Postdoctoral Position, the Cancer Research Institute at Queen?s University (Kingston, Ontario), Canada

Postdoctoral Position, the Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), Canada


A postdoctoral position is available in Prof. Susan P.C. Cole’s laboratory in the Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics in the Cancer Research Institute at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) []

Research in the COLE laboratory focuses on the clinically important human MRP-related transporters that mediate ATP-dependent efflux of drugs and other organic anions, including several important signalling molecules. Ongoing projects include investigations of (i) the complex role of glutathione as a MRP1 substrate and modulator [Rothnie et al. 2008 Mol Pharmacol 74:1630]; (ii) structure/function relationships of MRP1 and ABCC4/MRP4 [Conseil et al. 2009 Mol Pharmacol 75:397; Maeno et al. 2009 Drug Metab Disp 37:1411]; and (iii) protein binding partners of MRP1 and ABCC4 [Hoque & Cole 2008 Cancer Res 68:4802]. Utilizing our access to state-of-the-art equipment, we employ a wide range of molecular, biochemical and cellular techniques, including mass spectrometry, site-directed mutagenesis, vesicular transport methods, confocal microscopy, etc.

Established in 1841, Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities with an international reputation for scholarship, research, and spirit. The University is located in Kingston in southeastern Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario. Queen’s is the quintessential university community big enough to provide all the conveniences and advantages of a larger centre, but small enough for a high quality of life. Kingston is Canada’s 3rd best “place to live” in Canada according to a 2009 Canadian Business publication survey.

The position is available immediately for an initial period of 1 year with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years. The stipend will follow CIHR guidelines and broad family health care benefits as proscribed by Queen’s. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, preferably have a recent (max 3 years) PhD and documented experience in protein biochemistry and molecular biology. Some background in mass spectrometry, cell biology and pharmacology would be an asset. Interested candidates with strong English language communication skills should submit a cover letter with a brief description of research interests and expertise, a full CV, and 2-3 references (with contact info) (preferably as PDF document) to Dr. Cole (spc.cole[ at ]

Post Doctoral Position in Proteomic Assay Development for Cancer Diagnosis, Turkey

Post Doctoral Position in Proteomic Assay Development for Cancer Diagnosis, Turkey

Post doctoral position in proteomic assay development for cancer diagnosis

A postdoctoral position is available immediately at Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, to develop proteomic based methods for the early detection of colorectal, gastric, ovarian and lung cancer.

Applicants should have a PhD degree and extensive experience with difficult to express proteins, ELISA-based assay development, mass spectrometry, bioinformatics and statistical analysis. Excellent
communication and organizational skills (both oral and written) as well as the ability to get along with co-workers and faculty in multi-disciplinary research teams are essential.

Applicants should have demonstrated scientific productivity and be able to work independently, but cooperate closely with the primary investigator (Dr. Ali O. Gure).

Support will be through one of the TUBITAK based post-doctoral scholarship programs to which the candidate and the P.I. will submit a joint application. Scholarships range from 1750 to 2750TL/month, for up to 24 months, depending on citizenship and current residence status. Please see this link for details.

The successful applicant is expected to obtain independent funding for research support within the first year. Affordable housing is available within close vicinity of the University and there is free and frequent transportation to and from Ankara.

Please send or e-mail a CV, letter of interest, and contact information for three to five references to Ali O. Gure, MD, PhD (agure[ at ] at Bilkent University, Department of Molecular Biology
and Genetics, SB-248, Ankara, Turkey 06800.

PhD Studentships in Innovative Biomedical Technologies, Italy

PhD Studentships in Innovative Biomedical Technologies, Italy

Four PhD studentships in Innovative Biomedical Technologies, an international and multidisciplinary joint doctoral program of two Italian Universities (University of Eastern Piedmont at Novara and University of Insubria at Varese) and two USA Institutions (University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and Los Alamos National Laboratory at Los Alamos)

Job Title:
PhD Studentships in “Innovative Biomedical Technologies”

Job Description:
The PhD program in “Innovative Biomedical Technologies” (IBT) is an international and multidisciplinary joint postgraduate training program provided by the University of Eastern Piedmont at Novara and the University of Insubria at Varese (Italy) in collaboration with the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA).

The IBT Program offers four scholarships for the following topics:

“Tumor immunotherapy and vaccines”.
Steward Department: Department of Experimental Medicine, Varese, Italy.

“Vaccines for therapy of autoimmunity”.
Steward Department: Department of Medical Sciences, Novara, Italy.

“Innovative tools for the diagnosis of autoimmunity”.
Steward Department: Department of Medical Sciences, Novara, Italy.

“Interferon and autoimmunity”.
Steward Department: Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Novara, Italy.

The program is funded by the Fondazione Cariplo and comprises grants for specific educational activities and research stages in the participating or other institutions.

Highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality are invited to apply for the 3-year studentships. Applicants shall hold a M.Sc. or equivalent degree. Students are recruited by a structured selection and interview process, and are enrolled as graduate students at the Universities of steward departments.

The deadline of the call for application is September 15th, 2010.

For application and more details please visit:

USA: PhD Research Positions in Computational Nanomechanics at the University of Pittsburgh

PhD Research Positions in Computational Nanomechanics at the University of Pittsburgh, USA

Several PhD research positions are currently open in the Computational Nanomechanics Group at the University of Pittsburgh for the following research projects:

1. Thermomechanical behavior of carbon-based nanomaterials
2. Atomistic-to-continuum themomechanical theory in solids
3. Mechanics of nanoporous and nanocrystalline metals

Successful applicants will carry out challenging research projects in a highly intellectual and dynamic environment under the guidance of Professor Albert C. To. The computational tools the group employs include molecular dynamics simulations, first-principles methods, Monte Carlo simulations, and finite element/meshfree methods. The computational resources the group has access include a brand new 800-core cluster (shared with other research groups at Pitt) and a 24-core cluster. In addition, the group has access to the state-of-the-art computing facilities at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (

Highly self-motivated individuals interested in computational nanomechanics and multiscale modeling and simulations are encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess good programming and computer skills in general. Interested applicants should email Professor Albert C. To (albertto[ at ] their resume, which project(s) they are interested in, and their past research works (if any), and future career goals. Questions regarding these positions are welcome and should be directed to Professor To.

India: Junior Research Fellow in Nanotechnology Project, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies

Junior Research Fellow in Nanotechnology Project, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, India


Applications are invited for the position of Junior Research Fellow for the Project on “Development of Hybrid Core-Shell Nanoparticles Based Gas/Vapor Sensors for Chemical Environment and Safety Applications”, funded by Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam.

Juinor Research Fellow (JRF):

1. Number of post : 1 (one)

2. Qualification : M.Phil.,/M.Sc.,/M.Tech in Chemistry/Physics/Material Science/Chemical engineering/Nanoscience and Technology with a minimum of 60% having good academic record and basic knowledge in nanoscience. Candidates having NET/GATE will be preferred

3. Salary : Rs 12,000/pm (Consolidated)

4. Duration : 3 years

The application on plain paper along with complete biodata, attested xerox copies of the mark sheets, degree certificates, testimonials and other academic credentials, should be sent to:

Dr. P.Biji
Lecturer in Nanotechnology
PSG Institute of Advanced Studies
P.B.No 1609, Avinashi Road,
Coimbatore 641 004

by post as well as through Email: bijipsgias[ at ], pbm[ at ] on or before 5.07.2010. Candidates found meeting the above norms will be called for an interview at PSG Institute of Advanced Studies. No TA/DA is permissible, if called for interview. Successful candidate will be advised to register for Ph.D.

[USA] National Potato Council Scholarship

[USA] National Potato Council Scholarship

Deadline: June 15, 2010

Each year, the National Potato Council awards a $5,000 scholarship to honor graduate students pursuing advanced studies in Agribusiness that supports of the Potato Industry. This year’s scholarship will be awarded in August 2010 to be applied toward the 2010-2011 academic year.

Final scholarship selection is based on the following criteria: past academic achievement, leadership abilities and potato-related areas of graduate study (i.e. Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop and Soil Sciences,Entomology, Food Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, etc.).

