9 PhD positions in Life Sciences, Univ of Zurich, Swiss

International Ph.D. Programs
Life Sciences

Description: The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of nine highly competitive Ph.D. programs, run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Each program offers research and education opportunities in a stimulating international environment for ambitious students who wish to work towards a Ph.D. degree. Accepted students perform their research project in one of the participating research groups of their favorite program, according to their scientific interest. Advanced teaching and training courses are offered throughout the curriculum. The program language is English throughout. Ph.D. studies usually last 3-4 years. 

Education: Applicants must hold or anticipate receiving a Master's degree or equivalent from a university in a relevant field before starting the Ph.D. program. Applicants accepted for the program will have to register with either the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the affiliation of their future research group. 

Application: Our web pages provide detailed information for submission of application. Please refer to the guidelines as we only take into consideration applications received in the required format: 

Application deadlines are July 1 and December 1 

Contact details: 
Dr. Susanna Bachmann 
Life Science Zurich Graduate School
University of Zurich
Institute of Molecular Biology
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich
Email: gradschool@lifescie

10 PhD scholarships in Economics & Business Management, Univ. Venus

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Admission 2009 - 2010

The School offers two doctoral programs: Economics (DEC) and Business Management (DEA). They cooperate and share most activities.

There are 5 three-year fellowships available for DEC and another 5 for DEA.

Classes start on September 1st, 2009. Most first-year classes are common across the two programs.

The general application procedure is similar for the two programs, with minor differences. Please make sure to carefully read the relevant information for the program you wish to apply for: DEA or DEC.

Separate applications are required for either program. Simultaneous applications to more than one program are possible.

An application must abide by the statute of their respective "Bando" (Official Advert) as published on the Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana. The official version of each Bando is available from the website of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice following the path Offerta Formativa -> Dottorati di Ricerca -> Scuola Superiore di Economia - SSE. (With a bit of luck, this dynamic link should get you there in one click.) Links to the necessary documents are in the grey box on the right-hand column. You can also download a copy of each Bando using the links posted in the admission page of the program you wish to apply for.


These are guidelines to assist you in making your application to the SSE Doctorate programs 2009 and should be considered as informal information and are in no way legally binding.
1- Read official announcement carefully
2 – Download attachments A, B & C
3 – Read all attachments carefully
4 – Compile attachment B (application form)
5 - Ensure you have the obligatory documents to include with the application form
Attachment B - see list below
6 – Where necessary (original foreign qualifications without legal translation) fill out attachment C
7 – You should put your application and all attachments in an envelope and put the following phrase on the envelope:
Domanda di ammissione alle Scuole di dottorato di ricerca 25° ciclo (A.A. 2009/2010)
(Application for admission to Research Doctoral schools 25th cycle – AY 2009/2010)
Dottorato di ricerca in
(Research doctorate in) [please indicate the doctoral course]

8 –Deadline: Ensure that your application arrives by and not after June 23rd, 2009 at 12.30. Applications arriving after this time will not be accepted.

You can hand deliver your application to e Accoglienza studenti, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice (1st floor), during opening times to the public: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm; Wednesday also from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

you can send it via express/registered mail (with note of receipt) or by private courier to Università Ca' Foscari
Ufficio Protocollo Informatico, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venezia, arriving no later than Tuesday 23rd June 2009 at 12.30pm. It must arrive by this time and not sent by this time
You must attach a photocopy of your identity card (or other proof of identity) to the application form.

Obligatory attachments to the application form:
Statement of purpose written in English language -The candidate should describe his/her professional goals and research interests, as well as providing any information useful to evaluate him/her (but not implied by the other attached documents) (no more than 15.000 characters)
Curriculum Vitae
Degree Certificate –or equivalent qualification: Grade/marks of degree, title of the dissertation and a dissertation abstract of no more than 30.000 characters.

At least two letters of recommendation from university professors or scientific researchers (one letter has to attest the candidate's adequate knowledge of English language) Please use the online form. LINK

Foreign academic qualifications: if you have foreign academic qualifications you are required to attach the following:
o the academic qualification certificate including the list of exams taken, with sworn translation into Italian and Apostille;
o a "statement of value", issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country where the institution issuing the academic qualification is based certifying that the qualification is valid for registration at a university course – in that country - equivalent to the Research doctorate in Italy.

If you are unable to provide the "statement of value" document within the application deadline, you must fill in attachment "C".
In this case candidates will be admitted to the competitive examinations "under reservation" . Therefore, if they qualify for admission as winners, they will have to submit the required original documents at the time of enrolment

All candidates must be in possession of the qualifications requested at the time of applying for the doctoral program, 23rd of June 2009, otherwise they will be excluded from the competitive examination.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS/ DOCUMENTS to include with your application – not obligatory
• Curriculum studii (w.marks)
• Publications consistent with the Doctoral program aims, including working papers
• Masters and other advanced courses
• Research experiences with university or research institutions
• Prizes, grants
• Score in GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or similar standard tests

Please note:
You can not apply electronically
All applications must be sent to address stated above
Al documentation must be in English (preferred) or in Italian

For more information about applications to DEA and DEC, please contact (scuoledottorato@; tel.: +39-041-234- 7962).

PhD position at LIRMM, Université Montpellier, France

PhD position available at LIRMM, Université Montpellier, France
Title : Prolonged Functional Balanced Standing in paraplegic patient

The standing posture in paraplegic patient can be obtained by knee joint locking. Different approaches are possible: verticalizing wheelchairs, orthosis, Vanini boots, functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Orthoses and Vanini boots allow to lock the knee and the ankles and in some cases to free one or two hand. A visual feedback is necessary for the patient to ensure his vertical alignment.

Electrical stimulation is interesting as it would allow to have in a longer term a completely implanted version of the system and therefore largely more acceptable by the patient. The electrical stimulation of biceps femori allows to lock knee joint but involves high current intensity levels which fatigue quickly the muscles and lead to early joint unlocking. conduisent trop rapidement à un déverrouillage de l’articulation. We propose here to explore orthoses, Vanini boots and FES solutions and combine them if necessary to achieve long term functional balanced standing (allowing to free one hand to grasp an object).

More precisely, we will study :
1) Knee locking under surface FES
Several strategies will be considered : 1) moving from continuous stimulation to intermittent one , 2) alterning stimulation on the two sides, 3) optimizing stimulation patterns (frequency, amplitude, …), 4) involving frontal plane movements (lateral oscillations) and stimulating other muscles. (lateral oscillations controlled by verticality of the trunk), 5) bifocal stimulation of thigh muscles, 6) matrix stimulation to modify the localization of stimulation point.

2) Balance control
We will propose strategies to ensure balance by combining different solutions (orthoses, Vanini boots, FES)
- musculo-skeletal modelling
- involvement in clinical experiments
- analysis of experimental data

This PhD thesis will be co-supervised by PhD Christine AZEVEDO, PhD David GUIRAUD, MD PhD Charles Fattal (PROPARA) and Pr. P. Fraisse.
Contact: fraisse@lirmm. fr, azevedo@lirmm. fr

PhD Positions in Neuroengineering, Robotics & Navigation

The Graduate School for Computing in Medicine and Life Sciences (http://www. at the University of Lübeck invites applications for 3-year PhD scholarships in the fields of Brain Imaging, Robotics, Brain Plasticity, Navigation Methods, Neuroanatomy, Human-Computer Interfacing, Minimal Invasive Interventions.

