Postdoc Position in Computational/Artificial Intelligence and Games, SIREN Project at IT University of Copenhagen

A three-year post-doctoral position within computational/artificial intelligence and games (particularly user modelling and procedural content generation) is available at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen.
The SIREN project aims to create a new type of educational game, the conflict resolution game, which takes advantage of recent advances in serious games, social networks, computational intelligence and emotional modelling to create uniquely motivating and educating games that help shape how children think about and handle conflicts.
The software developed by the project will be able to automatically generate conflict scenarios that fit the teaching needs of particular groups of children with varying cultural background, maturity, and technical expertise, and the desired learning outcomes as specified by a teacher. This will enable the system to be used by school teachers all over Europe, without specific technical train-ing. To realize this vision, a number of advances to the state of the art will be made throughout the various disciplines.
The research activities of the post-doc will focus on the player modelling and the adaptive narra-tion mechanisms embedded in the game. Moreover, the candidate will coordinate the serious game design efforts and be responsible for integrating the above-mentioned technology in the final game. The methodology will focus on affective/cognitive modelling and procedural content generation with an emphasis on quest generation.
We are looking for candidates with a background in artificial and computational intelligence, interactive narrative and user modelling. In particular we are interested in candidates with a good grasp of both adaptive learning methodologies in games and affective modelling. Background knowledge on natural interaction, cross-cultural psychology and serious games design will be considered advantageous.
SIREN is a 3-year EU-funded STREP project. The successful candidate will contribute to managing the work done by the IT University in the project. This entails close cooperation with the other partners in the project. In addition, 1-2 PhD students will be associated with the project at the IT University, and the candidate will contribute to supervising these students. The position may also involve teaching obligations. The project is expected to start in September
General information:
The IT University is a multi-disciplinary, research-based institution with 55 faculty drawn from computer science to the humanities. We provide graduate education to 1700 students in a range of areas.
The Center for Computer Games Research is a multi-disciplinary research group with backgrounds from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Computer Sciences. We do basic and applied research, approaching games from a variety of perspectives.
Further particulars are available from Associate Professor Georgios Yannakakis,, tel +45 7218 5078.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
The application must be in English and must include:

  • A motivated application, including a cogent argument for how qualified you are for the position and brief statements of research and teaching plans.
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, email, previous and present employment and academic background.
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.).
  • Copies of max 3 different publications you wish the evaluation committee to consider.
  • A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk (*). All application material, including all enclosures in 4 paper copies (see above points 1-5), must be assembled in sets.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 25 April 2008. Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.
The application including enclosures, in 4 paper copies, marked “ 2010-228-0007” must be submitted to:
The IT University of Copenhagen
Att. Journalen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
2300 Copenhagen S
You may also submit your application electronically (one per applicant) with enclosures in pdf-format to the following email address:, marked “ref. no. 2010-228-0007”. Please note that applications sent to any other email address will not be taken into consideration.
Application deadline: May 17, 2010 at 12:00 noon (local time).
Applications/enclosures received at the IT University after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application electronically, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline.
The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the position.
Application Deadline : 17 May 2010

PhD Scholarships in Economics and Management 2010/2011 at the University of Trento, Italy

The call for applications for the 2010-11 PhD in Economics and Management is now open. The doctoral programme is conducted entirely in English and will be taught by members of the university’s multi-national faculty. No tuition fees are charged and a number of fully funded three-year scholarships will be awarded to the top-ranked applicants.
Applications together with the attachments required must arrive at the University of Trento by the 8th of June 2010 in one of the following ways:
a) hand-delivered to the University of Trento – Ufficio Protocollo Centrale, Via Belenzani n. 12 – 38122 Trento, from 10:00 am to 12:00 a.m., Monday to Friday;
b) by post to the following address: Al Magnifico Rettore dell’Università degli Studi di Trento, Via Belenzani 12 – 38122 Trento (ITALY) (please write “Selection for Doctoral School in Economics and Management 26th cycle” on the envelope);
c) on-line application at the following website: by 4 p.m. (GMT+1)
Closing Date for Applications: 8 June 2010
Please note that although courses will start at the end of September, for administrative reasons we can only pay your first grant instalment on November 1, 2010
  • Announcement of selection for Doctoral positions Doctoral School in “Economics and Management” – 26th Cycle (pdf | doc)

University of Pretoria PhD & Postdoc Commonwealth Scholarships in South Africa

The University of Pretoria regards itself as a research intensive university. Hence, it is seeking candidates who will make a significant contribution to its research endeavour. As part of an initiative by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the University of Pretoria has made funds available for two doctoral scholarships for students coming from Commonwealth Countries (excluding South African students). This scholarships will be known as the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship , which will be awarded on a competitive basis.
The University of Pretoria has established a reputation for academic excellence, particularly in relation to some of its major research activities. Information about these research activities can be obtained from the website of the University ( and from the 2008 Research report (
Closing date for application: 30 April 2010
Value of Doctoral Scholarship
The value of this Scholarship will be R 100,000 (±£ 6,873) per annum.
Please select this link for detailed information about this award:
Contact address :

  • Mr Ruan Dippenaar
    Client Service Centre
    University of Pretoria
    Lynnwood Road
    Tel: +27 (0)12 420 5108
    Fax: +27 (0)12 420 2605
  • Mrs Misiwe Moloi
    Client Service Centre
    University of Pretoria
    Lynnwood Road
    Tel: +27 (0)12 420 5139Fax: +27 (0)12 420 2605

