Germany : PhD fellowship Sulfolobus exosome

A PhD student fellowship is available by the DFG-funded International Research Training Group (Internationales Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1384 of the DFG) "Enzymes and multienzyme complexes acting on nucleic acids" in the group "Molecular Microbiology" of Prof. Dr. Gabriele Klug at the Institute of Microbiology and Molecular Biology (Faculty of Biology) of the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen (Germany) from 1st of June 2010.

The Training Group provides an intriguing research environment including seminars, workshops, training courses, assessment of progress and success and collaborations. The Training Group collaborates with the respective training group at the M.V. Lomonosov-University, Moscow, Russian Federation.

The fellowship (1200 Euro per month) is currently limited to the end of March 2011, but prolongation shall be made possible. Graduation will proceed in the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry of the University of Giessen to achieve a Dr. rer. nat. (PhD equivalent).

Project description: We have described the existence of the RNA degrading and RNA tailing exosome in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus (Evguenieva-Hackenberg et al. 2003, EMBO reports 4: 889-893) and have further analyzed its biochemical properties and substrate selectivity (Evguenieva-Hackenberg et al., Biochemistry 2008, Roppelt et al., submitted). The research will focus on the role of the individual domains of the subunits Rrp4 (N-terminal, S1 and KH domains) and Csl4 (N-terminal, S1 and Zn-ribbon domain) in selection and/or unwinding of RNA substrates. The work will include handling of radioactively labeled transcripts.

Applicants should hold a M.Sc. or Diploma degree in biology or a related life science discipline. Candidates should be highly motivated and should have a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Courses in the PhD program are taught in English. Therefore, a working knowledge of English is mandatory, whereas speaking German is useful, but not strictly required. Applications of candidates not speaking German are welcome.

The Justus-Liebig University Giessen is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of severely disabled with the same suitability are preferred.

In your application, please include the following documents as PDF files:
1. a brief letter of motivation (1/2 page)
2. a brief CV (maximum 2 pages) with a detailed personal data sheet (a complete list of education and employment times)
3. a photographic portrait image of the applicant
4. degree certificates
5. examination results (transcripts of B.Sc./Vordiplom and M.Sc./Diplom)
6. a summary of the M.Sc./Diploma thesis
7. a brief description of the main emphasis of studies and experimental work (if applicable, max. 1 page).

Applications should be handed in until April 30. Please send your application by Email with the subject line "Sulfolobus exosome-fellowship" to:
Please do not hand in your application by surface mail; the documents will not be sent back but will be destroyed after the application procedure.

Please do not hesitate to contact Gabriele Klug for further information.
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Klug
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Molekularbiologie, IFZ
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen

Phone: +49-(0)641-99-35542
For more information and for publications, you may refer to:

Switzerland : PhD student in International Political Economy

The Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) at ETH Zurich is seeking a PhD student in International Political Economy
Research area: The International Political Economy research group at the CIS is led by Prof. Thomas Bernauer ( ). It studies the interactions between states (politics) and markets (economics) in an open world economy in areas such as environment, finance, trade, and technology.

Your background:We are looking for a candidate who holds an MA/MSc in political science and/or economics. Applicants should have strong methodological skills, a keen interest in questions of political economy, good knowledge of political science and political economy theories, and a strong command of English.

Your application: Please submit a full application that includes a motivation letter, a CV, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (e.g., a published article, a chapter from your MA/MSc thesis, a seminar paper). Only online applications are considered. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Netherlands : Vacancies at the department of Sociology, Tilburg University

Vacancies at the department of Sociology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 

