Portugal: Research Assistant Positions in Web Security and Privacy

Applications are invited for 5 research assistant positions funded under the Carnegie Mellon - Portugal partnership (, on the topic of Web Security and Privacy. These posts are part of a multidisciplinary research program involving multiple departments at Carnegie Mellon University, Lab:USE at the University of Madeira, the Information Systems Department at the University of Minho, Instituto Superior Tecnico at the Technical University of Lisbon, and Portugal Telecom. The posts are based in Portugal, will be co-supervised by Carnegie Mellon faculty, and will involve annual visits to Carnegie Mellon. The ideal candidates will have a good first degree or MSc in a relevant subject. Successful candidates may opt to apply for a PhD degree in Portugal, or a joint PhD degree with Carnegie Mellon University.

More details about the project can be found at:

Post WSP1: User-controllable privacy - University of Madeira
We seek a candidate with a strong background in either computer science, human computer interaction, or mathematics. The successful candidate will focus on the development and validation of novel policy authoring and auditing tools along with novel machine learning algorithms aimed at empowering users to more effectively control their security and privacy settings. This work will be validated in the context of actual deployments of mobile social software applications in Portugal and at Carnegie Mellon. Ideal candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills in English, the ability to work independently as well as a team member and the ability to take initiative and be proactive. We welcome applicants with experience in development for online or mobile platforms, and social network analysis. This post will be based at the University of Madeira (Funchal).

Post WSP2: Anti-phishing for the web and the city - University of Madeira
We seek a candidate with a strong background in either computer science, mathematics, security, or human computer interaction. The successful candidate will build on the existing collaboration between PT/SAPO and CMU and will combine the development of advanced filtering mechanisms with novel user training technologies. In addition, this work will consider the use of tag-based solutions for addressing phishing in the context of location-based services. These technologies will be evaluated through a combination of user studies and pilots, including pilots to be conducted with PT/SAPO. Ideal candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills in English, the ability to work independently as well as a team member and the ability to take initiative and be proactive. We welcome applicants with experience in development for online or mobile platforms, and security protocols. This post will be based at the University of Madeira (Funchal).

Post WSP3: Formal methods for social networks - University of Madeira
We seek a candidate with a strong background in either formal software development and verification, computer science, logic, or mathematics. The post involves the use of formal methods techniques and tools to validate social networks languages developed in the project. Previous knowledge of Java Modeling Language (JML) and B method for software development are assets, though training can be given. Programming experience is also desirable. Ideal candidates will have strong oral and written skills in English, and the ability to work independently as well as a member of a team and be proactive. We welcome applicants with experience in web technologies in general. This post will be based at the University of Madeira (Funchal).

Post WSP4: Trustworthy services - University of Minho
We seek a candidate with a strong background in either computer science, mathematics, or human computer interaction. The successful candidate will develop and evaluate mechanisms and design principles aimed at empowering users to more effectively decide whether or not they can trust different types of mobile and pervasive computing. In collaboration with the rest of the project, this work will develop appropriate policies and trust mechanisms for situated social networking services, particularly those using Bluetooth. Examples of such services include a location-based friend finder, public displays that accept messages from nearby people, and situated games. Ideal candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills in English, the ability to work independently as well as a team member and the ability to take initiative and be proactive. We welcome applicants with experience in design and development for online or mobile platforms, and an interest in trust and pervasive and ubiquitous computing. This post will be based at the University of Minho (Guimarães).

Post WSP5: Lawful services - IST, Technical University of Lisbon
We seek a candidate with a strong background in either internet law, public policy, or computer science. The successful candidate will deploy automated approaches to detecting copyright breach and develop enforcement of copyright policies in the context of peer-to-peer networks and related services. Upon collecting network traffic and demographic data, the work will focus on developing legal and technical policies to combat the distribution of copyrighted material, and will subsequently evaluate these policies in terms of effectiveness and cost. Ideal candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills in English, the ability to work independently as well as a team member and the ability to take initiative and be proactive. We welcome applicants with experience in network administration, simulation, as well as interests in policy and economics. This post will be based at IST, Technical University of Lisbon.

