Thursday, October 29, 2009

Master Scholarship from COLOMBO PLAN

Dear All,

Please find below a letter from the department of National Education telling that there are master scholarships availbale for Indonesian people to study in IIUM (International Islamic University of Malaysia). The funding for this scholarship is from Colombo Plan. For further information, please read the following letter. Good Luck!

Jalan Jenderal Soedirman Pintu 1 Senayan Jakarta 10270

Kepada Yth,
Pimpinan Perguruan Tinggi,

Sehubungan dengan surat Colombo Plan No: CP-MAL/PPA/LT/09/4(1,3) tanggal 3 september 2009,dengan hormat kami sampaikan tawaran untuk mengikuti Pendidikan Master mulau bulan Juni 2010 di International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia.
Seluruh biaya yang berkaitan dengan keikutsertaan pendidikan tersebut akan ditanggung oleh Colombo Plan Secretariat bekerjasama dengan International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) dan Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP).
Sekiranya intansi saudara akan memanfaatkan tawaran tersebut, maka kami harapkan dapat mengirimkan 1(satu) orang calon peserta yang memenuhi styarar kepada kami paling lambat tanggal 14 Desember 2009 dengan kelengkapan-kelangkapan sebagai berikut :

* Formulir Pencalonan rangkat 4(empat) disi lengkap dan diketik rapi serta disetujui oleh pejabat yang berwenang dengan dilengkapi 4 buah foto berwarna ukuran 4x6 cm.
* Daftar Riwayat Hidup (Bhs Inggris);
* Tranksrip Ijazah Nilai dan Ijazah yang dilegalisir oleh pejabat yang berwenang.
* Mampu berkomunikasi dan menulis dalam bahasa Inggris yang dibuktikan dengan hasil nilai tes TOEFL Prediction minimal 550 atau IELTS minimal 6;
* Karangan Singkat minimal 500 kata;
* Refensi dari teman kerja dan atau atasan langsung;
* Pengisian application form secara langsung ke website

Untuk lebih jelasnya, terlampir kami sampaikan informasi rinci mengenai pelatihan tersebut atau dapat di download dmelalui website http:/
Atas perhatiannya kami sampaikan Terima kasih

Lampiran :

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rio Tinto Scholarship Fund


PT. Rio Tinto Indonesia in collaboration with Sampoerna Foundation provides one (1) full scholarship for the qualified individual to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Science, Science, or Commerce at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.

Application Deadline is December 11, 2009


1. Indonesian citizen, a holder of Sulawesi Tengah or Sulawesi Tenggara identification card (KTP), with maximum age of 35 years old when lodging the application.
2. Hold a local Bachelor’s degree from any discipline with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
3. After the applicant passes all the selection stages,the scholarship finalists have to be able to submit the required English test result (TOEFL / IELTS) and the Graduate Admission Test as required by the Master’s program that the applicant wish to apply:
* International TOEFL with a minimum score of 577 (PBT) or 233 (CBT) or 90 (IBT), OR
* International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of minimum 6.5
4. Do not hold a Master’s degree or equivalent
5. Did not enroll or graduate from an overseas tertiary institution, unless was on a full scholarship.
6. Do not receive other equivalent award or scholarship offering similar or other benefits at the time of the award.
7. Demonstrate that without the scholarship, applicant is not able to afford an Overseas Graduate Program.
8. Current student of graduate program at local university and wish to transfer study to UNSW is welcome to apply.
9. Teachers, lecturers and civil servants are welcome to apply.


1. Tuition fee and health insurance for maximum 2 years study program in UNSW.
2. Living allowance and literature allowance.
3. One roundtrip plane ticket: Sulawesi – Sydney – Sulawesi.
4. Student visa application fee.
5. University application fee.
6. IELTS preparation fee.

To download the application form, please click here

Application package can also be taken at the following offices:

Universitas Haluoleo (Bapak La Otjo Oti)
Staf Pembantu Rektor I
Rektorat, Lantai 4
Kampus Bumi Tridharma Anduonuho
Jl. H.E.A Mokodompit
Kendari, Sulawesi Tenggara - Indonesia

Universitas Tadulako (Ibu Utik Widaryanti)
Bagian Pelayanan Kesejahteraan Mahasiswa
Kampus Bumi Tadulako Tondo
Jl. Sukarno Hatta Km.9, Tondo
Palu, Sulawesi Tengah – Indonesia

Complete the application package and the required documents, and submit it to:
Sampoerna Foundation
Sampoerna Strategic Square
North Tower, 27th
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kavling 45
Jakarta 12930
(Please write “RIO TINTO S2” at the top right hand corner of the envelope)

For further explanation, please email us at:
This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call us at 021 577 2340 ext. 7153.


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48 PhD positions at IMT Lucca, Italy

Doctoral Programs

Competitions for admission are open in the following Ph.D. Programs at IMT:

Computer Science and Engineering

The doctoral program aims at preparing researchers and professionals with a wide knowledge about the foundations of informatics and about its applications to a variety of systems and disciplines, focusing on aspects of particular importance in the present context. The new version of informatics is changing the perspective of other disciplines and several aspects of common life, and is the target of very active research in the international scene.

Economics, Markets, Institutions

The program aims at dealing with issues in political economy, applied public economics, the functioning of industries and markets, the impact of macroeconomics on productivity and growth.

A distinctive feature of the Ph.D. program is the integration of theoretical, technical, and practical expertise, aimed to educate highly qualified professionals, who analyze, plan, and manage concrete interventions of political economy.

Theoretical methodologies and models are generated and tested, through the systematic investigation of the real world, with a distinctive focus on concrete observation of markets and their actors. At the end of the program, students are able to identify commonalities as well as distinctive characters of economies, markets, and industries.

Management and Development of Cultural Heritage
Ph.D. in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino

The program trains both researchers and professionals, able to operate at the highest levels of management of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, in both public and private institutions. The program integrates concepts and methods from several domains (humanities, economics, law, information technologies, material sciences) in the analysis of cultural heritage and landscape.

The program provides a consistent multidisciplinary path where students are provided with competencies which nowadays cannot be obtained but through particular self-training initiatives. The job market today has to rely on various professional figures - thus incurring conflicts and standstills in the decision-making process - or is forced to choose only one competence among all the needed ones.

A distinctive feature of the program is the involvement of Ph.D. students in projects, both on local and international scale, so as to make them familiar with the complex management of cultural heritage and landscape.

Political Systems and Institutional Change

The Ph.D. in Political Systems and Institutional Change is a multidisciplinary course analysing, in a comparative perspective, institutions in their historical, political, sociological, economic and legal features. Special attention will be devoted to processes of institutional change. The Ph.D. aims at forming political analysts able to: plan and manage collaborative and integrated processes at the international level; analyse and assess policies and institutional settings at a supranational, national and regional level; confront the specific problems of countries in transition towards democracy and a market economy.

Duration: 3 years

Language: Courses and seminars are held in English. Foreign Ph.D. students are required to attend an Italian Language and Culture Course.

Classes begin in March 2010.


The deadline for applications is December 4, 2009 at 18:00 (Italian time).


Application online:


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20 PhD Studentships at Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Applications are invited for PhD studentships beginning October 2010. For more information, visit our How to Apply page.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1st December 2009. Available studentships are listed below. Any enquiries should be directed to To see projects suitable for applicants with backgrounds in the relevant subject areas click on the tiles below.

Biological Sciences
Maths, Statistics & Epidemiology
Physics & Engineering
Computer Sciences


Studentships funded by The Institute of Cancer Research will be supported for four years. The non-taxable stipend, for 2010/11 is £19,300 (inner London - Chester Beatty Laboratories, Fulham Road) or £18,000 (outer London - Sutton Campus). Higher stipends are available for students on the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Mechanism-based Drug Discovery.

