PhD Studentships in Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, University College Cork, Ireland

A 3-year Science Foundation Ireland PhD studentship is available from October 2009 to work on an internationally collaborative project between Dr Avril Coghlan in University College Cork, Ireland and Dr Richard Durbin at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, U.K. The successful candidate will be based at University College Cork but will visit the Sanger Institute for meetings with collaborators.

The project involves the development of a novel bioinformatics approach for inferring the genotypes of individuals at microsatellite (simple repeat) loci, using data from new DNA sequencing technologies. The novel bioinformatics method will be applied to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, an international project which aims to sequence the whole genomes of 1000 humans from around the world. By inferring genotypes at microsatellite loci in 1000 human individuals, this PhD project aims to investigate important unanswered questions about microsatellite processes and evolution.

The PhD student will have his/her fees paid, and will receive a tax-free stipend of 18500 euro in year 1, 19500 euro in year 2 and 20500 euro in year 3.

The ideal candidate will have an honours B.Sc. or M.Sc. in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related subject. Candidates with a background in genetics or a related biological subject with strong mathematical skills, or with a background in mathematics or computer science with a strong interest in biology, are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter, copy of B.Sc transcript and your CV to Dr. Avril Coghlan by email to a.coghlan [at] ucc.ie

The closing date for applications is August 30 2009.

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PhD Studentships in Human Genetics, 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.

The research group into Hereditary Hearing Impairment at the University of Antwerp (Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences) is recruiting a full time vacancy (m/f) of:

Highly motivated PhD student with a strong interest in human genetics

Research Project
The research topic of our lab is the elucidation of molecular mechanisms contributing to hereditary forms of hearing impairment.

Over the past years, our lab has identified several genes involved in hereditary hearing impairment (HHI). This includes monogenic forms of HHI, due to one single gene defect, as well as complex forms that are caused by an interplay between genes and environment. However, it remains unknown how these underlying gene defects ultimately lead to hearing impairment. Functional characterization of the identified genes will shed more light on the functional link between gene defect and hearing loss.

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MSc Scholarships, the Faculty of Engineering, Kingston University, UK

In addition to MSc scholarships and bursaries awarded by Kingston University, the Faculty of Engineering has a number of scholarships available for Home/EU and International students.

Who can Apply?
Any student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Engineering with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).

Selection Process
Selection is by application only and applicants must:

  • Have a good academic record
  • Provide a statement of 500 words in support of your application.

Submitting an Application
In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a Scholarship Application Form:

The application must be typed and printed. We cannot consider incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline.

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Master and PhD Scholarships in Science, Engineering and Technology, from the Government of Ireland, Ireland

GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND SCHOLARSHIPS IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

IRCSET `Embark Initiative’ Postgraduate Scholarship
Description of scheme
Second Call 2009

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) `EMBARK’ Scheme offers opportunities for suitably qualified students to pursue a postgraduate degree by research. The Scheme supports basic research in the broad areas of Science, Engineering and Technology. The call for applications opens on June 9th 2009 for students and researchers hoping to begin postgraduate research in the Republic of Ireland in October 2009. While a majority of postgraduate Scholarships awarded by the Council are offered to European Union (EU) citizens or to those who are ordinarily resident within a member state of the EU, a proportion of awards are also offered to exceptional candidates who are ordinarily resident in non EU member states.

Scholarships are awarded only to those who will be full-time students and who will engage fulltime in research during the period of the award. Students awarded under the scheme must maintain their principle residence in Ireland during the term of the Scholarship and Scholarships must be held at a recognised third-level institution in Ireland.

The Scholarship awards are valued at €24,003 per year of award. Of this amount €16,002 is paid as a maintenance award to the Scholar. The remaining €8,001 is allocated to cover payment of fees to the Research Body, and support for the research to be carried out.

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PhD Studentships in Requirements Engineering and Climate Change, The Open University, UK

The Open University (UK) – Charter Studentships

To celebrate The Open University’s 40th anniversary we offering a number of research studentships.

These studentships provide opportunities for the best national or international candidates to work alongside leading academics and research staff on projects that will inspire and shape our research portfolio. They will cover all fees for three years plus an annual stipend and are tenable from 1 October 2009. Suitable candidates should have or expect to graduate with a minimum 2:1 honours degree.