Potential applicants should contact Vassilis Kostakos (vassilis[ at ] for informal discussions or enquiries.

The closing date for receipts of applications is June 1st 2009, and we anticipate that interviews will be held in early June. Applications should be made as soon as possible, via email. Applicants should submit a cover letter clearly indicating the position(s) for which they wish to apply, a full CV, and contact details for three referees to Vassilis Kostakos (vassilis[ at ] The posts will start ideally on July 1st 2009 (or as soon as possible thereafter) by arrangement with the successful candidate. The value of each award is 11760 Euros per annum (tax exempt) for three years.

About Lab:USE and Madeira
The Laboratory for Usage-centered Software Engineering ( is a unique research and development initiative dedicated to making technology more useful, more usable, and more accessible. Lab:USE is a research unit in the Department of Mathematics and Engineering ( at the University of Madeira. Members of Lab:USE also have responsibilities in teaching in the various courses of the department, in particular in the Professional Master of Human-Computer Interaction that is offered in collaboration with the HCI Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. As of 2009, Lab:USE consists of 15 faculty representing 11 different nationalities. Lab:USE has secured 2 million euros of funding for the next 3 years and is currently expanding.

Madeira is a mid-Atlantic island, positioned near the coast of Africa and the Canary Islands. It is one of the autonomous regions of Portugal. The mean annual temperature in the capital city, Funchal, can reach 20 °C. With its mild humidity, the weather of the island is classified as oceanic subtropical.

South Korea: PhD Scholarships in Printed Electronics Field, the Jeju National University

PhD Scholarships in Printed Electronics field at the Jeju National University, South Korea

There is PhD studentship at the School of Mechanical Engineering Jeju National University, South Korea at Advanced Micro Mechatronics Lab (AMM LAB).

Research Area
Research in the silicon industry is maturated considerably. Now Roll-to-Roll and inkjet printing technology are being utilized for developing cheaper and accurate digital devices. Our research group is carrying research in printed electronics which will be the preferred manufacturing process for solar cell, RFIDs, flexible panel systems, displays, and sensors in future.

Research Area for PhD
Control of the printing mechanism and control of the substrate with respect to the printing parameters to print different types of electronic devices through Inkjet Printing System and Roll-to-Roll Printing System. Knowledge of the automation and controls is necessary.

The fully funded studentship will cover fees, stipend and research costs, and are available to the eligible students.

MS in Mechanical or Electrical engineering, systems and control, or a related field. The applicant should have good analytical and modeling skills as well as good communication skills.

The main criteria of selection is GPA (must be above 3.0). Beside GPA research proposal, resume and good communication skill in English (TOEFL or IELTS) will be considered.

Enquires and Application:
Applications should be addressed to: khalid[ at ] (Khalid Rahman)

Please include: Presentation letter; Curriculum Vitae; copy of transcript, research proposal, letters of recommendation and resume.

Starting date: As soon as possible.

Deadline: 30th April 2009

India: Postgraduate Scholarship at Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur

Postgraduate Scholarship at Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur

Advertisement: Multiple postgraduate scholarships are available at Bengal Engineering and Science University to study Master of Engineering and Master of Technology courses in all branches of engineering and technology.

Course and scholarship duration: Qualified and admitted students will receive monthly scholarship from the university (funded by AICTE) to support their study and residency at the university for 2 years (4 semesters).

Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology with specified marks in respective branch of engineering.

For details, refer to:
Webpage of advertisement:

Webpage of University:

Postal address:

Bengal Engineering And Science University, Shibpur

P.O. - Botanic Garden,
Pin – 711103,
West Bengal,

Ph. No. - +91 033 2668 4561-63
Fax : +91 033 2668 2916
Website :

Information Center : +91 033 2668 4561 (Ext. No. - 250)

AUSTRALIA; PhD Studentship in Automotive Software Engineering

Fully funded PhD Studentship
(Automotive Software Engineering)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Project title: AutoCRC: Methods for Identification and Formal Specification of Hazard Condition of Automotive Programmable Electronic Systems

Research topic: Programmable electronic systems have become an integral part in modern automobiles. These auxiliary components cover a multitude of functions both to ensure proper operation of a vehicle and to increase the safety of passengers, other motorists, and the environment. However, even though accident statistics clearly indicate that these devices can significantly reduce the number of severe accidents their operation is not free of risk. For example, an airbag that deploys falsely or not at all can cause serious harm to driver and passengers. The potential for such an unintended behaviour is a hazard condition. If not addressed, hazard conditions can lead to accidents. As a consequence, when constructing programmable electronic systems engineers must be able to detect hazard conditions, assess their impact, and devise proper measures in order to reduce the likelihood of emerging dangers.