Application deadline: June 30, 2009.

Project titles:
I1a - Diffusion Tensor methods
I1b - Correction of Susceptibility caused Distortions in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
I1c - Endoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography in the Deep Brain
I1d - Small animal brain imaging with nano CT
I1e - Transcranial sonography (TCS) in monogenic forms of Parkinsonism
I1f - Combined motion detection and motion correction medical imaging
I1g - Neurochemical whole-brain mapping using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)
I2a - Stroke Rehabilitation Robot
I2b - Parallel mode of action control: from human studies to intelligent robotic interfaces
I2c - Learning to See Better
I2d - Cardiac pacemaker localisation
I3a - Memory enhancement by transcranial brain stimulation
I3b - Brain Modelling
I3c - Relationship between brain activity and peripheral glucose metabolism - combining experimentally acquired data with a mathematical model
I4a - Robotic micromanipulator for small animal studies
I4b - Navigation and electrophysiologica l recordings in Deep Brain Surgery
I4c - Robot assisted navigation guided OCT operating microscope
I5a - Definition of cortical networks for the control of eye and hand movements
I5b - Wavelet-Based TMS-EEG Data Analysis
I5c - 3-dimensional kinematic principles of eye, head and limb movements
I6a - Interfaces based on EEG, ECoG and DBS
I6b - Nonlinear and multivariate EEG analysis
I6c - Basics in deep brain stimulation (DBS)
I6d - Next generation auditory prosthesis
I7 - Computer assisted minimally invasive interventions

Candidates are expected to have a master's degree (or its equivalent) in computer science, mathematics or engineering. Prior experiences in scientific publishing (during the university study or industry employment) are of advantage.

Please prepare all the necessary documents and submit your application online:

For further information, send email to: management@gradscho ol.uni-luebeck. de or visit our website at http://www.gradscho ol.uni-luebeck. de/.

Postdoc and PhD student positions in Bioinformatics, Metageno

The Raes lab (VIB, University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium) is hiring 3 motivated postdocs / PhD students in the computational analysis of metagenomics data, with a particular emphasis on human-associated microbial communities in health and disease.

The last few years have seen a revolution in the functional and phylogenetic profiling of complete microbial communities through (next-generation) environmental shotgun sequencing (metagenomics). Recently, these approaches are being used to study the combined genetic material of microbial communities that live on and in the human body (the human microbiome), with important clinical applications in autoimmune disorders, infection and nutrition-related pathologies. 

The proposed research projects focus on bioinformatics tool development for comparative metagenomics of next-generation sequencing data (Raes et al. Curr Opin Microbiol 2007) as well as further development and/or application of multivariate analysis methods (Gianoulis, Raes et al PNAS 2008) towards clinical ecosystems
biology of the human ecosystem (Raes and Bork Nat Rev Microbiol 2008). Methods
are applied to public data, within the framework of existing collaborations (e.g. the MetaHIT consortium, and on sequencing projects initiated within the lab. VIB is an exciting, interdisciplinary research institute with excellent facilities (e.g. proteomics,
next-gen sequencing) and research groups in e.g. immunology, microbiology, genetics,
molecular and cellular biology and translational research. 

The Raes lab is located on the campus of the University of Brussels, a vibrant, international city in the hart of Europe. 

Requirements (Postdocs) 

‐ PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, (environmental) genomics,
population genetics or equivalent 
‐ Good programming skills (perl/python/ ruby/etc, SQL, R), proficiency in Unix/Linux 
‐ Strong background in statistics is a plus ‐
Good knowledge of (clinical) microbiology, biochemistry and/or microbial ecology is a plus 
‐ Experience with (meta)genomics data and/or microarray data analysis, network
inference/modeling is a plus

Requirements (PhD students) 

‐ Masters in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Bioengineering, (Molecular) Biology,
Microbiology or equivalent 
‐ Basic programming skills or strong motivation to learn 
‐ Experience with (meta)genomics data and/or microarray data analysis is a plus

Interested candidates are encouraged to send their CV, along with a letter stating their interest and contact details of two references to jeroen.raes@ Informal enquiries can also be addressed to the same email address. Further info on

30 Doctoral Scholarships in Mathematics at University of Bonn

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Doctoral Scholars

The Bonn International Graduate School in Mathematics (BIGS-Mathematics) , embraced by the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, a Cluster of Excellence established within the German government's Excellence Initiative, offers a PhD program in mathematics based upon the well-known teaching and research tradition of the Department of Mathematics and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. Research topics for dissertations can be chosen from the following sections:

Algebra and number theory (J. Franke, G. Harder, M. Rapoport, J. Schröer, C. Stroppel, D. Zagier) | Algebraic and arithmetic geometry (G.Faltings, G.Harder, D.Huybrechts, N. Perrin, M.Rapoport) | Differential geometry (W. Ballmann, U. Hamenstädt) | Discrete mathematics and complexity theory (S. Hougardy, M. Karpinski, B. Korte, T. Nieberg, N. Saxena, J. Vygen) | Global analysis (M. Lesch, W. Müller) | Mathematical models in the natural sciences (H.-W. Alt, J. Frehse, M. Griebel, F.Otto) | Moduli spaces (W. Ballmann, C.-F. Bödigheimer, G. Faltings, U. Hamenstädt, G. Harder, M. Marcolli, Y. Manin, S. Schwede, D. Zagier) | Numerical analysis (M. Griebel, R. Krause) | Partial differential equations (H.-W. Alt, J. Frehse, H. Koch, F. Otto, M. Rumpf, L. Székelyhidi) | Probability and statistics (S. Albeverio, A. Eberle, M. Karpinski, M. Schäl, K.-T. Sturm) | Pure and applied logic (M. Karpinski, P. Poepke) | Scientific computing (M. Griebel, H. Harbrecht, R. Krause, M. Rumpf) | Stochastic analysis (S. Albeverio, A. Eberle, F. Otto, K.-T. Sturm) | Topology (H.-J. Baues, C.-F. Bödigheimer, J. Hornbostel, M. Kreck, S. Schwede).

There are currently about 100 PhD students in the program, which offers a wide range of lecture courses, graduate seminars, research seminars, and winter/summer schools. The language of instruction is English. 30 doctoral grants (Hausdorff scholarships) of 1100 euros per month for a maximum of 3 years can be awarded, beginning April or October each year. The grants are supplied by a family allowance, if applicable. In addition, there are 8 qualifying grants of 800 euros per month for a qualifying year.

Applications are to be sent to: Prof. Dr. Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer, Director of Graduate Studies,
Universität Bonn, Mathematisches Institut, Endenicher Allee 60, D-53115 Bonn, Germany.

