Regulation on Research Fellowships pursuant to Italian Law no. 240/2010
Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, issued by Rectoral Decree no. 416 of 19/04/2011

Protocol num. 1067 Rep. 22 Fascicolo dated 07/03/2018
Art. 1 - Purpose

     Applications are invited for the selection running at (structure): DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRO-ALIMENTARI of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna for the award of 1 grant research fellowship(s), for the execution of research activities within the project entitled “New strategies for sustainable management of productive systems: application of genome editing production of cisgenic strawberry resistant to pathogenic fungi.”, according to the annexed Activity Programme. The call for applications for the research fellowship issued pursuant to the University Regulation issued by Rectoral Decree (D.R.) no. 416 of 19/04/2011, 144/5000 financed with funds from the Region Project E. R. "High Skills for research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship", approved by the structure in the session of Thursday, March 01, 2018.

     The activities shall be carried out under the supervision of a tutor identified by the structure as Prof. PROF. ELENA BARALDI, in a non-subordinate relationship with no set working hours.

     The main place of work will be: DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRO-ALIMENTARI , Viale Fanin 44 40127 BOLOGNA


Art. 2 - Requirements for candidacy

      The selection is open to candidates in possession of the following qualification:

  • Master Degree / specialist or old system or equivalent in Agricultural Science with appropriate scientific and professional curriculum.
  • Competences/requirements laid down for candidates: Experience in breeding techniques..


     Candidates must possess the admission requirements on the deadline for submission of applications laid down in this call.

     The selection is not open to any persons who are related by blood or by marriage up to the fourth degree, to a professor working in the department or structure for which the call is issued, or to the Rector, Director General or a member of the Board of Governors of the University.

     The selection is also not open to anyone who has held research fellowship contracts with any institution, pursuant to Italian Law no. 240/2010, for a period which, summed to the foreseen duration of this contract, exceeds a total of 6 years, excluding any period in which the contract coincided with a PhD without scholarship, for the maximum limit of the legal duration of the PhD programme.

     Furthermore the selection is not open to anyone who has had research fellowship or fixed-term researcher contracts at the University of Bologna or any other state-funded, private-funded or distance-learning Italian university pursuant to articles 22 and 24 of Italian Law 240/2010, or with any other body listed in paragraph 1 of Art. 22 of Italian Law 240/2010 for a period which, summed to the foreseen duration of this contract, exceeds a total of 12 years, even if not consecutive. For the purposes of the duration of the above-described periods, in compliance with the laws in force any periods of maternity or sick leave shall not be calculated.

Art. 3 - Application

     The application for selection, in a sealed envelope bearing the inscription of the qualification indicated in the competition notice for the research grant / in a, addressed to the Head of DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRO-ALIMENTARI , Viale Fanin 50, 40127 BOLOGNA drawn up on unmarked paper (according to the annexed model), shall be delivered no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:30. Any applications received beyond the deadline will not be accepted.

     The application may be presented in person or sent by registered letter with advice of receipt or by courier or presented by certified email (PEC in Italy).

     Applications can be presented in person at: DEPARTMENT OF AGRO-FOOD SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES, Viale Fanin 50, city BOLOGNA, during the following opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09.00 to 12.30; Tuesday and Thursday from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 15.30..

     In this case the date of receipt of the applications is that indicated in the receipt signed by the staff in charge of receiving the applications.

Presentation by certified email (PEC in Italy) must be made by sending an email to the address containing the participation application and any other requested document in PDF format, together with a copy of a valid ID document, from your personal certified email address only. The project title indicated in the call for applications must be entered in the email subject field. Note that validity of the transmission and receipt of the certified email message is documented by the acceptance receipt and delivery receipt, respectively..

     If sent by post or courier, applications must be sent to the address indicated in the first paragraph of this article, and in this case the date of receipt is that given by the stamp and date of the receipt issued by the office to prove receipt

     The structure shall assume no liability for the non-delivery of correspondence which is not the result of errors made by its own staff.

