UK : 60 PhD Studentships at Univ. of the West of Scotland


The University is pleased to offer over 60 studentships for PhD study commencing in October 2009.

The Studentship Scheme provides the following benefits:

Exemption from the payment of annual fees
£6000 annual stipend

An additional annual financial award will also be made to three exceptional applicants.

Project descriptions can be found below. To apply for any of the studentships, please complete the application form.

Business School

School of Computing

School of Education

School of Engineering and Science

School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

School of Media, Language and Music

School of Social Sciences

MALAYSIA; Postdoctoral positions in stem cell sciences needed for neurooncology and regenerative neurosciences

Applicants with a Phd and a neuroscience background are invited for a 2-year post-doc fellowship, working with neural stem/progenitor cells and progression of medulloblastomas. The applicant should be experienced in molecular and cell biology and be experiences in doing animal brain cancer models studies.

We are currently seeking highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our team who have extensive experience in electrophysiological recording techniques and fine dissection skills and experience in stem cell culture at the Department of Neurosciences,University Sains Malaysia Health Campus where we are focusing on animal models of sensorimotor control of spinal locomotor circuits,neural plasticity, and functional recovery after stem cells have been transplanted into the brain or spinal cord after injury.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology or bioengineering or other related sciences with an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach with experience in stem cell culture,brain/spinal cord electrophysiology (in vivo and in vitro) recording and electromyography studies.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, list of publications, and e-mail address and telephone of 3 references who can attest to your lab skills..


Prof Jafri Malin Abdullah MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosciences and Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon,
Department of Neurosciences,School Of Medical Sciences/Hospital University Sains Malaysia,Jalan Sultanah Zainab 2,Kubang Kerian,Kota Bharu,Kelantan,16150,MALAYSIA

Tel:+6097664240 Fax:+6097648613,

To apply: Please sent application to Prof Jafri Malin Abdullah at or

Sweden : PhD Positions In Economics/Econometrics, Umea University

website link:
http://www8. aktuellt/ arkiv/lediga_ tjanster/ 313-374-09. html#eng

Umeå University announces…

Umeå University - with its 29,000 students and over 4,000 employees – is an organisation in constant change and development. The university’s researchers carry out excellence within several areas of research, and many of them are among the world’s elite. We are one of Sweden’s largest providers of education and offer a broad and attractive range of courses and programmes. Our campus constitutes an inspiring environment for everyone that studies and works here. We wish to co-operate with companies and organisations throughout the Umeå region and all over the world.

PhD students in Economics/Econometr ics

The Department of Economics conducts research and education within the field of economics. The main research areas at the department are econometrics, environmental economics, labour economics, and public economics. The department offers two PhD programs; economics and econometrics. We now announce four to five positions as PhD students starting September 1, 2009, and for a maximum duration of four years full time.

The qualification requirements to be admitted as a doctoral student is an exam on the advanced level, course requirements of at least 240 ECTS out of which 90 ECTS are obtained at the advanced level, and 90 ECTS in economics. Those who fulfil the earlier requirements for admission to studies at the PhD level, i.e. a bachelor degree of 180 ECTS with 90 ECTS in economics, can also be considered eligible for admission to PhD studies. For admission to the PhD program in econometrics, the applicant must also fulfil course requirements of at least 60 ECTS in statistics or mathematical statistics. A person who in some other system in the country or abroad has acquired corresponding university education has eligibility for admission.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates, a preliminary research plan (1-2 pages) describing the proposed research area as well as a plan for how the research will be conducted, scientific writing (e.g. undergraduate thesis), contact details of at least two references, and possibly other material that the applicant wishes to refer to. Applicants with an exam from a university outside of Sweden are required to take the GMAT- (or GRE) and TOEFL-tests, and have the results from the tests sent to the university. Applications belonging to any of the department’s main research areas will be given priority. We wish that you spend your time here in Umeå in order to follow courses and seminars and to participate in our academic environment. If you wish, there is a possibility to be a teaching assistant on our undergraduate courses.

For further information, contact Kenneth Backlund (head of department) +46-(0)90-786 78 78 or Kurt Brännäs (director of graduate studies) +46-(0)90-786 61 01. More information about the department of economics is provided at the department’s home page: www.econ.umu. se

Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 51 53, SEKO civil, +46-(0)90-786 52 96 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 54 31.

Applications will be discarded or, if the applicant so wishes, returned two years after the positions have been filled.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 313-374-09, should be sent to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden to arrive June 1, 2009 at the latest.