Deadline for applications
15 January annually for entry in April or October | 31 May annually for entry in October.

For more details and a list of required documents see: www.bigs-math. uni-bonn. de

PhD Scholarships in Economics, Univ. of Siena, Italy

Siena PhD in ECONOMICS - 2009

The University of Siena invites applications for the Graduate Program in Economics. The University and the city offer a unique environment for study and research in Europe.


A maximum of 16 students will be admitted. The 8 most qualified candidates will be awarded a four-year scholarship of about €10,500 ($16,500) per year, after tax, for a total of about $42,000 ($67,000), plus tuition remission. A limited number of students can take advantage of lodging offered by the University of Siena in the Post-Graduate College “S. Chiara” ( sited in the historical centre of Siena.

The Graduate Program.

The goal of the program is to train professional economists. Former students hold positions as economists in the academia, in consulting businesses, and in national and internationals economic institutions, such as central banks and regulators.

The first two years of the Program are devoted to full-time courses. All of these are taught in English, the official language of the Program. After fundamental training in Mathematics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, a full menu of specialized courses is offered. Students are exposed to different theoretical and methodological points of view, in order to be able to explore the 
frontier of economics in an original way. Students are also required to participate in research activities, such as economics seminars and workshops. Admission to the second year is conditioned on the results of all first year final exams. Starting from the second year, students will develop their own research, under the supervision of a faculty member. While working at their dissertation, students are encouraged to undertake periods of research in foreign academic institutions. In this case the scholarship is increased by 50%. The doctorate is awarded after discussion of an original piece of scientific work (which can be written in Italian or in English). For further information about the Program, please visit

Application process.

Applicants must hold, or obtain by September 30 2009, an Italian “laurea specialistica” or a “4-years laurea” or equivalent 4-5 years foreign degree. There are no limitations on the nationality of candidates. Prospective students are required to apply using the on-line procedure at the following website:

The deadline for application is June 22, 2009. In addition to the on-line application, the following documentation is required (either in Italian of in English):

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Academic transcripts. These must contain a full list of courses taken and grades obtained.

3. Two letters of reference, in sealed envelopes. These must assess the student’s aptitudes towards research, competence, scientific potential and maturity, in comparative terms.

4. A research statement, not exceeding 1000 words.

5. (OPTIONAL) A short scientific essay, not longer than 5000 words, resulting from independent research by the candidate.

All required documentation must be sent by June 22, 2009 to the following address:

Ufficio Formazione e Post-Laurea


c/o Collegio Santa Chiara

Via Valdimontone n. 1

53100 Siena, Italy.

Selection of Students.

The selection of candidates will be based on an evaluation of their aptitude and competence to research. To this purpose, the examination commission might ask some of the candidates to sit for a written exam and an interview, to be held in Siena in the late-Spring or early-Summer of 2009; in this case, the candidates will be notified by email a couple of weeks before (however, the University cannot be held responsible for failed communications due to the candidate supplying late or incorrect information regarding his/her address). The exams will be in Italian or 
in English. The University reserves the right to exclude from the selection process, at any time, candidates who do not meet the admission requirements.

Further information

For further information, please contact the secretariat of the graduate program: Francesca Fabbri, fabbri16 @

PhD in Economics at LUISS G. Carli Univ. in Rome, Italy

LUISS G. Carli
8 positions for enrollment in the PhD in Economics at LUISS G. Carli in Rome for the A.Y. 2009-2010. All positions are tuition free, 4 positions come with a scholarship. 

The deadline is May 29, 2009. See for application and the official call.


CIIM MBA and MPSM Scholarships

CIIM MBA and MPSM Scholarships 

The Republic of Cyprus is offering up to a total of five (5) full scholarships of 12-months duration to study for the attainment of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) or Master in Public Sector Management (MPSM) title for the academic year 2009-2010.

Eligible candidates to apply for the scholarships to study at the CIIM MBA or MPSM programmes are citizens of Azerbaijan, Gambia, Sudan and Uzbekistan.

Applications received until: 30 June 2009

Application procedure
In order to submit an application for scholarship, the applicant must fill-in the CIIM application form. Along with the CIIM application each candidate must attain an official endorsement by her/his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs completing the Endorsement Form(detailed instructions on the endorsement procedure are included in the document). The applicants may then submit their applications along with the endorsement form at a Competent Consular Authority of the Republic of Cyprus of their choice, not later than the deadline shown above.

In order to expedite the process, it is strongly recommended that the applicant forwards a copy of the stamped and endorsedapplication to CIIM, as soon as he/she attains the stamp and endorsement by the official government authority (as instructed above). It is noted that ONLY stamped and endorsed applications by the applicant’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be considered for a scholarship award.

Important notes concerning the award of scholarships:

1. Candidates who have received a scholarship of either short or long duration by the Republic of Cyprus within the last two (2) years 2007 or 2008 are NOT eligible to apply for these scholarships.

2. Eligible candidates must be permanent residents of their country of citizenship.

3. All scholarships are offered officially by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to other Governments on a bilateral basis as official technical assistance and not to individuals. Therefore, it is expected that with the end of the scholarship, the scholarship recipients will return to their country of citizenship so that the recipient country is benefited to the highest possible degree by the transfer of know-how and not just the individual receiving the scholarhsip.

4. For the scholarship to be awarded it is necessary for the candidate to accept the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship.

For more details please contact Marios Siathas at or by tel. at +357 22462246

CIIM Application form
Endorsement form 
MBA prospectus
MPSM prospectus 
Terms and Conditions

Doctoral Funding Opportunities at Durham Business School

Doctoral Funding Opportunities at Durham Business School

Durham Academic Scholarship

Durham Business School is offering three postgraduate PhD funding opportunities for October 2009 entry. These are open to applicants interested in any area, provided the intended topic matches existing research interests within the School.

These studentships are available for the 2009/10 academic year and cover fees at the home/EU rate (currently £3,390). The award is open to all students (home/EU and overseas).

The deadline for applications is30 June 2009.

Further Scholarship Information and Application

2009 American Indian Fellowship in Business Scholarship Program



• Must be a Business Major

• Enrolled full time during entire school term.

• Junior, Senior or Master level of study

• Enrolled member of American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native.

• If selected, candidate must be available to attend INPRO 2009 in September 2009. (Expenses including lodging, ground transportation and airfare from within the 50 United States will be provided by NCAIED)

o Important Note: if selected for an award and are unable to attend, award will be forfeited.


(note: incomplete packages will not be considered – so please ensure that you have all material submitted)

• Completed Application

• Letter requesting consideration stating the following:

o Reason for pursuing higher education

o Plans following completion of degree program

o Activities and commitment to community they wish to have considered.

• Separate Essays (250 word each) on the following:

o Community Involvement

o Personal Challenges

o Business Experience (Paid or Volunteer)

• Transcripts (official or unofficial)

• Letter of Admission/Enrollment from school for 2009/2010 term.