Find below a complete list of Institute studentships:

Intermediate phenotypes and mapping causal variants; IGFBP-2, IGFBP-5 and breast cancer risk
Professor Alan Ashworth

The development of viral vectors for use in Gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT)
Professor Caroline Springer

Structural and chemical biology in the design of selective kinase inhibitors
Professor Julian Blagg and Dr Richard Bayliss

Identification and characterisation of novel therapeutic targets in breast cancer metastasis
Professor Clare Isake

Prostate MR Spectroscopy in vivo
Dr Geoffrey Payne and Professor Nandita DeSouza

Synthesis of targeted fragment libraries by iterative scaffold elaboration
Professor Julian Blagg

Development of specific RNase inhibitors for the treatment of haematological cancers
Drs Faith Davies and Ian Collins

Ubiquitin-mediated signalling in apoptosis and cancer
Professor Pascal Meier

Impact of p53 function on metabolic activation of environmental carcinogens
Professor David Phillips

A systems genetics analysis of Rho-family GTPase signalling
Dr Chris Bakal

A mechanism based classification of human prostate cancer
Professor Colin Cooper

Quantification of pre-clinical PET and SPECT imaging
Dr Glenn Flux

Inheritance and brain tumour risk
Professor Richard Houlston

Inheritance and leukaemia risk
Professor Richard Houlston

Pre-clinical evaluation of imaging biomarkers of neuroblastoma
Drs Louis Chesler and Simon Robinson

Determining modifiers of cdk inhibitor sensitivity
Professors Sibylle Mittnacht and Paul Workman

Exploring the mechanism of CCT using small molecule inhibitors
Professors Keith Jones and Keith Willison

Non-invasive molecular profiling of breast cancer with optoacoustic imaging
Dr Jeff Bamber, Professor Nandita deSouza and Dr Simon Robinson

Investigating the relationship between PI3K/AKT signalling and cell cycle checkpoints for cancer drug development
Dr Michelle Garrett

Identification and validation of target genes in cancer using the synthetic lethality approach
Dr Spiros Linardopoulos


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

USA: Fellowships in Sustainability Science Harvard University's Center for International Development

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2010. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design,
implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development.

Due date for applications: *December 1, 2009*

Applicants should describe how their work would contribute to "sustainability science," the emerging field of use-inspired research seeking understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems as well as the application of such knowledge to sustainability challenges relating to advancing development of agriculture, habitation, energy and materials, health and water while conserving the earth's life support systems. This year we will give some preference to applicants who address the challenges related to meeting human needs for water or food/agriculture/ land use in the context of sustainable development.

In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply. The Sustainability Science Program is directed by Professors William Clark and Michael Kremer, and Nancy Dickson. For more information on the fellowships application process see

Applications are due December 1, 2009.

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20 PhD Scholarships at the International Center for Development and Decent Work- Kassel University, Germany

20 PhD Scholarship Positions for Students from DAC Countries at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Call for Applications
International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development
20 PhD Scholarship Positions for Students from DAC Countries* at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)

Starting March 1st, 2010
Deadline for applications: November 15th, 2009

ICDD is an interdisciplinary and international scientific network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel, Germany and partner universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ICDD is funded under the programme “Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development” (exceed) launched by the German government through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Under its Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development, ICDD invites applications for 20 PhD scholarship positions for studnets from DAC countries at the following internationally renowned universities:
8 at the University of Kassel, Germany in the fields of political and agricultural science,

2 at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), India in the field of sociology,
2 at the Universidade Estaduale de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil in the field of economics,
2 at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa in the field of sociology,
2 at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan in agricultural science,
2 at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY), Mexico in agricultural science, and
2 at Egerton University (EGU), Kenya in agricultural science.

ICDD’s objective is to create and transfer knowledge on how to create and improve work and income opportunities in rural and urban regions of developing countries in light of globalization, climate change and urbanization. ICDD encompasses various disciplines such as agricultural science, political science, sociology, economics, and has a network of partner universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. ICDD closely co-operates with International Labour Organisation and NGOs.

One of ICDD’s core structures for the inter-disciplinary generation of knowledge is the Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development. PhD projects within this school may be rooted in either the natural or social sciences and should be focused on actor and problem oriented research on sustainable human-environmental relationships and decent livelihoods. ICDD promotes three research clusters as a common framework for the design of prospective PhD projects:

* Countries eligible for Official Development Assistance of the OECD as approved by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in August 2009 (cf. list attached)

1) Sustainable Value Creation for Decent Work
This cluster focuses on strategies to increase value creation by developing technologies for more efficient and sustainable use of resources and by improving human skills, preferably along agricultural commodity chains. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing spatially and sectorally detailed urban-rural linkages to address the mobility of people, goods, services, money transfers, information, and associated flows of nutrients, energy and water.

2)Instruments for Promoting Decent Work
This cluster focuses on the effectiveness of existing instruments in enforcing minimum standards for labour as formulated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) such as public procurement, supply chain governance, and national minimum wages. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing such instruments and their effective implementation in different state contexts. A special focus should be directed towards their impact on or relevance for informal labour relations and particularly on the working conditions and lives of temporary labour migrants.

3) Strategies of Empowerment for Decent Work
This cluster focuses on the advocacy of good working conditions within economic and political decision-making processes against the background of eroding capacities of workers to engage in collective action due to the growing informal nature of work. Thereby special attention is directed towards particularly vulnerable groups, such as domestic workers. PhD applicants should be interested in exploring possible sources and forms of organisations to foster empowerment strategies within informal labour relations.


PhD students of the Graduate School will be based either at the University of Kassel or at one of ICDD’s international partner universities (see above), and will be enrolled in the respective university’s PhD training programmes. Please indicate in your application at which university you wish to be located. A joint international workshop programme on subjects of the ICDD, research methods, the linkage between theory and empirical research and for the presentation of the prospective PhD projects will take place every year within the Graduate School.
Scholarships will be awarded for four years under the precondition of a successful extension after one year. The scholarships will cover a country-specific monthly allowance according to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) standards. All scholarships will include travel expenses for south-north and south-south mobility if necessary and funding for field research and the participation in Graduate School and ICDD activities.

Application Requirements
- Cover Sheet (cf. attachment)
- above average MA/MSc degree in a disciplines related to the above topics / fields
- proof of English language proficiency
- academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of development and decent work
- letter of recommendation from a professor of the ICDD network
- summary of master thesis (1500 words), if applicable
- preliminary PhD project proposal including topic, research question, short overview of the relevant literature, theoretical approach, research design and methodology (2.000 words)

Please submit your detailed curriculum vitae and scanned copies of the following documents with your application:
-certificate and transcript of records of your recognised bachelor and master degrees in the original language, listing all subjects and grades (If you have not yet completed a Masters program, please include a letter from the person responsible for the program testifying the likelihood of successful completion of the program);
- certificates / proof of English language proficiency;
- university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
- certificates of additional studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
- translations of all of the above-mentioned documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German, English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
- certificates of previous professional/vocational experience (if applicable).

Applications with all necessary documents must be submitted electronically as a single pdf** no later than the 15th of November 2009 to:
Officially authenticated photocopies of all documents and translations will have to be presented, if selected for admission.
For further information please see the ICDD webpage:
or contact: Mrs. Simone Buckel, phone + 49(0)5618047395,

** Please assemble all items for your application in one single pdf document with the completed cover sheet as the front page and preferably with a list of contents as the second page. Applications consisting of multiple files will not be accepted.
Cover Sheet
Application for ICDD Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development
General Information
First Name(s):
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Country of origin / Country of residence:
Country issuing passport:
Sex: [ ] Male [ ] Female
Marital Status:
Number of Children:
PhD Project
Titel of PhD Proposal:
Supervising ICDD Professor:
Aspired University of Enrollment:
Academic Qualifications
e.g. Bachelor in Political Science
e.g. Master in Economics
How many terms/years did you study?
e.g. A, B –,…; Distinction, Merit,…;
Second Class Division,…
Language skills
e.g. native speaker or
TOEFL or IELTS test result
Professional Experience etc.
e.g. Development Institutions, Unions, NGOs etc.


