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From AY 2014/2015 to the AY 2021/2022 SZN was co-funder, in collaboration with the University  of Naples Federico II, of the  Master’s Degree in Biology and Ecology of the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources, whose mission was to train highly specialized marine biologists and to develop skills in the marine ecosystem management and conservation.

The Master’s Degree courses  gathered the most distinguished Italian and international marine biologists in order to offer outstanding teaching and professional competencies. Moreover it offered students access to an extraordinary network of international bodies that included ASSEMBLE, the Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories, and EMBRC, the European Marine Biological Resource Centre. The courses  were in English and included a stimulating mix of formal lectures, lab work and field trips.

The Master’s Degree was conceived to provide a broad range of professional skills and competencies. Our graduates have been able to work both in basic science labs and in jobs involving scientific and technological research and innovation for the management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources.


Last update 28/04/2022

The Stazione Zoologica provides a unique opportunity for tailored educational experiences to undergraduate students through stages, traineeships and internship  in its laboratories for conducting either experimental thesis of making qualified experience under the supervision of experienced scientists. This activity gives Bachelors’ or Masters’ students important opportunities to develop their laboratory and scientific skills and improve their employment prospects.


Undergraduate internships are part of the student's Bachelor or Masters’ thesis project. The SZN provides the opportunity to these students to carry on their experimental thesis in its laboratories, under the supervision of international scientists, thanks to the agreements established with several Italian Universities and international institutions.
INFO and ADMISSION procedure: please contact the Higher Education Office  (HEO)
Ph: +39-081-5833396 or 5833397
Email: higher.education(at)szn.it


SZN traineeship program aims to modernize and improve higher education, giving to Bachelors’ or Masters’ students opportunities to develop their skills and boost their employment prospects, offering an alternation between study and work as part of the educational process. The internship is offered through specific agreements with some Italian universities or  under the Erasmus program.
INFO and ADMISSION procedure: please contact the Higher Education Office  (HEO)
Ph: +39-081-5833396 or 5833397
Email: higher.education(at)szn.it

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The Open University - Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program, XXV cycle

N. 1 Ph.D. fellowship is available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy).

Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates for the following project:

Evolutionary molecular mechanisms of cell death and differentiation ruling the effects of benthic diatoms on a marine decapod crustacean (DEANOMS)

Director of Studies:  Dr. Valerio Zupo, SZN
Supervisors:            Dr. Maria Costantini, SZN
                              Prof. Robert Hoehndorf, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Department of 
                              Ecosustainable Marine Biotechnology

Department of Ecosustainable Marine Biotechnology

SZN Seat: Ischia (NA) and Naples, Italy*

*part of the research activity will also be carried on a the co-financing University premises: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The closing date for applications is November 6th 2023 h. 12.00

Interviews of selected candidates will be held in videoconference on November 14th, 2023

Please read carefully the information files below, also containing the link to the application form

Info & Admission requirements

How to Apply

Reference letter 2023

Published on October 20th 2023

An essential part of the mission of a research institution is the education and training of students and young researchers who will become future leaders in scientific and technological research.   Since its foundation, the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn is fully committed to provide high-quality advanced courses, life-long education and training for scientists and to promote this activity to a large and international studentship and researchers. 

For undergraduates, the Stazione Zoologica hosts either Bachelor and Master students for providing them the opportunity to carry on experimental thesis and highly qualified training internship in different fields of marine and fundamental biology, under the supervision of its scientists.

After completion of the master degree, students may have access to the Doctoral programs. The SZN hosts either an International PhD program in collaboration with the Open University (UK, 3-4 years) and Italian Doctorate collaboration with Italian Universities (3-4 years).

Training and education are also provided through several advanced international workshops and courses organized every year along with a prestigious series of seminars and colloquia of top level scientists invited from all continents.  

The scheme of the portfolio of educational and training activities carried out at the SZN is reported in this section. A dedicated Higher Education Office  (HEO) provides all information and support to students and scientists interested in these activities. The PhD Steering Committee and PhD Board, together with the Higher Education Office, coordinate and support the PhD training activities.

Last update 28/04/2022

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