2 PhD-students 
(m/f, full-time 4 years or part-time 5 years).
Title of project 1 
“Welfare state legitimacy: cross-national analyses from a multi-dimensional perspective”(Vacancy number 400.10.13). The social legitimacy of the welfare state is mostly measured by the degree to which citizens support government responsibility in regulating and/or providing social benefits and services. However, people will also have opinions and preferences regarding underlying principles of redistributive justice, implementation practices, and outcomes of welfare, which may add to their overall evaluation of the welfare state. This project aims to study welfare legitimacy from a multi-dimensional perspective.
Title of project 2 
“Individual and social effects of income inequality” (Vacancy number 400.10.14) The negative relation between income inequality in countries and the general health status of their citizens is well-studied. The aim of this cross-national project is to look into other possible social and individual consequences of income inequality, using models that are capable of distinguishing between micro and macro explanations, and the possible interrelations between the two.
The main task of the candidates is to carry out theoretical and empirical analyses of the individual level and context level determinants of (project 1) welfare state legitimacy as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, or (project 2) the individual and social effects of income inequality in countries. In addition to their research, candidates will follow taught courses to develop their theoretical and methodological skills, and they will participate as teaching assistants in the sociology courses of the department.
We look for graduated students who: - have completed a master programme in sociology, social policy, or political science, with very good results - have (EU comparative) knowledge of social inequalities and social policies - have knowledge of techniques for the analysis of large-scale survey data, especially also of multi-level analyses - are ambitious and can work independently, and have good analytical skills.
The PhD positions offer a four year full-time contract, or a five year part-time contract (0.8 fte), commencing 1 September 2010. The salary for a full-time contract ranges between € 2042,- and € 2612,- gross a month (UFO scale PhD student).
Applications and Information 
Additional information about Tilburg University and the Department of Sociology can be obtained from: Specific information about the vacancies can be obtained from Wim van Oorschot, Professor of Sociology ( ), +31 13 466 2794).
We advice applicants to obtain a copy of the project descriptions from the secretary of the Department of Sociology, Ms Els Kusters (
Application letters, including a cv, a letter of motivation for the most preferred project, and the abstract of the master-thesis should be send only by email, before 15 May to M. van Ieperen, Managing Director, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg, The Netherlands by the Please refer to the vacancy numbers 400.10.13 or 400.10.14.
Interviews with selected candidates will take place in June 2010, at Tilburg University.

RCIM Alain Bensoussan Postdoctoral Fellowship

RCIM Alain Bensoussan Postdoctoral Fellowship

Topics cover most disciplines in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics.

Topics cover most disciplines in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics. 

Fellowships are generally of 18 month duration, spent in two ERCIM member institutes. A fellowship of 12 month duration spent in one institute might also be offered.

The application form for the ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Fellowship Programme is now available at:

Detailed description of the programme:
http://www.ercim. eu/activity/ fellows

Deadline for Applications: 30 April 2010

Applicants must:
* Have obtained a PhD degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record.
* Be fluent in English.
* Be discharged or get deferment from military service.
* Have completed the PhD before starting the grant (a proof will be requested).
* The fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible).

Research Field
Computer science

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PhD positions at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

PhD positions at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Call for applications for the Research Doctorate schools at Ca' Foscari University of Venice 26th cycle – Academic Year 2010/2011

Art. 1 - Announcement purposes and general conditions

1. This announcement regulates the admission requirements to the research doctoral schools of Ca' Foscari University of Venice for the 26th cycle (2010/11 academic year)
2. Failure to comply with the regulations of this announcement will result in the exclusion from the examination.
3. The submission of the application, as set forth in article 5, entails acceptance of the regulations of this announcement by the candidate.
4. The attachments are integral part of the herewith mentioned call.
5. All the communications to the candidates that concern the present call will be sent per email by the University. For this purpose, the University will use the email provided by the candidate when he/she registers online (art. 5, subsection 2).
6. Any further change or addition to the present call will be published online following this path:
(English Version) > Programmes and courses > Research Doctorates.

Art. 2 - Available courses

1. Ca' Foscari University of Venice starts the 26th cycle of the following research doctoral courses for the
2010/2011 academic year:
§ Higher School of Economics
1. Research Doctorate in Business
2. Research Doctorate in Economics
§ Inter-University Doctoral School in "Global Change Science and Policy"
3. Research Doctorate in Science and Management of Climate Change
§ Doctoral School in Languages, Cultures and Societies
4. Research Doctorate in Languages, Cultures and Societies
§ Doctoral School in Language, Cognition and Education Sciences
5. Research Doctorate in Linguistics
6. Research Doctorate in Cognition and Education Sciences
§ "Ca' Foscari" Inter-University Doctoral School in Juridical Sciences
7. Research Doctorate in European Law on Civil, Commercial and Labour Contracts
§ International Doctoral School in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean
8. Research Doctorate in European Social History from the Middle Ages to the Present Times
§ Doctoral School in Humanities
9. Research Doctorate in Philosophy
10. Research Doctorate in Ancient History and Archaeology
11. Research Doctorate in Italian Studies and Classical and Medieval Philology
§ Doctoral School in Sciences and Technologies (SDST)
12. Research Doctorate in Computer Science
13. Research Doctorate in Environmental Sciences
14. Research Doctorate in Chemical Sciences
2. The admission to the doctoral courses is subject to a competitive examination based either on the
assessment of both qualifications and examinations, or simply on the assessment of qualifications.
3. For each of the courses listed above in paragraph 1, please refer to the attached sheets (Attachment "A"), which are an integral part of this announcement for what concerns research topics, available places, admission requirements, as well as assessment criteria and procedures to draw up the lists of the qualified students.
Call for applications for the Research Doctorate schools – 26th cycle – Academic Year 2010/2011
4. The candidates are required to come to the examinations (if expected) on the day and at the time indicated in Attachment "A" with a valid ID card.
5. Without prejudice to the terms for the application submission, the number of available places may be increased through future provisions of funds granted by public research bodies or by private qualified corporations.
6. Courses will start in the month of September 2010. The length of the doctoral course is three years.