UK : 13 PhD Studentships In Atmospheric And Climate Research, Hydrology, Oceanography And Molecular Physics

We are excited to offer 13 PhD studentships as part of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Union. Please note the following job announcement and forward it to interested parties especially Masters and final year BSc students.

Many thanks and best regards
Jan Kaiser on behalf of the INTRAMIF network

INitial TRAining network on Mass Independent Fractionation (INTRAMIF):
13 three-year PhD studentships in atmospheric and climate research, hydrology, oceanography and molecular physics

As part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network “INTRAMIF”, we seek to appoint 13 talented early stage researchers for the following positions at institutions in Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The projects revolve around using anomalies in the distribution of stable oxygen isotopes (so-called “mass independent fractionation” , short “MIF”) to address scientific problems in various disciplines of earth system science. The team of INTRAMIF supervisors comprises experts from atmospheric and climate research, hydrology, oceanography and molecular physics. Sharing their expertise and world-class facilities will allow the individual researchers to do interdisciplinary work in the European research environment. The broad scientific program combines specialized training at the host institutions with a unique interdisciplinary and intra-sector network training program on the climate system in close interaction with
non-academic partner institutions from the industrial, political and economic sectors.

Successful applicants will be paid a salary for three years to cover their living expenses. In addition to conducting their research projects, they will attend associated training modules that include summer schools, skills courses, scientific meetings etc.

Detailed information about the available projects and information how to apply can be found at http://www.phys.

Applications must be received by 1 July 2009.

• The early stage researchers will be registered for a PhD at their host institution.
• The earliest start date is 1 September 2009.
• In accordance with Marie Curie mobility regulations, we are able to offer these posts to researchers who, at the time of appointment, are within the first four years (or full-time equivalent) of their research careers, i.e. within four years of obtaining their first degree that qualifies them to embark on a doctorate.
• Applicants are not eligible for positions in their country of citizenship or their country of residence.
• Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language (e. g. with a TOEFL score of at least 230).
• Efforts will be made to increase participation of women researchers.
• Use the contacts given on the website if you require further information.

************ ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* *******
Dr Jan Kaiser
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (1603) 59-3393
Fax +44 (1603) 59-1327

Germany : PhD Studentship on Molecular Modelling of Enzymes at a Water-Substrate Interface, Stuttgart University

Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology

Universität Stuttgart with its 20,000 students and 7,000 employees is one of the leading European Research Universities with a main focus on engineering and natural sciences. Universität Stuttgart is committed to excellent basic and applied research and interdisciplinary academic education. The excellence initiative of the German state and federal governments has approved the funding of the Cluster of Excellence EXC 310 Simulation Technology (SimTech) at Universität Stuttgart (www.simtech. uni-stuttgart. de). In this context, the newly established Stuttgart Research Centre for Simulation Technology (SRC SimTech) is asking for applications for a

PhD student for the project Molecular Modelling of Enzymes at a Water-Substrate Interface

to pursue research in future-orientated research fields.

Lipases und PHA depolymerases are interesting enzymes for many biotechnological applications. While they are water soluble, they convert water-insoluble substrates by binding to the water-substrate interface. Our goal is to understand the molecular basis of the different substrate specificities of lipases and PHA depolymerases which convert triglycerides and polyesters, respectively. In this project, the molecular mechanism of binding will be studied by molecular dynamics simulations of large, realistic protein systems to understand the effect of the interface to structure and dynamics of the enzyme, and to design enzyme variants with improved biochemical properties in collaboration with our experimental project partners.

Candidates with a degree preferably in biology or chemistry and interested in an interdisciplinary and application oriented project at the interface between life science and engineering are invited to send their application to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pleiss (Juergen.Pleissatit b.uni-stuttgart. de), Institute of Technical Biochemistry, Allmandring 31, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany.

Postdoc and PhDs are expected to participate actively in the SimTech Teaching Programmes and Industry Transfer Concepts.

Applications with the usual documents (CV, degree certificates, references, publication list, letter of motivation) should be sent directly to the Professors/Junior Professors to arrive not later than April 30, 2009.

Universität Stuttgart wishes to increase the proportion of female academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications from women. Severely challenged persons will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

For further positions and information please see: www.simtech. uni-stuttgart. de

Application deadline: 30 April 2009

Netherlands : PhD Scholarship on Ageing-Related Hearing Disorders, University of Groningen

The University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands is offering various “Ubbo Emmius” PhD-scholarships. Candidates are hereby invited to apply for the position with vacancy number “UE-vac-10″ with the following description.