Completed forms must be received on or before June 15, 2010. Please submit to:

National Potato Council
1300 L Street, NW, Suite 910
Washington, DC 20005

National Potato Council
1300 L Street, NW, Suite 910
Washington, DC 20005
202.682.9456 phone
202.682.0333 fax

[Luxembourg] PhD Scholarship in Geodesy

[Luxembourg] PhD Scholarship in Geodesy

Deadline: June 30, 2010

The Geophysics Laboratory carries out world leading research in the monitoring and interpretation of geophysical processes using space geodetic and gravity measurements, conducts investigations in many locations around the world, including Greenland and Antarctica and has an excellent publication track record.

The recent addition of Norman Teferle to the Geophysics Laboratory underpinned its expertise in the areas of GPS processing and time series analysis, broadening the overall scientific expertise available within the team. Both junior researchers will be working as part of the Geophysics Laboratory team and will be supervised by two professors, depending on their research topic.


Carry out research and prepare a doctoral thesis in the area of geodesy
Assist the professors in their teaching activities, one to three hours per week.
Contribute to tutoring students.
Within the team's remit, which includes climate variability, geodynamics, resource management and regional processes, the team seeks to advance the techniques in the area of high precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS, in particular the GPS, to applications in, for example, natural hazard warning systems, sea level change and ice mass changes, glacial isostatic adjustment, plate tectonics and gravity field variations.

The proposed research topics cover the areas from real-time precise point positioning for high-rate GNSS to GNSS observation-level model improvements and time series analysis for long-term, global monitoring applications.


Master in Earth Sciences (Geophysics), Surveying, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Geography, Surveying, Engineering or equivalent
Fluent in spoken and written English
In-depth knowledge of Linux, programming languages and scientific GNSS software (to have or to acquire during the research)
Knowledge of German or French is an advantage but not a requirement

13 PhD positions in Statistics, University of Goettingen, Germany

13 PhD positions in Statistics, University of Goettingen, Germany

The Centre for Statistics at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is currently inviting applications for

13 PhD Positions (75 % E 13 TV-L; 3 years) in Statistics and their Fields of Application

within the Research Training Group (RTG 1644) on "Scaling Problems in Statistics" funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

The highly interdisciplinary Research Training Group aims at the solution of current questions in the areas of agricultural economics, genetics, ecology, econometrics and remote sensing by means of statistical methods, and at the development of the latter. It distinguishes itself through a structured graduation program, joint supervision, and a study program consisting of methodologically oriented lectures and interdisciplinary research seminars.

The Research Training Group involves the Institutes for
Mathematical Stochastics (Schlather, Sturm),
Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (Brümmer, von Cramon-Taubadel),
Agroecology (Scherber, Tscharntke),
Animal Breeding and Genetics (Simianer),
Ecosystem Modelling (Meyer, Wiegand),
Forest Inventory and Remote Sensing (Kleinn),
Genetic Epidemiology (Bickeböller),
Statistics and Econometrics (Sperlich),
and the Courant Research Centre on Poverty, Equity and Growth in Developing Countries (Krivobokova).
For details on project subjects see Reseach.

Successful applicants hold a master degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Economy, Ecological Sciences, Genetics, Animal Breeding, Forestry, or a related field with a high interest in statistical methodologies and interdisciplinary work.

The University of Göttingen actively seeks to foster career opportunities for female scholars and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Candidates with disabilities who are equally qualified for the position will receive special consideration.

Applications can be uploaded online by June 30th, 2010. The interviews are intended to take place on July 12th and 13th, 2010.

For more information please contact Prof. Martin Schlather (schlather@math.uni-goettingen.deThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Post Doc Cellulaire & Moleculaire, ?yon, France

Post Doc Cellulaire & Moleculaire, à Lyon, France

PHYSIOLOGIE INTEGRATIVE, CELLULAIRE ET MOLECULAIRE Unité Mixte de Recherche 5123 UMR 5123 CNRS /UCBL Bât. 8 Raphaël Dubois (ex. 404) – Campus La Doua 43, Bd du 11 novembre 1918 - 69622 VILLEURBANNE cedex Tél. : 04 72 43 10 32 ou 04 72 44 58 42 – fax : 04 72 43 11 72/04 72 44 79 37 Directeur : Pr B. Allard

Université Lyon I

Appel d’offre d’allocation post-doctorale pour l’année 2010.

En 2010, l’Université Lyon I, propose une allocation de recherche pour l’accueil d’un(e) post-doctorant(e). L’allocation proposée est d’une durée de un an et pour un salaire brut annuel de 26 915 euros.

Titre du projet : Rôle des canaux TRP dans le déclenchement des crises d’hyperthermie maligne.

Contact ; personne ressource pour l’appel d’offre :

Pr. Fabien Van Coppenolle


Physiologie Intégrative, Cellulaire et Moléculaire.

Université Claude Bernard Lyon I.

43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918

Bât. Dubois

69 622 Villeurbanne Cédex

E-mail :

Tel : 04 72 43 10 94

Pré-requis : techniques d’électrophysiologie (patch-clamp) et imagerie calcique.

Critères administratifs de sélection : les dossiers des candidats seront sélectionnés par un comité d’experts selon les critères suivants :

- Avoir obtenu son diplôme de doctorat depuis moins de cinq ans ;

- Avoir obtenu son doctorat dans un établissement d’enseignement supérieur extérieur au Pôle de Recherche et d’Enseignement de Lyon (PRES de Lyon) qui regroupe les établissements suivants : Université Lyon 1 ; Université Lyon 2 ; Université Lyon 3 ; Ecole Centrale de Lyon ; Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon ; Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon Lettres et Sciences Humaines ou sinon attester d’au moins 12 mois passés dans un laboratoire étranger ;

- Aucune condition restrictive de nationalité ou d’appartenance à la Communauté Européenne.

Dépôt des candidatures :

Les candidats doivent contacter la personne ressource indiquée ci-dessus. Les candidats doivent ensuite faire parvenir à la personne ressource le dossier de candidature.

La date limite de réception du dossier auprès de la personne ressource est le vendredi 18 juin 2010.


PHYSIOLOGIE INTEGRATIVE, CELLULAIRE ET MOLECULAIRE Unité Mixte de Recherche 5123 UMR 5123 CNRS /UCBL Bât. 8 Raphaël Dubois (ex. 404) – Campus La Doua 43, Bd du 11 novembre 1918 - 69622 VILLEURBANNE cedex Tél. : 04 72 43 10 32 ou 04 72 44 58 42 – fax : 04 72 43 11 72/04 72 44 79 37 Directeur : Pr B. Allard

Université Lyon I

Post doc recruitment session 2010.

Applicant’s selection

University Lyon 1 offers a post doctoral position for 2010 aimed at young researchers from France and abroad to enable them to acquire high level research experience. The post doc is a salary position of 26 915 euros.

Title of the project: Role of TRP channels in malignant hyperthermia.

Contact ; Resource person for application:

Pr. Fabien Van Coppenolle


Physiologie Intégrative, Cellulaire et Moléculaire.

Université Claude Bernard Lyon I.

43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918

Bât. Dubois

69 622 Villeurbanne Cédex

E-mail :

Tel : 04 72 43 10 94

Skills: Patch-clamp and calcium imaging.

Criteria: the ad hoc committee will select the applicants with the following criteria.

Applicants must:

- Have a Ph D degree for no more than 5 years ;

- Have a Ph D degree from an institution outside of PRES of Lyon (University Lyon 1 ; Lyon 2 ; Lyon 3 ; ECL ; ENS ; ENS LSH) or justify from a post doctoral position research experience abroad of at least 1 year.

- There is no nationality restrictions.

Application form:

Applicants must contact Pr. Van Coppenolle and send him a complete application form.

Applications must be received by June 18th, 2010.

PhD positions at the Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM

PhD positions at the Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM)

Vacature 090/32/089-90e/INF

Call for candidates (m/f) for fulltime PhD positions at the Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM), ICT research institute of Hasselt University in Belgium, in the context of the BOF research project ‘Simultaneous Interaction Spaces ‘:

2 PhD Scholarships (2x2 years) ‘Computer Science - Intelligent Environments’
(mandate 090/32/089 and 090/32/090)

Envisioned research
The applicants will be focusing on (connected) smart environments in which context-aware interactive visualizations on arbitrary surfaces for multiple simultaneous users are realized. This implies investigating the required supporting infrastructure (hard- and software) for the creation of such environments, protocols for communication, software to support users and applications, tools for end-users and developers to interact, and finally appropriate and novel ways of interaction. The goal is to develop the next-generation everywhere display for distributed collaborative environments where large data sets are typically required to accomplish the envisioned end-user goals.

