The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is contacting people who might be interested in applying for an ARC Future Fellowship. The ARC Centre has recruited 38 full-time research fellows in the past 3 years, working in many fields relevant for coral reefs (e.g. biophysical sciences, climate
change, conservation planning, economics, social science, modelling).

The Centre is a world-leader in coral reef research (see http://www.coralcoe port08.pdf) with nodes at four Australian Universities. James Cook University and the ARC Centre will host the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Australia in 2012.

The ARC Future Fellowship scheme was launched in 2009. Two hundred awards are available each year. They are designed to attract outstanding mid-career researchers (5 to 15 years post-PhD) to Australia and are open to citizens of all countries.

These are four-year fellowships that provide salaries of up to $140,000/year
(see http://www.arc. futurefel/ future_default. htm). Institutions that host Future Fellows negotiate additional support with applicants, such as salary top-up, research support, and continuing employment beyond the term of the fellowship.
Another scheme, ARC Discovery Fellowships, supports postdoctoral fellows within 3 years of their PhD. A third scheme, ARC Laureate Fellowships supports Professorial Fellows who are rising global leaders in their field.

If you are interested in joining the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies using any of these schemes (which span all career stages), please contact us for further advice by emailing your CV to info@coralcoe.

Jennifer Lappin
Chief Operations Officer
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University
Townsville, Queensland 4811
Ph: 61-747-814222
Fax: 61-747-813015
email: Jennifer.Lappin@

[England] International Postgraduate Scholarships at University of Salford

University of Salford has been offering scholarships since 1896 but this year will see our largest ever scholarships package for international students, with over £750,000 assigned. Each scholarship is worth up to £2,000.International Excellence ScholarshipIn order to be considered for an International Excellence Scholarship (or South Asia Bursary), you should apply for any Masters course starting in 2009 at the University of Salford. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic qualifications only (including any qualifications currently being completed). English ability, personal circumstances, or work experience will not be considered.The University of Salford has developed an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We have been awarding scholarships since 1896 in order to attract the best students to our courses. Our prestigious International Excellence Scholarship is intended to reward applicants to our postgraduate courses who have demonstrated excellence through their academic results.Awarded on academic merit only£ 2,000 for courses with fees over £ 9,000£ 1,000 for courses with fees under £ 9,000Click here to visit the official website

PhD Studentship - Software Engineering - Open University (UK)

The Open University (UK)

Charter Studentships

To celebrate The Open University's 40th anniversary we offering a number of research studentships.

These studentships provide opportunities for the best national or international candidates to work alongside leading academics and research staff on projects that will inspire and shape our research portfolio. They will cover all fees for three years plus an annual stipend and are tenable from 1 October 2009. Suitable candidates should have or expect to graduate with a minimum 2:1 honours degree.

One of the topics on offer is:

Requirements Engineering and Climate Change

When developing computers systems, it is important to model the world in which they operate as well as what happens within the machine, in order to ensure requirements are met. There is however, no guarantee that the software engineers involved have an adequate understanding of that world. This issue is sharply highlighted in the case of energy and the urgent need to address climate change. In this case, the software engineers would need to engage not just with a whole array of specialist technology, but also understand the social and legal issues involved in addressing complex areas of government policy. In this project you would look at how energy and climate change expertise and policy can be made accessible to software engineers, in forms that can be readily used in modeling systems and their operational environment. You would work with experts in both Software Engineering and Energy and Climate Change, so you would need to embrace an interdisciplinary approach.

You should have a good knowledge of requirements engineering, and a strong interest in addressing the issues related to energy usage and climate change. An interest in how government policy is developed and addressed by industry would also be helpful.

Please contact Dr Robin Laney (, for an informal discussion and advice on drawing up a proposal.

To receive an application pack....