PhD Positions in Tumor Angiogenesis & Target Identification at Universitätsklinikum Essen, Germany

The Department of Dermatology (Director and Chair Prof. Dr. Dirk Schadendorf) offers 2 PhD positions in Tumor Angiogenesis & Target Identification in the group „Tumor-vessel interaction and Anti-angiogenic therapy in melanoma“ (Dr. rer. nat. Iris Helfrich)
The concept of anti-angiogenic cancer therapy seems at the first look simple: destroying tumor vasculature and depriving the tumor of nutrients and oxygen will ultimately induce tumor regression, but the long-term survival benefit in patients of targeting the VEGF-signaling pathway has not been so affirmative as initially hoped. A key finding in this context is that VEGF-A/VEGFR-2 blockage leads transiently to vessel remodeling and normalization of the tumor vascular bed, as described by increased pericyte coverage of tumor vessels. We were able to show that the level of mural cell differentiation and stabilization of the vascular wall significantly contribute to the response towards anti-VEGF therapy in human melanoma and corresponding mouse models (Helfrich et al., Clin Cancer Res 2009, Helfrich et al., J Ex Med 2010).
Project 1
Identification and evaluation of new targets for anti-angiogenic therapy in anti-VEGF- resistant tumors by using a spontaneous murine melanoma model but also human melanoma metastases taken at clinical relapse in patients undergoing adjuvant anti-VEGF treatment.
VEGF is a major chemoattractant for inflammatory cells, including macrophages, neutrophils, dendritic cells myeloid-derived suppressor cells and T-cells and the effect of anti-VEGF therapy on the infiltration of immune cells into tumors has not been fully characterized.
Project 2
Identification and analyses of tumor cell infiltration for the process of tumor progression and angiogenesis and its impact on response towards anti-angiogenic therapy.
We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong background in molecular biology and interest in tumor biology and therapy. The willingness to work with mouse models is essential. Experience in cell culture and mouse experiments is a plus but not necessary.
Applicants should hold a MSc in cell/molecular biology or biochemistry. Candidates with equivalent research training holding a medical or veterinary degree can also apply.
To apply please send your CV, names of at least two referees and short informal description of yourself by postal to:

Dr. Iris Helfrich
Klinik für Dermatologie
Universitätsklinikum Essen
Hufelandstr. 55
45122 Essen, Germany
Or as a single PDF file to
Application Deadline : 30 April 2010

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2010

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
Each year approximately 200 Fellows funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State engage in non-degree study and related professional experiences at selected American universities. Started in 1978, the program now has a network of over 4,000 alumni in 157 countries around the world working to improve their communities and the lives of those in need.
Fellows are placed at one of eighteen American universities chosen for excellence in relevant Humphrey fields and for the resources and support they offer Humphrey Fellows. The host campus selection process is open to all universities. This year’s university competition is in the field of Substance Abuse Education, Treatment, and Prevention.
Is the Humphrey Fellowship Program right for you?
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars. Unlike a typical graduate school experience, the program encourages Fellows to travel away from their host campus to learn more about American culture and to network with their American peers. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, the Humphrey Fellowship is for you.
Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • an undergraduate (first university) degree
  • a minimum of five years of full-time professional experience
  • limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • demonstrated leadership qualities
  • a record of public service in the community
  • English language ability
Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements.
Professional Fields
Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country to see which of the following fields candidates are being recruited in.
  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Finance and Banking
  • Higher Education Administration
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning
Fellowship Provisions
The Fellowship provides for:
  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
  • Accident and sickness coverage;
  • A book allowance;
  • A one-time computer subsidy;
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events);
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences.
Eligible Countries/Regions
In 28 countries, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is administered by a bi-national educational exchange commission. In all other participating countries, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is charged with the operation of the Program.
To find out if citizens of your country/region are eligible to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, click on your region. If your country/region appears on the list, you are eligible to apply.
Please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Bi-national Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures. Check for a list of eligible countries and in-country contact information.
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn about the deadline for submitting applications.
Selection Process
Stage 1: National Screening.
The Humphrey Program is facilitated overseas by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations (Commissions) or U.S. Embassies (Posts). Commissions and Posts review applications submitted for the Humphrey Fellowship Program and invite selected applicants for interviews. Posts and Commissions determine which applications are to be forwarded for further consideration to the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Please contact the Post or Commission in your country to learn of its selection criteria.
Stage 2: Screening by the Institute of International Education
Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education (IIE) office in Washington, D.C. by October 1. The deadline for applicants to submit their applications to the Embassy or Commission varies by country. Please check with the Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your country to learn of its application deadline.
IIE reviews all submitted applications for basic eligibility and then convenes regional Candidate Selection Committees (CRC) to evaluate the applications.
Stage 3: Candidate Selection Committees
Candidate Selection Committees convene in Washington, D.C. in December. CRC members are chosen for their expertise in the region of the world in which they will review applications. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in academia, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications.
Stage 4: Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program and other Fulbright Exchange Activities, including the Humphrey Fellowship Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, has final authority for selection of all Fellows, and supervises the conduct of the program both in the United States and abroad.
Stage 5: Placement of selected Humphrey Fellows
After receiving approval from the FSB, the Department of State will announce the final selection results to participating U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions, who will inform candidates of their status. The Institute of International Education places the selected candidates in U.S. universities that have been selected to host the Humphrey program. Placements are determined by candidates’ fields of study and their individual program plans.
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