Research Objective: The general goals of safety engineering processes are: (a) to identify as many of the potential hazard conditions as possible, and (b) to design the system in a way such that these hazard conditions can be avoided or eliminated. The quality of the identification of hazard conditions depends on the expertise, skills, and knowledge of safety experts. When examining a system for the hazard conditions currently engineers employ “what if” questions like “what will happen if the stability control system fails”, “what will happen if the airbag deploys unexpectedly”, etc. However, due to the complexity of modern systems, which has surged more than tenfold over the past decade, it has become increasingly more difficult to reliably identify hazard conditions. As a result, many hazard conditions remain unidentified and plague even the most prestigious car manufactures. Consequently, we need a systematic approach for the identification and analysis of hazard conditions. The goal of this project is to develop a new technique for the identification, specification, and assessment of hazard conditions in programmable electronic automotive systems.

Your Benefits: You will work on real-world research problems. (There will always be opportunities to cooperate with major software and systems engineering companies.)

• You will be trained in all skills that are required to successfully finish you research project
• You will conduct research at the highest standards
• You will get optimal and continuous supervision
• You study in a friendly and cooperative environment. Australia is known for its friendliness

We require: We are interested in a PhD student who has a good academic record (first class honours or equivalent) with a strong interest in one or more of the following areas:

• Probabilistic logics and probabilistic verification
• Probabilistic model checking
• Quality attributes such as performance, reliability, availability, safety, and security
• Software engineering (in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, etc)
• Software architectures and architecture evaluation
• Formal methods in system design
• Statistics

Since this project involves working with other PhD students and industrial partner, communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are especially required.

Scholarship value and selection procedure:
The scholarship carries a value of AS$28,000+ pa, with fee exemption for both Australian and international students. The selection process will be competitive. A formal selection process will be applied. The closing date for applications is May 5, 2009 with interviews being held shortly thereafter.

How to apply:
If you are interested in the research project, please provide the following information (as complete as possible) via email to and with the subject “AutoCRC Studentship”:

• Detailed curriculum vitae
• An (electronic) copy of undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts (1st class honours or equivalent)
• Evidence of English proficiency for non native English speaker (officially required is an IELTS of 6.5 with no band below 6.0, practically scores above 7.0 are preferred).

[England] International Scholarships in Mathematical Sciences - University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham International (non-EU) Tuition Fee Scholarships (PhD or MPhil) in Mathematical Sciences School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Nottingham is offering awards of two full Tuition FeeScholarships for a new international student registering on a research‍degree programme in the School of Mathematical Sciences at TheUniversity of Nottingham from September 2009. The scholarships are for‍each year of a PhD or MPhil research programme, subject to satisfactoryprogress. To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, students‍must:

  • have an upper second honours degree in a mathematics or mathematics-related subject, or its equivalent
  • be holding a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a?full-time research degree programme in the School of MathematicalSciences at the University of Nottingham to commence studies from?September 2009
  • be classified as an 'overse' student for fee purposes?

Information regarding suitable research projects is available on the School's web pages at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to:

Applications for postgraduate study can be made on-line at:, alternatively, application forms are‍available from the
Postgraduate Admissions Secretary,
School of Mathematical Sciences,
The University of Nottingham,
University Park,‍Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
Tel: 0115 951 4948.
Fax: 0115 951 4951.
Please quote ref. SCI/549X1.

Closing date: 17 April 2009.

[England] Coase Scholarships for Undergraduate Study in Economics

By means of a bequest from the Nobel Prize-winning Economist, Professor Ronald Coase, the University of Buckingham annually offers two full Scholarships for undergraduate study in Economics (or for Economics in combination with Law, Business, or Politics). Each Scholarship, worth in total more than £30,000, covers the University's full tuition fees, accommodation costs, and provides for a generous maintenance grant.

