 12 months to be carried out at SeeQc-EU

- 6 months to be carried out abroad

The proposal is in line with the SNSI with respect to technological innovation based on joint experimentation with the private sector. It is attributable to the National Thematic Area Digital Agenda, Smart Communities, Intelligent Mobility Systems due to the indirect impact it may have on related problems. For the Regional Specialization Areas, it is consistent with the Smart, Secure and Inclusive Communities Area for the use of quantum technologies, and in particular quantum computing, in the security sectors. In relation to the Large Spheres and Areas of Intervention of the PNR, it is part of Quantum Technologies, in the pillar of quantum computing: quantum computers have potential in many areas, from the optimization of production processes to the solution of complex problems.

Ref.: prof. Davide Massarotti – davide.massarotti@unina.it  

 

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Selection

Selection of candidates will consist of a preselection (with a shortlist) based on the documentation included in the application, and a subsequent oral examination or web-conference based interview (e.g. using skype).

For any information request please contact:

Prof. Francesco Tafuri (coordinator) francesco.tafuri@unina.it

Mr. Guido Celentano (secretary) guido.celentano@unina.it