Switzerland; Ph.D. Research Position at the Center for Competitiveness

Ph.D. Research Position at the Center for Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
The Center for Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for a 2-year full-time research Ph.D. position beginning in 2010. A third year is not excluded.

Job Description:
We are looking for candidates who can maintain a stream of quality research and deliver high quality research in the research Field of Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in Europe with a special focus on their impact on competitiveness of host countries, in particular Switzerland.
The thesis will be written in English. The position is a 100% research Ph.D. position and is affiliate with the Center of Competitiveness. The position is fullly funded for two years by the Swiss National Science Foundation (a third year is not excluded). The salary is competitive and in the range of around 40,000 CHF per year (brutto). The person we hire will have a completed master degree.
To be registered as a phd candidate at the university of Fribourg: Candidates who have a master degree from the University of Fribourg should comply with the acceptance requirements of the University of Fribourg. Candidates who have a master degree from another university need to provide a statement that he/she would be accepted at a phd candidate in his/her home university.

Start of the project: 2010 (starting month to be determined). For more information about the Center for Competitiveness, please visit and
Please apply directly by e-mail and sending (1) your motivation letter, and (2) your CV/resume directly to Prof. Dr. Philippe Gugler ( ).
Prof. Dr. Philippe Gugler
Center for Competitiveness
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
University of Fribourg – Switzerland
Bd Pérolles 90
CH – 1700 Fribourg
tel. +41 26 300 82 26

Netherland; 2 PhD Positions in Bone Regeneration

The Faculty of Science and Technology (700 faculty members, 1100 students)
offers a range of bachelor and master courses (NanoTechnology, Applied
Physics, Chemical Engineering and Technical Medicine). The faculty’s
research is organized in three of the university’s interdisciplinary
research institutes: MESA+, MIRA, and IMPACT. These institutes increase the
vitality of research by enabling collaboration between programs and
disciplines, by providing shared facilities, and by attracting funding for
joint projects. They also provide a conduit to industrial and other external

*2 Ph.D positions (4 years) in bone regeneration: development of novel
materials and high-throughput screening of their biological performance*
*Job description*
The department of Tissue Regeneration at the MIRA Institute for Biomedical
Technology and Technical Medicine, University of Twente ( is dedicated to develop new strategies for the
treatment of bone and cartilage defects. Recently, our lab developed
synthetic osteo-inductive ceramics, materials which are able to actively
stimulate bone regeneration and which are now clinically evaluated as
alternative for autologous bone grafting. Fueled by this, we are currently
developing a new generation of inductive ceramics by further improving the
inductive potential as well as the handling and mechanical properties.
In this project we are looking for *two PhD students*. One student will
engage in development of a family of novel biomaterials, by modifying their
physico-chemical properties and by the preparation of composites of ceramics
and polymers. The other student will set up a high throughput screening
system to evaluate the bone forming capacity of ceramics in vitro.
Micro-array technology will be used to assess the biological response of
stem cells to ceramics and be correlated to their ability to induce bone
formation in animal models using bio-informatic analysis.
We are now recruiting two PhD students. One candidate should have a Master’s
degree in chemistry or engineering and affinity with biomaterials and
orthopaedics. The other candidate, with a biomedical background should be
keen to apply molecular biology to solve a medical problem. Expertise in
bio-informatics is recommended.
Outstanding knowledge of scientific English both in speaking and in reading
is required.
*Terms of employment*
The Tissue Regeneration Group, led by Prof. Clemens van Blitterswijk is a
part of the MIRA - Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical
Medicine at the University of Twente ( We offer a
top level research and academic environment with excellent opportunities for
personal development. The assignment is for 4 years, with a go/no-go
assessment at the end of the first year. The candidates are expected to
finish the project with a PhD thesis and disseminate the results through
publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international
conferences. The starting salary will be € 2042, - in the first year and up
to € 2612, - gross per month in the last year.
Questions about the project on biomaterials development should be directed
to Dr. Pamela Habibovic ( For information about
the high-throughput screening project, please contact Dr. Jan de Boer (
Applications should consist of an application/motivation letter and a
detailed CV. Please mention vacancy number 09/193.