• Documentation of Tribal Enrollment


• Grade (verified by transcripts) 30%

• Community Involvement 30%

• Personal Challenges 25%

• Business Experience (Paid or Volunteer) 10%

• Quality of Essay 5%


NCAIED 2009 Scholarship Committee

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

953 East Juanita Avenue

Mesa, AZ 85204

Phone: 800-462-2433 x244; Fax: 480-545-4208; Email:

Deadline for application submission is August 7, 2009.

Further Scholarship Information and Application (PDF) 

Call for Admission of Candidates Educated Abroad to the Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School of the University of Pisa Year 2010

Call for Admission of Candidates Educated Abroad to the Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School of the University of Pisa Year 2010

Art. 1 Announcement The University of Pisa announces a competition, based on academic qualifications, for 7 grants reserved for candidates educated abroad for admission to the “Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School”.

The 7 grants are funded: ? 5 grants by the “Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School” ? 1 grant by Ministry for University and Research (budget of the 2009 call) will be assigned for study and research on the subject ‘’Innovative applications in Biomedical Industry’’ within the Ph.D. programme in Fisica Applicata (Applied physics), ? 1 grant by Ministry for University and Research (budget of the 2009 call) will be assigned for study and research on the subject ‘’Energy saving and small scale energy generation systems’’ within the Ph.D. programme in Fisica (Physics). If some public or private financing becomes available, within the expiry date of the call, additional study grants may be offered. The selection will be based on the scientific qualifications of the candidates, bearing in mind the balance between the different areas of the School. The candidates must apply for one of the following Ph.D. programmes: Ph.D. programme: Informatica (Computer science) Fisica e Fisica applicata (Physics and Applied physics) Matematica (Mathematics) Scienze chimiche (Chemical sciences) An application for this competition does not prevent candidates from applying for the other competition, based on both academic qualifications and examinations, announced at deadline for applications September 2009.

The courses of each Ph.D. programme will start on January 1st, 2010. Art. 2 Requirements Applications are invited from candidates who: • are not resident in Italy; • have obtained abroad a secondary school qualification, from a school that is not subject to Italian regulations, examinations and curricula, giving access to University education at first degree level, and an academic qualification equivalent to the Italian “laurea specialistica”, e.g. to a Master of Science degree, or expect to obtain this academic qualification before September 20th, 2009. Both qualifications must be awarded by non-Italian institutions. The equivalence of each qualification to one of the above-mentioned Italian degrees will be established (for the sole purpose of this competition) by the Academic Board of the School. The University reserves the right to ask candidates for additional documents in order to evaluate their admission to the School. The University may exclude candidates lacking admission requirements at any time. Art. 3 Applications and deadline The registration to this competition should be completed within June 30th, 2009 1.00 pm (CET - Central European Time), only by web, filling in the form on the instructions indicated. After this date is not possible to apply to this competition. You should send only by web using the same on line procedure by June 30th, 2009, 1.00 pm, the following documents (only in pdf format); you can see the instructions indicated: 1. the application form, with original signature, should include (the form is available below): • personal date (name and surname, date and place of birth, place of residence, and nationality); • contact address, e-mail address and telephone number and, possibly, a Skype contact (the candidate must immediately communicate any changes of these data); • educational qualification giving access to university education, with an indication of when and where it was obtained; • academic qualification with final mark (if any) and an indication of when and where it was obtained; • information on grants that the candidate might have been awarded by Italian, foreign or international bodies to attend a Ph.D. Degree course or to carry out study and research activities, indicating the starting date, the length, and the amount; • title of the Ph.D. Degree course the candidate wishes to apply for 2. The documents must be attached to the form ? a certificate of the academic qualification, issued by the University that awarded it; if already awarded, or alternatively (see Art. 6) a declaration that he/she expects to obtain the requested academic qualification before September 20th, 2009. In this latter case, the awarding University and the expected date of awarding must be specified; ? the degree transcript stating the examinations taken by the candidate, with marks and a short description of their content; ? a short resume (maximum 1000 words) illustrating the scientific interests of the candidate and an outline of a possible research plan to be carried out during the Doctoral years. This research plan will not be considered binding if the candidate is admitted to the School; ? a report on any research carried out by the candidate (if any); ? a list of publications (if any); ? any further qualification and information that should be taken into account; ? a copy of a valid identity document. Candidates should send a separate application for each Ph.D. programme they wish to apply for. In addition two letters of presentation by professors or experts in the field of the candidate must be sent directly by the professors or experts to the “Segreteria della Scuola Galileo Galilei” or by e-mail to the following Applications that arrive after the deadline (June 30th, 2009) will not be considered. All documents must be in Italian or English, or accompanied by a translation into Italian or English. Within 60 days of the publication of the competition result, candidates will be able to recover, at their own expense, all the documents and qualifications they have presented. After this period, the University will not be responsible for keeping the above-mentioned documents. Art. 4 Grants – General rules The duration of the University grants mentioned in art. 1 is three years. The grants cannot be combined with any other grants assigned by the Italian Government. If the candidate already benefits from a study grant of any other kind, the Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School will decide, at its own discretion, whether or not to assign one of the above-mentioned grants after evaluating the one the candidate already enjoys. The grant cannot be assigned to candidates who have already (or even partially) benefited from a similar grant to attend another Ph.D. Degree course or an equivalent course (at the University of Pisa or at any other Italian University or Italian Ph.D. programme). The net amount of each study grant for the year 2010 is fixed at € 13.638,47. The winners of the competition will receive a net contribution of € 200,00 per month for lodging expenses and a net contribution towards relocation costs up to a maximum of € 1.000,00, funded by the “Galileo Galilei Ph.D. School”. The winners are exempted from paying university fees, but they should pay € 98,00 per year as a tax for the “Regione Toscana”. Art. 5 Admission The grants mentioned in art. 1 are assigned by the Academic Board of the School, on the basis of the evaluation of the academic qualifications of each candidate. The list of named winners will be published on the Web site July 28 th, 2009. Any candidate named as a winner whose certificate of academic qualification has not been received will be considered to be a winner only conditionally, subject to the qualification certificate being received by September 20th, 2009. No personal communication of the competition result will be given. Art. 6 Enrollment The winners must enroll, under penalty of exclusion, no later than September 20th, 2009, by sending the following documents to the Università di Pisa Ufficio “Laureati” - Dottorato di ricerca via Fermi 8 56126 Pisa - Italia or by fax to: +39 050 2212001: a) the enrollment form, which is available on the University Web site at the following; b) a photocopy of an identity document; c) one passport-size photograph; d) a certificate of the academic qualification issued by the University that awarded it, if not already sent together with the application. In any case the winners must send a message confirming the sending of the documents to the following e-mail address:dottorato.ricerca@adm.unipi.ittogether with the application. If named winners fail to enroll, no other grants will be assigned. Art. 7 Information and announcement advertising This announcement is published on the University Web site The Administrative Responsible is Mrs Licia Del Corso. For further information, please contact the Ufficio “Laureati”, via Fermi 8 56126 Pisa; Telephone: +39 050 2212042/020/023/025, fax: +39 050 2212 001, e-mail:dottorato.ricerca@adm.unipi.itOffice hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday: from 11:00 to 13:00; Tuesday/Thursday: from 9:00 to 11:000. in August: The office will be closed from August 10th to August 21st. For any information about Visa application Forms, Permits of stay (Permessi di soggiorno), Insurance, lodgings and other useful information about your departure for and arrival at Pisa, please contact the “Welcome Point” Service set by Pisa University’s International Relations Office, e-mailing APPLICATION FORM (fill in this form in CAPITAL LETTERS, save as pdf file, and upload it following the instructions indicated on Magnifico Rettore dell’UNIVERSITÀ DI PISA Area Servizi per la Didattica Ufficio Laureati – Unità Dottorati di ricerca

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Job Announcement: PhD Researcher Position, Vienna, Austria

The Multimedia Information Systems Group ( at the University of Vienna / Austria is looking for an excellent candidate to work as a PhD researcher in the upcoming EU eContentPlus project “EuropeanaConnect”.