Various prevalent hearing disorders in elderly people crucially involve neural mechanisms in the brain. For instance, in tinnitus (ringing in the ears), abnormal interactions between auditory and non-auditory brain areas are believed to cause the perception of phantom sounds. In presbyacusis (hearing loss) or deafness, deprivation of acoustic input may result in abnormal cross-modal plastic reorganization. Novel fMRI neuroimaging and neurovisualization methods can identify anatomical and functional connectivity patterns throughout the brain, even during rest. The candidate will investigate these methods and apply them to study ageing-related hearing complaints, like tinnitus and severe hearing loss, and their underlying neural mechanisms.

The applicant may express his/her interest in this position before 01 May 2009, and will subsequently have the opportunity to submit a research proposal, together with the principal investigators. More information about the application procedure is available from the website:

http://www.graduate schoolguide. nl/html/organisa tion/vacancies. htm

or from the principal investigators prof. dr. Pim van Dijk (p.van.dijk@med. and dr. Dave Langers (d.r.m.langers@ med.umcg. nl).

Application Deadline: 01-May-09

Contact Person

Dave Langers
Tel: +31503638806
Fax: +31503638875
E-Mail: d.r.m.langer@ smed.umcg. nl

United States : Graduate Research Assistant: University of Nevada Reno Department of Resource Economics

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Nevada Reno Department of Resource Economics (United States)

Graduate Studies at the Department of Resource Economics,
University of Nevada, Reno
PhD in Economics (in collaboration with the Economics Department)
MS in Resource and Applied Economics

The Department of Resource Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno,
has received additional funding to offer three research assistantships
to new Graduate Students starting in fall 2009. The assistantships
include a stipend of $18,000 per year, a partial tuition waiver, and
health insurance coverage. Conditional on strong performance and in
absence of any unforeseen shortfall in funding, the full assistantship
will be available for up to five years. While we give preference to PhD
students, well-qualified MS students are also encouraged to apply for
this funding opportunity.

Our graduate program provides a strong foundation in microeconomic
theory and quantitative methods, with focus on Resource and
Environmental Economics, Regional Economics, and Applied Econometrics.
Details for both the PhD and MS program are available on the web at:

These assistantships provide a superb opportunity for students to work
with faculty on funded research. The majority of Research Assistantships
result in co-authored publications and often lay the foundation for
dissertation and/or Master’s theses.

To assure adequate time for administrative processing we encourage
students to apply for this opportunity no later than June 30, 2009.
Successful applicants are expected to join the program by August 17, 2009.

Netherlands : PhD Positions in Econometrics

PhD positions in Econometrics

Maastricht University, Department of Quantitative Economics (Netherlands)

The Department of Quantitative Economics of Maastricht University is
looking for PhD candidates in Econometrics. Faculty members of the
econometrics group specialize in time series analysis and (dynamic)
panel data econometrics. Selected candidates obtain a 3-years position
financed by the research school METEOR of the Faculty of Economics and
Business Administration or directly by the Department.

JOB Description

The candidate will carry out a research project in one of the above
mentioned areas under the supervision of members of the group (see The
candidate will spend at most 20% of his time to teaching duties.
Candidates with a strong methodological/ theoretical background in
econometrics and/or statistics will be favored. Compensation will be
according to standard Dutch salary levels for PhD students.

JOB Qualifications

In order to qualify for a PhD position the candidate must have
successfully completed a two-years Master degree (MSc. or MPhil.) in
Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related area at
the latest by August 31st 2009 and have a good “competence” in written
and spoken English. Interest in theory and methods is a plus. Candidates
with a one-year Master degree may also apply but will have to follow and
successfully finish the second year courses of the METEOR MPhil research
master program before qualifying for the PhD position.


To apply for the PhD positions, the candidate should send the following
information • Curriculum Vitae • Transcript of (all) university results
• Motivation (at most 1 A4) • Two letters of recommendation (at most 1
A4 each) to be sent separately by Email• Scores of TOEFL test •
Candidates from outside the EU must also submit the scores of a GRE test

Further information contact

Prof. Jean-Pierre Urbain, Head of the Department of Quantitative
Economics, Maastricht University; E-mail:

Prof. Franz C. Palm, Head of the Econometrics group, Department of
Quantitative Economics, Maastricht University; E-mail:

Applications should be received not later than April 24, 2009 and sent

2 PhD Students (BMBF/EU Project MarinERA)

The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), in Bremerhaven, is a member of the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren.

