[Germany] Ph.D. student position, Adhesion and mechanics of polymerfilms

Ph.D. student position, Adhesion and mechanics of polymerfilms
Working group „Scanning Probe Microscopy and Nanotechnology“ Division „Tribology and Wear Protection“
Department „Materials Protection and Surface Technology“ BAM - Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, GermanyPh.D. student position „Adhesion and mechanics of polymerfilmsClosing date: May 4th, 2009Experiments will deal with the influence of the polymer-substrate-adhesion on the mechanical properties of thin polymer layers. They will comprise different sample preparations, in order to vary the adhesion between the polymer film and the substrate, the application of various methods for the quantitative estimation of the adhesion, and the analysis of the mechanical properties of the polymer thin films via force-distance-curves, in order to determine quantitatively the influence of the adhesion. The scheduled experiments have important theoretical implications in the field of confined polymers. Moreover, this subject is also very relevant for possible applications in the field of adhesives and coatings.

Preference will be given to applicants (M.Sc./Diploma) in Physics, Chemistry or related fields. Experience with scanning probe microscopy, surface preparation and analysis, polymer physics and chemistry are advantageous.A basic knowledge of German language would be appreciated, English is required. The supervisor of the PhD work will be Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Brunero Cappella.
Information can be gathered by telephone (++49 30 8104 3343) or by email
Applications including cv (photo) must be sent by mail or email before
04.05.2009 to:
Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. B. Cappella
BAM VI.25 (UE)
Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

[Malaysian] AMCHAM-MACEE 2009 Scholarship

American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) are pleased to announce the competition for the AMCHAM-MACEE 2009 Scholarship. AMCHAM created a scholarship endowment program in 1998 to benefit deserving Malaysian students seeking to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States.

The AMCHAM-MACEE 2009 Scholarship annually awards a US$20,000 scholarship, covering four years of undergraduate study in the United States ($5000.00/year renewable for four years subject to meeting the specified conditions). The scholarship is open to qualified Malaysian students who are accepted to an accredited university in the United States for four years of study culminating in a Bachelors degree. The student must be accepted for Fall semester, 2009.

The closing date for applications is May 30. For application and other details, visit

[India] Post Doctoral Fellowship for Women - IIT Madras

IIT Madras offers Short Term Post Doctoral Fellowship for women with Ph.D with an objective of maintaining awareness and interest in high quality academic research in the engineering departments of Aerospace, Applied Mechanics, Biotechnology, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical, Engineering Design, Mechanical, Metallurgical & Materials and Ocean and in the departments of Chemistry, Humanities & Social Sciences, Management Studies, Mathematics and Physics.

Eligibility: Candidates should have a Ph.D in the appropriate discipline. There is no age limit prescribed.

Duration : The duration of the fellowship will vary from 2 to 6 months, consisting of 2 to 3 visits of duration not less than two months. After the first visit, the Department at its discretion may extend the fellowship to a maximum total duration of six months.

Details of Support:

Rs.25000/- (consolidated) per month.
Return Train Fare by II AC from place of residence in India to IIT Madras.
Suitable accommodation as per IIT norms will be offered if requested and if available.
Application form and other details can be downloaded from The print out / hard copy of the duly filled-in application has to be sent to the Deputy Registrar (Academic), IIT Madras, Chennai 600 036 in an envelope superscribed as, “Short Term Post Doctoral Fellowship of IIT M for women” .

Applications are received throughout the year and the candidates will be intimated about the availability by the respective departments.

Further Scholarship Information and Application

[Slovak] PhD Scholarships from the Government of the Slovak Republic

Scholarships from the Government of the Slovak Republic. Programme for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD. Students, University Teachers and Researchers

About the Programme

Establishment of the National Scholarship Programme for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD students, University Teachers and Researchers was approved by the Government of the Slovak Republic in 2005. The National scholarship programme of the Slovak Republic is funded by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic.


The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic is intended to support mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers and researchers to stay at Slovak universities and research institutions.

