Presentazione del Corso

The PhD Program in Information Engineering is addressed to qualified students who wish to acquire research and analytical skills at an international level.

The Program includes courses, seminars, field projects, research internships and a dissertation project. An integral part of University of Salerno, the PhD program offers strong methodological courses combined with rigorous research activity and supervision. Financial support is granted according to merit.

Members of the academic staff are highly performing in terms of international publications, and they are active members of the international community. They publish in or serve on the editorial boards of leading research journals, and they have been and currently are the recipients of prestigious competitive grants (e.g., by the European Commission or by the Italian Government).

The Program consists of a research component and a taught component, normally studied in parallel. The taught component offers general research skills (linguistic skills, management of research, and exploitation of innovation), introductory modules for the broader area of studies as well as specialized lectures and seminars on research topics. These, together with guided and independent studies offer a significant degree of freedom for the taught component.

The research component is conducted under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff guiding the candidate through the research activities. Students might be included in national and international research projects, also in cooperation with companies or other universities or research centers.

The aim of the Program is to provide high-level training in the field of creation, management and dissemination of high-level scientific knowledge in areas of interest. The objective is the creation of a high-level figure dedicated not only to research, but also to its management and to the development of innovation, both in universities/research centers and in companies.

The PhD program therefore aims to train people able:

  • to analyze the state of the art and identify, propose, develop scientific and technological innovations;
  • to conduct methodological and / or experimental research;
  • to promote the acquisition and use of ICT technologies and methods in the services and production sectors, including through the creation of new companies;
  • to operate in research projects of a local, national and international nature in the context of collaborations with organizations and companies.

Professionals holding doctoral degrees have distinct advantages. If interested in becoming a researcher in Universities and Research Centers, a PhD is a requirement. Large companies often start those with PhD’s at higher levels immediately upon hiring, and it is becoming common for top ranking positions to be reserved for doctoral degree holders only. Many industry research labs require PhDs to work in them at all; there is a distinct barrier for entry into high-ranking positions due to the immense level of technical knowledge and skill required to oversee large projects and teams. PhDs can also start their own companies based on their research.

Possible employment opportunities can be summarized as follows:

  • small and medium enterprises with a high rate of innovation, including university spin-offs, in which there is a need for a figure able to produce innovative design solutions, participate in national and international calls, manage complex projects in collaboration with Italian and foreign partners, recognize the strategic value of intellectual property and know the tools to protect it;
  • research and development departments of large companies, in which there is a need for researchers able to access to scientific, technological and methodological knowledge already available but also to produce the necessary knowledge for the innovation of complex products and processes;
  • public and private research centers, including universities, in which methodological and technological innovation is developed, the products of which can then be transferred to the industrial world.

The PhD Program Director is prof. Pasquale Chiacchio

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