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AISB YouTube Channel

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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Introduction of habilitation as a necessary requirement for applying for academic jobs in Italy

From the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science

The Italian Ministry for Higher Education has launched the first round of ?habilitation? selections 
for Professors and Associate Professors in all academic disciplines, including Logic History and 
Philosophy of Science. Achievement of the habilitation is a necessary requirement to apply and 
compete for the positions that will be advertised by Italian universities over the next few years. 
Successful candidates will retain their habilitation for four years; at the end of this period, if 
they have not been hired, they will have to apply again in order to continue to be eligible. 
Candidates who fail to obtain the habilitation cannot apply again for a period of two years.

The selection process to obtain the habilitation is based primarily on a candidate?s publication 
record (no interviews are carried out at this stage) and only requires the completion of an on-line
application form. More details and instructions, as well as registration and login facilities, can 
be found at the official website of the Ministry 
(, an English version will be available 
soon). The committees are going to be composed by four Italian professors chosen among a selected 
list and one foreign scholar belonging to the field

In order to qualify for habilitation, candidates must have published a number of books and articles
in top international journals that strictly exceeds the median number of publications of the 
Italian professors that currently fill the same positions in their field. The exact figures have 
been calculated by the Italian Agency for Research Evaluation (ANVUR) and are available on a 
dedicated website (

This document has been prepared by the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science 
( and is meant to help candidates from outside the 
Italian academia who intend to apply for an habilitation in the 2012-2013 round.

The deadline for applications is November the 20th, 2012.

Please circulate the announcement as widely as possible.