Servizio Ricerca Scientifica

Settore Assegni di ricerca


Tit. III.11


D.D. n.              8001                 date  16.11.2007


Subject: Procedure for the public comparative evaluation (by qualifications and interview) for the assignment of 160 two-year research posts, as part of Action A ‘reduction of the brain drain” pursuant to the convention Università degli Studi di Torino – Regione Piemonte.





Having read Italian Law  n. 168 dated 9 May 1989;

Having read Italian Law  n. 449 dated 27 December 1997, and in particular section 51 subsection 6;

Having read Italian Law  n. 488 dated 23 December 1999, and in particular section 20;

Having read Italian Law n. 413 dated 12 October 1993, on conscientious objection to experiments using animals.

Having read the Italian Ministerial Decree dated 11 February 1998 relating to the determination of criteria for the assignment of research allowances for cooperation and research activities.

Having read the Regional Decree 57/OC dated 28 January 2002 which issued the new  “Regulations for the assignment of research allowances for cooperation and research activities, as per section 51, subsection 6 of the Italian Law n. 499 dated 27 December 1997”;

Having read the agreement between the Regione Piemonte, Università degli Studi di Torino, Politecnico di Torino, Università del Piemonte Orientale and Università di Scienze Gastronomiche

Having read the agreement signed by the Regione Piemonte for the expansion of the research and higher education systems and in particular section 6 (Action A – reduction of the brain drain).

Having read the decision of the Academic Senate dated 24 September 2007 with which the International Research and Relations Division is authorised to issue an announcement for general topics and with an indication of the maximum number of places available, for the activation of 160 research allowances jointly financed under Action A of the above-mentioned agreement;

Considering that, under the same decision, it was established that the quota of joint financing by the Autonomous Centres is equal to 20% of the entire amount of the allowance for the macro areas of Natural Sciences and Medicine and 10% for the macro-areas of Human Sciences;

Having read the decision of the Board of Administration dated 25 September 2007 in which it was established that the burden for the University would be determined during the preparation of the budget for the year 2008;

Having read the Statute of the University;

Having read the University Regulations concerning administration, finance and accounting.








A procedure for the public comparative evaluation (by qualifications and interview) for the granting of 160 research allowances for the duration of 24 months, for research requirements in the areas:


AREA 1  – MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTER SCIENCES                                     

AREA 2  – PHYSICAL SCIENCES                                                                                

AREA 3  – CHEMICAL SCIENCES                                                                               

AREA 4  – AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES                                                                     


AREA 6  – BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES                                                                            

AREA 7  – EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL SCIENCES                                                    





AREA 11 – LEGAL SCIENCES                                                                                      



AREA 14 – PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES                                                               

AREA 15 – VETERINARY SCIENCES                                                                          



For each area the research topics to be carried out by the candidate are indicated in Enclosure 1.

The researchers will carry out their work at Departments or Research Centres of the Università degli Studi di Torino.




For admission to the comparative evaluation procedure as mentioned in Section 1 it is necessary to have the following requisites:


a)          Title of PhD (or equivalent foreign title) and age not over 33 years;

or :

a)                    Age not over 35 years if in possess of Specialised graduates in Clinical Medicine (or equivalent foreign title) or Title of PhD in Medical Sciences (or equivalent foreign title);



b)          A suitable scientific-professional curriculum for carrying out the research project.

c)           Knowledge of a foreign language of the European Union.


Candidates must possess the above requisites at the expiry date for presentation of applications for selection.


Both Italian and foreign people who possess the above requisites will be admitted to the selection process. Foreign people must show they have adequate knowledge of the Italian language to carry out the research project.


For the purposes of the comparative evaluation admission procedure, the Italian or European candidates who have a foreign academic title which has not been declared yet equal to the title of Italian doctor of research, must produce a declaration of equivalence issued by the Italian Ministry for University Education and Research (MIUR).