Erasmus Mundus 2010 Master Scholarship in Animal Breeding

The European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EM-ABG) offers high quality training, both in terms of scientific knowledge and didactic skills, provided by six excellent university groups within the EU. The EM-ABG is a response to the need for highly qualified graduates in the internationally operating area of animal breeding and genetics.

Universities Involved
University groups on Animal Breeding and Genetics within Europe have a long tradition of collaboration. The consortium consists of:
* Wageningen University (WU) (the Netherlands) as co-ordinator
* University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
* Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU), Kiel, Germany
* Agro ParisTech, France
* Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden
* The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Aas, Norway.

The partner universities together form a consortium with a high level of expertise in every core subject in animal breeding and genetics through which EU can provide leadership for the development of a global training program. Moreover, representatives of seven international organisations have joined the International Advisory Board which advices the Consortium on the development of the course.
Fees and Scholarships
The subscription fees are the same, irrespective of the chosen study track
* EU students: EUR 2,000 per academic year / EUR 4,000 for the whole master course
* Non-EU students: EUR 8,000 per academic year / EUR 16,000 for the whole master course
The subscription fees include the following costs:
* Registration in two universities
* Costs of the orientation period and accommodation of the students during this event
* Allocation of a research grant to every student for direct costs related to thesis research and internship
* Participation in the summer activity at the end of the first year
The subscription fees do not include the living expenses or the travel costs to and within Europe.
The EM-ABG course is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union:
* Scholarships for third-country (non-EU) selected students are offered. The amount for academic year 2010/2011 is EUR 21,000 per year which should cover the living costs, insurances, travel costs and subscription fees
* Scholarships for third-country (non-EU) selected scholars are offered as well.
* The scholarship application is included in the application form (application deadline 15th of January 2010).
For the EM-ABG program starting in August 2010, scholarships for EU students are available:
* The consortium has some scholarships for EU students covering fees.
* Some scholarships covering fees and living expenses are available for EU-students that spend one year at Wageningen University.
* European students can make use of existing Erasmus-Socrates exchange programmes.
If you wish to apply for the program and/or a scholarship for EU students, please fill in the EM-ABG application form that can be found on this website and write a motivation letter for the scholarship.
Application deadline EM-ABG program and scholarship for EU students: 1st of May, 2010.
For more information and application:
EM-ABG Secretary
Animal Breeding and Genomics Center
Wageningen University
PO Box 338
NL 6700 AH Wageningen, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 317 482 335

Indonesia; USAID Master Degree Scholarship

Candidates from the following areas in Indonesia will be prioritized: Aceh, North Sumatera, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java .
Previous affiliation of the institution with USAID whether as a beneficiary or partner program will be viewed favorably.

USAID – AED (Academy for Educational Development)
Scholarship opportunities to study in the USA for:
• Master`s Degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management.
• Master`s Degrees in Water and Sanitation.
Training has long been a key component of the U.S. government`s development program in Indonesia. USAID/ Indonesia plans to support the tradition through the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) program that will provide academic degree training. The HICD program is structured in a way that will help individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and the capacity to support Indonesia`s development and the achievement of the Government of Indonesia/USAID` s objectives.
USAID has awarded a contract to the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a U.S. non-government organization (NGO) to support the implementation of the HICD program in Indonesia. AED is now inviting Indonesian citizens to study for Master`s Degrees in the USA in
1) Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management and
2) Water and Sanitation.
1. Master`s Degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management.
Eligible candidates may come from the Ministry of Forestry, Environment, Development Planning, Research and Development, Finance, Economy or other related government institutions including provincial and district level offices and regulators; civil society groups (Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management Associations, NGOs and Foundations) ; or professionals in fields related to sustainable development with international or local organizations who have strong potential for leadership, research, education, journalism and consultancy in the same field.
Candidates with experience working in geographical areas with high biodiversity conservation value will be prioritized. An indicative list would include Kalimantan, Sumatera, Papua, Sulawesi and NTT.
Every attempt will be made to balance candidate selection by gender.