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9 Marie Curie ITN Fellowships

Nine Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in five locations (EPFL,
TU Berlin, Technion, FORTH, and U Rennes I)
are funded by the European Commission under the Marie Curie Initial
Training Network Program (project TransForm).

We address (pre-PhD) researchers aiming at significantly improving
their career perspectives from both the
public and private sector.

The duration of the appointment is 3 years, with a possibility of
extension funded from other sources.


The ESRs will pursue research on the general area of concurrent
computing and in particular on the theoretical
foundations of transactional memory.

Multicore architectures have come to stay; yet multicore is useless
without concurrent programming. The
current parallel programming approach of employing locks is widely
considered to be too difficult for any but
a few experts. Transactional Memory (TM) is a new programming
paradigm which is considered by many
researchers as the future of parallel programming. To understand
properly TM systems as well as be able to
assess them and improve them, a rigorous theoretical study of the
approach, its challenges and its benefits is
badly needed.

This is the challenging research goal to be undertaken by the recruited ESRs.

Each recruited ESR will primarily work with one of the academic
partners of the project:

* Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne(EPFL), Switzerland
(Prof. Rachid Guerraoui)
* Technical University of Berlin, Germany (Prof. Anja Feldman & Dr.
Petr Kuznetsov)
* Technion, Department of Computer Science, Israel (Prof. Hagit Attiya)
* FORTH, Heraklion, Greece (Prof. Panagiota Fatourou)
* University of Rennes I, France (Prof. Michel Raynal)

and under the supervision of researchers from the industry:

* Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany (Prof. Dr. Anja Feldman &
Dr. Petr Kuznetsov)
* Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK (Dr. Tim Harris)
* Sun Microsystems Labs, Massachusetts, USA (Dr. Victor Luchangco)
* IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA (Dr. Maged Michael and Dr.
Eran Yahav).


The recruited researchers should be, at the time of selection, in the
first four years of their research careers
(measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would
formally entitle them to embark on a
doctorate). Also:

* ESR should not already have a PhD
* ESR should be nationals of a country other than the country of
her/his primary academic partner, and
* ESR must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity
(work, studies, etc.) in the country of her/his
primary academic partner for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.


Example A:
A researcher has already been working as a researcher in industry for
two years since graduating with his/her
first degree in computer science.
S/he would be able to benefit from participation in an ITN as an ESR
even without pursuing a PhD degree.

Example B:
A researcher has graduated with his/her MSc degree in computer science
in 2007 and would like to start
his/her PhD studies in 2010.
S/he is eligible as an ESR within the ITN as s/he has less than 4
years of research experience and no PhD.

Example C:
A researcher obtained his/her PhD after 3 ½ years.
S/he is not eligible as an ESR within an ITN even though s/he has less
than 4 years of research experience.


There are two cut-off dates:

1) 1st Cut-off date: November 15, 2009
Expected starting date: January 1, 2010

2) 2nd Cut-off date: March 31, 2010
Expected starting date: October 1, 2010

Priority will be given to applicants that can join the project in early 2010.
Applicants should send an e-mail of interest to the contact person at
the academic partner
of their choice (EPFL, TU Berlin, Technion, FORTH, or U Rennes I):

* EPFL: Prof. Rachid Guerraoui, rachid.guerraoui AT epfl DOT ch
* TU Berlin: Dr. Petr Kuznetsov, pkuznets AT acm DOT org
* Technion: Prof. Hagit Attiya, hagit AT cs DOT technion DOT ac DOT il
* FORTH: Prof. Panagiota Fatouru, faturu AT csd DOT uoc DOT gr
* U Rennes I: Prof. Michel Raynal, michel.raynal AT irisa DOT fr


Marie Curie ITNs provide competitive financial support to the ESRs including:

* a fair monthly living and mobility allowance
* a yearly travel allowance (i.e., a fixed amount of money based
upon the direct distance between the location
of origin of the researcher and the chosen institution)
* a career exploratory allowance (i.e., a single payment for
attending job interviews, additional courses, job
fairs, etc.) and
* coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the
ESRs in research and training activities
(contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference
attendance, training actions, etc.).

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PhD Position in Economics at University of Cologne, Germany

The Macro-, Labor- and Public Economics Group at the University of Cologne is seeking to fill several PhD-Student Teaching Assistant positions (3/4 TVL-13). Participation in the Doctoral Program at the University of Cologne is expected and there will be close supervision of successful candidates’ dissertation work by members of the group (Prof. Dr. Martin Barbie, Prof. Dr. Peter Funk, Prof. David Jaeger, Ph.D, Prof. Dr. Alexander Ludwig.

Successful candidates hold a University degree (Master/Diplom) with an exceptional grade point average and have excellent analytical and mathematical skills. Profound knowledge in one of the aforementioned fields, a strong background in Economic Theory, Econometrics, or Mathematical Economics are advantageous, but not necessary.

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the German disability laws. Women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information, please contact:

To apply, please send transcripts, CV, and a summary of your Master’s thesis (max. 5 pages), the thesis bibliography, and other supporting material to the email address above.
website link:

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7 PhD Studentships at Sheffield Hallam University, UK

PhD Research Studentships - 7 posts available
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Sheffield Hallam University - Sports Engineering, Biomechanics and the Modelling of Sport and Health

Bursary £13,290

Tuition fees

Full time for 3 years

The Sports Engineering Research Group within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing employs approximately 20 staff comprising research engineers, designers, sports scientists and PhD students. Clients include Adidas, Prince, Puma, UK Sport, British Swimming and the International Tennis Federation.

Following a very successful Research Assessment Exercise, the Sports Engineering Research Group in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Research Centre is seeking to recruit outstanding candidates to carry out multi-disciplinary PhD projects. The following projects are available immediately:


The biomechanics of the golf swing;
The biomechanics of sports bras;
The dynamics of tennis shoe interactions with tennis courts.

Pattern recognition in Olympic diving;
Optimal design of sports equipment using FE & CFD;
Modelling of cardio-vascular risk-reduction in discrete populations;
The effect of physical gaming interfaces on activity levels.
These projects will be suitable for applicants with a 1st or high 2i in a physical science such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Sports Science or a related discipline. Ideal candidates should not be afraid of mathematics or programming and, in particular, we would like to hear from students with experience of MATLAB, image processing, computational fluid dynamics, finite elements analysis, biomechanics, and the support of elite athlete.

Candidates should have good analytical skills, tenacity and perseverance and be good in a team. An interest and knowledge of sport is desirable but not essential, as is direct experience of work in the sports sector.


The Sports Engineering Research Group and Health and Social Care Research Centre represent a fantastic opportunity for those seeking to gain experience of a multidisciplinary research environment and wish to have a career in the engineering, sport or health sectors. PhD students have the opportunity to travel overseas and support high profile consultancy projects within the groups.

Further information about the different roles is available from

Closing date: 9 November 2009

Competition will be strong and candidates are encouraged to consider more than one project.

Interviewing will take place in November with a preferred start date by 1st January 2010.

In the first instance please submit a full CV to:

Amanda Brothwell

The Sports Engineering Research Group

Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

A129 Collegiate Hall

Collegiate Crescent Campus


S10 2BP

Working towards equal opportunities

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Friday, October 16, 2009

[Amerika] Beasiswa USAID Master Degree Scholarship

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

USAID - AED (Academy for Educational Development)

Scholarship opportunities to study in the USA for:
• Master`s Degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management.
• Master`s Degrees in Water and Sanitation.