  In the absence of such a declaration, the equivalence of the foreign academic title will be assessed by the Judging Committee. For this purpose the candidates, must present to the Università di Torino - Divisione Ricerca e Relazioni Internazionali – Via Bogino, 9 – 10124 Torino all the documentation necessary for the purpose of establishing equivalence by January 15th 2008. The documents must be presented in original, or certified true copy, translated and legalised and accompanied by the declaration of value by the Italian diplomatic or consular representative competent for the territory.


The evaluation of suitability of the candidate’s curriculum, the equivalence of the academic titles for the purpose of admission to the selection process and the knowledge of the Italian language for European candidates will be carried out by the Judging Committee.


Pursuant to Section 8 of the D.P.C.M. n. 593 dated 30 December 1993 and subsequent amendments and additions, of ENEA and ASI, the research allowances are not available to employees of the University, the astronomic, astrophysical and Vesuvian observatories, the public institutions and research institutes, including those with short-term contracts.




Applications must be presented EXCLUSIVELY through the on-line procedure to be found on the website:




  The on-line application must be presented on January 15th 2008 until 12.00 am.

In the application candidates must declare under their own responsibility:

  1. their name and surname;
  2. their date and place of birth;
  3. their postal address for the purposes of the selection;
  4. their home address;
  5. their citizenship;

6.       that they have not received criminal sentences; or any criminal sentences received (even if these were subject to amnesty, pardon, general pardon or judicial pardon); or criminal proceedings currently underway;

  1. that they possess the title of research doctor (or equivalent foreign title) or a specialisation in clinical medicine. Lack of these requisites will lead to exclusion from the comparative evaluation procedure;
  2. the foreign language known may be verified during the interview;

9.       the indication of the scientific area in which they wish to compete: within this area it is possible to choose three research projects, indicating the order of priority;

10.   whether they are a conscientious objector against experiments involving animals.


The candidate must enclose their professional curriculum with the application form, listing all the documents, titles and publications that the candidate considers it opportune to indicate in his/her own interest, for the purposes of evaluation by the Judging Committee. This file may also contain copies/extracts from the publications.


The Administration is not responsible for the unavailability of the addressee or for the loss of communications due to inexact indication of the address by the candidate, for late communication of a change in the address given in the application, nor for possible misdelivery of post or telegrams, or any action by third parties, chance or force majeure.


The candidates recognised as disabled in accordance with Italian Law 104/92 must explicitly request on the application form the necessary aids for their handicap, and if necessary the extra time required for completing the interview.




The candidates are admitted to the selection procedure on discretion: the executive may at any time, with justified decree, exclude a candidate from the selection for lack of requisites.




The comparative evaluation will be carried out by a commission for each of the sixteen areas foreseen in Section 1. The members of the commissions are chosen within the Area Commissions nominated by the Academic Senate with the decision dated 27 November 2006 and are composed of at least 3 effective members and three substitutes.

The commissions are nominated by Executive Decree on proposal of the Area Representative.

The secretarial functions are carried out by one of the members.




The selection is made by qualifications and interview.

The judging committee will draw up a classification of merit for each scientific area, on the basis of the evaluation of the qualifications and the results of the interview.

The qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of the declarations produced by candidates and by professional curriculum. When evaluating the qualifications, the judging committee will take into account only the publications and qualifications specifically related to the research project to be carried out and capable of showing the level of scientific and professional qualification of the candidates.


The interview will be based on topics relating to the research project chosen by the candidate and will aim to ascertain the attitude to research and the professional ability required for carrying out the functions relating to the selection. During the interview the candidate’s knowledge of a foreign language may also be tested.

When drawing up the final classification the Commission can discretionally assign 100 points to the qualifications and the interview.

The calendar and the venues for the interviews will be published on the website:



before the closure date 15 January  2008.


  When attending the interview candidates must show a valid personal identity document.




Following the operations set out in Section 6, each Area Commission will write a full report with the judgements assigned to each candidate and will draw up the final classification.

In the case of equal merit, precedence in the classification will be given to the younger candidate.

The documents relating to the comparative valuation procedure, including the classification are approved by Executive Decree.