0845 366 6034



The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England and Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

PhD Student Positions at the Peer to Peer Networking Group

The Peer to Peer Networking Group at TU Darmstadt (Germany) is currently offering fully funded

* PhD student positions (BAT IIa [1]).*

We are working on decentralized distributed systems (Peer to Peer, opportunistic- / disruption tolerant networks) with a special focus on their robustness to failure and their resilience to denial of service attacks. The search for new application domains in which these concepts can help to improve services constantly drives us to tackle new fields and their problems with flexibility. Some current examples from our research comprise of cloud computing, emergency first response, as well as secure and privacy preserving online social networks, on which we are working at the moment. More information about us can be found at our website:

You have recently and very successfully received a degree in computer science, mathematics, physics or a related field. You have strong practical and analytical skills and strong knowledge in networks, distributed systems, and/or network security. Very good English skills are a prerequisite. Basic knowledge of the German language will help in the day-to-day life but is not necessarily needed.

The positions are available and the candidates can start immediately.

Please send your application comprising of a motivational letter, your cv, certificates and references to:

Thorsten Strufe, Peer-to-Peer Networking Group, Hochschulstrasse 10, 64289 Darmstadt or by email to: strufe@informatik. tu-darmstadt. de

TU Darmstadt is an equal opportunities employer but aims at increasing
the employment of women and especially encourages women to apply.
Preference will be given to applicants with disabilities who are equally

Founded in 1877, TU Darmstadt was the first university worldwide to establish a faculty and a course of study in electrical engineering in 1882. With about 19.000 enrolled students in 13 departments and 270
professors, it is considered one of the top universities for computer science research in Germany. Darmstadt is noted for it's history as center of Art Nouveau, and, centrally located in the Rhein-Main Area, it is close to Heidelberg, Cologne, and Frankfurt, with Germany's biggest airport. You will find more information on Darmstadt here:
http://www.darmstad html

[1] The positions are open for 24 (+12) months.

PhD position in bioinformatics at the Center for Human Genetics

PhD position in bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, and cancer genomics at the Center for Human Genetics, KULeuven

The Laboratory of Computational Biology together with the Laboratory for Molecular Pathogenesis of Leukemia have a joint position for a motivated PhD student interested in genomics and systems biology of cancer.

Research project
The PhD research will focus on high-throughput approaches to further decipher the leukemia genome and to identify novel oncogenic mutations or structural variations that may underlie tumorigenesis. Secondary interest goes out to variations in transcriptional networks and the characterization of the underlying cis-regulatory variations.

Available data include gene expression microarray data, GS FLX sequence data of candidate gene sets, and may even include full genome sequence data of multiple cancer patients.

The challenge of this project is to handle large amounts of public and in-house genomic data and to use, benchmark, and develop state-of-the- art bioinformatics approaches, while maintaining a clear focus on important biological questions.

Master in Engineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Bio-engineering, or equivalent.

The candidate we are seeking should have basic programming or bioinformatics skills, with a strong interest in high-throughput technologies and genomics. Having any of the following skills is a plus: linux, R/Bioconductor, Matlab, Perl, Java, MySQL, data mining, clustering, classification, modeling, (bio)statistics, genome browsers.

The successful applicant will be hosted by the Laboratory of Computational Biology, headed by Prof. Stein Aerts, and will be in close collaboration with The Laboratory
for Molecular Pathogenesis of Leukemia, headed by Prof. Jan Cools. Both labs are part of the Center for Human Genetics at the KULeuven.

Interested? Send your CV and motivation letter to stein.aerts@ med.kuleuven. be

[England] Research Doctoral Scholarships from University of Teesside

University of Teesside are offering seven full-time Research Doctoral Scholarships across a broad range of subject areas including: computing, psychology, health, science and engineering and the arts.

The scholarships are aligned to key areas of research strength within our research institutes allied with those subjects. The awards will be for a period of three years and include fees (home/EU or international rate) and an annual stipend of £12,600. Successful applicants should be in a position to take up the scholarships in August 2009 or shortly thereafter.