     In their application the candidates must, under their own responsibility, indicate:

  • surname and name;
  • date and place of birth;
  • nationality;
  • residence and chosen address for correspondence for the purposes of this selection;
  • that they do not have a criminal record and are not involved in any current criminal proceedings (or if so, state which);
  • that they possess the qualification of........................................ in ........................................, obtained from........................................ on (date).................... (indicate the qualifications required as stated in article 2 of the call for applications
  • that they possess an academic qualification obtained abroad, which is deemed equivalent.

         The candidates in possession of a qualification obtained abroad must annex to their applications a translation into Italian or English of their foreign qualification, accompanied by a sworn statement that it is a faithful translation of the original certificate.

         The foreign qualification may be declared admissible by the Evaluation Board, solely for the purposes of admission to the selection procedure.

         In case of award, the winning candidates having obtained their qualification in a country outside of the European Union, must provide the Structure, in the same manner as laid down for the presentation of applications, the official translation with a declaration of value of the foreign qualification issued by the competent diplomatic representation or Italian consulate in their home country, in accordance with the applicable laws, within 100 days from the notification of official approval of the selection procedure reports. If the documents are not received by the Structure within the stated deadline, the candidate will not be awarded the contract.

  •      di impegnarsi ,se vincitori e se non siano residenti o domiciliati nella regione Emilia Romagna, ad acquisire la residenza o il domicilio nella stessa prima della stipula del contratto, pena la decadenza.

     Candidates must enclose the following with their applications:

  • their scientific and professional curriculum vitae;
  • certificates of all qualifications to be assessed according to art. 4 of this call for applications. Academic and professional qualifications issued by Italian public administrations must be self-certified or submitted in an unstamped photocopy, as provided for in art. 15 of Italian law no. 183/2011, by way of a simple declaration of certification and/or affidavit (as per the attached form) pursuant to articles 46 and 47 of Italian Presidential Decree (DPR) 445/2000. If not signed before a member of staff on presentation, the affidavit must be accompanied by a photocopy of an ID document.

     Candidates with certified disabilities pursuant to art.3 of Italian Law no. 104 of 05.12.1992 may in their application request the benefits laid down in art.20 of the same Law, enclosing the original or an authenticated copy of the certification relative to the specific disability issued by the competent territorial medical board.

     The signature on the application for selection must not be authenticated and is obligatory otherwise the application will not be accepted.

     Candidates are admitted to the selection procedure with reserve.

     At any time, even after participation in any tests, the Administration may, with justification, exclude them from the selection procedure. The concerned candidate will be notified of such exclusion.

Art. 4 - Comparative assessment of the candidates and the Evaluation Board

     The candidates will be assessed comparatively by an Evaluation Board appointed by the Board of the Structure, and formed at least three members qualified in the field of research to which the call for applications refers.

     The selection procedure focuses on the examination of the selection criteria laid down in advance by the evaluation board, the candidates' scientific-professional curriculum and the scientific work and publications resulting from the documents enclosed with the application as well as an interview, aiming to verify the suitability of the candidate for carrying out the research programme.

     During the interview, the Board will also verify the candidates' knowledge of the foreign language(s) English on relevant sectoral topics.

     The list of candidates admitted to interview will be published on the following notice board:

      DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRO-ALIMENTARI , Viale Fanin 50, city BOLOGNA, on (date) Wednesday, April 04, 2018.

     The list of those admitted to the interview will also be made known through the publication on the website of the Department of Agro-Food Sciences and Technologies at

     For information contact the phone number 0512096242(from 9:00 to 15:30).

     The interview will take place on Monday, April 09, 2018 at DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRO-ALIMENTARI, Viale Fanin 50 BOLOGNA, time: 14:00.

     The interview will be considered passed if the candidates get a vote of at least 36/70.
The overall vote will be that resulting from the sum of the score obtained in the evaluation of the qualifications and the score achieved in the interview.

     To be admitted for interview, the candidates must present a valid ID document.

     With the approval of the Board, candidates may sit the interview on-line, via a Skype audio and video teleconference.