The classifications are made public through publication on the website:






Candidates holding the first sixteen places of the classification will be informed of the date on which to be present for the signing of the contract and the start of the collaboration.

The winners of the selection process must present a declaration in lieu of affidavit that they are not in a situation of incompatibility, in accordance with Section 9 below.

The start of the period of collaboration is subject to a check on the necessary requisites.

The winners will be subject to the health checks foreseen by current legislation.

The university administration reserves the right to carry out final checks on all aspects self-certified or declared by the candidates in their curricula.




The research allowances are granted through the stipulation of private law contracts. The contracts do not in anyway refer to subordinate employment and do not give the right of access to positions within the University.

The winners of the selection process will receive the invitation to sign the contract provisionally by recorded delivery mail, subject to ascertainment of the necessary requisites for the granting of the allowance.

Those who do not accept or sign the contract within the deadline, or who do not start the research activity, except in the cases foreseen by the Regulations set out in the introduction will be debarred.

The duties of the assignees are established by the University Regulations issued in  D.R. n. 57/OC dated 28 January 2002. In particular, the assignees will be involved in the research activities relating to the programme for which this selection was called. The tasks allotted to the assignees must concern research activities and not mere technical support.

The allowances amount to € 19.020,00  gross per year, excluding the sums to be paid by the Administration. The allowance is paid in monthly instalments. The allowances are subject to tax, pursuant to Section 4 of the Italian Law n. 476 dated 13 August 1984 and subsequent amendments and integrations, and to social security payments, pursuant to Section 2, subsection 26 et seq. of Italian law n. 335 dated 8 August 1995 and subsequent amendments and integrations. The University will be responsible for industrial accident insurance and third-party risk insurance for the assignees during their research work. The relative premiums are deducted annually from the allowance paid to each assignee.

The University reserves the right to amend, extend, suspend this announcement, according to new legislation or for proven reasons of public interest, without the applicants making any claim or protest.

The contracts in question are automatically annulled in the following cases:

-          unjustified non-commencement or delay in the activity;

-          unjustified suspension of the activity for a period that prejudices the research programme;

-          serious violation of the regime of incompatibility established by the following paragraphs.

-          negative judgement issued by the Council of the reference structure.

The allowances cannot be accumulated with scholarships of any kind, except for those granted by national or foreign institutions to integrate, with periods abroad, the research activities of the assignees.




The beneficiaries may not accumulate research allowances with income deriving from permanent work.

With regard to the professional activities, the same regulations apply as for students enrolled in research doctorate courses.

The assignees who intend to start or continue unpaid work with voluntary associations, socio-assistential cooperatives or non-profit organisations may do so without prior authorisation from the reference structure, providing they are able to carry out their research work without interference.

The assignee in service with the public administration is granted unpaid leave of absence for the period of duration of the allowance, if foreseen by the respective regulations.




Pursuant to Section 13 of the Legislative Decree n. 196 dated 30 June 2003, the personal data supplied by the candidates will be gathered by the International Research and Relations Division of the University, for the purposes of management of the selection and will be held in a computer databank following the start of a working relationship, for the purposes of management of the relationship itself.

This data must be supplied for the purposes of evaluation of the requisites for participation, on penalty of exclusion from the selection process.

This information may only be communicated to the Public Administration directly interested in the legal-economic position of the candidate.

The person in question benefits from all the rights granted under the above-mentioned Legislative Decree, including a right of access to the data and the right to correct, update, complete or delete erroneous or incomplete data, or data gathered under conditions that do not conform to the law, and the right to oppose the processing of their personal data for legitimate reasons.

These rights may be exercised by contacting the Rector of the University.

The Head of data processing is the Administrative Director of the University.




Once a year the assignees must present to the Director or President of the structure in which they are operating, a detailed report on the research activities carried out, together with the opinion of the scientific director. Pursuant to Section 5 of the Italian Law n.370 dated 19 October 1999; on expiry of the allowance a Commission will formulate a judgement on the research activities carried out.




For all aspects not covered by this announcement reference is made to the University Regulations for the assignment of research allowances and to current legislation.




Claudio BORIO