Candidates for the Scholarships are required to write an essay, of not more than 2,000 words, on the topic 'The gentleman in Whitehall really does know best'; and to send this, together with a letter of reference and a completed application form for University admission, to:

Mrs Linda Waterman, Department of Economics and International Studies
University of Buckingham, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG
or email

The deadline is 1 May 2009.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. For further details and applications forms see and search 'Coase Scholarships'

[Cyprus] MBA and MPSM Scholarships from the Republic of Cyprus for Azerbaijan, Gambia, Sudan and Uzbekistan

The Republic of Cyprus is offering up to a total of twenty (20) 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 2009-20010.

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 - DOC). 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 endorsed application 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.

PhD position in Systematics and Evolution (ancient DNA) at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University

STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY announces a PhD position in Systematics and Evolution (ancient DNA) at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University (placed at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory, the Swedish Museum of Natural History).

Project title: Genetic consequences of environmental change on the evolution and demography of arctic species.

Final date for applications: May 4, 2009

Project description:
The overall objective of this PhD project is to investigate the impact of environmental change on the evolution and demography in arctic species. This will be done through genetic analyses on both modern samples and on DNA retrieved from fossils up to 50 000 years old. The resulting genetic data will be integrated with information on past distributions and climates, as well as back-casted species distribution models. Specific questions that will be examined in the project include i) the timing of extinctions and demographic change in relation to past climate fluctuations, ii) when and where populations diverged and species evolved, and iii) to what extent local populations tracked changes in habitat availability when faced with climate change. Potential model species include lemmings, arctic foxes, reindeer and ptarmigan. The long-term aim of the project is to provide increased knowledge on how habitat change drives the speciation and extinction processes and, on a more practical level, to increase the accuracy of models used to forecast the impact of future climate change on biodiversity.
The project will be done within the ancient DNA research group at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory (MSL) in the Swedish Museum of Natural History. A part of the research carried out by the PhD student will be done within the cross-disciplinary research network CLIMIGRATE, funded by the European Union’s FP7 ERA-NET program BiodivERsA. The PhD degree will be
awarded in Systematics and Evolution at the Department of Zoology. Dr. Love Dalén at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (MSL) will be the main supervisor. Prof. Anders Angerbjörn at the Department of Zoology will be co-supervisor.

To be qualified for research studies in systematics and evolution the applicant must have completed a research degree (e.g. Master’s), or have passed in at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project in systematics and evolution of at least 30 hp at advanced level (”examensarbete”). Applicants who have in principle
acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden or abroad, are also qualified. That is, applicants who have a Master’s degree (”examensarbete”) in an equivalent subject that is considered appropriate for this project are also encouraged to apply.

Criteria for selection:
Among qualified applicants, selection is made according to the ability to profit from the studies. The criteria to be used are the applicant’s documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research area, ability to master language (including both spoken and written English), analytical
ability, creativity, initiative, independence and ability to cooperate. The basis for judgement of how well the applicant fulfils these criteria is: the relevance of earlier studies for the research area, grades on courses at the university level, the quality of the independent project (master thesis or “examensarbete”), references, interviews and the applicant’s letter of intent.
Previous experience in practical genetic analyses is highly desirable, and knowledge in ecology, population genetics, past climates and environments, and ecological modelling are considered as additional qualifications.

To be included in the application:
Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying (letter of intent). Curriculum vitae. Copy of independent project report (master thesis or “examensarbete”). Copy of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all attested). Also provide a list of two
persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Provide two copies of all documents and the thesis. To be considered, the application labelled “PhD 03/09 LD” must have arrived at the address below by May 4, 2009.

Address to which the application should be sent:
Stockholms universitet
Zoologiska institutionen
106 91 Stockholm

Terms of employment:
The research education comprises 48 months at full time. The position is financed by a fellowship (”utbildningsbidrag”) for the first years, and then continues with PhD-employment until the end of the PhD-program.. Up to 20% of teaching may be included in the position. (If teaching is included, the position will be extended).

