PhD Studentships in Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Liverpool John Moores University
PhD Studentships in Electrical / Electronic Engineering
School of Engineering
Please quote Ref: IRC179

Applications are invited for a number of PhD studentship in the School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University. The studentships consist of a tax-free stipend (currently £ 13,290 per annum for the 2009-2010 academic year) and tuition fees.

We are seeking candidates with strong background and interest in the following areas, in which the School has well established research groups and advanced research facilities:

1. VLSI devices (Microelectronics Research Group): The research will be related to quality assessment of nanometre transistors and Flash memory cells, and the evaluation of new materials for future VLSI industry. The research work will be carried out in collaboration with world-leading microelectronic research institutes, such as IMEC. The applicants should have a background in electrical and electronic engineering or physics.

2. Power electronics (Electric Machines and Drives Research Group): The research will be in the area of voltage source inverter topologies and PWM techniques for variable-speed multiphase (more than three phases) motor drives. The applicants should have a background in electrical and electronic engineering, especially in the areas of power electronics, electric machines and variable speed drives, DSPs, and on-line control implementation.

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PhD Studentships in the Field of Ecology of Infections, University of Antwerp, Belgium

The University of Antwerp is a knowledge centre with 3.600 co-workers that performs ground-breaking and innovative research of international standing. The university takes special care to ensure optimum support and supervision of students, and pays constant attention to educational innovation. The university is an autonomous pluralistic institution that is committed to the enhancement of an open, democratic and multicultural society, and it pursues an equal opportunities policy.

Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology

The Evolutionary Ecology Group has the following position available:

Ph.D.-student in the field of Ecology of Infections (m/f)

Position Description and Information
Applications for a Ph.D.-student fellowship at the University of Antwerp are welcomed from persons with a master’s degree in Biology or other Life Sciences.

The Ph.D.-student will join a group of researchers working on rodent-borne diseases and population dynamics, in the framework of a project entitled “Infectious disease models: wildlife ecology, ecological disturbance and transmission to humans.”This project is a collaboration with the UAs Centre for Health Economics Research & Modeling Infectious Diseases. Changing environmental conditions (e.g. climate) are likely to affect the ecology of infections, through changes in the abundance of susceptible natural host populations or by affecting transmission rates (directly or through vectors). The project investigates these effects, through observations, experiments and mathematical modeling, for five model infections selected for their different characteristics (hantaviruses in voles, plague in gerbils, arenavirus in African mice, dengue fever in humans, rotaviruses in vaccinated humans). The Ph.D.-student will focus on the hantavirus and/or arenavirus model systems.

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PhD Scholarships and Postdoc Positions in Mechanical Sensors and Vehicles for Oral Drug Delivery, DTU, Denmark

7 PhD scholarships and 3 postdoc positions for “Namec”

We are looking for PhD students and postdocs with an interest in highly cross-disciplinary, team-oriented research!

The focus of the Namec centre, `Namec – NAnoMEChanical sensors and actuators, fundamentals and new directions’, is to develop a platform for new mechanical sensors and vehicles for oral drug delivery. The centre will initiate a focused, fundamental and interdisciplinary research within nanomechanics with the goal of creating a platform for new types of nanomechanical components for drug delivery as well as realizing ultra sensitive sensors which give reliable and reproducible data. The centre focuses on pharmacological applications.

The research project is collaboration between Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Department of Mathematics and Department of Electrical Engineering at DTU and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at KU.

For information on the overall project you are welcome to contact Head of Centre and Professor Anja Boisen, tel.: (+45) 4525 5727 .

See the available PhD Scholarships and Postdoc positions for the NAMEC project on www.dtu.dk/vacancy and www.farma.ku.dk/job

Application deadline: 10 August 2009

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Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) Scholarships, Radboud University, The Netherlands

MSc MMD scholarships
In the 2006 – 2008 period, 9 talented students from outside the EER received financial support from our MMD Study Fund. For the 2009 curriculum year, 6 talented non-EER students have been selected that receive full scholarships covering all study and living costs. These students come from Turkey, India, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

For the 2010 curriculum year, we will also select 6 non-EER students that will receive a full scholarship. Candidates for the MMD scholarship however must apply before 1 December 2009 and thereby can also apply for HFP or NFP fellowships (deadlines 1 February and 1 March 2010 respectively).

PhD positions in the NCMLS graduate school
Approximately 160 PhD students are part of the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences graduate school. Each year, more than 40 PhD positions become available. MSc MMD graduates are prime candidates for these PhD positions, which have been written by one of the 40 Principal Investigators of the NCMLS.

Personal PhD grants
A successful research career starts when a masters student writes his/her own research project. The Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre has provided 3 PhD grants for the best projects written by Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) or Biomedical Science (BMS) students that started their masters in 2007. The selected students will start their projects in September of 2009. Likewise, 3 PhD projects have been reserved for MMD and BMS students who have started their masters in 2008.

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PhD Research Assistanships in Coupled Human – Natural Systems Modeling, Arizona State University, USA

PhD research assistantship positions in coupled human-natural systems modeling at Arizona State University (ASU). The position is available starting fall 2009 to assist in the development of dynamic, coupled models of recreational fishing behavior and fish populations.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved with and learn cutting edge statistical, simulation, and optimization techniques as they relate to natural resource economics and fishery management. Candidate should have interests in economics, natural resource management, and/or fish (or wildlife) population dynamics.

The candidate is expected to develop strong quantitative skills. Prior master’s experience or experience with models and quantitative methods preferred. The candidate is expected to pursue one of the following ASU degrees: sustainability, environmental life sciences, biology, biology and society, or applied math for life and social sciences.

