Ph.D. Positions in Process Mining

Two Ph.D. positions in Process Mining are about to open at University of Padua (Italy), and we are seeking for expressions of interests for the positions from excellent students.

Process Mining is seen by many as the missing link between Process and Data Science. It focuses on analyzing process-related trasactional data (a.k.a. event logs) with the intention to gain insight into how processes are being executed within organizations. The ultimate goal of Process Mining is to improve the process executions. See the Process Mining Manifesto for more details:

The Ph.D. positions are financed by two industrial partners, which aim to advance their software solutions towards better process analytics and mining. Specifically, these positions are on the following topics:

Both Ph.D. projects aim to achieve the expected results by ensembling techniques from the realms of process-mining, machine- and deep-learning.

The Ph.D. candidates will join the Ph.D. program on "Brain, Mind & Computer Science" at University of Padua (

University of Padua is constantly ranked among the best 150-250 universities in the world. It is the best Italian university for the quality of research results, according to the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems. Padua is a middle-size city located in Veneto, one of the wealthiest Italian regions, at 30-minute distance from Venice. The Venice airport is a destination from most of the countries in the world, which makes travelling easy.

The positions will start in October 2021 and end in September 2024. Possibility of a pre-doc scholarship for those who graduate before June 1st.

These projects have a strong focus on the industrial application. Therefore, Ph.D. candidates are also expected to engage into conversations with company's customers to assess the practical, industry-oriented relevance of the work.

Moreover, the candidates are expected to:

The requisites are:

Pre-existing knowledge of Process Mining is not requested.

Prospective students who want to express their interest should fill the form at, including a statement of motivation, the list of exams of the Master program, an up-to-date CV and potential additional documents relevant for the scope.

The expressions of interest will be immediately evaluated as soon as they are received (on a first-come-first-served basis). Expressions of interest after April 15th are possibly not going to be considered.

In case of questions, these can be directed to Dr. Massimiliano de Leoni at