The objective of EuropeanaConnect ( is to deliver core components which are essential for the realization of the European Digital Library (Europeana) as a truly interoperable, multilingual and user-oriented service for all European citizens. The project will provide the  technologies and resources to semantically enrich vast amounts of digital content in Europeana. This will enable semantically based content discovery including support for advanced searching and browsing, allowing for delivery of enhanced services and making Europeana content more accessible, reusable and exploitable.

We expect the applicant to work in the following areas:
- Web-based knowledge organization systems (e.g., Linked Data)
- metadata registries
- persistent digital object identifiers
- multimedia annotations

The ideal candidate holds a MS degree in Computer Science or related field and is able to consider both theoretical and practical/implementation aspects in her/his work. Fluent english communication and programming skills are fundamental requirements. Preferably the candidate has a background in one of the following fields:
- semantic technologies (RDF, SKOS, etc)
- metadata management
- multimedia computing

The position starts as soon as possible and is full-time (40h/week) for the duration of the project until Oct 2011.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will tightly work with international partners and has the possibility to pursue PhD work within the scope of the project.

We invite interested applicants to send their resume including a  pointer to their previous / current work and publications to , Reference No: 396/MIS/0109. In case of any questions, please contact

The University of Vienna is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Women  therefore are especially encouraged to apply. In case of equal  qualification, women applying are to be given priority unless reasons  specific to an individual male candidate tilt the balance in his favor  according to judgments of the EU Court of Justice.


[Germany] The Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship for (Under-)Graduate and PhD

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.

Who is Eligible?
A) German and foreign students
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to German and foreign students in keeping with the guidelines provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

The maintenance scholarships which are awarded to German citizens, EU citizens and students who have gained their university entrance qualifications from a German school will be calculated on the same basis as BAföG, depending on your parent's income and/or your own income and personal assets. Irrespective of this, an independent book grant of 80 € per month will be awarded to all successful applicants.

The following requirements apply to German citizens, EU citizens and students who have gained their university entrance qualifications from a German school:

You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin. The foundation also grants scholarships for Master degree courses in other EU countries.

  • Earliest application date: if you intend to enrol for a Bachelor or Masters degree, for a Diploma, Magister or State Examination, you can apply for a scholarship before your studies begin, but the earliest date for receiving payment will be the beginning of the first semester. We advise you to make your application in time for the start of your studies.
  • Latest application date: within the prescribed maximum period of study you should still have at least four semesters before your final examinations, so that the foundation can support you for at least three semesters.

The following requirements apply to foreign applicants (except EU citizens) who wish to study in Germany:

  • You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin.
  • You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This programme mainly supports students aiming for a Masters degree.
  • You need a good knowledge of German, and we kindly ask you to provide proof of your proficiency.
  • Unfortunately, the current guidelines specify that we can not support foreign scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.

The following requirements apply to all German and non-German students wishing to pursue a Masters degree or post-graduate studies:

  • You should definitely apply for a scholarship before the start of your studies, in order to ensure long-term support and cooperation.
  • The Heinrich Böll Foundation cannot award you a scholarship, if you are studying for a one-year Masters degree and were not previously supported by the foundation.
  • Tuition fees for fee-paying courses in Germany cannot be financed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

B) German and foreign students for doctoral studies (PhD)
The Heinrich Böll Foundation awards scholarships to German and foreign doctoral students in keeping with the guidelines provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

If you are applying for a doctoral scholarship you must have either qualified at a state or state-recognized college or university in Germany for admission to doctoral studies, or you must have gained a degree at a foreign university and been accepted for doctoral studies by a college or university in Germany. If you are a foreign student, you must have a good knowledge of German, for which we require proof.

How to apply:
for (under-)graduates
for (under-)graduates

for PhD students

Scholarship Department
Postal address
Heinrich-Böll-StiftungStudienwerk, Schumannstr. 810117, Berlin
E-mail:, Fax: 030/285 34-409

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We have openings for Ph.D.-students and Post-Doc researchers in Bioinformatics und Biostatistics at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

In our research projects, we model oncogenic signal transduction pathways for the computational classification of cancer.

The successsful candidate will have an M.Sc. or Ph.D. respectively in bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, mathematics, medicine or biology.

Knowledge in one or more of the following fields are advantageous but not required:

* Machine learning
* Statistics
* Microarray analysis
* Cancer biology

You should be interested in developing new methods in the topics listed above and/or in collaborations with project partners.

We are an interdisciplinary group working with mathematical models on the one hand but also perform a lot of applied research in collaboration with clinical and biological groups.

Post-doc positions are limited to 2 years but can be prolonged.

Ph.D.-positions are limited to 3 years.

Handicapped candidates with equal qualification will be treated preferentially.

Qualified woman are encouraged to apply.

Please also see our website at:

University of Regensburg
Department of Functional Genomics
Prof. Dr. Rainer Spang
Josef-Engert- Str. 9 (Biopark 1)
93053 Regensburg
Email: Rainer.Spang@ klinik.uni- regensburg. de


The Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa announces a competition based on candidates degrees and work to date for the academic year 2009/2010 for 10 doctoral (PhD) positions,reserved to university graduates from non-European Union nations. The full announcement and the rules of the competition can be found at this link

Haryo's note: General information about the school can be found in the wikipedia entry,
The alumni of SNS Pisa include Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia, both are Nobel Laureate in Physics (1938 and 1984, respectively) .


[Denmark] A PhD scholarship Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC)

The purpose of the PhD project is to use distributed temperature sensing (DTS) of streams to improve the spatial parameterization and modelling of catchment hydrological processes. The DTS system uses a long (2 km) fiber-optic cable to provide stream temperature measurements with 1 m resolution. In particular, the system will be used to identify, parameterize and model lateral inflows to the stream in relation to the spatial characteristics of the upland contributing areas. The PhD student will be involved in measuring, analyzing and modelling the data using also ancillary information.