Union representatives:
Bo Ekengren SACO, Lisbeth Häggberg ST, and Gunnar Stenberg SEKO.

Phone: + 46 (0)8 16 20 00. PhD student representative e-mail:

For further information about the project, contact:
Assistant professor Love Dalén + 46 (0)8 519 542 81, e-mail:

Further information on the web:
Stockholm University:
The Department of Zoology:
A link to the announcement is available here:

PhD Call 2009 at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

PhD Call 2009 at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Several PhD positions are available in the Institute of Population Genetics at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna from autumn 2009. Through the analysis of natural variation the students will receive training in evolutionary theory and population genetics in an interdisciplinary research environment. Students will join a lively institute working at the interface between experimental and theoretical population genetics. Our institute represents a synthesis of theoretical and experimental expertise in population genetics (Christian Schloetterer), molecular evolution and bioinformatics (Carolin Kosiol), functional genetics (Alistair McGregor and Thomas Flatt) and conservation genetics (Franz Suchentrunk). We welcome applications from international students as the working language of the institute is English. Available projects include:

-Functional characterization of copy number variation in Drosophila (Schloetterer group)

-Probabilistic modeling of inter- and intraspecies sequence evolution (Kosiol group)

-Mechanisms and evolution of Drosophila life history and aging (Flatt group)

-Genetic basis of morphological variation in Drosophila (McGregor group)

-Measuring gene flow between hare species by massive parallel sequencing (Suchentrunk group)

See the following websites for more information on the projects and the application procedure:

Application deadline is 15 May 2009

For questions and enquires, feel free to contact

Teaching Fellowship in Physical Chemistry

Applications are invited for Teaching Fellowship in Physical Chemistry. The successful candidate will undertake a range of teaching duties within Physical Chemistry. The candidate will also participate in the Department’s outreach activities. Responsibilities will include the development, coordination and overseeing of undergraduate laboratory courses, the design and delivery of undergraduate lectures and the running of workshops and tutorials within Physical Chemistry. The successful candidate will also assist in the management and coordination of Physical Chemistry teaching and will liaise with other teaching and academic staff to ensure the coherence of the Chemistry Degree programmes. The postholder will also be expected to drive the development of new courses in Physical Chemistry to be taught to students from other departments. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant subject and previous experience of teaching at undergraduate level.

The post is available from 01 September 2009. The appointment will be made as either Teaching Fellow or Senior Teaching Fellow depending on experience and qualifications. The salary for a Teaching Fellow will be at UCL Grade 7 within the salary range £32,458 to £35,469 per annum (plus London Allowance of £2,781 per annum) or for a Senior Teaching Fellow the salary will be at Grade 8 £36,532 to £43,622 per annum (plus London Allowance of £2,781 per annum).

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Wendy Brown (

Further details, including how to apply, can be found at ( )

UCL Taking Action For Equality.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 1st May 2009.

Postdoctoral Position, Macroinvertebrate Ecology of Mongolian Streams and Rivers

Closing Date: April 13, 2009

The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (ANSP) announces a postdoctoral fellowship in the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey Project (MAIS) ( ). Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation and The Academy of Natural Sciences. This postdoctoral fellowship provides the opportunity to focus on the analysis of our extensive semi-quantitative and qualitative data from the 2003-2006 Selenge Basin surveys, also known as the Selenge River Project (SRP), and the current Mongolian Altai surveys. It will also entail the development of criteria from these analyses needed for using insect distributions in monitoring water quality. The postdoctoral scientist is expected to participate in field sampling in summer 2009 as part of an international team of scientists. In addition, the postdoctoral scientist will work with our close partners in the Mongolian Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (IMH), to train their staff in use of these criteria. The IMH is mandated to conduct biological monitoring of streams in Mongolia.

The postdoctoral scientist will be located in Philadelphia, in the Academy’s Entomology department, with office and lab space, and access to the Academy’s specimen collections, library, molecular laboratory and digital imaging center. The Postdoctoral Scientist will have Academy colleagues ranging from evolutionary biologists to applied aquatic ecologists. This Mongolian project is part of a larger research effort in Asia by Academy scientists ( )

Position is open until filled, but we anticipate reviewing applications as early as April 13, 2009

The Academy of Natural Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, the disabled or veterans are all encouraged to apply.