How to apply

To apply for a scholarship you must contact the Graduate Research School for an application form.
Tel: 01642 738033,

Research Doctoral Scholarships applicants should have at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification and ideally a postgraduate qualification. The minimum English language entry level is IELTS 6.5 with no grade below 6.0 or equivalent.

Research theme: physical activity interventions

Physical activity and health outcomes in adolescents: translating best evidence into a trial level intervention.

This study proposes to develop a cluster RCT involving the design, implementation and evaluation of a gender and age appropriate dance-based physical activity intervention, translating best evidence into a framework for practice.

Primary research question What is the effect of a dance-based physical activity intervention on physical activity behaviour?

Participants 11-18 year old girls drawn from schools in the North East.

Outcomes - the primary outcome is time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity behaviour. This will be measured using state of the art objective motion sensors. Secondary outcome variables include total physical activity, sedentary behaviour time, mental well-being, and body composition. If successful, an important element of the programme will be a rapid dissemination of the results to practice.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 01 July 2009.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Alan Batterham, email

Research theme: public health

Knowledge translation in oral health promotion.

This PhD project will aim to identify the most effective methods for delivery of instruction in oral hygiene and nutritional interventions to children and/or their parents through the use of focus groups. The study will involve both qualitative and quantitative methods and will have four parts.

  • a comprehensive literature review will be undertaken to explore the evidence for diet, fluoride and oral hygiene interventions in relation to oral health in children
  • focus group work - based on the information collected in part one, questionnaires and discussion topics will be developed for focus group activity and face to face semi-structured interviews with children and their parents will be undertaken
  • development of educational packages (EPS) based on the information obtained in part two. In addition, one interactive educational package will be developed which will allow children and/or parents to enter personal information and compare it to recommended guidelines
  • pilot testing the developed EPS.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

For an informal discussion about the project, contact Dr Vida Zohoori on 01642 342973 or

Research theme: rehabilitation and digital technology

3D visualisation of posture and body shape for management of scoliosis.

Following a systematic review of the literature, the student will develop a protocol to address the following aims:

  • investigate the effect of providing a high quality3D visual image of posture and body shape to improve understanding of the management of their condition for people with scoliosis
  • investigate the effects on physical and psychological function
  • investigate the mechanism underlying any effects.

A key part of the project will involve an experimental study comparing the information using the 3D scan with standard information. Within this, there will be an in depth qualitative exploration of users' thoughts about the value of 3D scans. Participants will be people with scoliosis recruited from our existing contacts in James Cook University Hospital.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

Informal enquiries to Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov, email

Research theme: men and health communication

Unemployed men and health messages.

The proposed study will aim to collect data from unemployed males aged between 18 and 60 in order to explore their understanding and experiences of health and the body. As a partnership project, the successful candidate will work closely with Stockton on Tees Teaching Primary Care Trust to explore issues which are relevant to the implementation of local health improvement strategies.

Research questions:

  • how do unemployed men experience health and their bodies and what are the implications for this for health education and promotion?
  • how do unemployed men ‘consume' health and what are the social and economic factors which may determine this?
  • how can health messages be more effectively designed to communicate with unemployed men and improve their wellbeing?

The project will combine qualitative and quantitative methodologies including in depth interviews, focus groups and surveys.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Paul Crawshaw, email

Research theme: A 3-D real-time simulation of the lower limb during strenuous activity

Real-time estimation of muscle forces.

The student will develop a musculo-skeletal model for the accurate prediction of muscle force. This will involve several stages:

  • adapt and validate our motion capture system for the purposes of quantifying movements of the lower limb
  • interface motion data to existing kinetic measuring devices (Nintendo Wii Fit) or manufacture alternative device
  • implement musculo-skeletal model for synchronized force and motion data streams
  • calculate and validate muscle forces using EMG as comparison data
  • prepare real-time muscle and joint forces for real-time input to a finite element solver.