Compensation includes tuition waiver, stipend, and benefits. Other assistantship positions are also available. Contact Eli Fenichel (eli.fenichel[ at ]asu.edu) or Josh Abbott (joshua.k.abbott[ at ]asu.edu) for more information and instructions on applying.

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PhD Studentships in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College London invites applications for the Hans Rausing PhD studentship, starting in the 2009/10 academic year.

The history of science and technology has been taught and researched at Imperial College London since 1963, and CHoSTM in its current form was established in 1992. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, CHoSTM was awarded the highest rating of all 83 UK history departments. 40% of its research was classed as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigor, with another 40% judged internationally excellent.

The Hans Rausing award is open to home, EU and overseas students who hold or are about to complete an MSc in the history of science, technology and medicine or related field. Applicants should posses an outstanding academic track record and strong research potential.

The proposed topic should relate to the history of science and / or technology. Proposals in the history of medicine are not eligible for consideration.

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Doctoral Fellowships, Topology of Technology, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

The interdisciplinary post-graduate program “Topology of Technology” at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, announces 10 doctoral fellowships, starting Nov. 1, 2009, and running for 2 years (with an possible option of a third year).

The program is organized by teachers from the subjects of history, sociology, philosophy, literature and language, mechanical engineering, informatics, and civil/construction engineering. It focuses on the relationship between technology and space—at present, in history, and in a possible future.

It has five thematic foci:

  • Information Technology and the Topology of the Network Society
  • Technological Spaces of the Body and the Perception of Space
  • The Circulation of Materials — Mobility — Tourism
  • Topologies of Technology and Forms of Representation
  • Fields of Power and the Role of Technology

The program is primarily financed by the German Research Council (DFG); see http://www.dfg.de

Monthly stipends range between 1,000 and 1,365 euros.

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Master Scholarships in Food Processing, Centre for Water, Earth and Environment, Canada

The fruit processing industry is experiencing a surge in its growth with Quebec ranked tenth in North America. The growth has generated huge quantities of “fruit pomace” as solid waste (25–30% of the total processed fruits) obtained after the extraction of fruit juice. The objective is to carry out value-addition of pomace to produce ligninolytic enzymes; extract polyphenols; and use the fermented mass as animal feed by using a white rot fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium.

The fruit pomace residues are generally rich in carbohydrates, especially cell wall polysaccharides and other functionally important bioactive molecules, such as proteins, minerals and natural antioxidants. Owing to the high carbohydrate content, fruit pomace can be used as a substrate for the microbial production of enzymes and extraction of other high-value added products, such as anti-oxidants. Further, the high protein enriched residue can serve as animal feed.

Research Area:
Fermentation to produce ligninolytic enzymes and simultaneously analyze polyphenolic compounds and carry out experiments with swine feed.

Requirements:
B.Sc./B.Tech. in microbiology, biochemistry, biological engineering, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering or related discipline. Practical experience in the field of solid state fermentation or liquid fermentation and knowledge of high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrophotometry is an added asset. Computer knowledge preferably include programming skills is an advantage. Candidates should be proficient in English and French.

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Masters Scholarships, POLIdesign, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Research of eligible students’ for Masters Scholarships
Master Politecnico di Milano
POLI.design – Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano addresses your institution, which is a relevant reference point in the cultural and commercial exchange with Italy.

POLI.design requests your cooperation in propagating news about qualified opportunities of post-university training: www.polidesign.net

MDS – Master in Strategic Design
. Design of the Value Offering (in cooperation with MIP Politecnico). – 1st level – 11th edition, held in English. Design, management, technology and empowerment, for those oriented to work on the borderline between design and management. www.polidesign.net/mds

Starting date: 28th October 2009 (duration 13 months)
Deadline: 23th October 2009

MBC – Master in Brand Communication, the Project, the Construction and the Brand Management (in cooperation with AssoComunicazione) – 1st level – 9th edition. To manage the strategic thought of the brand as a Strategic Planner, Product Manager, Account and Media manager. www.polidesign.net/mbc

Starting date: 26th October 2009 (duration 12 months)
Deadline: 18th October 2009

MDSPI – Master in Design for the Development of the Industrial Product
– 1st level – 4th edition. For the Product Design specialists, to run the entire procedure of realization of industrial products, from their conceiving to their production. www.polidesign.net/mdspi

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PhD Studentships in Organic Chemistry, University of York, UK

Free radicals in phenylene diamine oxidation

What is common between colour photography and hair dyeing? Both processes involve essentially the same chemistry based on indo dyes [1,2]. The dyes in both cases are formed in situ by oxidative coupling of phenylene diamines with aromatic compounds, a reaction which proceeds via formation of relatively stable free radical intermediates. Although indo dyes have been around for decades, the mechanistic chemistry of their formation lacks many details which are essential for development of better, less harmful dyes.

This project aims to unravel the mechanism of hair dyeing and related reactions. The main analytical technique will be EPR spectroscopy – a method very similar to NMR but providing information about free radicals. Detection and identification of radicals formed during phenylene diamine oxidation will be indispensable for establishing mechanistic details of this reaction.

The project is industrially sponsored (by Procter & Gamble).

The studentship is available from 1 October 2009, to work with Dr Victor Chechik (vc4[ at ]york.ac.uk) at University of York. Informal inquiries are welcome!

Funding for this physical organic chemistry project has been confirmed and is available to UK or EU students.

[1] D. Rogers, The Chemistry of Photography, RSC Publishing, 2007.
[2] K. C. Brown, S. Pohl, In: Permanent hair dyes, Society of Cosmetic Chemists, 1996; J. F. Corbett, J. Soc. Cosmet. Chem. 1984, 35, 297.

Keywords: Physical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, reaction mechanism, EPR spectroscopy, ESR spectroscopy, free radicals, dyes

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