PhD students, within the BMBF/EU Project MarinERA

MarinERA (MarinERA) is a project funded by the ERA-Net Scheme of the EU FP6 (2004-2008). It is a partnership of the leading Marine RTD Funding Organisations in 13 European Member States (coordinated by IFREMER and managed by the Marine Board -ESF). The MarinERA project main objectives are to:

• Map European marine RTD programmes and specialised infrastructures, facilitating the creation of an internal market and quantifying the existing European marine research capacity.
• Facilitate the networking of Marine RTD funding agencies in the European Union, leading to a more cost effective and efficient use of Member State resources.
• Contribute to the development of a European marine research policy, by identifying future scientific challenges.
• Provide a basis for the sharing of available resources to address priority issues which are beyond the capacities of individual Member States.

Within this project, the division of Biosciences at the Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar- and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Member of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (HGF) is looking for two highly motivated
Ph.D. students (13/2 TVöD).

The positions are based in the Department Shelf Seas Systems Ecology at the Biological Station Helgoland on the Island of Helgoland (North Sea). The station provides excellent facilities for marine field- and laboratory research. We offer a highly dynamic working environment.

Position 1: Code 28/Bio-H

Background: The projects aims to analyse the impact of climate change on the adaptability and changes in the feeding behaviour of littoral fish populations at their northern and southern distribution limits (cold- and warm-adapted species). The climate-related distribution and adaptation patterns of fish key species in the littoral zones along the costs of Western Europe will be assessed Within the part project „Trophic Ecology“ changes in the trophic levels, the niche width and their adaptability to potential changes in prey spectra in relation to climate warming should be analysed along latitudinal gradients. The project will include extensive field studies as well as laboratory experiments on the adaptive potential of fish species and changes in the metabolic pathways under elevated temperature conditions.

Tasks: Within this project extensive field studies on the trophic ecology of key fish species along latitudinal gradients should be carried out (Western European shoreline from Portugal to Norway). In addition, laboratory experiments with different littoral fish species from different origin will be conducted. Based on stable isotope and fatty acid analyses the trophic position and the niche width of key fish species will be analysed. In addition, laboratory experiments will be conducted in order to analyse changes in fatty acid metabolisms and stable isotope fractionation under elevated temperature regimes.

Requirements: A profound knowledge in experimental ecology and fish taxonomy is required. Successful candidates have a diploma or master degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, marine science or fisheries science. We expect a strong interest in general ecological questions and great enthusiasm for scientific work. We also expect some experience in carrying out and analyzing ecological experiments including general statistics. Fluency in English is a must.

Request for more information should be addressed to: Dr. Nicole Aberle-Malzahn (; +49 4725 8193236) or Dr. Arne Malzahn (; +49 4725 8193236)

Position 2: Code 29/Bio-H

Background: The ecosystem North Sea has undergone severe change in the last decades, but we still know fairly little on the effect of global and regional change on the pelagic component of the ecosystem. Changes in the phytoplankton and the zooplankton at the base of the food web might have strong consequences for production of higher trophic levels. This project aims to elucidate the changes in interactions that have taken place in the pelagic ecosystem of the North Sea. To this end, several long-time series will be combined and analysed.

Tasks: Within this project the first task will be to collect the data available for the North Sea and store them in a common format and database. Some of these data will need to be quality controlled, before they can be used for analysis. Using state-of-the-art analytical techniques the successful candidate will then concentrate on the changes that have taken place in the phytoplankton-zooplankton interface.

Requirements: Successful candidates have a diploma or master degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, marine science or statistics. We require a strong background in the quantitative analysis of complex interactions. We further expect a strong interest in general ecological questions and great enthusiasm for scientific work. Fluency in English is a must.
Requests for more information should be addressed to: Prof. Dr. Maarten Boersma (; +49 4725 8193350) or Dr. Arne Malzahn (; +49 4725 8193236)

For both positions:
The positions are open from May 1st 2009, restricted to 3 years and should lead to a successful dissertation.

Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical technical and personal suitability will be preferentially selected, please see our notification on our homepage under job offers/jobs.

AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of alternatives.
Applications, including the usual documents, by April 10th 2009 under reference number to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar- and Marine Research, Personal Department, Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven (

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