Types of scholarships

Scholarships for foreign university students (enrolled at least in the 6th semester) to take part in Master study over a period of 1 to 2 semesters (from 5 to 10 months) at Slovak universities.
Scholarships for foreign PhD students to take a part of PhD study over a period of 1 to 12 months at Slovak universities or research institutes.
Scholarships for foreign university teachers and researchers over a period of 1 to 12 months to carry out teaching or research at Slovak universities, research institutes or nongovernmental organisations on the basis of an invitation.

Citizens from following countries can apply for scholarships

European Uni0n member states – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom,
other countries participating in the Bologna process (listed are only countries that are not stated in item a) – Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine,
Canada, Central American countries, Latin American countries, Mexico, the United States of America,
Australia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Due to the mobility nature of the programme applicants cannot be considered if they have been studying, teaching or researching in Slovakia at the time of submitting their application.
The Scholarship Programme does not support:

foreign students and PhD students accepted for entire Master or PhD studies in Slovakia, specifically those who are already studying in Slovakia and would like to cover part of their costs from the National Scholarship Programme;
foreign university teachers and researches who are already teaching or researching at Slovak universities and research institutes;
citizens of the Slovak Republic studying, teaching or researching at foreign universities or research institutes;
foreign applicants accepted for other scholarship programmes in Slovakia (for example Visegrad Fund, Erasmus, CEEPUS, bilateral agreements, etc.).
Scholarship designation
The scholarship is designated to cover living costs (accommodation, boarding, etc.) of a study, research and teaching stay of foreign applicants at Slovak universities and research institutions. The applicants can ask their host institution to assist them to arrange their accommodation and necessary documents regarding the stay in Slovakia, or they have to arrange it by themselves. The Scholarship Programme does not cover the travel costs to and from Slovakia.

Amount of a monthly scholarship

University students 240 EUR
PhD students 470 EUR
University teachers:
lecturers with or without a PhD degree 670 EUR
associated professors 835 EUR
professors 1 000 EUR
young researchers (<>
PhD holders (or > 4 years of experience) 835 EUR
senior researchers (>10 years of experience) 1 000 EUR
Application procedure
The on-line application system at opens 6 – 8 weeks before the deadline. The application form is accessible only after the on-line application system is opened. In order to submit the on-line application, it is necessary to fill in the on-line application form (in Slovak, English, French, Spanish or Russian version), attach all required documents (in .doc or .pdf format) and press the “submit” button.

Applications must be submitted on-line at and documents marked with asterisk (*) (see the List of required documents that must be attached to the on-line application form) must be sent by post and received by the deadline at SAIA, n. o. The submitted documents must be originals.

Foreign applicants who need to apply for entrance visa to Slovakia should consider the necessary visa processing period when planning the starting date of their scholarship stay. Information about visa conditions is provided by Slovak Embassies.

Documents must be received by deadline at:
SAIA, n. o.
Námestie slobody 23
812 20 Bratislava 1
Slovak Republic

Applications deadlines:
30 April 2009 (until 16:00 CET) - for academic year 2009/2010
31 October 2009 (until 16:00 CET) - for summer semester 2009/2010

List of required documents that must be attached to the on-line application form by foreign students and PhD students applying for a study/research stay:

structured Curriculum Vitae,
motivation letter,
detailed study programme in case of students (incl. date of arrival and period of stay),
detailed research programme in case of PhD students (incl. date of arrival, period of stay and detailed programme time schedule),
two recommendation letters provided by applicant`s university teachers in case of students, one recommendation letter provided by applicant`s supervisor in case of PhD Students,
confirmation letter from a sending university certifying that applicant is a full-time student enrolled in min. 6th semester, in case of a PhD student a confirmation certifying enrolment in a PhD study (*),
certified copy of a Bachelor`s diploma or Master`s diploma and a certificate of a state exam (if any),
admission or invitation letter from a host university or research institute in Slovakia proclaiming commitment that applicant will be enrolled in a study or research programme (incl. period of stay). The admission or invitation letter must be printed on official letter head paper of the host institution, including a signature of the person in charge and a stamp. (*)
List of required documents that must be attached to the on-line application form by foreign university teachers and researchers:

structured Curriculum Vitae,
detailed teaching and/or research programme (including date of arrival, period of stay and detailed programme time schedule),
invitation letter from a host university or research institute in Slovakia (incl. period of stay). The invitation letter must be printed on official letter head paper of the host institution, including a signature of the person in charge and a stamp. (*)
(*) The documents must be sent by post and received by the deadline at SAIA, n. o. The submitted documents must be originals. The original admission or invitation letter from the Slovak host university or research institute can be sent by post from the host institution in Slovakia directly to SAIA n.o.
Selection procedure of applicants from abroad
The selection committee, appointed by the Minister of Education of the SR, carries out the selection of scholarship holders.
SAIA, n. o. will send the e-mail notification of granting or refusing a scholarship to all applicants within six weeks after the application deadline.