Training has long been a key component of the U.S. government`s development program in Indonesia. USAID/ Indonesia plans to support the tradition through the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) program that will provide academic degree training. The HICD program is structured in a way that will help individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and the capacity to support Indonesia`s development and the achievement of the Government of Indonesia/USAID` s objectives.

USAID has awarded a contract to the Academy for Educational Development (AED), a U.S. non-government organization (NGO) to support the implementation of the HICD program in Indonesia. AED is now inviting Indonesian citizens to study for Master`s Degrees in the USA in
1) Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management and
2) Water and Sanitation.

1. Master`s Degrees in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management.
Eligible candidates may come from the Ministry of Forestry, Environment, Development Planning, Research and Development, Finance, Economy or other related government institutions including provincial and district level offices and regulators; civil society groups (Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management Associations, NGOs and Foundations) ; or professionals in fields related to sustainable development with international or local organizations who have strong potential for leadership, research, education, journalism and consultancy in the same field.

Candidates with experience working in geographical areas with high biodiversity conservation value will be prioritized. An indicative list would include Kalimantan, Sumatera, Papua, Sulawesi and NTT.

Every attempt will be made to balance candidate selection by gender.

2. Master`s Degrees in Water and Sanitation.
Eligible candidates may come from related government Institutions, civil society groups (Water and Sanitation Associations, NGOs, and Foundations), water and sanitation professionals/ environmental engineers working in the development sector with international or local organizations, and faculty from schools of Water and Sanitation/Environm ental Engineering at accredited Indonesian universities.

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

Every attempt will be made to balance candidate selection by gender.

Interested applicants, may request application forms at or download them at

Completed application forms must be returned to the AED office at the address below by November 15 at the latest:

Academy for Educational Development
Wisma Nugra Santana, 16th Floor, Suite 1616,
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 7-8, Jakarta 10220.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PhD Scholarships in Epidemiology - Swiss Tropical Institute

Neglected Tropical Diseases and integrated demographic
surveillance in mobile pastoralists and their animals in Chad
In the frame work of a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation ProDoc
scheme, a PhD position in Epidemiology is open at earliest convenience.

PhD Position in Epidemiology at the human-animal interface
Working places: Basel, Switzerland and N’Djaména, Chad
Remuneration: According to the salary scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation
Duration 3 years.


Master of Science degree
Registration at the University of Basel
Experience with field work in Africa
Fluency in French, written and spoken
Notions in Arabic are an asset
Suitable candidates have preferably a background in biology, public health, animal
health, population biology or health geography.

Applicants are invited to send:
1. Letter of motivation
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Copies of their diplomas
4. Letters of recommendation
5. Names and addresses of two reference persons
PD Dr. Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss Tropical Institute, PO Box, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland,
or by email to, Tel. +41 61 284 81 39

Background and Aims of the Project
Substantial gains have been made in global health, including reductions in overall and
child mortality in developing countries. However, progress remains uneven and there are
growing differences in mortality, morbidity and disease burden rates according to
geographical region. For example, communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal
conditions, and micronutrient deficiencies cluster in the tropics and subtropics, and
contribute to delay the social and economic development. Improving the health and
livelihoods of the global poor could save millions of healthy life years, enhance equity
and alleviate poverty, and hence contribute to achieving the millennium development
goals (MDGs). Certain MDGs are addressed by global alliances and partnerships; e.g. the
control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Fewer efforts are placed on the so-called
neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), e.g. helminth infections and zoonoses. The focus of
this project is on the epidemiology and control of NTDs in semi-arid and humid contexts
in Central and West Africa.

The goal of this proposal is to deepen our understanding of morbidity patterns and
transmission dynamics of NTDs in two eco-epidemiological settings of Africa,
and to study the effects of control interventions aiming at reducing the burden due to
NTDs. This will entail the development of methods and analytical tools for demographic
surveillance of a highly mobile population in Chad, and a rural sedentary population in
south-central Côte d’Ivoire. These demographic surveillance system (DSS) sites will
serve as platforms to monitor changes in morbidity patterns following locally-adapted

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Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA)

Application deadline
Partnership track: December 10, 2009 for the 2010-11 academic year.
Eligibility requirements

Target countries: Under current program guidelines, candidates must be a national of one of the following countries:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Island Countries, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

Work: Candidates should also currently work for one of the following or related agencies:

central bank, ministry of economy, ministry of finance, ministry of planning/development, ministry of trade/commerce, tax administration, or national statistics bureau. The program will also consider officials working in other areas of government that have a significant impact on the formulation or implementation of macroeconomic policy.

Education background: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent with at least 16 years of formal education. Names of schools and attending dates beginning from primary school must be listed in the application. In some cases, 15 years of formal education may be accepted if there is an official explanation (a country’s particular educational system or other exceptional circumstances).

English proficiency: Applicants must have an English language proficiency, which needs to be demonstrated as equivalent to or more than an official TOEFL score of 550, CBT213, or iBT79-80. If TOEFL scores are not available, then an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 can be substituted.

Application procedures

1. Completed application form: The applicant for the partnership track is requested to apply through the online application system. (The on-line application will be made available by the mid-October, 2009.) The blank application form Blank application form: PDF Version can be reviewed for reference only.
2. Official transcripts and official copies of diplomas or degree certificates from all undergraduate and graduate schools: An official copy means a certified copy of the original document with an official seal obtained from the administration office of the university attended. Copies attested by organizations/persons not having notarized/legal bearing will not be accepted.
3. Two reference letters: References should be from applicants’ supervisor at work and/or an academic advisor or professor.
4. TOEFL/IELTS certificate (if available): The TOEFL/IELTS test score must be from an examination taken after December 10, 2007. If a score is unavailable, the applicant will be requested to sit for a TOEFL/IELTS examination prior to receiving a final decision on the scholarship award.

All submitted application material must be presented in English or be accompanied by an official English translation. The material will be considered under the control of the IMF and provided to the relevant school(s) and the Government of Japan as it sees appropriate. None of the material will be returned to applicants.

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION Offshoring Research Network Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

Position summary

The Offshoring Research Network (ORN) at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, is seeking to hire a Research Associate for a period of two years, starting Summer/Fall 2009. The Research Associate will be expected to carry out survey-based and/or case study-based research on offshoring, outsourcing and the globalization of services.

ORN multi-year surveys
The international ORN project was initiated in 2004 by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Duke Fuqua School of Business. The ORN project conducts both quantitative, survey-based research and qualitative case studies. It solicits two major annual surveys.

The ORN Corporate Client Survey tracks the adoption of offshoring and outsourcing administrative and technical functions, e.g. IT, finance & accounting, software and product development, by client companies across industries, from pioneering early adopters to the majority adopters. It includes data e.g. on offshoring drivers, risks, location choices, delivery models, performance outcomes and future plans. Unlike other surveys, this survey tracks offshoring and outsourcing activities over time by discrete functional implementation projects. It also includes companies that only consider offshoring and even those that have not considered offshoring yet. In collaboration with research partners worldwide, the ORN survey has been extended year by year. It has been taken by more than 1,500 companies from the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Scandinavia, and Belgium, and it will include companies from Italy, Korea, Australia and other countries.

The ORN Service Provider Survey, which was launched in 2007 for the first time, investigates the service providers’ perspective of offshoring. It covers questions about service profiles, the choice of service location, client contracts and relationships, risks involved with providing services, the recruitment and management of talent, future plans and outsourcing trends, and many other aspects.