The scholarship is financed by the Danish Research Council for Technology and Production as part of a larger research project which includes the use of Earth observation and other spatial data for modelling hydrological and atmospheric processes ( The PhD student will be working in the research project group and is co-supervised by the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) who is also a research project partner. The PhD student will be affiliated to the Graduate Programme in Environmental Stress Studies (GESS) at Roskilde University. GESS is an international graduate program that covers a broad range of research topics within the area of environmental stress (

Candidates with a background in physical geography or environmental engineering and with an interest in both field hydrology and hydrological modelling are encouraged to apply for the position. Experience in hydrological modelling, spatial data management, computer programming, field hydrology and/or data analysis is considered advantageous. Further information can be obtained by contacting Eva Boegh (, tel +45 46743942) or Dan Rosbjerg (, tel +45 45251449).

Employment as Ph.d. student is for up to 3 years. The employment includes up to 840 hours work at the department (teaching, research communication etc.) The applicant should be willing to work with national and international monitoring programs and assessment of environmental quality. Salary and other conditions are in accordance with agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Candidates receiving GESS scholarships are automatically registered in the school. They are expected to participate actively in relevant courses, seminars and other activities arranged by GESS.

Roskilde University encourages all interested applicants, regardless of age, sex religious or ethnic background to apply.

The application should include a project proposal description (max 5 pages), candidate certificate, and curriculum vitae. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted. The application should be submitted in 5 copies to

PhD Secretary, Jytte Bach
Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change
Roskilde University
Universitetsvej 1, PO Box 260
DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark

The deadline for application is Monday 25 May 2009, at 12:00 noon.
Material received after this time will not be taken into account.
Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

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[Germany] Cognitive Science PhD Programme Scholarships

The Ph.D. Programme Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück invites applications for 7 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Grants for Ph.D. Students.

The Ph.D. Programme Cognitive Science is a curricular Ph.D. programme, associated with the Institute of Cognitive Science and research groups from the Institutes of Informatics and Psychology. It includes research groups in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, Neurobiopsychology, Neuroinformatics, Philosophy of Cognition, Knowledge Based Systems, and Differential Psychology.


The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück is one of the largest European centres in Cognitive Science, offering degree programmes for BSc, MSc, and PhD in Cognitive Science and carries out research on a broad range of cognitive processes.

We invite applications for the Lichtenberg Ph.D. scholarships from all Cognitive Science areas. Scholarships are € 1400 (plus allowances) per month for a maximum of three years, to start at October 1st, 2009.

The University of Osnabrück strives to increase the number of women in research and teaching. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

Application & Scholarships

If you are interested in registering for the Cognitive Science PhD Programme you are welcome to send your application.

Academic requirements

Master's degree (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science or a sub-discipline is required. This must include at least basic qualifications in at least two of the following disciplines: artificial intelligence, biology, computer science, (computational) linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology. (For details see the admission regulations .)

Dissertation proposal

We recommend that you do not send a worked out dissertation proposal with your initial application but only a short description of one or two topics you are interested in. Subsequently we will put you in contact with one of the principal investigators of the programme who will develop a full dissertation proposal with you interactively.

Application documents

  • application form (doc-version) (pdf-version)
  • all documents as required in the application form (educational certificates etc.)
  • curriculum vitae
  • papers published or submitted for publication
  • previous theses (Bachelor, Master, etc.)
  • names and addresses of two referees

Please send an electronic version of these documents to Dr. Carla Umbach (email below). Officially authenticated photocopies of certificates will be required on admission.

Dr. Carla Umbach, email: Tel. (+49 541) 969 3369


Deadline for application for start in October 2009 is the 31. May 2009. Late applications may be accepted if there are still open places in the programme.


Upon application PhD students can be provided with a three years scholarship of normally 1500 € per month (plus extras). After the first year there is an assessment of the progress of the dissertation project. The continuation of the scholarship in the second and third year depends on the results of the assessment.

There are no study fees for PhD students but only an administration fee of appr. 160 € per semester. Students have to provide proof of health insurance upon registration.

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[Spain] Graduate Program in Economics Scholarships, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

The Department of Economics of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid offers a distinguished Graduate Program in Economics to outstanding young graduates in a full time basis. The program is composed by a two-year Master in Economic Analysis aimed at training students in advanced economics, followed by two or three additional years of research towards the completion of a PhD dissertation.
All entering students can benefit from scholarships covering living expenses and fees financed by the Department of Economics (conditional on satisfactory academic performance and collaboration in academic tasks).As a result of the University's strong commitment to research, in a recent comparison of economics departments, sponsored by the European Economic Association, it has been recognized as number 51 in the world, number 10 in Europe, and number 1 in Spain. There is a large, international faculty, highly commited with quality in teaching and research. Furthermore, the quality of our PhD Program in Economics has been confirmed by a recent study (Amir and Knauff, Ranking Economics Departments Worldwide on the Basis of PhD Placement, available at, which ranks our PhD Program among the best in Europe.Our Graduate Program is member of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER), an initiative by eight of the leading economics departments in Western Europe: Barcelona (Universitat Autonoma), Brussels (Free University), Mannheim, Stockholm (joint graduate programme), Tilburg, Toulouse, UCL and Universidad Carlos III. The network organises extended exchanges of research students between the participating departments.All academic activities of the Graduate Program are conducted in English, and therefore an adequate level of written and spoken English is required to all the applicants. In addition, graduate students are expected to achieve an appropriate level of written and spoken Spanish at the end of their first year in order to accomplish their duties within the department.Applications are welcome from those students with outstanding grade in Bachelor degree or equivalent and a strong quantitative background as well as interest to conduct independent research. Admissions criteria are based on the level of academic excellence demonstrated by the candidate, and on appropriate candidate background for the rigorous study of economics. Notice that applications must be done to the Master in Economic Analysis. You can find more information, as well as the application form from this websiteExceptionally, students with a Master degree in economics or a closely related field, passed with distinction, can be considered directly for application to the PhD in Economics. Nevertheless, they should apply to the Master in Economic Analysis indicating their desire to be admitted directly to the PhD.For any further query, please contact

[USA] Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship 2009

Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem Announces the AY 2010 - 2011 Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship PHD Student Program

The Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship is a highly selective program for Ph.D. study at top U.S. institutions in science, technology, or engineering. Approximately 40 awards will be competed for worldwide looking for candidates who demonstrate unique aptitude and innovation in scientific fields. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, and a commitment to improving cross-cultural relations through international exchange.

The fellowship will provide the following benefits: activities, tuition and fees; a monthly stipend for up to 36 months; books and equipment; research and professional conference allowances; round-trip airfare from fellow's home city to the host institution in the United States; health and accident coverage as per U.S. government guidelines; and specially tailored enrichment activities. After three years, the American host university will be expected to cover the remaining expenses toward completion of the Ph.D. J-1 visa sponsorship will be provided for up to five years.

Eligible fields include: aeronautics and astronomics/aeronautical engineering, agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only), astronomy/planetary sciences, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, computer sciences/engineering, energy, engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum), environmental science/engineering, geology/earth and atmospheric sciences, information sciences and systems (engineering focus only), materials science/engineering, mathematics, neuroscience/brain and cognitive sciences, oceanography, public health (theoretical research focus only) and physics. For 2010, agriculture has been included as a new field and while agriculture tends to be a fairly applied field of study, those wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in such areas as entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, and soil science are eligible for this award.