Profile and diploma
Enthusiastic applicants with excellent study results are invited to apply. Successful applicants have a keen interest in the aforementioned research and can work both independently as well as in team. Candidates should hold a master degree in computer science, a civil engineer degree in computer science or equivalent. Students, who will complete these studies during the summer, are also strongly invited to apply.

Job offer
We offer a challenging research position in EDM, one of the larger research institutes at UHasselt and a dynamic work environment to about 70 researchers. EDM is currently investing in a growing ubicomp research domain, including a state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Hasselt University offers a full PhD-scholarship for 2x2 years.

Further information

* Research and job responsibilities: prof. dr. Kris Luyten, +32-11-268411,
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80,

Applicants must use the official application forms

* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 10
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file ( ) / Word format ( )

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than July 16th 2010.

Your application form must be accompanied by:

*b an electronic copy of your master thesis. If the thesis was not written in English, you need to provide an English summary of maximum four pages.

* an English essay of maximal two pages with your personal interpretation and reflections on the aforementioned research objectives.

Candidates are encouraged to contact prof. dr. Kris Luyten stating their interest on these positions. A description on the BOF research project ‘Simultaneous Interaction Spaces’ is available on demand.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address:

PhD Studentship - City University London

PhD Studentship - City University London

PhD Studentship
Architectural Description and Formal Analysis of Systems

Software Engineering Group, City University London
Duration: 3 years
Starting date: 1 June 2010
Annual Bursary: 14000 GBP
Closing Date of Application: 30 June 2010

Applicants are invited for a full-time PhD scholarship at the Software
Engineering Group at the Department of Computing, City University
London to conduct research in the area of Software Architectures and
Formal Analysis of Systems. The studentship is funded by the EU research
project IoT@Work (FP7-257367).

The studentship is available to both UK/EU and overseas fee-paying
students and is only open for applicants who will be studying
full-time. The studentship, starting 1 June 2010, includes a bursary
of 14000 GBP per annum (in addition to a full tuition fee waiver) for
three years.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in Computing (or in a
numerate subject with substantial component in computing) or equivalent
related professional experience, and a master's in Computer Science.

Candidates should have:
(a) research excellence or demonstrable potential;
(b) to be able to work as a member of a research team;
(c) strong technical skills and programming experience in Java;
(d) excellent communication and reporting skills; and
(e) evidence of proficiency in English.

Experience with one or more of the following is also desirable:
- embedded systems
- formal methods
- hardware design
- real-time systems
- software architectures

The appointed candidate is expected to carry out PhD studies in the field
of Software Architectures and Formal Analysis of Systems in line with
the work programme for City University London in the IoT@Work project,
and to collaborate with other partners of the project and members of
the School of Informatics as required by the needs of IoT@Work.

Applications should include a full CV including publication details
and grades of previous qualifications, and names and contact details
of two referees. These, along with the completed research degree
application form should be sent to Mr Mark Firman either electronically
to M.Firman@SoI.City.AC.UK, or by post to:

Mark Firman
School of Informatics
City University London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB

The research degree application form is available from:

Additional general information about the PhD degree at City University can
be found on the Research Studies web page:

Information about the Software Engineering group can be found at:

We encourage potential applicants to make informal enquiries for more
information about the scholarship, by contacting Dr Christos Kloukinas
either electronically at C.Kloukinas@City.AC.UK, or by post:

Christos Kloukinas
School of Informatics
City University London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
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12 PhD positions in Physics, Univ. of Gdansk, Poland

12 PhD positions in Physics, Univ. of Gdansk,

International PhD Project:

For more details please visit:

Project coordinator:

Stanislaw Kryszewski


PhD student

Number of stipends:



University of Gdansk,
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics,
Institute of Experimental Physics.
ul. Wita Stwosza 57,
80-952 Gdansk, POLAND.

In consortium with

Institut für Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation,
Austrian Academy of Sciences;
Laboratory of Solid State Chemistry,
Department of Biotechnology,
University of Verona.
Maximum period of stipend agreement:

up to 31 October 2014.

Position starts on:

1 October 2010
(first recruitment earlier 17-18 June 2010,
second recruitment 23-24 September 2010).

Closing date:

14 June 2010 for the first recruitment.
For the second 20 September 2010.

Stipend's amount:

3 500 PLN (when in Poland),
5 000 PLN (when abroad).
Pension insurance:

included in the stipend.

Key responsibilities include:

Active participation in one of the research projects:
Quantum communication and quantum techniques.
Study of novel multi-photon entangled states, and new ways to generate and to analyze entangled states in the experiments.
Limitations of quantum informational processes.
Characterization of information processing by quantum networks with noise.
Bound entanglement and quantum information processing.
New approach to statistical description of quantum dynamical systems.
Spectroscopic characterization of materials for quantum processing.
Characterization of fluoride and oxide materials doped with selected Ln ions for purpose of photon down conversion and cascade emission.
Modern persistent luminescence and storage materials.
Resonance excitation energy and polarization transfer in nanolayers.
Profile of candidates: (for more details see the Web page)

MA degree in physics, technical physics, mathematics (or other, with good background in physics).
Good command of English.
Motivation to conduct state-of-the-art research in theoretical and/or experimental physics.

Required documents:

A letter of motivation, explaining (briefly) candidate's interests. This is especially important in case of candidates who studied disciplines other than physics.
A copy of candidates MA thesis (in electronic version, preferably in .pdf format file).
Authenticated copy of the MA diploma, or an equivalent document proving that the candidate already passed MA exam.
Opinion of the candidate's diploma supervisor.
Curriculum vitae containing information on:
candidate's education and marks he/she obtained during the studies (this should be authenticated by corresponding authorities);
candidates previous (if any) scientific career (publications, experience, conferences, etc.);
other information which the candidate considers important or favorable.

Address for applications:

University of Gdansk,
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics,
ul. Wita Stwosza 57,
80-952 Gdansk, POLAND.

DPhil Studentship - National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit University of Oxford

DPhil Studentship - National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit University of Oxford

D.Phil Studentship
University of Oxford - National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)

Applications are invited for an ad hoc studentship to undertake a DPhil degree by research in the field of perinatal epidemiology. The studentship is funded by a National Institute for Health Research programme grant for applied research.

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) is an internationally known multidisciplinary research unit charged with conducting research that can improve the health and welfare of women, babies and their families and promote the effective and efficient use of resources in the perinatal health services. The NPEU is part of the University of Oxford's Department of Public Health. The proposed research is linked to the UK National Maternal Near-miss Surveillance programme (UKNeS) and will focus on the area of maternal sepsis.

Applicants must be eligible for admission as a probationer research student to Oxford University (see graduate studies entrance requirements at and must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant subject. Studentships will cover all fees plus an annual stipend of £15,170 for a fixed term of three years.

Further information and details of how to apply can be obtained from or by emailing

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 30 June 2010.

Interviews are expected to be held on 20 July 2010.

Please quote reference NPEU/002180/MT10 in all correspondenc

PhD Positions at University of Bologna, Italy

PhD Positions at University of Bologna, Italy

Call for applications
XXVI Cycle - Academic Year 2010/2011

DEADLINE: 22nd June 2010

The official announcement is in Italian only. This document cannot be used for legal purposes.
Please refer to the official announcement published in:
Any changes and integrations will be available at the above mentioned address.
No written communication shall be given about exam dates, competition results and beginning and deadline for the enrolment: publicity will be provided only by the above mentioned official website.

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna has published the announcement for the admission to the following doctoral courses:

Doctorate School in Scienze Economiche e Statistiche (Economics and Statistics):

Coordinator Prof. Daniela Cocchi

Coordinator Prof. Federico Munari

Doctorate School in Scienze Umanistiche (Humanities):

Coordinator Prof. Renzo Tosi

Coordinator Prof. Anna Paola Soncini

Coordinator Prof. Guglielmo Pescatore

Coordinator Prof. Giuliano Pancaldi

Coordinator Prof. Angela Donati

All information regarding the competition (research topics, number of positions, admission requirements, selection procedure and criteria) are made available in each Research Doctorate table (
Courses will start only if at least three students will enrol, two of which receiving a scholarship.