ORN case studies
Parallel to the collection and analysis of survey-based data, the ORN project also involves complementary case studies investigating not only companies’ various experiences with offshoring, but also their internal routines, processes and capabilities that differentiate early from late adopters of the new business practice as well as more and less successful offshoring companies. In particular, ORN research is focusing on companies offshoring higher-level, innovation-centered activities and processes. Taking a co-evolutional research perspective, the ORN project also investigates the emergence of new geographical knowledge clusters and institutions guiding offshoring/outsourc ing activities.

In addition to developing knowledge on companies’ offshoring practices, the project seeks to develop theoretical concepts and frameworks partly based on the cases, explaining the emergence, adoption, and diffusion of offshoring practices and underlying capabilities within and across companies, industries, and countries. Audiences of the research results include both business practitioners and academics. Although the candidate’s main focus will be on academic research, he/she will have to maintain a strong orientation towards the business implications of the research findings.

Job requirements
The Research Associate will work in close collaboration with the other members of the international ORN research team and will participate in all aspects of the research projects, including data collection and analysis, and crafting research papers. The candidate will participate in developing practitioners- oriented presentations and in writing Thought Leadership articles for the business community. He or she will also be involved in designing and running selected courses for MBA students and executive MBAs. In addition, he or she is expected to work together with our sponsoring organizations and partners, including PricewaterhouseCoop ers and The Conference Board, in conducting custom research and various other projects. The opportunity to get involved in a wide array of activities will allow the Research Associate to acquire deep contextual knowledge and skills, field expertise and experience and qualify for both academic and consulting-oriented careers.

Ph.D. in Management/Business , Economics, Sociology, Geography or other related disciplines
Expertise and interest in relevant research areas, e.g. sourcing, business process redesign, open innovation, international business, cross-cultural communication, organizational learning, project and network management
Strong skills and proven experience in writing research reports and papers, and in presenting at international conferences
- Proven experience with (1) quantitative survey design and statistical analysis using large databases and/or (2) developing and analyzing case or field studies, preferably theory-guided and/or theory-building
Fluency in English
- Strong interpersonal skills, team spirit, and ability to work in multicultural settings
- Flexible, stress resistant, multi-task person with good time and priority management
- Available to travel worldwide.

How and where to apply

Please send a cover letter describing your interest in the Research Associate position; your CV, including your professional background, skills and publications; and a letter of recommendation by your PhD supervisor and/or other professor(s) you have collaborated with to the following address (either regular mail OR email):

Professor Arie Y. Lewin
Duke University
The Fuqua School of Business
1 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Maly Sibounheuang (Associate Director):, ++1 919 660 7836, or
Dr. Stephan Manning (Research Associate):, ++1 919 660 7887

For further information about this position, please also contact Dr. Stephan Manning.
AIB-L is brought to you by the Academy of International Business.

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General Linguistics: PhD Student, Northwestern University

Institution/Organization: Northwestern University
Department: Lingusitics
Web Address:

Level: PhD
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


In conjunction with our institutional partners, the Department of Linguistics
at Northwestern University invites applications for graduate fellowships in
linguistics and interdisciplinary research in language. All admitted students
receive a 5 year funding commitment (subject to satisfactory progress
towards the degree) including tuition, a 12-month stipend, and health
insurance. Students also have access to a variety of institutional resources for
supporting student research projects and professional travel.

Northwestern has a vibrant community of researchers actively working on a
wide variety of issues in language structure and processing, utilizing a
diverse range of methods and populations.

-Structure of linguistic systems within and across levels: Pragmatics,
Semantics, Syntax, Morphology, Phonology, Phonetics
-Perception, production and acquisition of first and second languages
-Dynamics of language: diachronic change; experience-related plasticity
-Language and music: Parallels and interactions

-Statistical modeling; probabilistic approaches to language structure and
-Formal/mathematical theories of linguistic systems
-Experimental studies of language; psycholinguistics
-Acoustic phonetics; prosody and intonation
-Machine learning and natural language processing; corpus analysis
-Functional and structural neuroimaging; electrophysiology

-Mono- and multilingual
-Infant, young adult and elderly
-Acquired and developmental disorders

For more information on graduate study, research, and the application process,
visit us online:

If you have questions please contact the admissions officer, Matt Goldrick (see
contact information below).

Application Deadline: 31-Dec-2009

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Matt Goldrick

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PhD Fellowship in Systems Biology of Human Metabolism, Univ. of Iceland

PhD Fellowship in systems biology of human metabolism

The Center of Systems Biology, University of Iceland is looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD students to join a growing effort focusing on systems biology of human metabolism. The research at the CSB UoI focuses on 1) human metabolism and 2) industrial biotechnology. The Center is an interdisciplinary center with the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences participating.

The CSB UoI aims to characterize human disease using a systems biology approach. This research effort includes on 1) expanding the currently available human metabolic reconstruction, 2) discovery of new functions and pathways in human metabolism using computational and experimental techniques, 3) phenotyping of human cell lines using metabolomic techniques, 4) computational and experimental analysis of metabolic changes associated with disease, and 5) high-throughput drug screening. We use the state-of-the-art computational methods to guide and design human cell culturing experiments as well as metabolomic measurements. These technologies are embedded in a biologically driven research program that aims at systematic understanding of human metabolism, disease manifestation and drug target identification.

Job description:

* Expansion and refinement of the human metabolic reconstruction.
* Identification of missing metabolic genes using bioinformatics and modeling tools (gap filling)
* Development of cell type specific metabolic models from experimental data and the human metabolic reconstruction.
* Databases and literature mining for genomic information.
* Computational modeling of human metabolism in health and disease.

The project will thus include key technologies used in computational systems biology and bioinformatics.

Your qualifications:

* Master´s degree (or equivalent) in Bioinformatics, (Molecular) Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Medicine.
* Strong interest in human biology and computational modeling.
* Basic skills/ experience in programming and statistical data analysis.
* Communication skills and team orientated work.

Our Offer:

* Working in a scientifically stimulating, innovative, dynamic, well- equipped, and international surrounding.
* In-depth training in cutting edge technologies used in systems biology.
* Numerous training opportunities in (molecular) biology, systems biology and bioinformatics.
* Initial short-term employment contract for three years.

The position is available immediately. Please send a cover letter, a brief description of research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references in pdf file form to Professor Ines Thiele ( ).

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Salary for the positions will be according to collective wage and salary agreement.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

website link:
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Monday, October 12, 2009

8 PhD positions, high energy physics and astroparticle physics

The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg 1504)
Mass, Spectrum, Symmetry: Particle Physics in the Era of the Large Hadron Collider, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as a cooperation between Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Dresden and DESY at Zeuthen offers:

8 positions for PhD students

in the field of experimental and theoretical elementary particle physics and astroparticle physics.

The graduate program will integrate different fields of research in the experimental and theoretical aspects of particle physics according to the challenges emerging from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
Main research topics are data analysis with ATLAS, astroparticle physics with IceCube and H.E.S.S., double beta decay, LHC phenomenology, quantum field and string theory as well as lattice gauge theory.
We are looking for excellent doctoral students with a university degree (diploma or master) from Germany or abroad.

The positions are offered from April 1st , 2010 at the earliest, lasting for a maximum of three years.
Applications are to be handed in by December 1st, 2009 to the coordinator of the graduate school Dr. Martin zur Nedden (, Department of Physics, Humboldt-University Berlin. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The application is exclusively online at our wepage:

The application should include C.V., copies of certificates of degrees, a letter of motivation specifying the field of research interest and the names and contact address of two referees.

Please arrange that the letters of recommendation are sent directly by the referees to the coordinator.

Further information about the graduate school and the process of application are available on the web page.

We especially encourage the application of qualified women. Handicapped candidates with equal qualification will be preferred.