The selected scholarship holders will receive “Letter of award” and “Letter of acceptance” of the scholarship by post. The “Letter of acceptance” should be signed and send back to SAIA, n. o.
SAIA, n. o., Námestie slobody 23, 812 20 Bratislava 1, Slovak Republic
Silvia Kotulièová, Programme Co-ordinator
Tel.: +421 2 544 11 426 (436)
Fax: +421 2 544 11 429
Visit the official website

[India] Pre-Doctoral and Ph. D. Programme - 2009, Institute of Physics

Pre-Doctoral and Ph. D. Programme - 2009, Institute of Physics, India

re-Doctoral and Ph. D. Programme - 2009: Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar is an autonomous research institution within the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. The research activity in the Institute centers around the areas of theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics, nuclear physics and high energy physics. The institute has a large number of experimental facilities such as the 3MV Pelletron accelerator (and associated beam lines for carrying out RBS/Channeling, PIXE, AMS, Implantation etc.), HRTEM, XPS, ARUPS, XRD, X-Ray Reflectometry & Standing Waves, micro-Raman, PL, FTIR, UV-VIS Spectrometer, SPM(in air) etc. In the 11 th plan period more experimental facilities directly related to the emerging area of Nanoscience and nanotechnology are expected to be added. The institute has been actively involved in international collaborations, notably among them are experiments in ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions at CERN and BNL.

One of the important objectives of the Institute has been to train and guide young scholars for research in physics. For this, the Institute has regular one year Pre-doctoral (post M.Sc.) course work and Doctoral research programmes for those who successfully complete the Pre-Doctoral course. The institute campus has hostels for the scholars.

The Predoctoral programme is designed to train fresh M.Sc. students for conducting research activities. It is aimed at imparting a broad based training in advanced physics and research methodology. The course work is planned with the view that it should help a student not only in doctoral research, but also enable him/her to become a good physics teacher irrespective of whether or not he/she takes up doctoral research. The Pre-doctoral course runs from August to June every year. The successful candidates are awarded certificates for “Post- M.Sc. Course in Advance Physics” which has been recognized by the Utkal University, Berhampur University, and Sambalpur University as equivalent to their M.Phil degree.

On completion of the Pre-doctoral programme, the students are eligible to join for research under the supervision of faculty members of the Institute, leading to the Ph.D. degree awarded by Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be university within the Department of Atomic Energy.

During the pre-doctoral and the first year of the Ph.D. programme, students are placed in Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) grade and are paid Rs. 12,000/- p.m. fellowship. On satisfactory performance after the first year of the Ph.D. programme, they are placed in Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) grade and paid Rs. 14,000/- p.m. fellowship. In addition there is a contingency grant to meet expenses on books and for domestic travel to attend conferences and workshops. The medical facilities are available on-par with the regular employees.

The Institute invites application for the Pre-doctoral Programme from Indian nationals having the following qualifications : –

M.Sc. Physics with minimum 55% marks (in aggregate).
GATE qualifiers with minimum score of 95 percentile having current validity or, CSIR / UGC- NET qualifiers (for research fellowship) within last one year
Candidates who have qualified JEST-2009 with a minimum score of 95 Percentile need not send any application. They will be contacted directly by the Institute. If a candidate has scored less than 95 percentile in JEST-2009 but satisfies any of the criteria for GATE/NET as above, he/she should also send the application.