The above mentioned XXVI Cycle doctoral courses will start on 1st October 2010 and have a duration of three years.

Application requirements
In order to participate in the competition, candidates must hold:
 an Italian university degree (vecchio ordinamento - 4 years);
 an Italian university degree (laurea specialistica/magistrale - 3+2 years);
 an academic degree awarded by a foreign institution/University, validated as equivalent to an Italian degree by the relevant academic authorities.

The above mentioned degrees must have been awarded within the deadline of this announcement (22/06/2010). Candidates whose degree is awarded after the deadline of the announcement will be admitted sub condicione. In such a case, by 30/09/2010, they must provide written evidence that such degree has been achieved. Failing to prove that will result in the exclusion from the doctoral course.

In order to obtain the acknowledgement by the Teachers' Board and for the sole purposes of the admission, applicants having a 4-years foreign University degree must attach to the application form a copy of the University degree with the complete list of exams translated into Italian or English.
Other additional documents, duly certified and translated into Italian or English, which may be judged appropriate for the purposes of the evaluation (Diploma Supplement, European Curriculum Vitae Format, courses, programmes, exams, etc.), can be also attached.

If successful and willing to enrol, candidates must deliver the original copy of the University degree and the "Dichiarazione di valore in loco" issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the Country where such degree has been awarded.

How to apply
In order to apply candidates must:
1. go to;
2. click on "English version" on the left;
3. follow the instructions to log in;
4. choose "Admission test registration" and choose Dottorato in the next page;
5. choose the doctoral course of interest from the list available;
6. fill in the form with personal data;
7. print the documents clicking on "PRINT YOUR DOCUMENTS IN PDF FORMAT";
8. fill in and sign the Application form - Annex 1 to Research Doctorate XXVI Cycle;
9. pay € 42,00 as application fee no later than June, 22nd 2010 (failure to comply with this deadline will result in the exclusion from the competition) by one of the following means:
a) online, by credit card (even if not the personal one): Visa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express;
b) at UniCredit Banca ONLY (please use the payment code available online) – no other bank is authorised to receive such payment.
Under no circumstances can the application fee be reimbursed.

By 22nd June 2010, applicants must deliver the paper copies of their application (Registration form - Scheda riepilogativa, Application form - Annex 1 and the payment receipt) by one of the following means:

1. ordinary mail or courier to the following address:
Al Magnifico Rettore - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Via Zamboni 33 - 40126 Bologna - Italy

In such a case it is mandatory to indicate on the envelope: "Selezione per l'ammissione al Dottorato di Ricerca XXVI ciclo";


2. in person (or by proxy) to ARIC - Settore Dottorato, Via Belle Arti 42, 40126 Bologna, open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9,00 until 11,15; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 14,30 until 15,30.

The postmark/mailing date will be considered as relevant.

The online application procedure must, however, be concluded and submitted together with the payment on or before the deadline of the present announcement.

Any integration to application can be handed in or sent by the same means not later than the deadline of the announcement.

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna is not liable for loss of communication due to wrong address details provided by the candidates or to inefficiency of mail service or third party or other unavoidable circumstances.

Competitions are based on examination and/or on qualifications' evaluation.
In order to participate in the competition, candidates must show proof of their identity with a valid ID either at venue and date or through videoconference facilities, as indicated in each Research Doctorate table.

Candidates permanently residing abroad and willing to take the oral exam by videoconferencing over Skype (through webcam) must provide the Selection Committee with their own registered Skype contact/name. In such a case, they must previously verify that this option is available for the doctoral course they are interested in.

Where foreseen, examinations can also be taken in another language, different from Italian. Candidates must check if such option is provided in the doctoral course of interest (see Research Doctorate table).

Candidates with disabilities can make an explicit reference to their handicap to require special assistance and, if necessary, extra time for the examination, according to the Italian Law 104/1992 and its integrations (Law 17/2009). In this respect, personal data will be protected and treated with discretion according to the Italian D.L. 196/2003.

Selection Committee and ranking lists
The Selection Committee is made of three members selected among University professors and researchers and may include up to two experts from both public and private research institutions. The nomination of experts is mandatory in case of public or private entities funding doctoral scholarships.
At the end of the evaluation procedure, on the basis of the comparative assessment of the candidates, each Selection Committee draws up the ranking list.

Ranking lists will be available on the website:

Extra-quota positions (posti in sovrannumero)
Extra-quota positions, not exceeding 100% of the ordinary positions, could be available for:
a) eligible candidates holding a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from their own Country institutions;
b) eligible candidates from Countries having a specific inter-governmental agreement with Italy and a relevant agreement with the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna.

Within seven days from the publication of the ranking list, successful candidates must enrol following the procedure indicated below:
1. connect to;
2. click on "English version" on the left;
3. print the enrolment form and attachments, fill in the form;
4. pay the due amount following the same instructions as for the application procedure (see above).

The enrolment procedure is concluded by handing in the documents listed below in person (or by proxy) to ARIC – Settore Dottorato:
a) enrolment application form and its attachments;
b) copy of a valid identity card;
c) payment receipt;
d) 2 passport-sized photos;
e) a valid residence permit (only for non-EU citizens) or copy of the request to the Police Headquarter-Immigration Office

Students who do not complete their enrolment within the deadline will automatically be considered as withdrawn.

In order to enrol, candidates holding a foreign academic qualification must provide the legalised original copy of their degree together with the official translation, issued by the relevant Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies/Consulates) in the Country where such degree was obtained (DICHIARAZIONE DI VALORE IN LOCO).

Candidates who renounce to enrol must send a written communication with a copy of a valid identity card as soon as possible, preferably via fax to +39 051 2094649. The vacant positions will be assigned to other eligible candidates according to the ranking list.

The enrolment in a research doctoral course is incompatible with the enrolment in any other doctoral course, academic course, specialisation school and master's course, either in Italy or abroad, as indicated in the national and internal Regulation of Research Doctorate.

Payment for course admission
Students receiving a scholarship from Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna and foreign students receiving support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are exempted from the payment of the tuition fees. Only a contribution of € 37,08 is due.
The tuition fees for all the other students will be € 606,08 per year.

The number of scholarships to be assigned can be increased only in case new financial support is made available before the beginning of the activities.
Scholarships are assigned according to the ranking list drawn up by the Selection Committee. The yearly gross amount is € 13.638,47. Such amount can be increased by 50% for stages abroad lasting minimum one month and maximum 18 months.
The scholarships are paid in monthly instalments and are incompatible with other fellowships and grants, except for those delivered by national or international bodies to cover research activities during stages abroad.

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, according to the Italian D.L. 196/2003 ("Codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali") and D.R 271/2009 ("Testo unico sulla privacy e sull'utilizzo dei sistemi informatici"), commits itself to use the personal information provided by the candidate only for institutional purposes.
In accordance with the above mentioned rules, the participation in the selection process implies consent that the personal data of the candidate and the information about examinations will be published on

Reference regulations
All matters not included in the present announcement will be governed by the University executive regulations of research doctorate courses and doctorate schools in force and the relevant national laws.

M.Sc. Scholarships in Renewable Energy Science in Iceland

M.Sc. Scholarships in Renewable Energy Science in Iceland

RES | the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland is now accepting applications for its one year (90 ECTS credits) international M.Sc. Degree Program in Renewable Energy Science, for the academic year 2011-2012.

The RES Program will in February 2011 complete its third year of operation when 49 masters degree students from twelve different countries will graduate. The students this year are specializing in four different fields, namely Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Fuel Cell Systems & Hydrogen, and Energy Systems & Policies. RES also offers a specialization in Biofuels & Bioenergy. In the near future the school will as well offer specializations in Wind & Wave Power and in Solar Energy in cooperation with foreign partner universities.

RES is a private institution of higher learning, a graduate school, affiliated with the University of Iceland in Reykjavik and the University of Akureyri in North-Iceland.
RES is seeking limited number of highly qualified students to enroll in the M.Sc. Degree Program. A number of Scholarship Awards are also available for outstanding students, including e8 Scholarships and RES tuition fee waiver.