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18 PhD Fellowships at Graduate School of Life Science Wuerzburg

Würzburg is one of the leading German Universities in the Life Sciences based on funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG Ranking 2009). Internationally renowned research centres such as the Biocenter, the Research Center for Infectious Diseases, and the DFG Research Center for Experimental Biomedicine (Rudolf Virchow Center) contribute to this standing.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) is directly linked to those research centers. It comprises about 240 doctoral students and runs research training groups in the following major sections:
Biomedicine | Infection and Immunity | Integrative Biology | Neuroscience | MD/PhD program (MDs only)

We offer
1. an international, English spoken and widely visible research environment,
2. a personal fellowship, conference money and funding of research expenses for three years,
3. continuous supervision and mentoring by a thesis committee of three principal investigators,
4. a strong network of peers,
5. advanced scientific and transferable skills training,
6. special tutoring for international students.

We expect
1. passion for and experience in research,
2. an excellent university degree obtained within the last two years, usually a M.Sc. or German Diploma (if graduation is expected by March 2010 you may apply; exceptional candidates holding an Honours B.Sc. may join after a qualification period),
3. proven excellent oral and written English skills, willingness to learn basic German,
4. eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

If this is a match, please refer to the GSLS homepage for details and online application (Deadline Nov 13, 2009):

Please also visit the GSLS homepage for several other funded PhD positions currently available at the GSLS.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program 2010

Scholarships for International Students
The Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program 2010

The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) was established in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan. The objective of the program is to provide an opportunity for well qualified citizens of the Bank’s Developing Member Countries (DMCs) to undertake postgraduate studies which will assist the economic and social development of their countries.

Who is eligible?
Citizens of developing member countries of the Bank (see list and selection criteria) who have a minimum of two years’ working experience and who are eligible for admission to the following degree programs at the University of Sydney:

* Master of Economics
* Master of Commerce
* Master of International Business
* Master of Transport Management
* Master of International Public Health
* Master of Engineering

Please note, applicants living or working outside their home country are not eligible for this scholarship. Also, no applicant will be allowed to apply for the ADB-JSP scholarship more than two times.

Application Deadline:
Application closing date for courses starting in July 2010 is 30 November 2009.

ADB Developing Member Countries
The following countries are ADB Developing Member Countries:

* Afghanistan * Armenia
* Azerbaijan * Bangladesh
* Bhutan * Cambodia
* People’s Republic of China * Cook Islands
* Fiji Islands * Georgia
* Hong Kong China * India
* Indonesia * Kazakhstan
* Kiribati * Republic of Korea
* Kyrgyz Republic * Lao People’s Democratic Republic
* Malaysia * Maldives * The Republic of the Marshall Islands
* Federated States of Micronesia * Mongolia * Myanmar
* Nauru * Nepal * Pakistan * Republic of Palau
* Papua New Guinea * Philippines * Samoa * Singapore
* Solomon Islands * Sri Lanka * Chinese Taipei * Tajikistan
* Thailand * Timor-Leste * Tonga * Turkmenistan
* Tuvalu * Uzbekistan * Vanuatu * Vietnam

Selection criteria
* Qualifications of the candidate.
* Applicants with less than two years of work experience will not be selected.
* Preference to women candidates.
* Preference to applicants with lesser financial capacity.
* The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who have previously studied abroad.
* The Program will, in principle, not support applicants who are pursuing a second master’s degree or a second doctorate degree.
* Candidates who are applying in a participating academic institution in their own country may not be selected.
* Diversification of nationality in the overall Program as well as at each participating academic institution will be considered.

Application form
You can complete the Application Form by following the instructions on the form.

Please download the ADB-JSP application form (191kb PDF).

You must have a copy of Acrobat Reader to access this form.

For further information please contact:
International Office
The University of Sydney
Phone - +61 2 8627 8302
Fax - +61 2 8627 8387
Email -

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chevening Scholarships 2010/11 for Study in UK

Study in UK
Chevening scholarships 2010/11
Applications for 2010/11 Chevening Scholarships will open 1 August 2009 and close on 18 October 2009.

Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships are highly prestigious awards funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council. The programme offers outstanding graduates and young professionals, for international students who wish to study in the United Kingdom (UK) universities.

The awards are made for one year’s formal study for a postgraduate qualification or for a shorter period of not less than three months to pursue private study or research at a university or similar institution in the UK.

The scholarship includes:

* a return economy airfare to the UK from any Australian city
* all compulsory academic fees
* monthly stipend
* book allowance
* thesis allowance

Candidates should have a strong undergraduate degree (emphasis is placed on applications with First or Second Class Honours). Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

Chevening scholarships are targeted towards a broad range of fields and disciplines. Priority is given to the following areas:

* Science and innovation
* New and renewable energy resources and energy security
* Global environmental issues
* Science policy
* Sustainable development
* Human rights
* Political science

Application Deadline: 18 October 2009

Important information for all applicants

* Applications for Chevening Scholarships for study in the 2010/11 academic year open on Saturday 1 August. The application deadline is midnight Sunday 18 October.
* Applications will ONLY be accepted via the new online application system. For further details on how to submit your application, and to complete the online application procedure, please go to
* No late applications will be accepted.
* In your application you will be asked to list contact details for two referees. Note, referees should be professional and/or academic.
* A Medical Form is only required once an award has been made.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

RA Position at SUNY, Albany, USA

The Department of Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY seeks
applications for an immediate Research Assistantship to begin in Spring
2010, offered through its doctoral program. Applicants must be accepted
to the Ph.D. program to qualify for this position. The research
assistantship entails work on a federally funded research project
directed by Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley that aims to predict real
world characteristics of players in virtual worlds, such as World of
Warcraft and Second Life.

The research assistant would work 20 hours per week on the following
kinds of duties: assist in recruiting research participants, providing
technical support, monitoring player interactions, conducting literature
searches, and data collection and data analysis. The RA should have a
strong GPA, high GRE scores, a passion for research, and ideally an
interest or knowledge in interpersonal interaction and/or
computer-mediated communication.

Compensation includes a stipend (including summer support) and up to 9
credits of in-state tuition per semester.

The graduate student would be joining the newly established doctoral
program in communication in the department. For more information please
see Faculty in
the department specialize in political, health, organizational,
interpersonal/intercultural, and computer-mediated communication.

If interested or would like further information about the research
assistantship, please email Dr. Stromer-Galley at

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2 PhD students in the EU project DESTECS - University of Twente

The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university, located about 200 km from Amsterdam in Enschede, a city in Twente, the garden of the Netherlands with excellent recreation facilities. Organized over 5 faculties, the UT offers 20 educational programs ranging from applied physics, public and business administration, communication studies and diverse programs in engineering technology. Research takes place within the context of institutes and focuses, among other things, on nanotechnology, information and communication technology (CTIT), biomedical technology, policy studies, construction management & engineering, and mechanics. More than 7,000 students and 2,700 staff members live, work and recreate at the UT, the Netherlands’ only campus university with a park-like atmosphere and numerous sporting facilities.

Research institutes

The research will be carried out in the Control Engineering (CE) laboratory of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI), which is embedded among others in the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).

The Control Engineering group of the
University of Twente has a vacancy for

2 PhD students in the EU project DESTECS


The efficient design of embedded control systems (i.e. mechatronics / robotics software) is hampered by the separation of engineering disciplines in current state of the art development approaches. A methodology to address system-level design issues across discipline boundaries is lacking and tool support is poor. This “design gap” inhibits iterative and concurrent engineering, leading to sub-optimal designs and long development lead times. Moreover, the design gap is widening because of increasing system complexity and increasing capabilities of the system artifacts used.

