Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

How to apply

Call for application for admission to the Ph.D. in AgriFood System (36th cycle) - a.y. 2020/2021

Starting a Ph.D.

Public competition announcement and Application form

Before starting the application procedure, please read carefully the Call for Admission

Deadline: September 14, 2020 - 2.00 p.m. (local time)



Studentship-based positions: 8

of which 4 “finalised positions” aimed at research on the following projects:

  1. Understanding the mode of action of microbial and non microbial biostimulants or biopesticides through omic science. Scholarship financed by LabAnalysis S.r.l. - For details contact prof. Luigi Lucini
  2. Microbiological Food Safety in a Global Scale: new challenges and emerging risks. Scholarship financed by the Foundation Eugenio and Germana Parizzi - For additional details contact prof. Pier Sandro Cocconcelli
  3. Bunch rots of grapes: causal agents, epidemiology and sustainable control. Scholarship cofinanced by Horta srl - For additional details contact prof. Vittorio Rossi
  4. Effects of diet components on animal epigenome, gene expression, metabolism and microbiome. Scholarship cofunded by Nutrigenomics and Proteomics Research Center – PRONUTRIGEN, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Romeo and Enrica Invernizzi Foundation - prof. Paolo Ajmone Marsan


In the 36th cycle, together with the 4 “finalised” studentships, regarding the Biological and Agricultural Areas, other studentships are available for the following areas:

Biological-Agricultural Area: 2 studentships-based positions

  • Curriculum: Food Technologies;
  • Curriculum: Sustainable Animal Production.

Economic-Legal Area: 2 studentships-based positions

  • Curriculum: Economics, Management and efficiency of the agro-food market;
  • Curriculum: Law and protection of the agro-food system's security, regulation of responsibility and sanctions.

► Positions without scholarship: 2

- 1 position in the Biological/Agricultural Area
- 1 position in the Economic/Legal Area

Executive Ph.D” reserved positions: 1

- 1 position for Affinity Petcare S.A., located administratively in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcellona), Plaça Europa, 5456, for the following research project:  “Comparative legal analysis between pet food and human food. Current context and possible evolutions”. 


n. 1 position with studentship finalised on the following project:"Outlooks and strategies for Dipteran pest control and management in livestocks" For details contact prof. Emanuele Mazzoni


  • n. 1 position for Barilla G. e R. F.lli S.p.A.,located administratively in Parma, via Mantova 166, for the following research project: “Use of plant, species and varieties, with high functional impact to produce high added value foods in technological, functional, sensorial properties";
  • n. 1 position for Human's Garden, located administratively in Adro (BS), via San Pietro 1, for the following research project: "Optimization of basil production and development of sensor-based control strategies for an intelligent greenhouse";
  • n. 1 position for Citimap scarl - Centro per l'innovazione nell'impiego del telerilevamento nell'industria meccanica per l'agricoltura di precisione, located administratively in San Bonico (PC) via Decorati al Valor Civile 59, for the following research project: "Remote sensing techniques for the agronomic management of field crops".