• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

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    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

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    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

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    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Research contracts as part of the research project “Mobilizing for Democracy: Democratization processes and the mobilization of civil society”

The Scuola Normale Superiore announces a selection, based on work to date, for n. 2 research contracts as part of the research project ERC – AdG “Mobilizing for Democracy: Democratization processes and the mobilization of civil society”, Acronym “Mobilizing4democracy”, Grant Agreement Number 269136.
Application deadline: the application must be received by September 30th 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC SELECTION FOR N° 2 RESEARCH GRANTS

(Italian law 30 December 2010, n.240, art.22)

Description
The Scuola Normale Superiore announces a selection, based on work to date, for n. 2 research contracts as part of the research project ERC – AdG “Mobilizing for Democracy: Democratization processes and the mobilization of civil society”, Acronym “Mobilizing4democracy”, Grant Agreement Number 269136.
The successful candidates shall carry out research activities in the field of political participation, with particular attention to social movement organizations. The empirical research shall use qualitative and quantitative methodologies of frame analysis, comparative historical analysis, in depth interviews.

Duration of the contracts: 1 year (estimated starting: November 1st 2015). In any case, the activation of the contracts is subject to the transfer of the project “Mobilizing4democracy” from EUI to the Scuola. If the transfer will not take place, the Scuola could decide not to activate the contracts and the candidates could not claim to hold rights or expectations.

Annual gross compensation, inclusive of all taxes, for each contract: € 23.334,00

Application deadline: the application must be received by September 30th 2015at the Scuola Normale.

Information about the selection procedure can be found below. Candidates are invited to read the official announcement published on the website of the Scuola Normale Superiore, at the following URL: http://www.sns.it/servizi/job/assegnidiricerca/assegno407/ and to follow exclusively its detailed instructions should they decide to apply.

Requisites
Applications are invited from candidates who have completed a PhD in Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology and similar disciplines.
Candidates who have completed the aforementioned degrees abroad may also apply, if said degrees are recognized as equivalent to Italian degrees.

Additional competence and/or experience relevant to the choice of the researcher: knowledge of English language.

How to apply
Candidates with all the aforementioned requisites who wish to participate in the selection process must present:

  1. the application, based on the attached model and drawn up on plain paper, signed;
  2. the photocopy (non-authenticated) of a valid identification document;
  3. a curriculum vitae containing a detailed description of the studies and professional experience, dated and signed;
  4. a list of all publications, including the information needed to find them, such as title, review, year, publisher, author/s, website (for online publications) etc.;
  5. any document, qualification, publication that the candidate believes may be useful to the evaluation of her/his application and a signed list of the aforementioned documents, qualifications, publications.

Reference letters of experts in the field may be enclosed in the same envelope containing the application.

In order to submit the application and documentation listed above, candidates must use one of the following options:

  1. candidates can present the application form and documentation directly, during office hours, to the “Ufficio Protocollo” [Documents Registry Office] of the Scuola Normale, located at Via del Castelletto, n. 11, 56126 Pisa (Italy) or at Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Florence (Italy);
  2. candidates can send the application form and documentation by mail or courier to the same address. In this case, it is recommendable to write on the envelope “Bando n. 407 – research grant “Mobilizing for Democracy”. Please consider that the applications must arrive at the Documents Registry Office of the Scuola Normale by the deadline; applications which will arrive after the deadline will not be considered even though the postmark shows an earlier date;
  3. candidates can send the application form using the electronic mail only if they possess an Italian certified electronic mail address (PEC - Posta Elettronica Certificata). In this case, they should send the application form to the address protocollo@pec.sns.it and follow strictly the instructions available here: http://www.sns.it/info02/pec/ (for Italian speakers) http://www.sns.it/en/scuola/istituzionale/amministrazione/protocollo/pec/ (for English speakers).

For any information about PEC, please see www.digitpa.gov.it/pec.

No other delivery method will be accepted.

Administrative information or questions may be addressed to Paola Guarguaglini (Tel. (0039) 050/509723 – email: paola.guarguaglini@sns.it) or to Valentina Senesi (Tel. (0039) 050/509549 – email: valentina.senesi@sns.it).

The full announcement can be found on the Scuola Normale Superiore website at http://www.sns.it/servizi/job/assegnidiricerca/assegno407/