2. Master`s Degrees in Water and Sanitation.
Eligible candidates may come from related government Institutions, civil society groups (Water and Sanitation Associations, NGOs, and Foundations), water and sanitation professionals/ environmental engineers working in the development sector with international or local organizations, and faculty from schools of Water and Sanitation/Environm ental Engineering at accredited Indonesian universities.
Candidates from the following areas in Indonesia will be prioritized: Aceh, North Sumatera, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java .
Previous affiliation of the institution with USAID whether as a beneficiary or partner program will be viewed favorably.
Every attempt will be made to balance candidate selection by gender.
Interested applicants, may request application forms at or download them at
Completed application forms must be returned to the AED office at the address below by November 15 at the latest:
Academy for Educational Development
Wisma Nugra Santana, 16th Floor, Suite 1616,
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 7-8, Jakarta 10220.

SOUTH KOREA; MA, PhD Studentships by WCU Webometrics Institute at YeungNam

*Welcome to WCU (World Class University) Webometrics Institute at YeungNam
University, South Korea. (*
Our institute at YeungNam University( is
inviting a few WCU-funded MA, PhD students in the Department of Media &

Successful applicants will join the team led by Prof. Han Woo Park, Prof.
Greg Elmer of Infoscape Research Lab (Canada,
and Prof. Maurice Vergeer of Radboud University (the Netherlands) and carry
out a project titled “Investigating Internet-based Politics with e-Research
Our Institute has recently been awarded a 4-year competitive grant, running
from April 2009 to June 2012, by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology.
(For further details:
Please find attached files including admission procedures for international
students and application.
- Period for submitting applications: September 28, 2009 to October 23, 2009
- Place for submitting applications: Office of International Services
(in-person or by mail)
- Location: Rm. 317, 3rd Floor, Daegu Bank Building
- Application fee: 100,000 Korean Won or 100 USD (Cash can be mailed within
Korea, but money orders should be enclosed in the document package if you
apply from overseas.)
- Announcement of admission: November 10, 2009 (The name list will be
uploaded to the Graduate School web page.)
- Invoices for tuition and other fees will be distributed to applicants
residing in Korea by the Graduate School Administration Office starting
December 11, 2009. Applicants residing outside Korea will be sent invoices
by email.
- Period and place of making payments: December 16, 2009 to December 18,
2009 at the Yeungnam University Branch Office of Daegu Bank
*Contact Information*
*Consultation on admission*
International support team: +82-53-810-1622, 1624, 1628
Administration Office of Graduate School, Yeungnam University
214-1 Dae-dong, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749, Korea
Phone: +82-53-810-3754, Fax:+82-53-810-4640
Send the application to the Administration Office of Graduate School,
Yeungnam University (
*Consultation on WCU Webometrics Institute*

Se Jung PARK
Ph.D. Student
Dept of Media & Communication, YeungNam University,
214-1, Dae-dong, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea, Zip Code
English Vita-
Researcher at WCU Webometrics Institute

UK; PhD Scholarship in Art & Design

PhD Scholarship – Cardiff School of Art & Design
A study to evaluate best practice for dwelling sustainability and to develop and test design and construction templates for dwellings to meet level 4 and 5 of the code for sustainable homes for social housing providers in Wales.