We would appreciate if you could kindly discuss our M.Sc. Degree Program details and scholarship opportunities with some of your top students interested in pursuing a degree in renewable energy in Iceland. Currently 81% of primary energy in Iceland comes from renewable energy sources, highest of any nation. Essentially 100% of electricity generation in Iceland is already from renewable energy sources and over 99% of space heating. Therefore Iceland is a good example for other nations to follow on their route to a more sustainable energy future.
RES is also looking to further expand co-operation with leading international universities, as academic and research partners for the M.Sc. Degree Program, but equally so for the RES Summer School, RES Executive School, and as new partners for our RESnet Network (for more information visit: ). If your university is interested in establishing such a partnership with us (e.g., initially with a MOU) we would like to hear from you.

For more details about RES and the M.Sc. Degree Program please see my attached letter with this email.

Please feel free to contact the Rectors Office at for further information, or visit our RES homepage at

Post-doc Chemistry, In Nice, France

Post-doc Chemistry, In Nice, France

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the Ion Channel Genetics team at IPMC -

TIANP (UMR CNRS 6097) located at the Science faculty in Parc Varlose in Nice, south of

France (

Subject: TASK K+ channel contribution in breathing adaptation to O2, CO2 and
pH changes

Context of the study

The chemosensitivity is an essential property of the respiratory system to permanently adapt

its activity to the needs of the body. Specialized sensors at the periphery (mainly carotid

bodies) and at the central level (specialized nuclei in the brainstem) are involved in

monitoring arterial blood CO2 and O2 pressures as well as pH. Defects of central

chemoreception are implicated in respiratory pathologies such as sleep apnea syndromes,

periodic breathing in high altitude and drug- or anesthesia-induced respiratory depression.

The congenital central hypoventilation syndrome is a severe hereditary form of central

breathing chemosensitivity in human. The brainstem topology of respiratory nuclei is

relatively well known. Yet, we don't precisely know what are the neurons directly involved in

chemosensitivity and even less the exact molecular identities of the chemoreceptors.

Background K+ channels (K2P) of the TASK family display functional characteristics

including pH and reactive oxygen species (ROS) sensitivities that make them good CO2 and

O2 sensors candidates.

In a recently published work, we have identified TASK2 as the molecular O2 sensor in

retrotrapezoid nucleus (RTN) and proposed that its activation by hypoxia generated ROS is

the mechanism by which central hypoxia-induced ventilatory depression takes place

(Gestreau et al 2010).


The project is aimed at the characterization of the molecular mechanisms regulating the CO2

and O2 sensing in the brainstem and involved in the adaptation of breathing to the blood gases

relying on the unique model of TASK mutant mice.

We have produced mice invalidated for the three TASK channel genes task1 (kcnk3), task2

(kcnk5) and task3 (kcnk9) as well as double knockout task1-3 and task2-3. The postdoctoral

fellow will develop patch-clamp studies on brainstem slices from these mouse models.

Therefore, a good experience in electrophysiology, and possibly in electrophysiology on

slices would be greatly appreciated.

Post starting January 2011

Duration 24 months

Contact Jacques Barhanin (jacques.barhanin@


Faculté des Sciences

Bâtiment Sciences Naturelles

Parc Valrose

06105 Nice, France

Gestreau, C., D. Heitzmann, J. Thomas, V. Dubreuil, S. Bandulik, M. Reichold, S. Bendahhou, P. Pierson, C. Sterner, J.

Peyronnet-Roux, C. Benfriha, I. Tegtmeier, H. Ehnes, M. Georgieff, F. Lesage, J. F. Brunet, C. Goridis, R. Warth and J.

Barhanin (2010). "Task2 potassium channels set central respiratory CO2 and O2 sensitivity." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

107(5): 2325-30.

Postdoc and Junior-researcher Positions in Semantic Search, Linked Data, and Adaptive Web

Postdoc and Junior-researcher Positions in Semantic Search, Linked Data, and Adaptive Web

Postdoc and Junior-researcher Positions in Semantic Search, Linked Data, and Adaptive Web

The Web Information Systems group in TU Delft (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands) concentrates in its research on large-scale information systems, specifically information systems that involve Web and Semantic Web technology. Main topics in the group's research activities are:

- engineering and science of the adaptive web, including semantics-based adaptation and personalization,
- semantic search and retrieval,
- semantic integration and linked data.

The objective is the development of and experimentation with techniques for semantic search, creation and use of linked data, and adaptive web applications. Candidates should have a solid background in Computer Science or related disciplines and be interested in Web and Semantic Web technology. They should have good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing, and candidates are expected to realize research ideas in terms of software tools. Applications are invited for Postdoc positions as well as Junior-researcher positions on one or more of the above topics. The group offers the chance to perform high-quality and cutting-edge research in an international environment. Successful candidates will work in European and/or national projects, in close collaboration with the members of the WIS group.

The position of postdoc is available for a period of 1 year with the possibility to extend, depending on the fit with specific projects. The postdoc candidate should have a relevant background and experience in the field, demonstrated by a PhD and publications, and is expected to help lead junior-researchers, PhD-students and MSc-students perform their research. Postdoc candidates will have the opportunity to perform independent research on the topics of the group, which qualifies them for an academic career and allows them to establish themselves as an independent researcher in the research community.

The position of junior-researcher is available for candidates with a relevante MSc-degree for a period of at least 6 months, preferably 1 year. The junior-researcher candidate should have a relevant background in research and software development, with an MSc in Computer Science or related disciplines, and is expected to assist in the group's research mainly in tool development. Junior-researcher candidates will receive guidance and support in developing the necessary skills to produce high-quality research necessary to earn a PhD degree: depending on the performance and the fit with projects, a junior-researcher candidate could become a PhD-student in the group.

Candidates can express their interest by sending an email with a CV, a motivation letter indicating also the group's topics they are most interested in, as well as copy of their MSc/PhD thesis (as pdf) to Geert-Jan Houben at (mentioning the subject "PositionsJune2010". More information can be found at The deadline for applications is July 10th, but applications will be processed as they are received.
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PhD studentship in theoretical combustion, UPMC, France

PhD studentship in theoretical combustion, UPMC, France

At University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, Turbulence group
Field(s): fluid dynamics
Application deadline: Jun 01 (Tue), 2010
Submitted: Mar 15, 2010
Contact: Dr Sergio Chibbaro
Phone: +33144278722
Fax: +33144275259
Address: Institut Jean Le Rond D'Alembert Université Paris 6 case 162 4, place jussieu 75252 Paris Cedex 05

Job description: This position would concern theoretical/numerical modelling of combustion dynamics.
The aim of the modelling work is to establish physical-sound mathematical models which are capable to shed some light on present issues for reliable design of combustion. An unresolved fundamental issue is the relative importance of hydrodynamics (turbulence) compared to chemical kinetics on the combustion process.
First, the mathematical and physical structure of the advection-reaction-diffusion equation that is typical for combustion phenomena will be studied.

In a second time, the complete compressible Navier-Stokes equation and the modelled reaction-diffusion equation previously analysed will be coupled. The work will use various experiments as basis for verifying the modelling. The experiments will be mainly from experimental research carried out at the department by the means of a rapid-compression machine.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Rome "La Sapienza".

Keywords: Turbulence, Theory, reactive flows, numerical simulations.

Applications are now invited for the position and are tenable as soon as possible. Candidates are expected to have a degree in Physics, mechanical
Engineering or a similar discipline; Candidates who are also skilled in fluid mechanics, dynamical systems and numerical methods are strongly encouraged.

More information can be found at

Please send your applications, including a CV possibly with a list of references, as a single PDF-file by email to the address given above

PhD studentship in Building Material, ETH Zurich, Swiss

PhD studentship in Building Material, ETH Zurich, Swiss

At ETH Zurich, Department of Civil Engineering, Institute for Building Materials,
Field(s): material physics
Application deadline: Jun 20 (Sun), 2010
Submitted: Apr 24, 2010
Contact: Emanuela Del Gado
Job description: A position for a PhD position is available at ETH Zürich, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in the new group of Micro-structure and Rheology, headed by Emanuela Del Gado, of the Institute for Building materials (

The research will focus on the development of mesoscopic models and numerical experiments to investigate the rheology and mechanics of gels and glassy suspensions of interests for smart engineering materials (cement gels, nano-composite suspensions ...). The activity is part of an international and interdisciplinary research framework, including theoretical and experimental leading groups in the field of engineering materials. It is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

ETH offers an exciting working environment and a competitive salary. The position will be available from July the 1st, 2010.

