CMRE Visiting Researcher Programme

The CMRE Visiting Researcher Programme (VRP) offers the best and brightest students, university researchers and practicing professionals from NATO nations the opportunity to participate in a dynamic laboratory on the beautiful west coast of Italy, conducting research on subjects of interest to both the researcher and to NATO.  Visiting Researchers will have access to CMRE equipment, facilities, and data, and will gain practical experience through collaboration with CMRE scientists and engineers.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be periodically considered for existing project requirements.

Visiting Researchers (VR)  fall into three categories:

1. Research Interns (RI) must be full time undergraduate students.

RI will receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 EURO. Research Interns are responsible for arranging their own health and accident insurance.

2.  Research Fellows (RF) must hold a University Degree (Bachelor or Master Degree), but do not meet the qualifications as a VS.

RF will receive a monthly stipend of  2,643.83 EURO. Research Fellows are responsible for arranging their own health and accident insurance.

 3. Visiting Scientists  (VS) must hold a Ph.D. and possess at least 2 years post Ph.D. work experience in the field. Alternatively, a graduate degree and minimum 4 years work experience in the field will be considered as commensurate experience.

VS will receive a monthly stipend of 4,152.41 EURO. Visiting Scientists are responsible for arranging their own health and accident insurance.. 

Successful candidates will contribute to CMRE's core competencies and current projects. CMRE's core competencies include underwater acoustics, sensors and signal processing, ocean observation and prediction, operations research of complex systems, remote sensing and adaptive sampling, communication engineering, ocean engineering, information theory, cognitive science, autonomy and collective intelligence. Current research programmes based on these competencies include autonomous mine countermeasures, cooperative anti-submarine warfare, environmental knowledge and operational effectiveness, marine mammal risk mitigation and maritime security. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the technical content of the Centre's current research efforts, and tailor their applications accordingly.


Notes to Applicants

VR assignments will last a minimum of three months and may extend up to one year depending on regulations in place. On a case by case basis, assignments shorter than 3 months may be accepted.

VR will receive paid travel to and from their place of residence to the CMRE in accordance with NATO travel rules, unless the assignment is less than 30 consecutive calendar days.

VR are reminded that it is their responsibility to investigate with their appropiate Authorities in their home country whether a VISA is required for them to work in Italy and for their family members to join them in Italy.

VR stipends are not exempted from taxation, therefore, VR are responsible to declare their stipends received from CMRE to the appropriate Fiscal Authorities, as required by legislation.

VR are not automatically insured for accidents (to include accidents on duty), health problems or other risks, therefore, insurance coverage is mandatory. They need to provide evidence of insurance coverage for illness, accidents and accidents on duty for the whole period at CMRE. 

VR will be required to sign a statement understanding that all proprietary rights in any work carried out under the VRP shall be vested in the organisation. They will also be required to participate in a security briefing upon arrival.


Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a standard application form in response to CMRE's core competencies or occasional calls for specific assignment opportunities published at the CMRE Current Vacancies page. In addition, they may propose their own topic of research for consideration when aligning candidate interests with CMRE project requirements. To apply for the Visiting Researcher Programme, please submit completed applications in English and in electronic format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are currently being accepted and will be periodically considered for existing project requirements.

Application is limited to nationals of NATO member states: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old to enter the Visiting Researcher Programme. On a case by case basis, participation to the VRP may require the researcher to obtain a NATO Secret security clearance certificate or interim clearance issued by the researcher's country of origin prior to arrival.