NETHERLAND; 3 PhD Positions in Biosensors Research

The theme of the research program is to develop new biosensor technology for active mixing and the capture of target molecules in microfluidic devices, by actuating magnetic beads with electromagnetic fields. Three PhD positions are available (funded by STW), one in each of the mentioned groups. PhD1 will investigate 3D mixing near the surface of actuated beads (for information contact prof. dr. H.J.H. Clercx, e-mail:, WDY). PhD2 will study global mixing in micro-channels and cavities by magnetically actuated particles (for information contact prof. dr. ir. J.M.J. den Toonder, e-mail:, MaTe). PhD3 will investigate quantitative mixing and capture in an integrated biosensor (for information contact dr. ir. A.M. de Jong, e-mail:, MBx).


University Graduate

Candidates should have (nearly) completed an MSc degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry, or Biomedical Technology. Candidates will be judged on their expected ability to combine the search for precision and fundamental descriptions of physics with the empirical way-of-working of biological sciences.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Applied Physics

The Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology has 15 professorial chairs with about 65 academic and 60 technical specialists, as well as 110 graduate and 375 undergraduate students. The leading research themes cover functional materials, transport physics, and plasma physics and radiation technology. The department has extensive national and international partnerships, including industrial partners. It participates in several national (top) research schools, and in two national top technology institutes: Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) and Materials Innovation Institute (M2i). Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the three participants in the Dutch 3TU Federation of Universities of Technology.

Conditions of employment
Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 - 3000
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 40

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

* About the organization

You can apply for this job before 01-08-2009 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Dr. ir. A.M. de Jong
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V34.336.

UK: PhD Studentships in Technology, Oxford Brookes University

PhD Studentships in Technology, Oxford Brookes University, UK

PhD Studentships
School of Technology

Up to five funded 3-year PhD Studentships are available in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Electronics and Communications.

£14,000 tax-free per annum UK/EU students (plus fees paid)
£12,000 tax-free per annum International students (plus fees paid)

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise placed the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes University in an excellent position, showing that we undertake research of world class standard in a number of areas.

For more details about our research please see

Five fully funded PhD studentships are available in the School for an October 2009 start.

Students must work on a research project of strategic importance to the School. Projects are available in the following areas:

  • Computer Science: Computer vision, digital identity, digital forensics, formal algorithm development, formal methods in software design, web technologies.
  • Electronics and communications: Wireless sensor networks, biomedical electronics, crypto-hardware design.
  • Mathematics: Applied inverse problems, computational algebra and algorithm development.
  • Engineering: Joining technology, fatigue testing, risk and reliability, scaffold structures, design of electric vehicles, sustainable techniques and materials for transport manufacture.

More detailed descriptions of projects available are given at

If you wish to discuss a project informally prior to making an application, please contact the potential supervisor at the email address given within each project description.

These studentships are open to all suitable qualified applicants. Full fees (at home/EU or International level, as appropriate) and an annual bursary of £12,000 (international), £14,000 (home/EU) will be paid subject to satisfactory progress.

Applicants should have a 1st or 2i at undergraduate level, or at least a merit at Masters level in a engineering, mathematical, computer science or analytical subject.

Please fill in the application form and obtain references as per instructions at

For general application queries please contact tech-research[ at ]

Poland: PhD Positions in Physical Chemistry, the Institute of Physical Chemistry

Poland: PhD Positions in Physical Chemistry, the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

21 PhD positions for 4 years are opened at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in collaboration with 29 foreign institutions, starting October 2009. The monthly scholarship is 3000 PLN + 500 PLN insurance in Poland and 4500 PLN + 500 PLN insurance during secondments to foreign partners (between 6 and 18 months).

Graduate students of chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, and engineering departments are encouraged to visit the web page:

UK: Research PhD Studentships, York St John University

he University invites applications for five competitively awarded fully-funded research studentships, to commence 1 October 2009. Applicants must have (or be about to complete) a relevant degree (at least a 2:1 Honours or a Masters) and should submit a proposal that clearly demonstrates an aptitude for researching a specific topic covered by one of the following themes or areas:

  • Performance and Performativity in the Arts - Prof Gary Peters
  • Spirituality and Education - Prof Julian Stern
  • Participation motivation in sport and its impact on health related behaviour in children and youth - Prof Howard Hall
  • Motivational processes associated with multidimensional perfectionism in sport and exercise - Prof Howard Hall
  • Practical and Empirical Theology - Dr Andrew Village, within one of the following areas: Cathedral Studies; Attitudes and beliefs of lay Christians; Prejudice, race and religion

The studentships will include the payment of all tuition fees and carry a bursary of £13,500 per annum. Studentships will be renewed annually, subject to suitable academic progress, for a maximum of 3 years.

Students will be provided with excellent facilities in the University’s new Graduate Centre located in the historic city of York. Research degrees are awarded by the University of Leeds

For further information E: graduatecentre[ at ]
T:01904 876753 .

