• 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 four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    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.

  • Academics

    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  Sciences, and the Department of Political 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 Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    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. 

Ciampi Chair in “The Political Economy and the Historical Dynamics of Modern Capitalism”

Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) invites expressions of interest for a Chair in “The Political Economy and the Historical Dynamics of Modern Capitalism”.

The themes of research of the Chair holder will fall within the broad area of the political economy of the modern capitalist development, in historical and comparative perspective. Particular importance is attached to studies on the industrial and technological engines of growth. Work on the role of political institutions and of macroeconomic, industrial and innovation policies is highly relevant.

Attention to the history of contemporary economic policy challenges up to the Great Recession of 2008, the rise in inequality, Europe’s crisis, among others, represent an important focus.

The Chair holder will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to both research and graduate teaching, tutoring Ph.D. candidates and participating to current research projects of the SNS.

The qualifications expected from candidates to the Chair include the following:

  • holding a position of full professor in economics, economic policy or economic history at an Italian or foreign university;
  • an excellent publication and citation record in the fields of interest of the Chair;
  • a significant research experience in major international universities and research institutions;
  • experience of participation to European and national research projects;
  • ability to operate effectively in interdisciplinary research contexts;
  • experience in tutoring Ph.D. candidates in the fields of interest of the Chair;
  • fluency in English and Italian.

The Chair will be offered for a period ranging from six months up to five years. Full professors in Italian universities will have SNS fully financing the Chair through bilateral agreements between SNS and their universities of origin.

Expressions of interest, addressed to:


Scuola Normale Superiore

can be sent by email to the address classi@sns.it writing CIAMPICHAIR in the subject field.

Deadline for the receipt of applications: September 30, 2017.

Applications should include a CV, all relevant information about the applicant and his/her current research interests.

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