PhD positions at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

PhD positions at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Notice of competitive examination XXVI cycle
(Decree Rep. n° 831 Prot. n° 5698, 5th March 2010)

Notice of competitive examination published in the Official Gazzette N. 22, 19th March 2010 

- Download the notice of the competitive examination (XXVI cycle, Expiring 25 May 2010)

-Application form:

Download notice
notice_competitive_ examinationXXVIc ycle.pdf

Download the notice of the competitive examination (XXVI cycle, Expiring 25 May 2010)

Japan - Ronpaku scholarships for PhD Position at the Univ. of Aizu

The aim of JSPS's RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support to promising young researchers in Asia who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without going through a doctoral course. Grantees under the program (RONPAKU Fellows) are given the opportunity to visit their Japanese advisor once a year to receive
direct supervision at the Japanese university where they will submit their PhD thesis.

As a faculty at University of Aizu, Japan, I am interested to guide interested students through this program. Please note that Univ of Aizu is a computer science oriented university and the degree will be in computer science and engineering. Research topics of interest to me include.

1. Regional Weather/climate prediction research through dynamical modelling
2. Distributed Geophysical Visualisation algorithms and implementation using Ruby Language.
3. Application of Machine Learning to Climate and Weather Research.
4. Reconfigureable computing for high performance weather/climate modelling.

For more information see.


From FY2010, this program is offered to researchers in the following countries

ASIA (including Middle East countries) Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh*, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China*, Georgia, India, Indonesia*, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea*, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia*, Maldives, Mongolia*, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines* , Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand*, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam*, and Yemen.

Algeria, Angora, Uganda, Egypt*, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Gabon, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, Comoro, Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Chad, Central African Republic, Tunisia, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Libya, Rwanda and Lesotho

Each applicant for the Program must be a researcher who

* belongs to a university or research institute in the above-listed countries
* already holds a full-time position as a researcher in a university or research institution in his/her home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship is under age 50 as of 1 of the starting year of the fellowship. Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.

Duration of Fellowship
Up to 5 years

JSPS Support
* RONPAKU Fellows may visit their Japanese host university once a year for a maximum period of 90 days for the purpose of studying under the supervision of their Japanese advisor.
* JSPS provides RONPAKU Fellows with a roundtrip international air ticket (economy class), maintenance allowance and medical/accidental insurance, and covers expenses related to dissertation submission during their stays in Japan.
* The Japanese advisor may visit the RONPAKU fellow's home university or research institution once a year for a maximum period of 30 days for the purpose of supervising RONPAKU Fellow's study.
* JSPS provides Japanese Advisors with a roundtrip air ticket (economy class) and maintenance allowance, and covers their visa issuance fees and supervising expenses during their stays in the fellow's country.
* During the fellow's stay in Japan, JSPS provides the Japanese Advisor with an allowance for supervising his/her study at the host institution.

MPhil/Phd Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship

The Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship programme is aimed at combating intolerance. It supports research to this end, from any academic discipline. Current and prospective LSE MPhil/PhD students working in areas relevant to religious, racial and cultural intolerance are invited to apply.

  • (up to) four-year award beginning inOctober 2010;
  • the award has an annual value of£15,000, which will cover fees in all cases;
  • the remainder of the award once fees have been paid will be made available for maintenance purposes;
  • the award is renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance;
  • to be awarded on the basis of potential to make a difference in and around the study of intolerance.
The scholarship will be coordinated by the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights, so in addition to joining the academic department of their supervisor, the successful recipient will have the opportunity to become a junior research associate of the Centre. They will be invited to play a part in the intellectual life of the Centre by, for example,leading a research seminar on their work.
If you are not already registered on (or have yet to be accepted onto) an LSE doctoral programme, please contact the staff member you are interested in working with at the earliest available opportunity. Prospective students will also need to submit an application for admission to the School via the LSE Graduate Admissions Office.
In order to be considered for the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship, you will need to have a formal offer of a place on an LSE doctoral programme and be nominated by your prospective supervisor.
The scholarship application should take the form of the following:
1.a completed application form, which includes a personal statement of no more than1500 words;
2.a curriculum vitae which includes your academic background; and
3.a supporting statement (in the form of a letter of reference)from your (prospective) supervisor.