Closing date for applications is 7 August 2009

For more information, please visit:

UK: PhD Studentships at The Open University

PhD Studentships at The Open University, UK

Charter Scholarships

To celebrate The Open University’s 40th Anniversary we are 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.

Closing date: Friday 24 July 2009

Charter Studentships are available in the following Faculties. Click on the Faculty link for more detailed information of the research areas on offer:

* Faculty of Arts
* Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
* Faculty of Health and Social Care (HSC)
* Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) / Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
* Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology (MCT)
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Social Sciences

How to apply for a Charter Studentship:

  • Download the application form.
  • Enter the discipline(s) of the areas you wish your proposal to be covered by.
  • Tick the box by ‘Full-time research degree (grant or studentship sought)’
  • To write a proposal, use the `How to Apply’ section on pages 24 - 25, in the prospectus. Research Degrees Prospectus
  • Email your completed application form and proposal to Charterstudentships[ at ]

To receive a Research Degrees prospectus and application form telephone 0845 366 6034 or email charterstudentships[ at ] Quote RDKM Charter Studentships when you call or email us.

For more information, please visit the official announcement.

The Netherlands: PhD Position in Computer Science, the University of Groningen

About the MyCare Project
The MyCare project is a joint initiative of the Computer Science Department of the University of Groningen and of the Department of Psychiatry of the Groningen University Medical Hospital. MyCare aims at building information technology tools to support patients with schizophrenia for personal recovery and risk assessment. The tools are tested with actual patients in a controlled environment. This exciting PhD project combines the creation of innovative software tools with actual medical field work.

The position is financed in the context of the Dutch ZonMW program for medical innovation. Another PhD student will be hired to work on the MyCare project in the field of Psychiatry.

The position is open in the Distributed Systems unit lead by Prof. Marco Aiello in close collaboration with the Intelligent Systems unit lead by Prof. Nicolai Petkov .

Required profile
-You should have a M.Sc. or equivalent in computer science or a related discipline
-You are expected to have an excellent academic record (list of examination marks from your university degree) and be curious, creative and ambitious.
-You should be able to write scientific articles and reports (proven by your graduation thesis or another comparable report) and be fluent in both written and spoken English.
-You should enjoy programming and designing medium/large size (Web-based) information systems.

Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers outstanding candidates a Ph.D. position. The position is for a period of four years which should result in the Ph.D. defense of the candidate. The salary starts from about 1500 euros per month in the first year and will be adjusted to general price movements once a year. After one year, the performance of the candidate will be evaluated to decide whether there is sufficient progress to expect a successful completion of the Ph.D. thesis within the remaining three years. A training program is part of the agreement to support the Ph.D. candidates in their professional and personal development as well as their career planning. The University of Groningen strives to offer an inspiring environment for research providing generous technical and financial support in order to motivate young researchers. The positions are immediately available and applications should be sent by August 31st, 2009. The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

How to apply
Applications for the position should include a Curriculum Vitae (name, address, degree(s), date, etc.) and the names and (email) addresses of at least two references. Please send your application in PDF format indicating in the subject “Application for PhD position MyCare” to Marco Aiello - Tel: +31 50 3633948 - E-mail: aiellom[ at ] - Web:

Switzerland: PhD in Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologies

Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance is a revolutionary and promising technique with a proven potential in biomedicine and biochemistry. Based on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), a low-temperature technique used to increase the nuclear spin order for particle physics experiments in which the Paul Scherrer Institute is one of the world’s leading institutions, hyperpolarization leads to an improvement in signal-to-noise ratio on the order of 10’000 times. It allows for the detection of tiny amounts of biological substances in vivo and to follow the metabolic pathways of chosen molecules.

Two unique hyperpolarizers have been developed within the Swiss DNP Initiative regrouping several departments of the EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute. The Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM, provides access to two high-field animal MRI systems, one working at 9.4T and the other at 14.1T. One of the hyperpolarizers is currently coupled to the 9.4T scanner. For further information on our Initiative, see

The aim of the proposed project is to improve and further develop the Dynamic Nuclear Polarization technology for applications in biomedical imaging. The project will involve experimental work with world-class magnetic resonance instrumentation.

We are seeking for a candidate with a background in Physics or Chemistry who is interested in biological and biomedical applications. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with researchers involved in Particle Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Biomedicine. The research will be performed at the CIBM.

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to: arnaud.comment[ at ]

[Slovak] Scholarships from the Government 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 Union 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,
  • Belarus,
  • 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
  • Researchers:
    young researchers (< 4 years of experience) 670 EUR
    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

Contact Info:

[Belgium] Belgium Scholarship Various Programs

Every year, with the support of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGDC), VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries to study one of the 15 International Course Programmes (ICPs) or one of the 6 International Training Programmes (ITPs). The ICPs and ITPs target people from the South with a responsible position in civil society (at a university, school, NGO, ministry, etc).

Each year there are a maximum of 180 scholarships available for first-year ICP students and a maximum of 70 scholarships for ITP participants.

Training Programmes (ITP)
ITPs are short-term training programmes whose main focus is transferring skills rather than knowledge. The International Training Programmes are designed for people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience.