Interesting candidates will have a Master degree in physics, mathematics, physical chemistry, materials science, engineering, or a related field.

For information and applications, please contact Emanuela Del Gado by email, at the present address (

PhD studentship in material physics, France

PhD studentship in material physics, France

PhD studentship: Origine and nature of metastable intermetallic compounds produced by thermomechanical joining processes of metals

At UMET (Unité Matériaux et Transformations),
Field(s): material physics
Application deadline: Jun 15 (Tue), 2010
Submitted: May 06, 2010
Contact: Ludovic THUINET
Phone: +33 (0) 320 33 6225
Address: UMET UMR 8207 USTL bat C6 2ème étage Rue Paul Langevin 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex France

Job description: Friction stir welding (FSW) is currently a growing process of solid-state joining. Under development since a decade, its main advantage lies in the absence of intrinsic defects unavoidable in usual liquid-state joining processes. However, the mechanisms of formation of friction-stirred welds still remain largely unknown, due to the complexity of the underlying phenomena: (i) the strong spatial variations of the deformation and temperature fields, (ii) the nature and thermomechanical behaviour of materials and tools.
The fields of application of FSW are spreading towards the joining of different materials, especially those with strong chemical affinity, and the microstructural characterization of FSW beads between aluminium alloys and pure copper recently performed in our research group has evidenced the presence, probably detrimental, of intermetallic compounds at the interface. In particular, phases with stoichiometries AlnCup(Xq) - with X an addition element - not mentioned on the equilibrium phase diagrams Al-Cu(-X), have been detected with the nugget, a vortex zone mostly deformed by the process.
In this context, the proposed study, lying within a more general framework of interpretation of the physical phenomena involved in FSW, will aim at elucidating the origin and nature of the previously mentioned AlnCup(Xq) compounds, by means of coupling between experiments and atomic-scale modelling.
The first part of the work will consist in the elaboration of AlnCup(Xq) phases by mechanical alloying of a mixture of powders, followed by their characterization (crystal structure, thermal stability…) via complementary investigations relying on microscopy, calorimetry, X-ray diffraction… The results obtained through this alternative large-strain process will enable to precise and extend the thermomechanical conditions of formation and stability of the metastable compounds induced by FSW. In parallel, numerical simulations will be carried out in the case of a model binary alloy Al-Cu. These simulations, involving ab initio calculations followed by a cluster-expansion-based thermodynamic modelling, will aim at providing a semi-quantitative measurement of the degree of metastability of the concerned phases, leading to data relevant for an improved assessment of the phase diagram. As far as possible, these results, concerning a binary alloy, will be extended via the study of the influence of addition elements (mainly X=Si) on the stability of the intermetallic compounds detected.

[1] « Structure and mechanical properties of friction stirred beads 6082-T6 Al alloys and pure copper », M. N. Avettand-Fenoel, R. Taillard, Ch. Herbelot and A. Imad, Materials Science Forum 638-642, 1209 (2010)
[2] « The challenge of the friction stir welding of dissimilar materials with the emphasis on the Cu-Al case », M. N. Avettand-Fenoel, R. Taillard, Ch. Herbelot and A. Imad, submitted to Science and Technology of Welding and Joining
[3] « Hexagonal-based ordered phases in H-Zr », L. Holliger, A. Legris and R. Besson, Phys. Rev. B 80, 094111 (2009)
[4] « Multiscale modeling of precipitate microstructure evolution », V. Vaithyanathan, C. Wolverton and L. Q. Chen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 125503 (2002)
[5] « Crystal structure and stability of complex precipitate phases in Al-Cu-Mg(-Si) and Al-Zn-Mg alloys », C. Wolverton, Acta Mater. 49, 3129 (2001)

8 PhD Grants at Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany Posted: 14 Jun 2010 09:43 PM PDT

8 PhD Grants at Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

8 Ph.D. grants available - starting October 1, 2010

Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) is a privately financed institute affiliated with the University of Potsdam. The Institute's founder and benefactor Professor Hasso Plattner, who is also co-founder and chairman of the supervisory board of SAP AG, has created an opportunity for students to experience a unique education in IT systems engineering in a professional research environment with a strong practice orientation.

In 2005, HPI initiated the research school in "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering" under the scientific supervision of Professors Jürgen Döllner, Holger Giese, Robert Hirschfeld, Christoph Meinel, Felix Naumann, Hasso Plattner, Andreas Polze, Mathias Weske, and Patrick Baudisch.

We are expanding our research school and are currently seeking

8 Ph.D. students (monthly stipends 1400/1500/1600 Euro)
and 2 Postdocs (monthly stipend 1800 Euro)
Positions will be available starting October 1, 2010.
The stipends are not subject to income tax.

The main research areas in the research school at HPI are:

Service-Oriented Geovisualization Systems (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner)

Modeling and Verification of Self-Adaptive Service-Oriented Systems (Prof. Dr. Holger Giese)

Tools and Methods for Software Engineering in Service-Oriented Systems (Prof. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld)

Security Engineering of Service-Based IT-Systems (Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel)

Service-Oriented Information Integration (Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann)

Evolutionary Transition of Enterprise Applications to Service-Orientation (Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner)

Operating System Abstractions for Service-Oriented Computing (Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze)

Services Specification, Composition, and Enactment (Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske)

Quantitative Evaluation and Optimization of Service-Oriented Systems (Prof. Dr. Werner Zorn)

Prospective candidates are invited to apply with:

Curriculum vitae and copies of degree certificates/transcripts,
A short research proposal,
Writing samples/copies of relevant scientific papers (e.g. thesis, etc.),
Letters of recommendation.
Please submit your applications to the coordinator of the research school:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze
Universität Potsdam
Postfach 90 04 60
14440 Potsdam, Germany

Successful candidates will be notified by September 15, 2010 and are expected to enroll into the program on October 1, 2010.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the office:

Telephone +49-331-5509-220
Telefax +49-331-5509-229
Email: office-polze(at)

Call for Applications from the OPEC Fund for International Development, MA Fellowships

Call for Applications from the OPEC Fund for International Development, MA Fellowships

Call for Applications from the OPEC Fund for International Development, MA Fellowships

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have
obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a
Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2010/2011. The OFID scholarship will be
awarded to support one student or candidate for Master’s degree studies.
The applicant may be from any developing country, and he/she
must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a
relevant field of development, in any recognized

university/college in the world. Through its scholarship scheme, OFID
aims to help highly motivated, highly-driven individuals overcome one of
the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies.
The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a scholarship of
up to US$100,000. The funds will
be spread over a maximum of two years, toward the completion of a
Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational
institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2010/2011.

Application Guidelines

STEP 1: Ensure that you fulfill the OFID Scholarship Award Eligibility Criteria.

STEP 2: Register within the OFID Scholarship Portal by using your email address. Please note you can log into the portal as many times as required.

STEP 3: Fill out the application form. Make sure to save data each time you update your application. Once you are logged in, if the page remains inactive for more than two hours,
your session will time-out and you may lose unsaved data. Do not submit
your application until you have completed the entire application

STEP 4: Upload necessary documents; CV, two recommendation letters, Bachelor’s certificate/transcript, acceptance letter into postgraduate program and essay.

STEP 5: When your application is complete, and all additional documents are uploaded, your application is ready to be submitted. As mentioned previously, once your application
is submitted, you can no longer make any changes or upload any more

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Vacant positions for PhD researchers in statistics

Vacant positions for PhD researchers in statistics

At the Statistics Section of the Department of Mathematics of the Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven there are vacancies for two Ph.D. positions. The candidates
work towards a PhD degree in Sciences, orientation Statistics. Suitable candidates
have a very strong interest in statistics (in all its aspects: theory, applications, im-
plementation). The applicants are offered a stimulating working environment and
will be part of a very dynamic group of researchers conducting research on a high
international level.

There are two positions available:
PhD researcher in non-parametric and semi-parametrics statistics.