By 2011, the Welsh Assembly Government has stated that all new dwellings must be zero carbon (anticipated as level 5 of the code for sustainable homes (CfSH)). Housing association (HA) development funding is currently tied to meeting CfSH level 3, but will quickly increase to levels 4 and then 5.
It is thought that level 3 and beyond demands significantly higher targets for sustainability than previous standards for construction techniques and renewable energy. So the main issues for HAs are how to use best practice from existing projects and to meet the new targets cost effectively.
This project will evaluate the sustainability achievements of existing and also proposed schemes across the UK to assess their effectiveness for carbon and cost reductions and occupant satisfaction; create new dwelling design and specification templates using the existing and new practice knowledge to meet CfSH levels 4 and 5; test the templates through the procurement process and potentially monitor one pilot project for thermal performance and tenant satisfaction.
The aim of the research project will be to test best practice dwelling sustainability and develop and test design and construction templates for CfSH level 4 and 5 for social housing providers in Wales.
The research will utilise a range of analytical techniques, including dynamic thermal modelling to test the validity of level 4 and 5 tempates in the design and specification process, procurement process and construction process and may include post occupancy evaluation.
The successful candidate will ideally come from an architectural technology background (candidates from architecture will also be considered) and possess for example, an MSc in Environmental Architecture, Environmental Design and Engineering, or Architectural Engineering. A suitably experienced graduate may also be considered.
This scholarship is part funded from the ESF (European Social Fund) Convergence Programme (West Wales and the Valleys). To be eligible to apply for this award you must be resident, upon application, in the convergence area of Wales and you must be able to take paid employment in the convergence area on completion of the scholarship.
For more information including an application form, please visit the UWIC website at:
Closing date for applications is 31st October 2009.

AUSTRALIA; Islam Fieldwork Scholarships

‘Islam and Law in Southeast Asia’ Fieldwork Scholarships of up to A$2,000 are available for Masters or PhD candidates enrolled at the University of Melbourne. The scholarships must be used to support fieldwork in Southeast Asia on Islam-related topics that match the themes of Professor Tim Lindsey’s ARC Federation Fellowship. The themes of the Federation Fellowship can be found at

Reference Number: 4515
Study Subject: Islam and Law in Southeast Asia
Web Address:
Provided By: The University of Melbourne
To be undertaken at: The University of Melbourne.
Level: Post Graduate (Research)
This scholarship is offered dependent on funds to 5 people. Open for applications from October 14, 2009 until October 30, 2009.
Payment Information
The value of this scholarship is AUD2000 (maximum per award). This award is to be used for research and travel. This scholarship is paid as a one off for the period of 1 year.
Research Information

This scholarship is for one of the following fields of research: Cultural studies, Justice and legal studies, Law, Other law, justice and law enforcement, Other philosophy and religion or Religion and religious traditions. It is required that your study starts no earlier than December 1, 2009 and no later than December 31, 2010.
This scholarship is for study in Brunei Darussalam, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam. You must have studied at or be currently studying at The University of Melbourne.
Application Details
To apply for this scholarship you must submit the provided PDF form. You can download the application form here. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Always confirm details with scholarship provider before applying.
Main Contact
Kathryn Taylor (Manager)
Asian Law Centre

[USA] Postdoc Position in Analysis of Streaming Data at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Center for Applied Scientific Computing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to perform advanced research and development in the area of scientific data mining, specifically analysis of streaming data.
Essential duties include:
  • Conduct independent research and development in one or more areas of computer science of interest to CASC, such as: signal processing, machine learning; data mining, and statistics.
  • Document research and development progress via technical reports, journal publications, and conference presentations.
  • Develop software to evaluate novel computational techniques.
  • Interact with scientists from DOE programs to help address their computational needs.
Essential skills, knowledge, and abilities include:
  • Recent Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Research experience in signal processing, data mining, statistics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research and to develop implementations to evaluate the results.
  • Advanced programming skills in C++ and Python.
  • Experience with statistical techniques and data analysis methods.
  • Experience implementing and evaluating novel computational techniques and publishing the results.
For more details and to apply, please see Job # 008650 at

[Belgium] Master of Governance and Development at University of Antwerp: VLIR-UOS Scholarship 201