For more information on the position, and how to apply, please visit:

(Position Announcement # 989 , )

Charles J Mauro International Undergraduate Scholarship

One undergraduate scholarship will be offered to a student from the United States of America for undergraduate study in Economics or Business Studies. The scholarship will be worth £1,000 per year and will be tenable for the duration of the programme of study.


The scholarship is competitive and will be awarded to a citizen from the USA who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis for an undergraduate programme in either Economics or Business Studies.

The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit.

The scholarship is not available to students already on programme.

Applicants should have applied through UCAS, should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.

Application Procedure

All applicants must complete a scholarship application form which can be downloaded in Rich Text Format (RTF) or PDF (which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) and send it to the Scholarships and Student Finance Office:

The Scholarships and Student Finance Office
The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Fax: +44 131 651 4066
Telephone:+44 131 651 4070

Completed scholarship application forms must be received by the Scholarships and Student Finance Office no later than 1 May 2009.

Selection Procedure

A University of Edinburgh Selection Committee will meet in late May 2009 to select the scholarship holders. The winners of the scholarship will be announced in early June 2009.

Further Scholarship Information

Graduate student position available at the Department of Evolutionary biology, Uppsala University

Graduate student position available at the Department of Evolutionary biology, Uppsala University

A graduate student position in Evolutionary Genetics/genomics is available at the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University. This position offers an opportunity to explore a wide
range of evolutionary paradigms, from the genomic consequences of selfing vs outcrossing, to the early steps in the evolution of sex chromosomes.

Our research group uses the filamentous ascomycete genus Neurospora as a model system. Neurospora is well suited for studies on reproductive systems since its closely related species exhibit a wide spectrum of reproductive behavior. Furthermore, we use the mating-type chromosome of Neurospora tetrasperma as a simple, general, model for studies of the early evolution of sex chromosomes from autosomes. It shares features with the complex sex chromosomes found in the animal and plant kingdom, but is not affected by complex sex-biased
evolutionary forces such as sexual selection and male biased mutation rate.

The PhD-project can be developed after the interest of the applicant, but should preferably involve large scale SNP-typing and/or high throughput sequencing of natural populations of Neurospora.

The Program in Evolutionary Biology (
index.html) is situated in the Evolutionary Biology Centre in central Uppsala. The working atmosphere is international with English as working language. The Evolutionary Biology Centre constitutes an exciting arena for multidisciplinary research in evolutionary biology in a broad sense, with research programs including ecology, systematics, genetics, genomics, and developmental biology. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia and the city of
Uppsala is a vibrant student town with beautiful surroundings conveniently situated 40 minutes with train from Stockholm.

Required qualifications for applicants are 1) a MSc in Biology, Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology or related field, 2) experience in one or several of the following areas: bioinformatics, population genetics, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, mycology, and 3) demonstrated communication skills in English.

The position is for four years. Start date fall 2009. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, send NO LATER THAN APRIL 15: your CV, including contact information for two references, and a cover letter stating your research interest to: Dr Hanna Johannesson,

Graduate Assistantship in Watershed Biogeochemistry, University of Maine

Application Deadline: 18 May, 2009

A graduate research assistantship is available in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine for a student interested in watershed biogeochemistry. The successful applicant will be involved in a NSF-funded project that examines how nitrogen and acid deposition change biogeochemical pathways in coupled terrestrial-stream systems. The student will be based at U. Maine, but will collaborate extensively with stream and terrestrial ecologists, soil scientists, and geochemists at the University of Maine, Virginia Tech, and the U.S. Forest Service. Field work will be conducted at forested LTREB sites in Maine and West Virginia.

Ph.D. students are preferred, but M.S. students may apply. The assistantship includes a stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kevin Simon ( and send a letter of interest (prior accomplishments, research experience and interests, future career goals), a CV, transcripts, and GRE scores. Details about the graduate program at the University of Maine can be found through the School of Biology and Ecology (, the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program (, and the graduate school (

The University of Maine, in Orono, sits conveniently between Acadia National Park on the scenic Maine coast and the mountains of the Mt. Katahdin and the Moosehead Lake regions. There is easy access to outdoor activities including hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, and fly fishing. For more information about U. Maine go to

Graduate Research Assistantship: Decomposition-Soil erosion-UV interactions

Graduate Research Assistantship: Decomposition-Soil erosion-UV interactions

We invite applications for a graduate research assistantship (GRA; Ph.D. level preferred; 3 years funding) from students interested in decomposition processes in desert ecosystems. Most of what is known about decomposition is from studies in high rainfall areas, but this knowledge does not translate well to dryland ecosystems.