Among recent research topics covered by the team are, for example: flexible
modeling of functions via local polynomial fitting, splines or other regular-
ization techniques, modeling dependencies via copulas and the development
of methods for statistical inference, testing procedures and the selection of
smoothing parameters, variable selection in additive models and varying coef-
ficient models. For more information, contact Prof. I. Gijbels
(; Tel: +32-(0)16-322018).

PhD researcher in robust and computational statistics.
Examples of research on this topic can be found at
For more information, contact Prof. P. Rousseeuw (
or Prof. M. Hubert (; Tel: +32-(0)16-322023).
These research positions also require teaching duties (up to 4 hours weekly).
The candidates are expected to learn Dutch within two years. The position starts
September 1, 2010 (or later). The contract is for two years with a possible extension
for another two years (after positive evaluation).
The deadline for application is May 29, 2010 (or later, until the positions are
Online application via: (and further clicking on Depart-
ment of Mathematics, and Section of Statistics).

Postgraduate scholarship by The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship (Canada)

Postgraduate scholarship by The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship (Canada)

This Fellowship (a bequest from Helen S. Bentley and C. Fred Bentley) provides assistance to Canadian and developing-country graduate students with a university degree in agriculture, forestry or biology, who wish to undertake postgraduate, applied, on-farm research with cooperating farmers in a developing country.

In principle, IDRC supports research on all parts of the developing regions of the world. At this time, Fellowships and Awards is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

Projects should evaluate and/or promote the use of fertility enhancing plants, such as leguminous forages, shrubs, cover crops, and grain legumes in small farms. The intent is to seek ways to increase the yield of food crops, improve farmers` livelihoods, and improve soil fertility.

The research should seek cropping system changes that will lead to: sustainable and increased crop yields; production of more and improved animal feed; improved soil and water conservation; improved weed control, and/or biological fixation of nitrogen. Projects should be planned and executed in cooperation with an international agricultural research centre, or with a developing-country institution involved in agricultural research that has an applied on-farm orientation.

1. Applicants
Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or citizens of a developing country who are currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program (Master`s, doctoral, post-doctoral) at a recognized university in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period.

2. Key Selection Criteria
A. Focus of the Research:
Proposals must focus on very simple cropping systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers.

B. Participatory Research:
Applicants must use simple experiments executed by cooperating farmers under guidance by the researchers (see details about the location of individual on-farm experiments), and conduct their research with the active participation of the farmers, including women farmers. This requires that farmers be involved in all stages of the experiment on their land, including all the stages of land preparation, seeding, and harvesting.

Research proposals must include details of the comparisons envisioned between the traditional cropping practice of cooperating farmers and the side-by-side alternative cropping practice, which must include some type of leguminous crop or plant. Please consult the attached diagram that shows how a simple on-farm experiment might be compared to either one or two alternative cropping systems. Thus, experiments must compare crop yields from traditional unicrop practice with yields of the same crop combined with some kind of leguminous plant grown either simultaneously with the traditional crop, or perhaps in some cases, grown before the traditional crop is planted.

Similar experiments executed in rural school gardens, conducted with the help and advice of the Fellowship holder, and with the participation of both students and teachers, are also encouraged.

The research procedures must include extensive dissemination of the research results. Smallholder farmers, including rural women farmers, should be the major focus of such publicity:

a. The results should be presented in formats that can reach the various stakeholders, such as field days, farmer visits, briefs for policy-makers;
b. Dissemination will actively involve farmers, extension workers, local development initiatives, and agricultural organizations by addressing other smallholder farmers, especially rural women farmers;
c. The publicity should include farmers` visits and farmer-to-farmer teaching and learning.

The applicant must:
- Provide evidence that a large part, or all of the research, will be carried out on the farms of resource poor or smallholder farmers. The award will not support research carried out on the farms of large land holders or on research stations;
- Provide evidence that farmers will actively participate in the experiments. Thus, the development of simple on-farm experimental designs with appropriate controls to determine the practicality and profitability of introducing a leguminous crop in their cropping system is essential;
- Scholarship applicants must provide explanations of how they will make the frequent trips from the `home base` to the villages of the cooperating farmers. This is essential for successful execution of on-farm tests;
- Explain how the research data was collected and how the introduction of leguminous plants in their cropping systems is expected to improve the economic benefits to farmers;
Applicants should suggest anticipated benefits/improvements and sustainability of their proposal.

C. Sustainability:
The applicant must:
- Provide evidence that he/she is or will be supported by local institutions that have a good working relationship with target communities, farmers and/or extension agencies;
- Indicate that he/she will seek cooperation, help and support from the local `extension officers` and/or NGOs in the identification of individual farmers who are likely to be suitable and cooperative.

Award tenure corresponds with the period of field research. In general, this will be between eighteen months and twenty-four months.

The value of the award is up to CA $30,000. If there is strong evidence of significant potential benefits, the award may be extended upon re-application.

Progress Reports
Fellowship holders will commit to provide IDRC with three brief progress reports per year.

October 1, 2010 (awards will be announced by mid-December 2010).

Tenure must be undertaken by December of the following year.

Please submit all documents listed in the List of Supporting Documents to be Submitted. Complete applications must be received at the Centre by the deadline. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered for the competition. Applications must be sent to the following address:

By regular mail, Canada Post Priority Post or XPRESSPOST:

The Bentley Fellowship
Fellowships and Awards
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
PO Box 8500
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 3H9 - Canada

By courier services:

The Bentley Fellowship
Fellowships and Awards
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
150 Kent Street, Mailroom Suite 990
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 0B2 - Canada
Fax: (1 613) 236-4026
Telephone: (1 613) 236-6163 ext.: 2098

More information on the website:

18 PhD positions, BioInterfaces Research, Karlsruhe, German

18 PhD positions, BioInterfaces Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

The BioInterfaces International Graduate School (BIF-IGS) provides the recruitment and training platform for the BioInterfaces Research Progamme at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
The BioInterfaces Programme brings together biologists, chemists, physicists, IT specialists, engineers, and material scientists with the common goal of controlling living systems, and bridges the gap between fundamental research and development of application-oriented technologies and products. The programme is tightly linked with the Universities of Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. In addition to offering the right of graduation, both Universities contribute scientifically to the BioInterfaces research school. While the University of Karlsruhe is more technically oriented, the University of Heidelberg has an emphasis on biomedical research and basic physics of surface interactions and microscopy.

Thus BIF-IGS offers outstanding graduate students education and training in trans- and multi-disciplinary research areas that allow students to prepare for future careers in professional fields such as health sciences, biotechnology, physics, chemistry and environmental science. Students will gain experience by working in a stimulating environment using state-of-the-art technology in an interdisciplinary context that promotes the ability of cross-frontier thinking. Laboratory work is supplemented by seminars, summer schools, training in soft skills and participation in international conferences.

Online registration/application is possible until June 30, 2010.

For more information please consult the following link:

various - depending on PhD project

Anfangsdatum: 1. September 2010

geschätzte Dauer: 3 Jahre

Bezahlung: various types of fellowships (depending on project)


Postdoctoral Research Position on Genetics, Belgium

Postdoctoral Research Position on Genetics, Belgium

Postdoctoral Research Position

Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Institute of Molecular Biology and Medecine

Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

Position and Profile: A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated scientist with a strong background in molecular biology and mouse genetics. The position is financially supported by for a period of one year, starting the 1st September 2010, with a possible extension of one year.

Research project: Our unit is studying early vertebrate development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms that control neural development, from germ layer formation and neural induction to those that regulate neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation. Gene function is approached using microinjection into amphibian embryos and genetic knockouts in the mouse. For more information on our recent work, see Souopgui et al., Genes and Dev. (2008) 22, 2347-2352; Nichane et al., (2010) EMBO. J. 29, 55-67.

The project focuses on the function of DMRT genes encoding zinc finger transcription factors in the development of the cerebral cortex. The project involves the phenotypic analysis of the cortex of DMRT mutant animals, gene overexpression and knockdown in utero, the identification of their targets and the analysis of their transcriptional regulation in transgenic frog embryos.

Location: Our lab is situated about 25 miles south of Brussels, in the Institute of Molecular Biology and Medecine (IBMM), a leading multidiciplinarity Institute from the faculty of Science and Medecine of the ULB (

Application: To apply, please submit your CV, names and addresses of two references, preferentially electronically to:

Dr. Eric Bellefroid

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Laboratoire de Génétique du Développment

Institut de Biologie et de Médecine Moléculaire (IBMM)

Rue des Profs. Jeeener et Brachet, 12

6041 Gosselies



Tel.: 32 (0)2 650 97 32

Fax: 32 (0)2 650 97 33

24 PhD positions in Biotechnology at CLIB, Germany

24 PhD positions in Biotechnology at CLIB, Germany

New application call opens 26 April:

We invite your applications now for a projected starting date on 01 October 2010.

The deadline for applications is 06 June 2010.

Who can apply?

This is a highly competitive programme open to students (from Germany and abroad) with a Masters degree/Diploma and record of excellence in the fields of bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, biotechnology, biochemical or chemical engineering (or related disciplines). Students expecting to receive their Masters degree/Diploma by 30 September 2010 can also apply.

How to apply?

Choose the projects which interest you most from the list below. You will find further information on each project by clicking on the project title. Please note the requirements for each project. In general, projects at Bielefeld University aim at polyomics (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and other -omics technologies) and bioinformatics. Duesseldorf University focuses on research in expression and biocatalysis while Dortmund's strengths are biocatalysis and biochemical or chemical engineering.
Prepare your full application - clearly stating which projects you wish to apply for - according to the application instructions and fill in the application form. Proceed by clicking on "apply" listed next to your first choice project and sending your application by email to the address shown on the next page.
Only candidates submitting full applications will be considered for an interview.

Research topics?

See a list of all projects below, or navigate to the specific lists:

only projects in the area of bioinformatics/polyomics (transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, ...)

only projects in the area of expression/biocatalysis/metabolic engineering

only projects in the area of engineering/downstream processing

International Ph.D. in the Life Sciences, Switzerland

International Ph.D. Programs in the Life Sciences

Life Science Zurich Graduate School

The Life Science Zurich Graduate School houses several highly competitive Ph.D. programs, run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Each program offers research and education opportunities in a stimulating international environment for ambitious students who wish to work towards a Ph.D. degree. Accepted students perform their research project in one of the participating research groups of their favorite program, according to their scientific interest. Advanced teaching and training courses are offered throughout the curriculum. The program language is English throughout. Ph.D. studies usually last 3-4 years.

Applicants must hold or anticipate receiving a Masters degree or equivalent from a university in a relevant field before starting the Ph.D. program. Applicants accepted for the program will have to register with either the University of Zurich or ETH Zurich, depending on the affiliation of their future research group.

Our web pages provide detailed information for submission of application. Please refer to the guidelines as we only take into consideration applications received in the required format:

Application deadlines are July 1 and December 1

Nottingham University Business School: MSc Corporate Social Responsibility Scholarships and Bursaries 2010

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is offering six full tuition fee scholarships for the full-time MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility (Home/EU/Overseas).

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible you must have:

Been offered a place on the full-time MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility programme
Paid the £500 deposit
Applied for the scholarship by 25th June 2010
We hope you still want to study for a Nottingham MSc even if your scholarship application is unsuccessful.

How to apply?

To apply, please complete the Scholarship Application Form.
Any queries, please contact the Postgraduate Office:
Tel: +44 (0)115 8466603

Ajinomoto Master Scholarship for ASEAN International Students 2011, Malayasia

This program enables students from five ASEAN countries (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam) wishing to enroll in a master’s course (majors in Agricultural and Life Science field) at the University of Tokyo, to secure scholarship before their arrival in Japan. It aims to cultivate individuals capable of leading Asia in the twenty-first century and to contribute to the development of Asia and the world as well as to mutual understanding between these countries and Japan.


Applicants who wish to enroll in a master’s course and in majors in Agricultural and Life Science field (except medicine and veterinary medicine) at the University of Tokyo and who fulfill the following requirements and qualifications:

a. Applicants must be citizens of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, or Vietnam.
b. Applicants must have graduated or be expected to graduate with an excellent academic record (with 16 years of education completed or expected to be completed) and must receive the recommendation of their university president or academic advisor or be otherwise qualified to enroll in the University of Tokyo.
c. Applicants must be under the age of 35 on April 01, 2011.
d. In principle, the applicant must be able to obtain approval of acceptance as a Postgraduate International Research Student (hereinafter “Research Student”), from the University of Tokyo and be registered as a Research Student for April 2011 or October 2011.
e. Applicants must have adequate Japanese language proficiency to study as the master’s course student of the University of Tokyo (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 or equivalent). Applicants must be able to pass at least Level 3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (hereinafter “JLPT”) In a test administered no later than December 2011 (candidates wishing to enter as a Research Student).
f. Applicants must apply from the above 5 countries and be able to attend selection procedures when necessary.
g. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health and have a strong motivation for learning.
Application Deadline December 2011

For further information:

Alfaisal University Undergraduate Scholarships 2010, Saudi Arabia

At Alfaisal University Scholarships are an essential part of recruiting and supporting our finest students. The world’s best universities recruit the world’s finest students. We believe in supporting these students so they can focus and excel in their studies and research as this is vital to the success of both the students and the university.

Alfaisal has developed a comprehensive system of scholarships that will provide the opportunity for qualified students regardless of economic situation to attend the university, develop into world-class scholars and researchers, and significantly contribute to the wellbeing future of our kingdom and the region.

Easy Steps to Follow when Applying for the Alfaisal Scholarships Program

Apply for admission and be accepted into the University Preparatory Program or Alfaisal University if you are a New Student, or be a UPP graduated student transitioning to Alfaisal University or enrolled student at the University,
Download and complete the Scholarship Application Form accurately.
Attach all the required supporting documents to your completed application
4. Submit your completed file before the deadline date by mail, or personally to:
The Office of Scholarship and Financial Assistance,
Student Affairs, Alfaisal University,
Riyadh, Takhassusi Street
(behind King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center)
P.O. Box 50927, Riyadh 11533,
Telephone: +966 (1) 2157827
Fax: +966 (1) 2157831
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Alfaisal University scholarships are available for students who seek an undergraduate degree at Alfaisal University according to scholarship policies and conditions. Moreover, students will be assigned one of the following classifications.

1.1. Merit-based Scholarships

Every year Merit-based scholarships will be granted partially to cover (100%, 70%, or 50%) of the tuition, and awarded to academically outstanding students. This is financial aid for which financial need is not used to determine the recipients. The recipients may be determined by students’ athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities.

Scholarships available under this category are granted by Alfaisal University:

Merit-based scholarships eligibility criteria:

Outstanding academic achievement
Personal and career goals and objectives
List of achievements and awards received
Letters of Recommendation
1.2. Need-based Scholarships

Every year these scholarships will be granted partially to full scholarships to cover (100%, 70%, or 50%) of the tuition and awarded based on the need of the students; contingent upon the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria initiated by the University that combines the family financial need and the students’ academic achievements. This is financial aid for which the students’ academic and family’s financial situation is a primary factor in determining the recipients.

Scholarships available under this category are granted by KING FAISAL FOUNDATION, ” Prince Sultan Scholarship Program”:

Need-based scholarships eligibility criteria:

Family members’ financial and employment Status
Outstanding academic achievement
Letters of Recommendation
1.3. Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) Scholarships

Every year the Ministry of Higher Education provides a number of scholarships which is up to 50% of the total number of students in Alfaisal University. These scholarships are offered to applicants who completed secondary school with an average of 85% and above, and passed the Capabilities Tests (Tahseely and Qudurat) with no less than 65%, or students who are already enrolled in the University and finished one academic term with an average of not less than 2.75. For more information about MoHE Scholarship, Please visit

MoHE scholarships eligibility criteria:

Acceptance into the University Preparatory Program, graduates of the UPP transitioning to Alfaisal University, or acceptance as a direct admission into Alfaisal University.
Saudi national.
Be of good conduct.
Field of study must be one of the specified fields in the University.
Must obtain the average specified for the partial or full scholarship.
Must not exceed the minimum period for obtaining the degree.
Study must be on regular (fulltime) basis.
Be one of the top 50% of the total number of students in the University.
Application Deadline Date:

The deadline date for receiving completed applications for scholarships is August 14, 2010. No application will be accepted after the deadline date.

For further information:

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