     Candidates must explicitly request the use of such method in their application, providing their Skype contact and ensuring that the workstation from which they will sit the interview is equipped with a webcam - which is indispensable for the recognition of the candidate - as well as a microphone and earphones/speakers. For this purpose, candidates admitted to the interview are invited to contact the Board promptly at the following e-mail address:

     At the start of the on-line interview, the candidates must exhibit to the Board the same ID document submitted with their application.

     Remote interviews will be held on the same day as the interviews held in person, in the order and at the times established by the Board and notified to the candidates with the ranking list of admitted candidates on the Department website at the address:

     The on-line interviews are public and may be watched by the audience at the interview site set up for this purpose.


     The score available to the Commission is broken down as follows:
- maximum 30 points for titles
- maximum 70 points at the interview
The Commission assigns up to a maximum of 20 points for the documented scientific titles (publications, theses, conferences at congress, etc ...) and up to a maximum of 10 points for the other documented titles (degree, doctorate, specialization diplomas , certificates of attendance to specialization courses, research contracts with public and private subjects, scholarships both in Italy and abroad, etc. ..)

The 30 points available to the Commission for the evaluation of the qualifications are broken down as follows:
up to a maximum of 20 points for the documented scientific titles divided as follows:
1) publications up to a maximum of 3 points
2) degree thesis up to a maximum of 6 points
3) PhD thesis for a maximum of 3 points
4) congress communications for up to 8 points
Total points 20
up to a maximum of 10 points for other documented titles divided as follows:
1) graduation grade score:
- less than 100/110 points 0
- from 100/110 to 110/110 points 3
- praise points 1
2) for research doctorate up to points 1
3) for diplomas or certificates of specialization courses of interest to
Competition ends up to points 2
4) for scholarships, research grants up to points 1
5) for research contracts in public and private subjects up to points 2
Total points 10
The translation of qualifications obtained abroad can also be accepted in English, in addition to Italian.

     At the end of the selection procedure, the Board will draw up a list of candidates with relative scores, ##art4_pol_3##, for a period of 5 months .


     Candidates will preferably have a PhD or medical specialisation school diploma.

     If two candidates receive the same scores, preference will be given to the younger candidate.

     The Head of the Structure shall confirm in writing his/her approval of the list drawn up by the Board which will be published on

     The list of candidates may be used to award other research contracts within the same research project, also of a lesser duration than that indicated in the call for applications and in any case no less than one year.

Art. 5 - Duration and amount of the contract

     The contract has a duration of 12 months and may be renewed and/or extended in the terms laid down in the University Regulation concerning research fellowships, as issued by D.R. no. 416 of 19/04/2011.

     The gross amount of the research fellowship contract is € 26.031,92 per annum. The amount is exempt of withholding tax and includes all statutory social security charges the Research Fellow is subject to.

     The amount will be paid in deferred monthly payments.

     The Research Fellow is provided with accident insurance, against payment of the required contribution which will be withheld from the first monthly instalment.

Art. 6 – Contract signature

     The winning candidate will be invited to sign a research contract with the Structure within Friday, June 29, 2018.

     The non-acceptance within the deadline notified by the structure shall lead to the forfeiture of the right to sign the contract.

     In base alle previsioni della delibera della Giunta della Regione Emilia-Romagna n. 1231/2017, il vincitore della selezione è tenuto ad acquisire il domicilio o la residenza nella Regione Emilia-Romagna, pena la decadenza, prima della stipula del contratto di ricerca. Il requisito del domicilio/residenza in Emilia-Romagna deve essere posseduto dal titolare dell’assegno per tutta la durata del contratto.

