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After the PhD


Boosting the career development of postdocs, promoting diverse career options and our PhD Alumni Network Project 


The end of a PhD is the end of an era. You’ve worked hard, and your work has paid off.  You are now a professional scientist. Our initiatives are designed to help you get the most out of your postdoc.


Target: doctoral students at the end of their Ph.D. and PhD Graduates

Further opportunities for PhD Candidates may be found at this page.

The end of a PhD is the end of an era. You’ve worked hard, and your work has paid off.  You are now a professional scientist. Our initiatives are designed to help you get the most out of your postdoc.

Relevant information on the program

Organization of different activities and implementation of different projects aimed at helping our PhD students to:
• prepare their postdoctoral career path (with a particular focus on careers beyond Academia),
• strengthen their soft skills,
• become aware of their full potential in terms of transferable skills,
• learn how to identify their transferable skills,
• explore and understand the job market,
• understand the recruitment process,
• overcome a job interview,
• build and expand their professional network


Relevant information on the whole program

Types of activities and projects
• Soft skills training workshops and webinars run by experienced trainers (elevator pitch, scientific writing, fundraising, intellectual property, project managment, career coaching, social media strategy and personal branding);
• round table and panel discussions with HR professionals, head hunters, European recruiters, Alumni PhD with original and interesting jobs;
• business dinner with recruiters from different companies and startups;
• mock interviews with real HR professionals,
• Doc Talk with our Alumni,
• Participation to Career Fairs only for PhDs,
• "Career Tracking Project" to better understand the employability of our PhD Graduates and to build a Community of Alumni. Our PhD Alumni Network Project is a work in progress.

Development of strategic partnerships -since 2015- with professionals in Europe in the field of Career Development, recruitment and Career Tracking :
Université de Lyon (joint collaboration on specific themes and organization of the cross-border workshop for our PhDs),
CUSO CH/ The Association of Universities in Western Switzerland (joint collaboration),
• Québec Government Office (organization of annual events together),
Association B. Grégory/ ABG Paris (joint collaboration),
Council for Doctoral Education/CDE (annual meeting, Thematic Peer Group, etc,)
FindYourDoc (joint collaboration),
Euraxess (Mentoring Program, joint collaboration within the context of Euraxass Hub project podcast, Euraxess Israel),
European Science Foudation,
University of Copenhagen (International Dual Career Network)
Fondazione Emblema (annual participation to forDoc),
Assolombarda (joint collaboration),
Centro Studi Agenzia Piemonte Lavoro


List of companies invited through the years to our initiatives:


Initiatiaves promoted through the years by our Doctoral Schools which were reorganized in one big doctoral School in 2019:
• 2015, 2016, 2017: annual Career Day only for PhDs to valorize skills they acquire during doctoral training (programs and details are available if of interest);

  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022: cross-border workshop to help our PhDs prepare their postdoc in non-academic contexts. It was organized in cooperation with the Université of Lyon, Swiss Association of Western Universities, and since 2021 with the participation of IIT Genova and the University of Brescia,
    • 2018, 2019, 2020: annual half day session focusing on the employablity of PhD Graduates in non-academic contexts. Recruiters and testimonials (Alumni) were invited to our round table discussion;
    • 2021: organization of 8 webinars “Career Paths for PhDs” with a focus on interesting and original professional profiles (s. the attached list);
  • 2021, 2022 and 2023: French-Italian Day for Early Career Researchers. Half-day session organized together with ABG Paris (Association B. Gregory). Our event consists of a plenary session dealing with a specific topic (networking, recruitment process etc.) and two round tables where company representatives, startuppers and PhD holders with interesting professional profiles are invited.
    • 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: participation to Euraxess program
    • 2022: PhD Alumni Network, work in progress. Implementation of our Community of Alumni -PhD Graduates-. We are used to invite to our round tables testimonials of successul career transition stories. Our final goal is a platform, designed to help build online Alumni communities and engage PhD students. The tool will facilitate networking, mentoring etc.
  • 2019-2023: organization together with the expert team working for Piedmont Employment Agency APL onsite and online session for PhDs. The following topics were treated: most valuable career skills, the most in-demand skills for today's job market, what employers want.

• 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022: Almalaurea, Dottorati,  the Italian interuniversity consortium surveying the Profile and the Employment status of our PhD Graduates annually after 1, 3 and 5 years.

• 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2022. Career guidance and Mentoring. Individual career guidance to PhDs who have to prepare their next professional move and are also in need of a professional network. 


New York Career Day 2024: Opportunities for Italian Researchers
January 30th, from 3:00-5:30pm CET, this Zoom event will guide Italian researchers in planning their scientific career, finding research opportunities in New York, identifying funding resources, and receiving mentorship when applying for research positions. The event targets scientists looking for graduate or postdoctoral research appointments in New York. Participants will learn about exciting research opportunities in New York and the resources that are available to help secure these positions. They will meet institutional administrators and researchers who can provide advice and assist with the application process. Several partner institutions will also present their fellowship and grant opportunities.

Everyone interested in attending the event needs to register on Eventbrite:



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Finishing your PhD. For doctoral students approaching the end of their doctoral studies.

Maintaining an engaged Alumni Community can be challenging. Our purpose is to establish a strong PhD student-institution relationship that continues beyond graduation.

Our Google Form with the request for consent  (in full compliance with the General Data Protecting Regulation/GDPR) to the use of personal data after obtaining the PhD title is available at

The EU regulation 2016/679 also known as “GDPR” and, in our country, the D. Lgs. 196/03, are concerned to protect the confidentiality of the data of the natural persons. In particular, they impose on the person who treats them (“the holder of the treatment”) some fulfilments, incl uding, the obligation to provide some information to the person to whom the data belongs (so-called “interested”). Through this document available at,  the University of Torino UniTo responds to the information obligations provided by the GDPR.


  • French-Italian Day for Early Career Researchers, October 28, 2021. Program and recording
  • French-Italian Day for Early Career Researchers, October 11, 2022Program and recording
  • French-Italian Day for Early Career Researchers, October 19, 2023.Program and recording

Per informazioni:
Lucia Salto, Career Development Facilitator for PhDs, Scuola di Dottorato, Direzione Ricerca, Università degli Studi di Torino

Last update: 15/11/2023 11:13
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