Candidates appearing for the final semester/year of M.Sc., who have already qualified in GATE or CSIR/UGC-NET can also apply. They should submit the relevant proof before joining the pre-doctoral programme. In case of non-availability of the M.Sc. results at the time of joining, the admission will be treated as provisional.
Application in prescribed format (given below), should be sent only by email as doc or pdf file latest by 15
th May, 2009 to

[England] Penguin Scholarship for the MA Publishing course

London College of Communication's School of Printing and Publishing is delighted to announce that Penguin has chosen to provide its very first publishing scholarship to be awarded, via a competitive basis, to a student to study on the book and journal pathway on the MA in publishing course at the College.

The scholarship is for £3,000 and will be awarded for the academic year 2009-10.

Any graduate student applying for and being accepted for the MA in book publishing for that year will be invited to apply for the scholarship. The deadline for applications is July 30. Once all applications have been received, the winner will be chosen from a committee of senior personnel at Penguin UK and on the MA in book publishing.

Gill Davies, professor in book publishing at the University of the Arts London, stated 'It is marvellous that Penguin has chosen the LCC for the very first publishing scholarship to be awarded by the company.'

Helen Fraser, Managing Director of Penguin Books remarked 'Penguin is delighted to be supporting the London College of Communication's publishing masters' through a scholarship. We admire LCC's course, value the students who have worked at Penguin either during or after their MA, and are delighted to find a way to reward student excellence through this award.'

Penguin scholarship press release (PDF)

[USA] Open PhD position in Geomatics/Photogrammetry at University of Florida

The Geomatics Program at the University of Florida is seeking a PhD student to work on feature-based photogrammetry in which the classical point-based photogrammetry is replaced by higher order geometric primitives such as lines and splines. Although the use of features was introduced to the photogrammetric community more than two decades ago, most of the existing algorithms such as relative orientation and triangulation are based on the use of point measurement. This PhD work will concentrate on developing robust algorithms for feature-based photogrammetry that will be applied to solve practical problems such as 3D building reconstruction. The position will be funded by University of Florida/Geomatics. The start date for this position is August-2009. In this position the tuition will be waived, the health insurance will be paid by the University, and this is in addition to an annual salary of $16,000 ($1333/month).

Required knowledge and skills

Suitable applicants should have a master’s degree or equivalent in Geomatics (particularly photogrammetry) or other related analytical discipline.
Experience in computer programming (C#, MATLAB), image processing and analytical techniques for data analysis such least-squares error modeling. Algorithms and software development will be central to the success of the research.
The applicant should have strong problem-solving and communication skills, including excellent English.
The PhD student will enter an approved program leading to the degree of PhD within a time frame of 3-4 years. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD program are met before appointment can be made.

For more information please contact Dr. Gamal Seedahmed (, 01-954-577-6305.
The electronic application must contain: a cover letter, CV, scanned copies of transcripts, publications and other relevant work, as well as 3-4 references. The application should be marked “Geomatics/Photogrammetry” and sent to Dr. Seedahmed by email before June 30, 2009.

Further Scholarship Information and Application

[Malaysian] Graduate Reseach Assistantship

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research AssistantShips

Research Assistantships are available for Masters Degree Programmes in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for the academic year 2009-’10. Assistantship per month is around 1500RM. On campus dormitory accommodation on nominal charges may be provided for students who are single. Tuition fees of about 700RM/month for the first six months and about 530RM/month for the subsequent months are to be borne by the student.

Field of Research
Propellants and Combustion

Who can apply?
Fresh Mechanical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering/ Aeronautical Engineering graduates with good academic standing (minimum CGPA of 3.00/4). Students who are to graduate by May/June 2009 can also apply. Interest and strong knowledge in gas dynamics and combustion are the basic requirements. The applicant should be conversant with computer programming. Relevant research experience will be an added qualification. Strong knowledge in English is required (minimum score: TOEFL: 550; or IELTS: 6).

Whom to apply?
Professor S. Krishnan
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

How to apply?
Application should contain

A covering note duly signed,
A Statement of Purpose,
A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) with a self attested passport size photograph and certified photocopies of the grade/mark sheets attached [apart from other details CV must indicate courses taken with dates, grades obtained, final CGPA, computer programming proficiency, TOEFL/IELTS score, and contact address with e-mail and phone numbers]

Also, confidential reports about the applicant from three referees are required. The referees are requested to send their confidential reports (regarding the applicant’s strength and weakness, flare for independent research, capability to work in a team, etc.) in sealed envelopes directly to Professor S. Krishnan

Last Date Assistantships will be offered to the selected students on screening the completed applications as and when received. However, the applications received after April 30th 2009 will not be considered.

