Do you like black holes and gravitational waves? Come and join us at the University of Milano-Bicocca! Our science is great… and if that’s not enough, Milan is a truly beautiful city in the north of Italy. Mountains and lakes are just around the corner, food is outstanding.
Here I list a few possible opportunities to work with me and my group. If you’re interested in any of these, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] to discuss the application process.
PhD in Milan
If you’re looking for a PhD in gravitational astronomy, then Milan is the place for you! The deadline is usually in May/June each year for positions starting in the fall. Here is some general information on the program, including funding, etc. Please get in touch with me at any time for tips on the application call. There are positions reserved for candidates from outside Italy.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships
I actively support applications to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships from the European Union, both their European and Global scheme. I supervised several of these applications in the past (including a few winners!) and know the scheme very well. Our grant office in Milan will also provide tremendous help! If you’re interested in this program, please get in touch.
Master’s and Bachelor’s theses
For students at the University of Milan-Bicocca, I have several thesis projects available, both at the MSc (“laurea magistrale”) and BSc (“laurea triennale”) level. Possible topics range from dynamics of black-hole binaries, modeling of gravitational-wave signals, statistical and machine learning applications, etc, covering both theoretical and computational activities. More broadly, I am happy to design a project that works for you, based on what you find most exciting in gravitational (astro)physics. MSc thesis projects are often completed in collaboration with external researchers with students spending some time abroad. For efficient planning, I encourage students to get in touch with me about a month or so in advance.
I welcome externally funded students and researchers who wish to visit my group to complete a project together. A few examples of funding sources include:
- The StudyInItaly program offers grants that can be used for research projects (and not only to formally enroll in classes here as the website seems to imply).
- For European students, the Erasmus+ program provides funding that can be used for research projects.
- For students from the US, I encourage you to look into the Gravitational Physics International REU, where students engage in summer projects across the world, including my group.
- For students and researchers based in Switzerland, the Istututo Svizzero has a program for placements in the city of Milan.
- The GARR Consortium offers 1yr scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students with a focus on technological applications (e.g. machine learning).
- The European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT) has travel grants that can be used to visit the participating institutions, including Bicocca.
Here are some of the positions I opened in recent years: