Coordinator Prof. Andrea Braides

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The PhD School of Mathematics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

The main objective of the school is the preparation of highly skilled young mathematicians able to work both in Academy and in other private or public institutions using advanced mathematical research. To this end several advanced courses are offered yearly, held by the department faculty and by invited scholars, mainly in English. Beside these courses a great number of seminars are organized regularly. The Department provides a very lively and stimulating scientific environment, also being part of a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, hosting research centers such at the Center for Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and being part of the organization of several schools such as the Rome-Moscow Schools and the Summer School in Analysis and Applied Mathematics. More activities are organized in collaboration with the other two Rome Mathematics Departments and institutions such as INdAM and IAC. PhD students are offered a variety of options both in pure and applied Mathematics from which to choose their thesis subject. The high scientific quality of the research options at the Department is testified by its constant top ranking in Italian research evaluations, by its hosting several European Research Council grants at every level (starting, consolidator and advanced), and several italian research grants (PRIN, FIRB and others), and by the invitations of its researchers to top international conferences. Beside the activities in Rome, PhD students are encouraged to spend part of their training at some of the many foreign institutions with which research groups have active collaborations.

The main source of career opportunities for a PhD in Mathematics is presently given by work in Academia. An internal survey on recent PhD shows that more than 80 per cent of them have obtained a post-doctoral position immediately after their PhD. Traditionally, PhD graduates may also obtain qualified jobs in the private sector (banks, IT companies, etc.). Another possible career is as a high-school teacher, the PhD program providing a deeper and more aware scientific preparation, with possible scientific work on the subject of school teaching itself.