Working in research at Politecnico di Torino

Politecnico di Torino ensures that its selection process is open, transparent, rigorous and based on meritocratic criteria, in accordance with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of ethics of the university community. Il is possible to work in research at Politecnico di Torino in one of the positions listed below. 

PhD candidate

PhD is the highest academic degree at University and it is internationally recognized. It lasts three years with a full time engagement and gives the necessary competences to perform research activities in public or private institutions contributing to the realization of the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area.

More information about PhD at Politecnico di Torino and the link to the annual call for admission to PhD programmes are available from the page "Admission to PhD" on the web page of the Politecnico di Torino Doctoral School.

Research fellow

Research fellow (“Assegnista di ricerca”) is a PhD holder or graduate with an adequate scientific and professional CV aimed at responding to the needs of research projects in the Departments. Different types of “assegno di ricerca” do exist, like for example professionalizing, postdoc, senior.

Information on recruitment of research fellowship is available on the Polito Careers web page https://careers.polito.it/

Researcher

Since 2011 permanent researcher positions do not exist any more in Italy and fixed-term researchers positions have been introduced to develop activities in research, teaching and service to students.

Two types of research contracts do exist:

  • Rtd  postdoc - three years long with a possible extension of two years years (non permanent researchers as foreseen by lettera a), comma 3, articolo 24 of the Italian law L. 240/2010).
  • Rtd «tenure track» - three years long with the possibility to become associate professor in case of success at the scientific qualification (non permanent researchers as foreseen by lettera b), comma 3, articolo 24 of the Italian law L. 240/2010).

Information on recruitment of fixed-term researchers is available on the Polito Careers web page https://careers.polito.it/

Associate professor

Since 2011 it is the first permanent academic position in Italy. Positions are given through comparative evaluations at the local level addressed to researchers having been successful at the national scientific qualification.  Evaluation in scientific qualification procedures for associate professors is aimed at certifying a positive level of quality and originality of research results, awarding a recognized position in research at least at the national level. Other evaluation criteria are the proven capability to coordinate or direct a research group and the ability to attract competitive funds as a local responsible and to promote technology transfer activities.

Information on recruitment of Associate Professor is available on the Polito Careers web page https://careers.polito.it/

Full professor

It is the highest permanent academic position in Italy . Positions are given through comparative evaluations at the local level addressed to researchers having been successful at the national scientific qualification. 

Evaluation in scientific qualification procedures for full professors is aimed at certifying high quality original research results awarding a recognized position in research also at the international level. Other evaluation criteria are the proven capability to direct a research group, also with international collaborations, the experience as PhD supervisor and the ability to attract competitive funds as a project responsible, especially at the international level  and to promote technology transfer activities.

Information on recruitment of Full Professor is available on the Polito Careers web page https://careers.polito.it/