Application Procedures:

  • Applicants must be citizens, nationals or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country from which applicant is applying;
  • Applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree before August 1, 2010;
  • Applicants will be proficient in English with a recent TOEFL score (or equivalent) of 580 or higher; and
  • Applicants must provide a GRE General Exam score report prior to August 17, 2009. A nominee is expected to achieve a quantitative score of at least 700. (Note: a GRE Subject Exam score report will also be needed for all selected candidates in the following fields of study: biology; biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology; chemistry; computer science; mathematics; and physics)

Each applicant will be required to submit an online application here, along with all supporting documents.

A complete application includes:

  • An online application which includes:
    • a clearly written research objective
    • a professional resume
    • a completed Fulbright committee nomination advice form
  • Three letters of reference (submitted electronically and attached to the online application or official paper copies sent by mail)
  • Official (or scanned and attached to the online application; official paper transcripts should also be sent at a later date) academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Score reports (as soon as available but prior to U.S. screening committee review).
    • TOEFL or IELTS or other English language proficiency exam (when required)
    • General GRE exam
    • GRE Subject exam (if applicable and available)

Deadline: June 1, 2009. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Applications are online:,
Please complete, sign and send your application to

West Bank/East Jerusalem residents: Tel: (02) 622-7172 or
Gaza Residents: (08) 286-4622 or 0599-239-044

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[USA] 2009 Postel Network Operator's Scholarship

The North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) and the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) have been unique and successful in forming cooperatives for Internet builders in North America and other parts of the world. Senior practitioners from around the world contribute their time to NANOG and ARIN as presenters, teachers and trainers, to produce consistent non-commercial conferences of high-quality.

Since 2007, the generosity of an anonymous donor in partnership with the Internet Society (ISOC), financial support to a person from a developing country has been provided allowing participation in the annual Fall NANOG/ARIN meetings.

The Postel Network Operator's Scholarship Committee cordially invites suitable applicants to apply for fellowship funding to participate in the October 2009 NANOG/ARIN meetings.

Target Audience

The Postel Network Operator's Scholarship targets personnel from developing countries who are actively involved in Internet development, in any of the following roles:

  • Engineers (Network Builders)
  • Operational and Infrastructure Support Personnel
  • Educators and Trainers

Award Package

Successful applicants will be provided with transportation to and from the meetings and a reasonable (local host standard) allowance for food and accommodation. In addition, all fees for participation in the conferences, tutorials, and social events will be waived. The final grant size is determined according to final costs and available funding. Successful applicants will be advised at least 2 months prior to the fall meeting date.

Criteria for Selection

The Postel Network Operator's Scholarship Committee will select the fellow according to the following criteria.

  • Membership in the Target Audience listed above
  • Residency in a developing country
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize the experiences gained from NANOG and ARIN, And apply such within their country or region
  • Evaluation of an abstract of a presentation to be given at the meeting.

Applicants from any part of the world will be considered.

Fellowship Selection Committee
The Fellowship Section Committee is a joint activity of the NANOG Steering Committee and the ARIN Board of Trustees.

Application for Fellowships
The deadline for application is 1 June 2009, and the awardees will be informed by 3 July 2009.

To apply for the fellowship please read submit your application via email to

Please be sure to include the Abstract, and even possibly some slides, from the presentation you would give at the meetings.




At the University of St. Gallen, Department of Economics, one 35%-70%-assistant position will be opened, starting in July 2009. The position is part of the Prof. Francesco Audrino's and Prof. Enrico De Giorgi's research groups. It is assumed that candidates for these position are willing to start a Ph.D. in Financial Econometrics and Quantitative Finance at the University of St. Gallen. Ph. D. topics for a thesis can cover both, theoretical or empirical methods in Finance and Economics. Examples of recent research articles that could be starting points for a Ph. D. thesis can be downloaded from the web addresses:
www.alexandria. Publikationen/ Person/A/ Francesco_ Audrino
www.alexandria. Publikationen/ Person/D/ Enrico_Degiorgi

The successful candidate will be integrated in a young, strongly research oriented team, with strong foundation in quantitative methods in Finance and Economics. The group will be located at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of St. Gallen.

The new Ph. D. candidate is expected to interact strongly with the professors of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics in the development of their thesis, as well as with professors and post-docs of the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance. The candidate is also expected to collaborate in the development of the teaching activities of the group in the areas of mathematics and quantitative methods for Finance and Economics. Applications for the position should be send no later than Monday, June 15th, 2009 by e-mail with a complete CV to: Fadrina.denoth@

Candidate Profile:
- Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics, Finance, Mathematics (in this case, with some studies in Economics), or related fields;
- Willingness to write a Ph. D. thesis in Financial Econometrics or Quantitative Finance at the University of St. Gallen;
- Strong willingness to apply quantitative methods in Finance or Economics;

- Collaboration in the teaching of mathematics and statistics at different teaching levels;
- Collaboration in the research activities of the group in the areas of Mathematics, Statistics, Financial Econometrics and Quantitative Finance;
- Development of a Ph. D. thesis at the University of St. Gallen.
Starting Date: 1st of July 2009.

website link:
http://www.nccr- finrisk.uzh. ch/media/ pdf/job/PhDPosit ion09_SanGallen. pdf


The "Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies)" of Pisa, hereinafter referredto as the "School", announces 1 position with full scholarship dedicated to citizens of NON-EU countries for admission to the three-year Ph.D. Programme in Management - Innovation, Services and Sustainability for the Academic Year 2009–2010.

The School may also admit 1 (one) eligible candidate without grants. He/She will take part in the Programme at his/her own expenses but will not have to pay any tuition fee. The admission is decided by a Selection Committee appointed by the Director of the School.

Should additional funds become available before the beginning of the programme, the number of positions will be increased by the School.

The Ph.D. Programme deals with the most important management topics which characterise current research activities. Particular emphasis is given to (i) the management of innovation processes and the international competitiveness of firms, institutions, as well as local, regional and national systems; to (ii) the management of innovative services, such as insurance, health, technological and industrial policy services and to (iii) the management of sustainability in public institutions, private companies and wide territory areas specifically focusing on environment policies, renewable energy sources development, and quality evaluation
of food and tourism industry chain.

Eligible Master of Science (M.Sc.), or a Master of Arts (M.A.), or equivalent title. Applicants should not be older than 35 years by 15 May 2009.

People older than 35 may be exceptionally admitted considering the experience gained by the candidate.

Candidates whose native language is not English should own an internationally acknowledged certificate specifying at least their intermediate- level English knowledge (for example, Cambridge First certificate in English (FCE), TOEFL with at least 220 points computer-based or 500 points paper-based, or equivalent
certificates) .

The Examination Committee, as per Article 5 below, states the degree equivalence only for the purpose of this competition;

Candidates are requested to apply on-line at: http://www.sssup. it/phdapplicatio nonline by 15 May 2009 at 12 pm GMT. In case of difficulties with the on-line application, please contact the PhD Administration Office (telephone +39-050-883383/ 883335/883220, e-mail infophd@sssup. it).