About the project

DESTECS is inspired by the vision of collaborative multidisciplinary design of embedded systems using a methodology and tools that promote rapid construction and evaluation of system models, with both methods and tools validated against real industry need and evaluated on industrial applications.
DESTECS will research and develop methods and open tools that support the collaborative design of dependable real-time embedded control systems using a model-based approach. This means that engineers can perform design evaluation and analysis using co-simulation of models expressed in different tools that reflect in a natural way the relevant aspects of the design but which can be analysed consistently and rapidly together. This requires advances in continuous time modelling, formal discrete event modelling of controllers and architectures, fault modelling and tolerance, and open tools frameworks. Bringing these together in methods and tools has the potential to substantially improve the cost-effectiveness of model-based design.

The two Ph.D. candidates at the Control Laboratory within the DESTECS project will be responsible for:

To research and develop methods that support the collaborative modelling and analysis by co-simulation of candidate designs for dependable embedded control systems; and to deliver guidelines, templates and tool prototypes for using co-simulation as a means for exploring candidate designs during development.

To research and develop methods that provide structuring mechanisms for models such that co-simulation, re-use of sub-models and concurrent design of models can be supported; and to deliver guidelines, techniques and tool prototypes for model code versioning control.

What we ask

An MSc or comparable degree in electrical / computer engineering or computer science with demonstrated abilities in the fields of research described above: model structuring, (co)-simulation and tool design, with application area robotics / mechatronics. Good control of the English language in written and spoken form. Ability to perform research individually and also work in an international team.

What we offer

Gross monthly salary for the PhD position range from € 2042 to € 2812. In addition to this, we offer a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), various sporting and cultural facilities at reduced rate, medical insurance at a reduced rate.

Contact information

Applications should be received by us, not later than 25 October 2009.

Please send your applications to:, and mention the vacancy number 09/199 of this vacancy.

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Fully funded Research Scholarships, Univ. of Leeds, UK

Fully-Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS)
Session 2010-2011

Closing Date: 29 January 2010

Fully funded University International Research Scholarships are available for high quality international students who will be commencing PhD research study in Session 2010-2011 for study in any Faculty at the University of Leeds.

• Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a University BANNER ID Number to be eligible for a Fully-Funded International Research Scholarship. Applications without a valid University ID Number will be rejected. To apply for a place on a research degree programme, please visit:
• These awards are only available to applicants who would be liable to pay academic fees at the full international fee rate;
• Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK First Class Honours degree. Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study;
• Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language requirements. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum;
• These awards are not open to individuals who have already been awarded a Doctoral degree or equivalent qualification.


These include the following (full information on the regulations will be sent to all successful applicants):

• Awards must be taken up on 1 October 2010;
• The awards are available for new research students undertaking full-time study leading to the degree of PhD. Students who are already registered for PhD research study are excluded from this competition;
• The award will cover full international fees and a maintenance grant of £13,570 per annum. There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs;
• The award will be made for one year in the first instance and renewable for a further period of up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress;
• Applicants must live within a reasonable distance of the University of Leeds whilst in receipt of this Scholarship.


• Applicants must complete all sections of the University Postgraduate Research Scholarship Application Form, using the space provided on the form and with strict observation of any word limits. Attachments are not permitted and all will be disregarded.
• The completed form should be returned to the Postgraduate Scholarships Office, Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT by no later than 29 January 2010 or by email to


Applications are logged by the Postgraduate Scholarships Office and passed on to the relevant Schools for initial consideration. After a School selection process, recommendations for award are then made at Faculty level and final approval given by the University Scholarships Group. Applicants can expect to be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of March 2010. The University will publish the names of the successful applicants within the University and externally on the University website.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Gates Scholarships 2010, University of Cambridge, UK

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships 2010

Graduate application information for October 2010

Below are details of the graduate application deadlines for the October 2010 entry.

US citizens: the GRADSAF form and supporting documents must arrive at the University by 15 October 2009.

Non-US citizens: the GRADSAF form and supporting documents must arrive at the University by 15 December 2009.

Full details about graduate studies in Cambridge will be available in the 2010-11 Graduate Studies Prospectus from mid-September 2009. However, applicants may apply for admission for October 2010 from 1 September 2009 from the 2010-11 application page.

Further info:

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Master, PhD, Postdoc Open Positions on Mechanistic aspects and spatial effects in cell signalling

Mechanistic aspects and spatial effects in cell signalling, within TEAM Programme sponsored by Foundation for Polish Science.

Concepts and objectives
The leading aim of the project is to identify and study the turning points in molecular pathways of immune response and cancer, in which the single cell fate, understood as a choice between apoptosis, senescence, proliferation, differentiation or cell cycle arrest, is decided. As a model molecular pathways we will consider these related to innate and adaptive immune response and cancer, in which we have expertise. The project will be realized both by means of numerical simulations and theoretical analysis.

We have the open positions for undergraduate students (with the third year finished), PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

The following topics will be financed:

For MSc (undegraduate, after third year) students:

1. Stochastic gene expression: numerical simulations and mathematical analysis.
2. Stochastic numerical simulations of complex regulatory pathways: development of new simulation tools.
3. Evolution and co-evolution of genes (and their regulatory regions) related to p53 and NF-kappaB pathways: From yeast to human.
4. Mutations of p53 pathways genes in various types of cancer.

For PhD students:

1. Calcium signalling, calcium travelling waves, spatial organization of kinase cascades, stochastic and deterministic reaction-diffusion equations.
2. Mathematical aspects of regulatory pathways: Markov processes, bifurcation theory for stochastic systems.
3. Integration of signalling pathways of transcription factors: NF-kappaB, p53 and IRF3/IRF7.

For postdoctoral researchers:

1. Formation and signalling in nanoclusters and receptor complexes, B-cell receptor signalling.
2. DNA regulation and dynamics (formation of cruciforms, Z-DNA and other noncanonical DNA) in the context of gene expression.

Stipends/salaries (netto)

* For MSc students – 1000 PLN/month
* For PhD students – about 3000 PLN/month
* For postdoctoral researchers – about 7000 PLN/month

Criteria for the candidates selection

(1) Scientific achievements of the candidate (30 points)

(2) Evaluation of the candidate (15 points)

* for MSc candidates: average of the marks obtained during the studies
* for PhD candidates: average of the marks obtained during the MSc studies, the mark of the final exam, the mark of MSc thesis
* for postdoc candidate: average of the marks obtained during the PhD studies, the mark of the final exam, the mark of PhD thesis

(3) Experience in scientific activity (20 points)

(4) Scientific stipends and stays at foreign scientific institutions (20 points)

(5) Presentations at conferences and workshops (15 points)

The PhD candidates should have background in

* computational biology and/or
* applied mathematics and/or
* physics

The candidate for the postdoc position should have experience in systems biology, computer methods and have good background in applied mathematics.

Persons interested in applying for the positions should contact Dr. T. Lipniacki ( and present by October 16, 2009, covering letter, scientific CV (including list of publications, conferences, stays at scientific institutions, etc.) and all the necessary documents concerning criterion (2). Please e-mail covering letter and CV to and send the documents to

Dr. Tomasz Lipniacki,
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Pawinskiego 5B, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland

The final stage of the selection will be the qualification interview in English (held between October 19-23, 2009). PhD position holders will be enrolled for the doctoral studies in the Institute of the Fundamental Technological Research.

For inquieries, please contact Dr. Tomasz Lipniacki (

Team members:

* Tomasz Lipniacki – principal investigator (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, PAS, Warsaw, Poland)
* Bogdan Kazmierczak (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, PAS, Warsaw, Poland)
* Aleksandra Nowicka (Institute of Theoretical Physics, PAS, Warsaw, Poland).