For more information please visit :

England] LSBU Merit Scholarships for International Students

Students classified as overseas for fee purposes with exceptional academic marks throughout their academic career who hold an offer for any postgraduate taught course at LSBU.

Number of scholarships: 5
Value: £3000 – £5000
Deadline: Applications to LSBU by 11 May 2009

How to apply

Download our online application form (Word Doc 55KB - opens in new browser window). All applicants must complete a separate Scholarship Application Form but students will only receive 1 Scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE It is necessary to have applied for an LSBU course BEFORE applying for an International Scholarship OR you may wish to submit your course application and scholarship application together. Please quote your Student ID number on your application form. Details on how to come to LSBU as an international student are available on our how to apply page.

[USA] HSF/Cien Anos Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) and be of Hispanic heritage. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Also have plans to enroll full time in a degree seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in Arizona or the Southern California region during the 2009-2010 academic year. In addition applicants must currently reside in Arizona or the Southern California region and be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.

Deadline: May 15, 2009

For more information and to apply, visit HSF website.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Access to knowledge is our thing. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don’t want anything to stand in the way. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Lime. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities.

Recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship will receive a scholarship for the 2009–2010 academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the all-expenses-paid retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, in 2010. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated passion - $10,000USD for those studying in the US and $5,000CAD for those studying in Canada (based on average tuition costs).

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be:

  • A student entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in the 2009–2010 academic year at a university in the United States or Canada (in addition to US and Canada citizens, international students with disabilities studying at universities in the US or Canada are also encouraged to apply)
  • Enrolled in a Computer Science or Computer Engineering program, or a closely related technical field as a full-time student for the 2009–2010 academic year
  • A person with a disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more activities that others may consider a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists

How To Apply

Candidates will apply online via the Lime online application process, and provide the following:

  • Contact and education information
  • Current resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • Answers to essay questions
  • Two recommendation letters from a professor, adviser or supervisor

Download Application Form

Download Flyer

Application Deadline: June 1, 2009

Click here for detail information.

[England] Worldwide Search for the next Sloan Fellowship Women's Scholarship Winner

This prestigious scholarship is offered in partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi and Spencer Stuart. The award winner will receive a fully funded place on the Sloan Fellowship programme, along with a programme of career mentoring with Spencer Stuart.

The Sloan Fellowship Programme MSc shapes today's senior executives to become tomorrow's effective leaders.

Eligibility: All self-funded female candidates who have started an application for the Sloan Fellowship MSc commencing in January 2010 are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Monday 15 June 2009

Click here to view website

[Australia] Biomedical PhD scholarship

The Biomedical Systems Laboratory ( has an Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) scholarship available for one student to pursue a full time PhD degree and participate in a project supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Telemedcare Pty Ltd.

The research area is on the development of novel techniques for analysing and modelling biomedical signals to extract parameters for early diagnosis of critical illness in human (such as heart diseases), with potential application in the emergency department. Of particular interest is the beat-to-beat change exhibited in heart rate variability (HRV) and the arterial pulse waveform. We specifically look for applicants with strong background in mathematics and signal processing; good programming skills in Matlab or Labview; interest in physiology and clinical studies, frequency domain / time series analysis, nonlinear dynamics, statistical signal processing and data mining.


This scholarship is offered once only to one person. Open for applications until August 31, 2009.

Payment Information

The value of this scholarship is AUD26669 (per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This scholarship is paid fortnightly for the period of 3 years.

Research Information

This scholarship is for one of the following fields of research: Artificial intelligence and signal and image processing, Biomedical engineering, Electrical and electronic engineering, Engineering and Technology, Information, Computing and Communication Sciences or Medical and Health Sciences. It is required that your study starts no earlier than March 5, 2009 and no later than August 31, 2009.


This scholarship requires you to have achieved Honours 1 or equivalent. Only citizens of Australia or permanent residents can apply.

Gregory Chan (Research Associate)
Electrical Engineering


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