It is not expected that applicants will have all the multidisciplinary skills required for this studentship and they will be tutored accordingly. Applications are welcome from students with backgrounds in sport/health sciences, computing and/or engineering. Applicants must be flexible and have an interest in the technologies behind the measurement of human movement.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

Research theme: society and digital innovation

Information architecture for the 21st Century.

The research will use formal psychological techniques to aid in the analysis and design of information architecture for large websites. The intended beneficial effect of the use of these techniques, as well as the hypothesised moderating effects of task type and users' individual differences on users' task performance will be tested.

Research question one: How can formal psychological techniques be used to analyse and aid the design of:

  • conceptual structures that underlie the organisation structure of large websites
  • labelling schemes for large websites
  • the navigation structure of large websites.

Research question two: What is the effect of information architecture on people's ability to find and use information within websites and how is this effect moderated by task characteristics and individual differences between users?

Outputs: PhD thesis, online resources documenting progress of the project and design guidelines, conference papers and journal papers.

Candidates with an interest in and experience of using formal methods are encouraged to apply, in particular, but not only, computer scientists and psychologists.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

Research theme: curating better futures: contemporary fine art curatorial practices in context

Curating better futures? Art, audiences and regeneration.

This project will consist of a critical appraisal of the role of participatory art and curation in the context of wider regional and national cultural policy objectives. The project will be either a practice-led or a text-based project. The eventual choice will be determined by the candidates.

The project will comprise two aspects - the first will be an analysis of wider policy debates, ranging from official policy documents on art, curating and social inclusion, together with academic and other commentary on such initiatives.

This will then provide a critical background for either the critical analysis of existing participatory art and curatorial projects, or the execution of a practice-led participatory project.

In the case of the critical analysis project, the student will undertake a critical examination of a number of case studies of participatory art projects in the light of the wider theoretical and policy debates. The selection of case studies will be determined by the student but in general it will be expected that they should consist of projects that were explicitly aligned with wider governmental and regional regeneration priorities and values.

In the case of the practice-led project, the student will work either in a curatorial capacity or as the originator of a participatory art project. There is a similar conceptual, political and policy context but the project will also involve engagement with issues of methodology in practice-led research. The insights generated by this project will relate to its adoption of action research and critical reflective practice (Schön, Barnett) as the key method.

Applications for this scholarship must be received by 17 July 2009.

Master/PhD Scholarships from the Government of Ireland


IRCSET `Embark Initiative' Postgraduate Scholarship
Description of scheme
Second Call 2009

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) `EMBARK' Scheme offers opportunities for suitably qualified students to pursue a postgraduate degree by research. The Scheme supports basic research in the broad areas of Science, Engineering and Technology. The call for applications opens on June 9th 2009 for students and researchers hoping to begin postgraduate research in the Republic of Ireland in October 2009. While a majority of postgraduate Scholarships awarded by the Council are offered to European Union (EU) citizens or to those who are ordinarily resident within a member state of the EU, a proportion of awards are also offered to exceptional candidates who are ordinarily resident in non EU member states.

Scholarships are awarded only to those who will be full-time students and who will engage fulltime in research during the period of the award. Students awarded under the scheme must maintain their principle residence in Ireland during the term of the Scholarship and Scholarships must be held at a recognised third-level institution in Ireland.

The Scholarship awards are valued at €24,003 per year of award. Of this amount €16,002 is paid as a maintenance award to the Scholar. The remaining €8,001 is allocated to cover payment of fees to the Research Body, and support for the research to be carried out.


Description of Scheme

The duration of the award will normally be 36 months for PhD Funding. Funding for a M.Sc. (by research) will normally be for 12 months. Recipients of the award at M.Sc. level are encouraged to continue to a PhD providing that the additional funding period is agreed with IRCSET in advance.

Applications for funding under the scheme are accepted by an online electronic application system available at our website from June 9th 2009.