The future of sustainable development is critically related to the promotion of better governance at the local, national, regional and international level. At once a cause and a consequence of governance failures, violent conflict is incompatible with sustainable development. Central in this nexus between development, governance and conflict are processes of state formation, state failure and state reconstruction. Adopting a political economy perspective, the study programme analyses governance problems and possible responses with due account of specific historical pathways of countries and the interaction between the national state level, local society level dynamics and the impact of global developments.
Most of our students are engaged in development, professionally and/or as researchers. The objective of the Master’s programme is to provide them with multidisciplinary theoretical insights and practical tools that will improve their capacity to analyse governance challenges at different levels and how they relate to processes of violent conflict and development. Graduates will understand and be able to analyse, from the local to the global level, the governance problems confronting developing countries today. Theoretical insights, policy strategies and best practices as well as failures are explored in order that graduates could apply this knowledge in their future professional environments.
The Master’s programme in Governance and Development offers two tracks with specific objectives, courses and target audiences. The first track explores governance and development issues against the background of violent conflict and the challenge of post-conflict state reconstruction. The second addresses governance and development challenges from the particular perspective of local institutions and poverty reduction.
Admission requirements
The following candidates are eligible to apply for the Master’s programmes:
  • Applicants from the South must hold a university degree (Bachelor or Master) of at least four years of study in Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or related disciplines). Applicants from the South who hold a Bachelor’s degree of only three years of study must demonstrate very strong and relevant professional experience and/or have successfully completed additional training. Applicants from the North must hold a Master’s degree in Social Sciences Only applicants with excellent academic records will be accepted.
  • Our ideal participant has at least two years of professional experience in a sector relevant to the programme. Applicants from the North should have relevant field experience in the South.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English. Those who have received a university education in English must provide an official certificate confirming this. Other applicants must submit one of the following test results:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 for paper-based test or 79 for Internet-based test. Information about this test is available at
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score of 6.0. Information about this test is available at
    • Special facilities are offered for students from other language backgrounds (in particular for French-speaking students). Students with paper-based TOEFL scores between 500 and 550 (or TOEFL Internet-based between 61 and 79) or IELTS scores between 5.0 and 6.0 may also be admitted provided they successfully complete a two-month intensive language course organised by the University of Antwerp before the start of the Master’s programme. For students selected for a VLIR-UOS scholarship, the cost of this language course is borne by the Institute (see below for details).
  • Motivation and Matching: see description of student profile per Master and Trajectory.
Period: September 2010 – September 2011
Language: English
Number of VLIR-UOS Scholarships: 10
Mrs G. Annaert
Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB)
University of Antwerp
T +32 (0)3 265 57 70
F +32 (0)3 265 57 71
Application for this scholarship is possible from 01/10/2009 until 01/02/2010
For additional information, visit the following pages:
Apply for this scholarship by following the link below:

[Netherlands][Australia] Joint PhD opportunities – Eindhoven University of Technology and Macquarie University

Joint PhD Opportunities
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands & Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Research topic: Context-Aware Ultra-Low Power Wireless Body Area Network Research for Health Monitoring
The project will be conducted at Wireless Networking and Communications Laboratory, Department of Physics and Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia and Designed Intelligence Group, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Supervisors for the PhD student will be Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz from Macquarie University, Assis/Prof. Dr. Wei Chen, and Prof. dr. ir. Loe Feijs from Eindhoven University of Technology.
Interested applicants can apply for admission to either Macquarie University or Eindhoven University of Technology as the primary home institution. The two universities will then prepare a joint PhD supervision agreement for the successful applicant, enabling the applicant to enrol and carry out the research simultaneously at both institutions. The applicant will be expected to spend approximately half of the PhD study period at each university. Each university will carry out the PhD thesis examination according to its own examination processes. Upon successful completion of the research program, the applicant will receive two separate PhD degree certificates – one from each university. For funding support opportunities please contact the home university of your choice.
Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz, eryk.dutkiewicz@
Assis/Prof. Dr Wei Chen,
Dr. Wei Chen
Assistant Professor
Room: HG 3.52
Department of Industrial Design
Designed Intelligence Group
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Den Dolech 2,
5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Tel: +31-40-2473563
Fax: +31-40-2473285

[Europe] Master Scholarship in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Erasmus Mundus 2010