The deadline for applications is Noon Thursday 29 April 2010.

Download application form (MS Word)
Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held at LSE in the week commencing 24 May. Facilities for remote interviewing (via phone/Skype) will be made available should candidates be unable to attend in person.
If you wish to be considered for other LSE scholarships, including the LSE Research Studentship Scheme,you will also need to complete the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Form, available from the Financial Support Office website.
Tentative Application Deadline :29 April 2010
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Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen /NTIO Joint Scholarship

Hanze University of Applied Science Groningen is pleased to offer three partial scholarships for eligible Master candidates. A Scholarship, a partial tuition waiver of 30% of the tuition fee, is available for the each following programme:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration in International Business & Management (MBA IB&M).
  • MBA in Eurasian Business & Management Programme.
The International Business School of Hanze University Groningen
The International Business School of Hanze University Groningen offers Bachelors and Masters degree programmes for students aiming to increase their knowledge in order to improve their career opportunities and to develop themselves further. Our aim is to make our knowledge and expertise available to the general public and more specifically to trade, industry and institutions in the field of health care, communication and social work.
This academic year we offer three post- graduate courses in English for our international students:
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The manager of today is expected to have an integrated and strategic vision. It is no longer adequate to be concerned only with finances or logistic processes, or with staff and clients.
Managers and the business leaders of the future need to understand how to integrate the various disciplines into an effective and efficient whole. Total vision is important. The focus throughout the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme will be on integration of all the different managerial functions.
Master of Business Administration in International Business and Management (MBA in IB&M)
The Master of Business Administration in International Business & Management (MBA IB&M) programme is designed to prepare prospective managers for higher positions in internationally operating companies. The course combines managerial skills development with the academic and conceptual framework necessary to operate successfully as a manager in an international business environment.
MBA in Eurasian Business & Management Programme
The International Business School of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, is starting a new MBA Programme in EurAsian Business & Management in September 2009.
Through our large number of business contacts in the EU and in Asia we can claim that there is a great need for young (potential) managers who would like to join their companies in the business between the European Union and Asia, notably China and India. The International Business School is in contact with these companies who are looking for you, if you are willing to become competent in general management, cross-cultural skills, and how to do business between the European Union and Asia.
Groningen: One of the nicest university towns in the Netherlands.
Groningen is a lively university town, which is located in the north of the Netherlands, where about 180,000 people reside. A quarter of the population of Groningen consists of students, which has a positive effect on the town and the facilities it offers. Students residing in Groningen study either at the Groningen State University (RUG) or at the Hanze University Groningen.
The old town centre offers numerous opportunities for leisure, ranging from shopping to sports or relaxing in the restaurants and pubs in the streets surrounding the town centre.
Groningen has been rated as best student city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam, from a higher education Survey in NRC (NL’s leading daily newspaper) in Oct 2007.
Furthermore Groningen has been rated as:
  • ‘Best downtown in NL’, official Dutch title survey in 2005,
  • Safest city in the NL, survey in 2004,
  • Best bike city in the world (2002),
  • Best liked by its inhabitants in a comparable survey from the EU (July 2007) among inhabitants of 75 cities in the EU, on aspects such as amenities, facilities, safety, pleasant people living there, clean air, etc: Groningen nr 1 (2nd Leipzig, 3rd Krakow).
Application Package Check List
In order to begin your application procedure for the MBA scholarship the Hanze University Admissions Committee and Neso needs to receive the following before 15 May 2010:
Please visit our Hanze University website for more detailed information about our school and the application procedure.
International Student Office
The staff of the International Student Office (ISO) helps Dutch and foreign students with practical matters like information about tuition fees, student grants, studies abroad, visas, residence and work permits as well as grants for international exchange.
The Housing Office organizes the accommodation of foreign students in so-called international student houses or in Dutch homes. And there are numerous opportunities to learn the Dutch language. For answer to all of your questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Hanze’s International Student Office.
Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen
International Student Office
P.O. Box 3037
9701 DA Groningen
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 50 595 4051 / 40 00

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