In addition to applications for Embark Initiative Funding applicants may also apply, using the online application system, for funding under IRCSET's Enterprise Partnership Scheme. The Enterprise Partnership Scheme offers researchers the opportunity to gain additional valuable experience while completing their research by working closely with a relevant industry partner as well as providing insights into some of the commercial factors stimulating research in Ireland. Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), through the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, provide a number of additional scholarships in areas of sustainable energy. Students working in areas ranging from the grid integration of wind to the applied chemistry of bio fuels have been previously supported. IRCSET welcomes such applications to the competition. Queries regarding the scheme which have not been addressed in the scheme documentation

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PhD in Local Development, International Doctoral School in Local Development and Global Dynamics

The 2009 call for applications (cycle XXV)
The International Doctoral Programme in Local Development and Global Dynamics is soliciting applications for 2009

Number of positions : 8
Number of scholarships: 5
Scientific Areas: Economics, Environmental Engineering, Law, Sociology and Political Sciences
The deadline for submission of the applications is Friday, July 17th 2009

The Call for applications, further and detailed informations are posted at

For questions about potential application, relevance of research, award mechanisms, program policies, or submission issues, please contact:

International Doctoral School in Local Development and Global Dynamics
University of Trento
Tel. +39 0461 883385
E-mail: doctorate.LDGD@

PhD and MA in Human Rights and Conflict, Pisa

*Call for Applications Phd & MA in Human Rights*

The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa) has launched a call for applications for:

* Master *of Arts in Human Rights & Conflict Management (1 year starting in
January 2010, *deadline for on-line application: July 15th 2009*)

*Phd* in Human Rights, Politics and Sustainability (3 years starting in January 2010)

Both programs are taught in English, and scholarships are available. Please note that the 'area of interest' section under the PhD web-description is only indicative: other topics related to international relations may qualify as well.

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa is a public university institute committed to excellence in research and higher education in the fields of experimental and social *sciences. Most social sciences and international relations programs within the School refer to the International Laboratory on Conflict, Development, and Global Politics, or to the International Training Center for Conflict Management. *

Francesco Strazzari
Associate Professor of Political Science - International Relations
Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33 56127 Pisa - Italy
email - f.strazzari@

UK: PhD Studentships in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, London

PhD Studentships in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College London invites applications for the Hans Rausing PhD studentship, starting in the 2009/10 academic year.

The history of science and technology has been taught and researched at Imperial College London since 1963, and CHoSTM in its current form was established in 1992. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, CHoSTM was awarded the highest rating of all 83 UK history departments. 40% of its research was classed as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigor, with another 40% judged internationally excellent.

The Hans Rausing award is open to home, EU and overseas students who hold or are about to complete an MSc in the history of science, technology and medicine or related field. Applicants should posses an outstanding academic track record and strong research potential.

The proposed topic should relate to the history of science and / or technology. Proposals in the history of medicine are not eligible for consideration.

The award covers fees (at home or overseas rates) and a stipend equivalent to that offered by the AHRC. Continuation of the award is subject to the holder making satisfactory progress each year on the doctoral programme

For more information about CHoSTM and staff research interests, visit our website at:

Initial enquiries should be directed to Dr Abigail Woods, a.woods[ at ]

UK: PhD Positions on Wave Computations, University of Reading

PhD Positions on Wave Computations, University of Reading, UK

Two fully funded PhD positions for UK/EU students are available as part of an EPSRC funded project about “Next generation finite element methods for wave problems” in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Reading.

The research involves theoretical analysis of novel nonpolynomial finite element methods for wave problems, their implementation on parallel computers and applications to industrial problems. The PhD students will work as part of a team at the Department of Mathematics and will have close contact to
academics in the department and external collaborators. They will also gain industrial experience by working with project partners from industry.

Ideally, the candidates will have an MSc or similar degree in Mathematics or a related subject. They should also have some prior knowledge in Numerical Analysis and programming experience in Matlab, C/C++ or Fortran.