Four leading research and educational institutions in Europe propose a joint Erasmus Mundus Master Course entitled “Nanoscience and nanotechnology”. The programme offered is a truly integrated program, with a strong research backbone and a very important international outreach.
The objective of this course is to provide top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology.The participating partners are:
  • Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers), Sweden
  • Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France
  • Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Germany
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven),Belgium
The fast evolution of the field requires a strong consortium with noted educational experience in the field. The partners offer this experience. In addition, all the lectures offered by the consortium are embedded within various research centres (e.g. IMEC in Leuven, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, Max Planck Institute in Dresden, MC2 centre in Chalmers). This strong link between education and research is a guarantee for keeping the education relevant and state of the art.
The master programme has a duration of two years (120 ECTS points). Erasmus Mundus students follow courses at K.U. Leuven and another university of the consortium. Courses are taught in English.
A limited number of scholarships will be granted by the European Commission. There will be category A and B scholarships.
Category A scholarships
Granted to Third country nationals, the term “third-country” does not have anything to do with the term “third world”. Nationals coming from all countries other than the 25 EU Member States (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia), the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (presently Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey), who are not residents of any of the above countries, and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries are considered “third-country nationals”.
Category B Scholarships
Can be awarded to any masters students selected by the Consortia and who do not fulfill the Category A criteria defined above. The consortium will submit the list of selected students to the European Commission. The scholarships can only be granted after the official approval of the European Commission. The consortium will communicate with the students on this matter. You will be notified by the end of March whether you are selected for the course or not, this will be an unofficial notification. The official approval of the European Commission will be communicated to you by the beginning of June. Courses start between the end of August and the beginning of November, depending on arrangements made by each university of the consortium.
Applications can be made between Dec 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010
Further details go to:

[Australia] Postgraduate Research Scholarships on Sex Determination in Reptiles and Amphibians at the Insutute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra

Description : Sex Determination in Reptiles
The University of Canberra has postgraduate scholarships available for both domestic and international students, with a closing date of October 30, 2009. Prospective applicants will need to discuss potential projects in advance of submitting an application. See the contact below.
We are seeking postgraduate research students to work on various questions to do with sex determination in reptiles and amphibians.
Projects of interest will draw upon a combination one or more of incubation experiments and sex ratio analysis; population genetics; cross-species chromosome painting; sex chromosome gene mapping using our Pogona vitticeps BAC library; subtractive hybridization; gene expression analysis; transcriptomics; next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
The particular combination of techniques and approaches used will depend upon the questions addressed and the interests and expertise of the candidate.
Our particular interests are in
  • seeking evidence of an underlying genetic predisposition for reptiles with TSD to be one sex or the other and determining the consequences of gene-temperature interactions for sex determination in reptiles.
  • interactions between the thermal regime within natural nests and sex determination in the context of predicting responses to climate change.
  • seeking insight to evolutionary transitions between modes of sex determination (male heterogamety XX/XY, female heterogamety ZZ/ZW, and TSD).
  • expression of sex genes under hormonal and temperature induced sex reversal.
  • Identification and characterization of universal sex-specific molecular markers in snakes and amphibians.
  • Genome organization and evolution in reptiles by generating a gene-dense physical map for Pogona vitticeps.
If you are interested in pursuing a project along these lines, or crafting a similar project in a related area, please contact Dr Tariq Ezaz (
Publications to have arisen from the UC team on this research can be viewed on
Contact address : Insutute for Applied Ecology
University of Canberra
ACT 2601

[UK] Postgraduate Research Graduate School Scholarship 2010 at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Plymouth