The ITPs aim at transferring knowledge and skills, and create the possibility for cooperation and networking.

List of International Training Programmes 2009

  • AudioVisual Learning Materials (AVLM) - Production and Management (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation (Universiteit Gent)
  • Governing for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Development Actors under the New Aid Approach (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  • International Training Programme in Food Safety,
  • Quality Assurance Systems and Risk Analysis (Universiteit Gent)
  • Political Economy of the Great Lakes: Towards inclusive Development (Universiteit Antwerpen)
  • Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries: an Active Training Environment 9 (Stimulate 9) (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Master Programmes (ICP)
ICPs are master programmes, lasting one or two academic years, all of which lead to a master's degree. They focus on specific problems of developing countries. The main target group for the courses are students from developing countries, although the courses can also be attended by Belgian students or students from other countries.

The ICPs aim to provide a training in such a way that the knowledge that the students acquire is disseminated and applied in the home institution and country of origin.

General remark
As an official body administrating government funds, VLIR-UOS uses on this website the qualifications attributed in the Flemish Register for Higher Education. This database is governed by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

However, the discussion regarding the qualification (Master/Master of Science/…) of all master programmes - including the ICPs in Flanders, Belgium, is an ongoing one.

  • International Courses 2009-2010
    • Master of Development Evaluation and Management (Universiteit Antwerpen)
    • Master of Globalisation and Development (Universiteit Antwerpen)
    • Master of Governance and Development (Universiteit Antwerpen)
    • Master of Human Settlements (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • International Courses 2009-2011
  • Master of Aquaculture (niversiteit Gent)
  • Master of Biostatistics (Universiteit Hasselt)
  • Master of Ecological and Marine Management (ECOMAMA) (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Master of Environmental Sanitation (Universiteit Gent)
  • Master of Food Technology (Universiteit Gent)
  • Master of Human Ecology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Master of Molecular Biology (IPMB) (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Master of Nematology (Universiteit Gent)
  • Master of Nutrition and Rural Development,Main Subject: Human Nutrition (Universiteit Gent)
  • Master of Physical Land Resources (Universiteit Gent)
  • Master of Water Resources Engineering (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

ICP-Ph.D. programme
To enable promising graduates of the International Courses (ICPs ICPs are Master programmes that receive institutional support from VLIR-UOS, see list of Master programmes) to make a Ph.D. at a Flemish university, VLIR-UOS launched its ICP Ph.D. programme in 2003.

Starting from the academic year 2002-2003, a maximum of ten Ph.D. scholarships can be granted every academic year to excellent ICP graduates from a developing country.

The ICP Ph.D. programme aims to institutionally strengthen universities or research institutions in the South through capacity building, by upgrading local academic personnel by offering Ph.D. scholarships. Only ICP graduates that are nationals from a developing country are eligible for an ICP Ph.D. scholarship. See the call for all criteria.

An ICP Ph.D. scholarship consists of two two-year terms, and cannot be extended.

It is a ’sandwich’ scholarship, which means that in principle two-thirds of the research is conducted at the local institution and one-third at the Flemish university.

The scholar is free to choose the periods of his/her stays in Belgium and his/her home country, albeit in agreement with both supervisors. However, for practical reasons, the scholar is obliged to come to Belgium at the start of the scholarship, i.e. on 1 October of the reference year.

Funding is provided both on the level of the scholar as well as on the level of the local resp. the Flemish supervisors unit. See the call for more details.

A call is launched in November. Deadline for applications is February (varies per Flemish university see the call). Selection takes place in May. Selected Ph.D. researchers start in October of that year.

Click here for more information

[Italy] Master Scholarships in Economics, University of Bologna

he Faculty of Economics in Rimini (University of Bologna) is launching two-year programme (M-Phil or M.Sc) an International Laurea Magistralis "Economics and Market Policy" (EPM) that will start in the next academic year 2009/2010.

The programme offers core courses in quantitative economics and a number of elective courses, has a flexible structure and can be tailored to suit both practitioners and research profiles.

Scholarships for the academic year 2009/2010

1. Foreign students (except Italian citizens):
Grant of 6000 euros per year.sponsored by the Polo Scientifico Didattico di Rimini: a

The application form is available at this page

Information can be required at:

Enlisting for the competition: to October, 20, 2009. The Examining Board will short list the candidates by October, 31, 2009.

2. Any student (EU or non EU citizen):
Grant of 2000 euros per year and another grant of 1000 euros per year sponsored by UniRimini for talented students. Details are availablehere (see: Scholarships for Laurea Magistralis in Economics and Market Policy).

These grants are not incompatible with other fee exemptions and are therefore an additional award. Enlisting for the competition: to October, 20, 2009. The Examining Board will short list the candidates by October, 31, 2009.

The selection is based on the past University career (cv and a transcript of the exams and grades achieved in previous Degrees) and other documents the applicant considers relevant for the selection.

Ceteris paribus, preferences will be given to the date of enrolment, on a first-enrolled, first-selected basis.

Additional information may be requested from: (Director of Studies)

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