The PhD Studentships are for 3.5 years and include full payment of fees and a tax free living allowance of £13,290 per annum for UK/EU students. Full payment of fees for non EU students might not be possible. Generous funding for travel and support for conferences is also available. The proposed start date is January 2010. However, there may be some flexibility to start slightly earlier or later.

For further information about the scientific content of the project please contact Dr. Timo Betcke (t.betcke[ at ], Tel.: +44 (0)118 378 8992.

For other enquiries and application forms please contact
Sue Davis (s.davis[ at ], Tel.: +44 (0)118 378 8991.

Italy: PhD Positions in Philosophy, Roma tre University

PhD Positions in Philosophy, Roma tre University, Italy

PhD positions in Philosophy, for three years, at the University Roma Tre (Roma , Italy)


Deadline: August 25th, 2009.

Among the possible curricula of PhD in Philosophy: curriculum in logic, in cooperation with the main centre of Linear Logic (IML, Marseille, France)

Sweden: PhD Position in Numerical Analysis at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm

PhD Position in Numerical Analysis at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) hereby announces one PhD position in Numerical Analysis, for the development of new methods to simulate complicated processes in fluid dynamics. The numerical analysis group offers a strong research environment with research mainly focused on the numerical solution of differential equations for many different applications. More information about our research group can be found at

This research project will be focused on developing numerical methods for systems with dynamic geometries within fluid mechanics. Examples of such systems are those with time-dependent interfaces that are separating different phases or materials, such as bubbly flows, immiscible fluids consisting of oil and water in oil reservoirs, or fiber suspensions as in paper and pulp manufacturing.

There is room to discuss the exact specification of this project. The official ad can be found at this page.

[Netherlands] HSP Huygens Programme PhD Scholarship

The prestigious HSP Huygens Programme is open to excellent students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at talented students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies.

PhD applications can only be accepted from excellent students with the Croatian or Turkish nationality. Furthermore the minister has reserved part of the total budget for excellent students following programmes in Dutch language and literature, or Neerlandistiek.

The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made seven million euros available for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number is determined by the total cost of the variable components of the scholarships.

If you want to take part in the HSP Huygens Programme, you must meet the following requirements.

  • You are an excellent student: you have obtained excellent results in all your previous studies and you are in the top 10% of students in your study or research programme.
  • You must have already attended a programme of education (e.g. high school or above) in a country outside the Netherlands.
  • The Dutch study programme should be registered in CROHO, the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes. You can find this information in the Dutch nomination letter provided by the Dutch host institution.
  • You should be in the final phase of your bachelor’s studies, or studying towards a master’s degree in the Netherlands, and your study must be used primarily to earn a degree at the Dutch institution.
  • At the start of the academic year (1 September) in which you study in the Netherlands, you must be no older than 35 years of age.
  • Scholarships are only awarded for studies lasting at least 6 months, but no longer than 24 months.
  • Your studies or research in the Netherlands must constitute a deepening and broadening of your previous studies.
  • If you are already a graduate, you must have graduated less than two years ago.
  • If you want to do research or practical training, it is possible, but it must form part of your studies (a programme on the CROHO list), i.e. you must receive study credits for it.

Click here to read more information

[England] University of Westminster January 2010 Scholarships

University of Westminster offer scholarships for EU students and international students. You can apply for a scholarship once you have been offered a place (either conditional or unconditional) on a course at the University, but before you start your course. The only exception to this rule is if you are an undergraduate UK/EU student who started your course under the new tuition fee regime.

The deadline for scholarship applications for January 2010 is 1 November 2009 unless otherwise specified.

Scholarships are awarded on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Financial need
  • Development potential (for international students)

Application form for Postgraduate (PDF)
Application form for undergraduate (PDF)

Scholarships Office
University of Westminster
32-38 Wells Street
London W1T 3UW
United Kingdom

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