The Faculty of Science and Technology will award one Postgraduate Research Graduate School Scholarship (PGR GSS) to cover Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend (£13,290 pro rata for 2009/2010).
This scholarship will be awarded to a new, full-time student for three years (subject to satisfactory progress) commencing in January 2010. Both Home/EU and International students are eligible to apply, with the expectation that International students secure funds to meet the difference between Home/EU (£3,400 p.a.) and Overseas (£10,000 p.a.) tuition fees for the duration of their programme.
Applications are invited for the projects listed below. Please contact Mrs Carole Watson (email:, tel: +44 1752 586001) for more information.
  1. Design and Development of an Intelligent Biomimetic Autonomous Robotic Fish
  2. Composite materials for application in marine renewable energy systems
  3. Sustainable Bio-Derived Foams for Marine Applications
  4. Use of energy dissipaters to reduce wave uprush
  5. Violent Wave Impact Modelling for coastal and offshore structures
  6. A novel entropy approach on the evolution of beach profiles
  7. Statistical Modelling for Sea Condition data via Quantile function modelling
  8. Nonlinear modelling of sandbank dynamics
Please click on the titles for links to detailed project descriptions.
Candidates should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a relevant MSc or MRes would be particularly welcome.
Applicants should send the following documentation to Mrs Carole Watson, Faculty of Science and Technology Research Administrator, Room A503, Portland Square, Plymouth, PL4 8AA or email to
  • Two references in envelopes signed across their seals
  • Copies of transcripts and certificates
  • If English is not your first language, evidence that you meet our English Language requirements (
  • CV
  • Ethnic and Disability Monitoring Form
For an application form and full details on how to apply, please
Official announcement can be obtained at:

[Europe] Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarship 2010 in Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering – COSSE

The Erasmus Mundus programme “Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering” (COSSE) is a joint initiative of four European universities:
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands
  • Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen- Nürnberg, Germany
The field of computer simulations is of great importance for high-tech industry and scientific/engineering research, e.g. virtual processing, climate studies, fluid dynamics, advanced materials, etc. Often the field is referred to as the third pillar of science complementing theory and experiments.
COSSE is a two-year master’s programme offering a double degree from two universities. The students enter one of the universities and continue the second year at one of the other institutions in another country. COSSE offers education of the highest international standard as well as a unique experience of meeting different European cultures, languages, climate and nature.
Students from any country are welcome to apply. A number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
There are excellent scholarship opportunities for students accepted to an Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme.
Who can apply for an Erasmus Mundus (EM) Master’s programme scholarship?
Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by an EM consortium* in accordance with its specific students’ application and selection criteria, are eligible for a scholarship.
Students can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to the programme of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three programmes.
Please note that students may not begin their studies in the country where they have acquired their most recent degree.
* Consortium = the group of universities offering the programme.
Two types of scholarships
Category A scholarships
can be awarded to masters students selected by the EM consortia who come from a country other than an EU/EEA/EU-applicant country* (for instance all non-European countries) and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.
The category A scholarship includes:
  • Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 4000 for a one-year EMMCs; € 8000 for courses longer than one year
  • Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage) € 4000 / semester
  • Monthly allowance € 1000 / month
* countries other than the 27 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Switzerland and the candidate countries for accession to the EU (presently Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – FYROM and Turkey.
Category B scholarships
can be awarded to any master’s students selected by an EM consortia and
who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
The category B scholarship includes:
  • Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs: € 3000 – only if the EMMC includes a mobility period to a Third-Country partner
  • Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage) € 2000 / semester
  • Monthly allowance € 500 / month
How many scholarships are offered?
Each Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme has:
  • 7-10 scholarhips category A
  • 6-8 scholarships category B
Scholarship rules and requirements
  • Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices.
  • Individuals who have already benefited from an EM master’s programme scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another master’s programme.
  • Students benefiting from an EM master’s scholarship cannot benefit from another Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus masters studies.
  • EM students scholarships are awarded exclusively for a full-time enrolment in one of the course editions.
  • EM master’s students will be awarded on behalf of the consortium a joint, double or multiple degree according to the description for the respective consortium and after fulfilling all academic requirements.
EM master’s students holding an Erasmus Mundus scholarship must:
  • Commit themselves to participate in the master’s programme in accordance with the terms defined by the consortium in the Student Agreement. Failure to do so could lead to the cancellation of the scholarship.
  • Spend their study period in at least two of the consortium partner countries. These two countries must be different from the country in which the scholarship holder has obtained his/her last university degree; the mandatory mobility periods cannot be replaced by virtual mobility, neither can they take place in institutions outside the consortium.

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