Opportunities for PhD students

If you are a highly-motivated master student and wish to join our group, there are different opportunities for PhD scholarships:

1) A competition which takes place every year around June-September. It comprises of a written test and oral interview. Typically the Physics Department has ~20 positions every year, for all research fields. Any master student can apply and choose later his research topic. Candidates must hold a master degree by October 31st. More info here.

2) Joint PhD programme between Tor Vergata and Sapienza
[deadline typically in June/July]. The selection is based on interviews with the candidates. In this case, there are a number of PhD theses that advisors propose in advance and the applicant has to choose one. Our group typically proposes 1 or 2 themes each year.
More info here.

3) Opportunities for foreign students only (typical deadline in April 30th). Details of the 2020 call are here
The selection is only through the CV and the proposal of the applicant. Applicants must hold a master degree typically by July 31st.




Call of interest for an ERC-funded postdoc position

We are looking for an outstanding and highly-motivated postdoc to work in the area of strong gravity (theory and phenomenology). This position is funded by the ERC Starting Grant DarkGRA. The successful candidate will join the “Gravity theory and gravitational wave phenomenology” group at Sapienza University of Rome.

The appointment is for 2+1 years (extension subject to funding renewal and satisfactory performance), with a net salary competitive with international standards. All candidates must hold (or soon be completing) a Ph.D. in Physics. The positions are expected to start no later than September/October 2021; earlier start dates will also be considered. Screening of the applications will begin in early November 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

The research activities of the group include gravitational-wave modelling and phenomenology, black-hole and neutron-star physics, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, and strong-gravity tests of dark matter. The members of the group are also expected to get involved in other activities such as training of students, networking, etc. 

Staff members of the gravity theory group at Sapienza currently include Leonardo Gualtieri, Andrea Maselli, and Paolo Pani, as well as Marie Curie Fellow Richard Brito, 4 postdocs, 8 PhD students, and several master students. The group is involved in the COST Actions ”CA 16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse)” and “CA 16214 The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars (PHAROS)” . It is part of the “Amaldi Research Center for gravitational physics and astrophysics” at Sapienza, of the RISE H2020-MC network "Gravitational Universe: Challenges and Opportunities (GRU)", and of the INFN Specific Initiative TEONGRAV - Gravitational Wave Sources. Members of the group are also members of the LISA Consortium and of the eXTP Science Team, and take part of the science activities GWIC-3G Science Case Team; the successful candidate will be encouraged to join these efforts.

The Department of Physics at Sapienza hosts renowned research groups in several areas of physics and is regularly included among the first 40 Physics & Astronomy institutes in the world according to various rankings.


Application should be sent through this online form.


Sapienza University of Rome values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The selection will be done in agreement with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, and particular attention will be paid to the gender balance of the group.


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