A hardcopy of the application (signed by the candidate) together with the enclosures as per art. 4, must reach the "Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Divisione Formazione Universitaria e alla Ricerca, Piazza
2 Martiri della Libertà, 33 – 56127 Pisa" no later than 22 May 2009. The notice "Application PhD in Management, competitiveness and development" must be written on the envelope.

website link:
http://www.sssup. it/UploadDocs/ 2334_Allegato_ 3_bandoMGMT_


PhD position in population ecology, Trondheim, Norway One PhD position in population ecology with particular focus on the interaction between parasites and host populations is available at the Department of Biology, NTNU. The fellowship is for three years with the possibility of a fourth year including 25 % teaching duties to the Department of Biology.

The aim of the PhD project is to quantitatively investigate the coevolutionary dynamics between parasites and hosts, with particular emphasis on the impact of the infracommunity of parasites on host population dynamics in a metapopulation consisting of 18 insular populations of house sparrows (Passer domesticus) in northern Norway.
*Application deadline: May 22 2009. *

You can find the official job announcement in the following link:

Thor Harald Ringsby, Associate Professor (PhD)
Centre for Conservation Biology (CCB)
Department of Biology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim

Office: +47 73596277
Fax: +47 73596100
Mobile: +47 91897032

E-mail: Thor.Harald.Ringsby[at]
Website Department of Biology:
Website CCB:
Website personal:

UK; PhD Studentship Computing

An exploration of theoretical bases suitable for the design and development of serious games within the context of Change ringing.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded full-time studentship to work in the area of ‘serious games’ applied to the design and development of educational materials useful for school children with the context of ‘change ringing’. The studentship is sponsored by the University of Worcester and the Ringing Foundation.

The Ringing Foundation is a charitable trust whose aim is to raise the public awareness and understanding of change ringing (Cathedral and Church Bells). To support this aim this project will develop educational materials (such as virtual simulations of a bell tower) suitable for Primary and Secondary school children. There is currently a lack of theory on how to develop serious games based on sound educational principles. Through working with the Ringing Foundation, Computing at the University of Worcester and local schools, this project aims to generate theories which may inform the design of serious games. While the project emphasis is on educational theory and instructional design, there is also a significant amount of technical creative work using software such as 3DStudioMax and Unreal Editor (Unreal Tournament 2004).

The student will carry out research that will lead to the award of a higher research degree (MPhil/PhD). The student will carry out and report on an individual research study under the direction of Dr. Colin B. Price (Computing at Worcester University), Dr. Sue Howarth (Education at Worcester University), Prof. Bob Stone (Electronic Engineering, Birmingham University).

Applicants should have (or expect to receive) a 2.1 or above in a discipline connected with education such as teacher training and should be able to show a high level of computer literacy. While the study has an educational focus, it will involve the production of ‘Immersive Environments’ using computer game technology. Applicants should be willing to learn the software packages mentioned above. The successful applicant will receive a tax-free bursary of  £12,300 per annum from the University of Worcester plus a limited budget to support their research. Training in the required software will be provided.

For further details visit:

Application forms can be found here:

For an informal discussion about the studentship please feel free to contact Dr. Colin B. Price at or on 01905 542024.

For questions regarding the application process contact Mrs Helen Tabinor, Graduate Research School Manager (tel: 01905 855012,

Closing date for applications is 28th May 2009

Candidates will be invited for interview on 9th June 2009 (provisional).

US; Postdoc Position (Optics/Imaging) at Naval Research Laboratory SSC

The Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, MS (NRLSSC) invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist to conduct research in our cutting- edge optical scattering and imaging program in underwater environments. The successful candidate will conduct studies that include development, parameterization,testing, analysis and application of models and systems that compensate for loss of imaging resolution due to scattering by both particles and turbulence in water.

Training in optics and related field is required. Research experience in at least one of the following areas is highly desired: speckle imaging, numerical modeling (radiative transfer), adaptive optics, image restoration algorithms, and active/passive imaging systems. Skills in in-situ measurements of optical properties, turbulence simulation and measurements, are also preferred. The candidate is expected to conduct experiments both in lab and at sea, in a team environment. The candidate is highly encouraged to develop his/her own research program into potential Navy applications. US citizenship or permanent residency (Green Card) is required. The two year program can be extended. Detailed requirement and program information (including the yearly stipend level around $69 k, travel and relocation) can be found on the official website:

To apply: Inquiries about the position should be made directly to: Dr. Will (Weilin) Hou, Code 7333, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, Telephone 228-688-5257,email hou at

FRANCE; Postdoc Position in Computational Neurosciences

Subject : Adaptive processing of time intervals in the brain

A 18 month postdoctoral position in computational neurosciences is available at the Institute of movement Sciences ( ) and Institute of Cognitive Neurosciences (http://www.incm.cnrs- in Marseille, France. It will be founded by the french ANR (NOAT (ANR-07-NEURO-033-03) and MAPS (ANR-07-BLAN-0335-02)

Accurate processing of time intervals is necessary for precise sensori-motor control. Time intervals from tenths of milliseconds to approximately 1-2 seconds are to be calculated by populations of neurons, considering the typical time constant of a neuron is only of 10-20 ms. Two main hypotheses on the underlying mechanisms are
currently found in the litterature, namely :
- “line attractors” approach proposed by Robinson (1989) and Seung (1996)
- “cascade of bistable units” approach, as proposed by Koulakov et al (2002).
Both need a precise and somewhat tricky tuning of the synaptic weights in order to obtain the expected behavior. The candidate will study the conditions under which simple networks with loosely settings adapt their weights to the constraint in order to approach the best “neuronal integrator”. This work will be carried out in close
interaction with experimental labs of Marseille. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop further directions with the project members (models of time perception, models of saccadic adaptation, …).

The applicant should have a doctoral degree in computer sciences or applied mathematics, with a good knowledge on computational approaches applied to the biology of neuronal systems and neuronal modelling.
Skills in programming (Matlab, C/C++/ Python) are expected. Knowledge in dynamical systems and/or control theory is a plus. 

The position will be funded from 09/2009 to 02/2011 with possible extensions. Salary will be based on experience.

Send CV and application letter to Emmanuel Daucé
e-mail edauce [ à ]
Present address :
INRIA Lille - Nord Europe
Parc Scientifique de la Haute Borne
40, avenue Halley
Bât.A, Park Plaza
59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq
tel : 03 59 57 79 80 / 06 28 05 57 06

References :
Robinson, D.A. (1989) Integrating with neurons, Ann. rev. neurosci.,
12 : 33-45
Seung, H. S. (1996) How the brain keeps the eyes still, PNAS USA, 93 :
Koulakov, A. A. et al. (2002) Model for a robust neural integrator,
Nature neurosci., 5 (8) : 775-782

Emmanuel Daucé
Centrale Marseille/UMR 6233
en delegation à l’INRIA Lille - Nord Europe
03 59 57 79 80 / 06 28 05 57 06

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