External collaborators:

* Prof. Mark Alber (Notre Dame University, US),
* Prof. Allan R. Brasier (UTMB Galveston, TX, US),
* Assoc. Prof. James R. Faeder (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, US),
* Assoc. Prof. William S. Hlavacek (Los Alamos National Laboratories, US),
* Prof. Marek Kimmel (Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, US),
* Prof. Vitaly Volpert (Universite Claude Bernard – Lyon 1, France),
* Prof. Michael R.H. White (Liverpool University, UK).

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ITRI Graduate Scholarship Program (PhD) for Spring 2010

If you are looking for the best development opportunity for yourself in the exciting technology frontier, this is the program to make your dream come true. The ITRI Graduate Scholarship Program offers foreign MS degree holders a comprehensive 4-year scholarship to pursue their Ph.D. in Taiwan, while joining collaborative research projects between Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and two outstanding science and technology universities, National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) and National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU).

Applications are currently being accepted for admission in Spring 2010. Interested students should apply directly to either National Chiao Tung University or National Tsing Hua University. University will take responsibility for student’s application, evaluation and related matters. In your application letter, please specify your interest in the ITRI Outstanding International Graduate Scholarship Program. Application deadlines are in October.

Why Join this Program?

* Pursue your doctoral degree at either NCTU or NTHU, two world-class science and engineering universities.
* Participate in the grand challenge research programs at ITRI, most prominently in interdisciplinary areas.
* Work and learn with some of the most outstanding researchers in the world.
* Connect with the top-notch high-tech companies and R&D institutes in Taiwan for employment opportunities.

What does this Program Offer?

* Monthly scholarship of NT$30,000(~US$900).
* Tuition waiver contingent on academic performance.
* Additional research stipend when participating in dissertation research projects at ITRI.
* Employment opportunity at ITRI after graduation.

This program extends the scholarship and tuition offer to eligible students up to 4 years depending on annual review of academic performance.
Students failing to meet academic standards as required by partner universities will lose eligibility for this offer.

Focus Areas of this Program

* Information and Communication Technologies
* Optoelectronics and Photonics.
* Material and Chemical Engineering

Eligibility for Application

* Proof of foreign citizenship
* Proof of a Master’s degree or equivalent
* Must meet all criteria for admission as established by partner university (NCTU or NTHU)

Application Procedure

Applications are currently being accepted for admission in Spring 2010. Interested students should apply directly to either National Chiao Tung University or National Tsing Hua University. University will take responsibility for student’s application, evaluation and related matters. In your application letter, please specify your interest in the ITRI Outstanding International Graduate Scholarship Program. Application deadlines are in October, as established by each university.

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Master Scholarships in Computational Linguistics at the University of Zadar

We invite all enthusiastic and motivated B.A. graduates with a strong interest in linguistics, and all its theoretical, psychological, sociological, empirical, and computational aspects to enroll in the new M.A. Program in Linguistics.

Duration and contents: The program lasts four semesters (= 2 years) and comprises four obligatory core courses. Students choose from a large number of elective courses according to their personal interests and specialization area, including for example: theoretical, empirical, and computational linguistics, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition research.

The MA program complements the classical linguistic education with experimental and empirical research methods. It offers a strong computer and technology orientation, and thus practical and hands-on experience in modern linguistic research domains.

Creative thinking and advancement of teamwork are essential values conveyed throughout the program, accompanied by individual and intensive tutoring involving current research issues.

Acquired skills and knowledge:

The program imparts solid knowledge of linguistic theories and research methods, including:

* collection and processing of data
* statistical analysis of data
* experimental design
* computational modeling
* theoretical research and theory construction
* language technologies


To complete the M.A. program, students must collect a minimum of 120 ECTS points (30 points are granted for the M.A. thesis). The M.A. program is completed with a defense of the M.A. thesis.
After completing the single major M.A. program in linguistics at the University of Zadar, the academic title magister linguisticae is granted.


The requirements for enrollment are:

* Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in a related field of study acquired in the Republic of Croatia, or abroad, including: languages, information and library science, psychology, sociology, computer science, and many other areas (an additional differential exam might be required)

* Proficiency in English

The admission procedure requires the submission of a written letter of motivation and an interview with the faculty of the Linguistics department.


Enrollment for the entrance exam is scheduled for 5th-9th of October 2009 at the University of Zadar. For detailed information on enrollment see the University web pages:

The linguistics program will enroll up to 30 students with full subvention from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.

Application Deadline: 06-Oct-2009

Application Mailing Address:

Dr. Malgorzata E. Cavar
Obala kralja Petra Kresimira IV. 2
Zadar 23000

Contact Information:

Dr. Malgorzata E. Cavar

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Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, Stockholm University

Institution/Organization: Stockholm University
Department: Department of Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics at Stockholm University invites applications for a
four-year studentship within its PhD programme in Computational Linguistics,
with start date January 1, 2010.

We would especially welcome thesis projects with a potential for
cross-fertilizing areas within the department and/or with partners in the Human
Language Technology Center in the Stockholm-Uppsala University Network
( For example, the thesis project might
involve one of the profile areas of the department, language typology (see or early language acquisition
in children. It might also relate to activities within the Userware Laboratory
at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), such as data-oriented
models of semantics. Examples of other such cross-border areas are symbolic and
statistical methods for parsing and computational linguistics for
under-resourced languages.

The deadline for applications is October 29, 2009. Applications should be sent
by ordinary mail to Stockholms universitet, Registrator/PA, 106 91 Stockholm,
Sweden, and should include the following:

1. CV with information about earlier studies, jobs and publications;
2. a copy of written works that are referred to in the application;
3. contact information for two reference persons;
4. a sketch of up to 6,000 words describing a possible thesis project.

Please indicate the reference number SU 617-2168-09 on your application!
Further inquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Mats Wirén

General information

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree including at least an equivalent of
the Swedish “magister” programme in General Linguistics. This programme focuses
on linguistic theory and comprises four years of study including the writing of
two research papers. Applicants from all countries are welcome. Knowledge of
Swedish is not a formal requirement but students are strongly advised to acquire
a working knowledge of Swedish as soon as possible (language courses are offered
by the university). Additional details on the general admission requirements for
postgraduate studies at Stockholm University can be found at

During the period of the studentship, the student is a regular employee of the
University. The beginning salary is 21,600 SEK a month (approximately 2,100
Euros or 3,100 USD).

The first period of employment is for one year. The employment contract can then
be renewed for at most two years at a time, up to a total of four years, or, if
the student accepts teaching or administrative duties at the department (not
exceeding 20% of full time), maximally five years.

The Department of Linguistics at Stockholm University (
has about 60 employees, which makes it one of the larger departments at the
Faculty of Humanities. The department is organized into six sections, namely,
General Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, Sign Language for the
Deaf, Swedish for the Deaf, and Modern Greek. The research at the Department of
Linguistics belongs to one of fifteen areas at Stockholm University which have
been graded as “leading research” in the sense of being nationally leading and
having a high international status (see
The department is a member of the Human Language Technology Center in the
Stockholm-Uppsala University Network (,
and participates in the Swedish National Graduate School of Language Technology

Application Deadline: 29-Oct-2009

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Professor Mats Wirén
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Anthropological Linguistics, Language Documentation & South Caucasus Region: PhD Student, ARISC, USA

Institution/Organization: ARISC
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation


The American Research Institute of the Southern Caucasus (ARISC) announces the
availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South
Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia,and/or Azerbaijan). We anticipate making four to six
awards of a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social
sciences and humanities are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality
and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the Southern
Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and/or
living expenses in the Southern Caucasus. During his/her stay in the Southern
Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC sponsored presentation on a
subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any
publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the
application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule,
budget, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by November 20, 2009
to info “at” All information must be received by November 20, 2009 in
order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

Please see
for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

Application Deadline: 20-Nov-2009

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Talin Lindsay

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