One of the topics on offer is: Requirements Engineering and Climate Change

When developing computers systems, it is important to model the world in which they operate as well as what happens within the machine, in order to ensure requirements are met. There is however, no guarantee that the software engineers involved have an adequate understanding of that world. This issue is sharply highlighted in the case of energy and the urgent need to address climate change. In this case, the software engineers would need to engage not just with a whole array of specialist technology, but also understand the social and legal issues involved in addressing complex areas of government policy. In this project you would look at how energy and climate change expertise and policy can be made accessible to software engineers, in forms that can be readily used in modeling systems and their operational environment. You would work with experts in both Software Engineering and Energy and Climate Change, so you would need to embrace an interdisciplinary approach.

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PhD Studentships in Engineering, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Applications are invited for four full-time PhD research Studentships within the School of Engineering and Computing.

  • Characterisation of parameters to identify Partial Discharge in voids in power cables – vented and unvented.
  • Multi-Physics Simulation and Analysis for Condition Monitoring of EV Batteries.
  • Analysis of the Fault Modes and Failure in the Bushings of Power Transformers.
  • Development of a Generalised Code for Heat and Mass Transfer Studies in Particulate Systems.

How to Apply:
Application forms are available from Ms Diane Dickie (Tel: +44 (0)141 331 8096; E: D.Dickie[ at ]gcal.ac.uk)

Please state the Project Title on the completed application form and return – along with your current curriculum vitae, copies of academic qualifications and references – to: Ms Diane Dickie, The Graduate Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA, UK

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st July 2009; short-listed candidates will be contacted to attend for interview in mid August 2009 with a commencement date of September/October 2009 desirable.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gcal.ac.uk/sec/phdstudentships

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PhD Scholarships in Architectural Sciences, University of Rome, Italy

The Doctoral School in Architectural Science, “Sapienza” University of Rome, makes available PhD positions and scholarships. Doctoral programs are: Architecture and Construction – Space and Society (8 positions, 4 scholarships); Energy Saving and Distributed Microgeneration (4 positions, 2 scholarships); Space and Furnishing Design (4 positions, 2 scholarships); Retraining and Recovery Urban Heritage (12 positions, 6 scholarships).

Call for applications is available on the School’s website, http://w3.uniroma1.it/sdsa

Application deadline is July 27th, 2009.

For further information, contact sdsa.sapienza[ at ]gmail.com

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Postgraduate Scholarships, The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, ITWM, Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics is one of 57 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Society. As one of the leading organizations for applied research in Europe it offers ambitious scientists challenging tasks coupled with responsibility and room for creativity.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany is offering

Scholarships for postgraduate students on model reduction for coupled electro-acousto-mechanical FE-models as basis of controller design

Fraunhofer ITWM is one of the biggest research institutes for applied mathematics in Europe.

You will participate in the Marie Curie Research Training Network Smart Structures set up by 14 European universities, research institutes, and companies and offering multiple interdisciplinary training activities, visits, and contacts to industry.

Your task is to apply and extend the Fraunhofer Model Reduction Toolbox (MRT) for reducing finite element models of coupled electro-acousto-mechanical systems appearing in automotive and aerospace industry. The underlying application is virtual prototyping in the field of active noise control by actuators made from smart materials such as piezo ceramics. Reducing the complexity of FE models is essential for both, controller design and performance estimation within optimizations. On the one hand, certain reduction algorithms for large systems with high damping, non-linear behaviour, or frequency dependent boundary conditions have to be investigated, extended, and implemented. On the other hand, active designs have to be optimized in an ANSYS-Matlab environment.

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PhD Fellowship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Established in 2009 by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programs in Hong Kong’s institutions.

Eligibility
Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in UGC-funded institutions of Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

The Fellowship
The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,0001 and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,0001 per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded for the 2010/11 academic year2.

1US$1 = HK$7.8 (rate for reference only)

2Academic year in Hong Kong normally starts in September.

Review Panels
Applications, subject to their areas of studies, will be reviewed by two Selection Panels with experts in the broad areas, one for science, medicine, engineering and technology and another one for humanities, social science and business studies.

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MA / MSc Scholarships, Nottingham University Business School, UK

Nottingham University Business School is among the best UK centres for management education. Our faculty are leading researchers in their fields, so you can be sure that our teaching is informed by world-class research.

MA Scholarships
The Business School is offering up to two full-fee scholarships for the full-time MA Programmes. Home/EU candidates (1st class degree or equivalent) will be considered.

Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible you must have:

  • Been offered a place on one of our full-time MA Programmes
  • Paid the £300 deposit
  • Applied for the scholarship by 26th June 2009

We hope you still want to study for a Nottingham MA/MSc even if your scholarship application is unsuccessful.

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