Art. 7 - Rights and Duties

     a) The contract is governed by the following regulations concerning leave: for obligatory maternity leave, the provisions laid down in the Decree of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of 12 July 2007, published in the Official Journal no. 247 of 23 October 2007, and, for sick leave, article 1, paragraph 788, of Italian law no. 296 of 27 December 2006 and amendments.

     b) The research activities are carried out under the supervision of the tutor, in a non-subordinate relationship with no fixed working hours. The research fellow shall personally carry out the required activities laid down in the Activity Programme without any substitution.

     c) Research Fellows assigned to medical and clinical subject areas: the Research Fellow may carry out care activities exclusively for the purposes and needs of the research project, in the methods and limits laid down in the contract, or, in the case of activities carried out in healthcare structures, as laid down in specific agreements between the university and the health board.

     d) The Research Fellow may spend a period of study abroad, in line with a programme agreed with the department and with expenses borne by the department, without prejudice to the possibility to obtain specific funding.

Art. 8 - Regulations concerning Intellectual Property

     Industrial Property rights over the results achieved by the Research Fellow in the execution of activities undertaken on behalf of the University, including but not limited to industrial inventions, models, drawings, plant varieties, as well as the intellectual and industrial property rights deriving from the production of software or databases (“Results”), belong exclusively to the University, which may freely use them also within agreements made by the departments with third parties, without prejudice to the moral rights of the Research Fellow who shall be acknowledged as the author or inventor.

     The Research Fellow has the right to publish the Results of his/her research activities, provided that the publication does not prejudice the rights of the University over the protection of the Results.

     The Research Fellow therefore undertakes to promptly notify the achievement of the results to the tutor, who shall verify the existence of any such prejudice.

     In any case the Research Fellow undertakes to sign a specific Undertaking of Confidentiality with the referred Structure, which will be annexed to the contract.

Art. 9 - Non-accumulation, incompatibility, leave

     1. The position of research fellow is incompatible with the following positions:

     a) fixed-term and full-time staff employed by the bodies listed in art. 22 para. 1 of Italian Law no. 240/2010;

     b) persons employed by any private bodies, on a fixed term, permanent or part-time basis; For staff of any Public Administration other than those listed in letter a) refer to the provisions of point 2 below;

     c) persons with fixed-term research contracts with any university;

     d) adjunct professors with official teaching responsibilities in degree programmes or specialisation schools in any university;

     e) persons enrolled in any first, second or single cycle degree programmes, PhD programmes with scholarships or specialisation school. Self-funded research contracts are compatible with enrolments in non-medical specialisation schools, for which no study grant or contract is foreseen or master’s degree only where authorised in advance by the structure Director, and having sought the opinion of the tutor.

     f) persons awarded research fellowships at any other body.

     2. Employees of public administrations other than those listed in point a) with a fixed-term, permanent or part-time contract shall take unpaid leave of absence for the whole period of the research contract.

     3. Freelance professional activities are compatible with the research fellowship contract where authorised in advance by the Board of the structure, with the motivated opinion of the tutor and having verified that the activities in addition to the research fellowship do not prejudice the regular execution of the contract.

     4. The accumulation of the research fellowship contract with study grants awarded for any purpose is not permitted, with the exception of those granted by national or foreign institutions for the purposes of integrating the research activities with study periods abroad.

     5. The above requirements must be possessed from the moment of entry into force of the contract. The winning candidate shall sign a specific affidavit undertaking to notify the department of any variations in the declared situations as soon as they occur.

Art. 10 – Forfeiture

     Any candidate who within the deadline notified by the structure does not sign the contract, unless for promptly and duly demonstrated reasons of health or force majeure, shall forfeit the right to sign the contract.

Art. 11 - Reference norms

     For any matters not laid down in this call for applications, refer to the Regulation on Research Fellows issued by the University of Bologna by Rectoral Decree no. 416 dated 19.04.2011 and other statutory regulations in force.

     The personal data provided by the candidates in their applications, pursuant to articles 7 and 13 of Italian Legislative Decree no. 196 of 30.06.03, shall be processed for the purposes of managing the selection procedure and the contract.

     Selection procedure manager Prof. Leonardo Nanni Costa.

     Per informazioni di natura amministrativa sul presente bando rivolgersi a Dott. Vito Brancati,, 0512096242.

     This call for applications will be published on the University Portal, the MIUR website and the European Mobility Portal.

Date, Wednesday, March 07, 2018