Recent studies suggest solar ultra-violet radiation is a major driver of decomposition in drylands; however, other studies indicate the level of mixing of wind/water-transported soils with litter is a key factor. This project seeks to resolve these competing explanations via a series of laboratory studies and field experiments in Arizona designed to measure light energy-soil movement- decomposition interactions. These linkages will be assessed in the context of woody plant encroachment into grasslands, a globally extensive vegetation change in drylands.

The graduate research assistant will be based at the University of Arizona with Steve Archer and Dave Breshears. The GRA will participate in an interdisciplinary investigation seeking new insights into processes affecting desert soil fertility and carbon storage by combining the disciplines of plant community ecology, ecosystem science and earth science in a novel framework. The GRA’s project will be field-oriented and will quantify spatial patterns of litter input and its translocation by wind and water and litter mass loss in contrasting plant community configurations. The GRA will work closely with collaborators at New Mexico State University (Heather Throop; litter chemistry), the University of Kentucky (Rebecca McCulley; microbial communities) and Loyola University (Paul Barnes, photobiology). For additional details on the project see

Starting date negotiable, but Summer 2009 is preferred. The assistantship includes an annual salary of $14,677 (MS) or $15,990 (PhD); waiver of out-of-state tuition; full remission of in-state tuition; and health insurance. Applications will be accepted until 31 May 2009 or until suitable candidate is found, and should include 1) a statement of interests and goals, 2) a CV with copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and 3) names and contact information for 3-5 references.

For general admission requirements see

Applications and information requests should be directed (preferably via email) to Steve Archer (, 325 Bio Sciences East, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0043; 520 626-8791).

M.Sc. Graduate Research Assistantship - Fisheries Biology Aquaculture/Fisheries Center - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Aquaculture/Fisheries Center encompasses personnel and facilities of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries and the University of Arkansas Extension Service. The Center contains 12 Ph.D.-level faculty and researchers, and approximately 15 M.Sc. graduate students. The primary mission of the Center includes research and extension services for the state of Arkansas, the Arkansas Delta region in particular. Research areas include aquaculture production of catfish and baitfish, aquaculture marketing and economics, and recreational fisheries management. See for more information about the program.
Responsibilities: Continue long-term research that assesses Arkansas River largemouth bass fisheries. Research will involve estimation of largemouth bass exploitation rates through tag-rewards study and conduct 12-month creel survey in one pool of the Arkansas River. Additional goals will be to survey competitive bass tournaments and assess various fishery length limits using computer simulation models. Exact thesis topic is flexible, but must be compatible with existing research needs. Specific duties of this position will include conducting fish sampling using boat-mounted electrofishing, oversight of a tag-rewards study, performance of bus-route creel surveys, supervision of field and laboratory workers, and general oversight of the day-to-day activities of the project. Individual will frequently interact with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel. Weekend work will be required. Great potential to become involved in side projects.

Qualifications: B.Sc. degree in fisheries, aquatic sciences, or related biological field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 and minimum GRE score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative). Minimum TOEFL score of 500 for international students. Other desired qualifications include a strong interest in fisheries and fish ecology, good quantitative skills, and the ability to perform rigorous field work responsibly and reliably. Good writing, public speaking, and computer skills are expected. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Salary: $17,800 first year and $18,800 second year, which includes money for university tuition. Student is responsible only for fees each semester and during summer – these fees usually total about $300 per semester.
Closing Date: May 15, but position is open until filled. [UAPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer]
Starting Date: Summer 2009 (somewhat negotiable)

To apply, contact:
Dr. Michael A. Eggleton
Aquaculture and Fisheries Center
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Box 4912
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8100
Fax: (870) 575-4637

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