PhD Studentships in Media Studies, University of Sunderland, UK

Building on our recent success in RAE 2008 (65% World Leading/Internationally Excellent research), the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies invites applications for five fully-funded PhD research studentships. Applicants should be suitably qualified and motivated to undertake a full-time programme of research leading to a PhD. Although we welcome applications from across the field of media and cultural studies, we would be particularly interested in research projects that fall within one of the Centre’s general research themes:

  • Histories and Theories
  • Texts, Performances and Identities
  • Technologies and Spaces of Communication

Further details of staff research interests are available at: http://centres.sunderland.ac.uk/crmcs/

The studentships will include the payment of all tuition fees and carry an annual bursary for a maximum of three years. Students will be provided with a programme of research training and excellent facilities on the University of Sunderland’s new St Peter’s Campus.

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PhD Scholarship in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing, FEMTO-ST, Besançon, FRANCE

Applications are invited for a three year PhD scholarship in the FEMTO-ST Institute (see www.femto-st.fr) at Besançon FRANCE.

This PhD project will form part of a wider project which aims to develop new mathematical tools and a general software dedicated to Arrays of Microsystems. Arrays of Microsystems have been developed and continue their expansion in a number of scientific and technical fields. The research of the project will focus on deriving general multi-scale multi-physical models able to cover large classes of such systems. The multi-scale mathematical methods will be rooted in recently developed techniques by our group or collaborators. Part of mathematical modeling will be done in collaboration with a Laboratory of Mathematics.

The scholarship is valued at about €1.000 net per month for three years. It will be available from 1 October 2009. Application to a room on the campus is possible for low rate. Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and, preferably, a master’s qualification in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics or Mechanics, or comparable postgraduate work experience.

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PhD Studentships in Multiscale Models for Arrays of Microsystems, FEMTO-ST, France

Phd: Multiscale Models for Arrays of Microsystems
Research Area: Applied Mathematics, Mechanics, Scientific Computation
Required Background: Partial Differential Equations, Continuum Mechanics, Numerical Methods, Programming skill
Grant: Supported by the Region Council of Franche-Comté, FRANCE

Expected work: At FEMTO-ST, we are developing both new mathematical tools and a software dedicated to this new field of Arrays of Microsystems described hereafter. During the thesis, we aim at deriving general multi-scale multi-physical models able to cover large classes of these systems. The multi-scale mathematical methods will be rooted in recently developed techniques, as homogenization in strongly heterogeneous media for dynamical problems, our new wave two-scale convergence and two-scale convergence in periodic electrical networks. Part of mathematical modeling will be done in collaboration with the Laboratory of Mathematics at Besançon.

Arrays of Microsystems: Micro-fabrication techniques yield a large variety of devices used as sensors, as actuators or even as complete systems including sensors/actuators/control processing. In an increasing number of applications, there is an interest in designing networks of micro-systems (in a same chip) instead of single ones. They are made of a repetition of a same unit or of a parameterized unit.

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PhD Studentship in Uncertainty Quantification Project, the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

PhD Studentship in Uncertainty Quantification project

Subject: PhD Studentship at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Geological realism in reservoir models: uncertain data integration

A PhD studentship is available in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, to work on an industry funded Uncertainty Quantification project.

Improvement of geological realism in reservoir models is one of the ultimate goals in assessing uncertainty of production predictions. One of the ways to characterize realistic geology is to describe model components and relations in a form of prior distributions, which are based on relevant geological knowledge and data. For instance, a relation between curvature and widths for fluvial channels is supported by observation of contemporary river systems.

The PhD work will be focused on integration of geo-data from different fields – geology, hydrology, paleo-geology, geography – into sub-surface reservoir models. More efficient use of relevant data as informative priors aims to improve realism and prediction capability of the petroleum reservoir forecasting model. Uncertain forecast can be improved by using realistic quantification of model unknowns described by statistical priors, elicited from geological prior knowledge. Use of informative prior distribution in prediction modelling requires self-consistent description of complex dependencies hidden in data, which are subject to vast uncertainties and usually cannot be well represented analytically.

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PhD Fellowships in Grenoble Informatics, Grenoble Informatics Laboratory, France

The Drakkar group (http://drakkar.imag.fr), part of the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (http://liglab.imag.fr) offers 5 PhD fellowships. The positions concern the following research areas:

  • Wireless Sensor Networks for Urban Environments
  • Multi-radio, Multi-interface Wireless Mesh Networks
  • Network Security and Traffic Analysis
  • Software-defined Radios and Wireless Network Experiments
  • Extended LANs and Quality of Service

If you join the Drakkar group, you will:

  • join a 3 year PhD programme.
  • study in a dynamic and highly innovative environment in the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory.
  • benefit from strong collaboration with our industrial and academic partners in Europe.
  • work in an international environment (the French language is a plus but not a requirement)
  • obtain a fellowship starting from ? 19,899 gross per year (depending on the type of funding for each position)

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PhD Studentship in the Computational Investigation of Drug Resistant Mutations in the Kinases, University of Southampton, UK

Academic Supervisor: Professor Jonathan W. Essex, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton.
Industrial Supervisor: Dr Richard A Ward, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfied.

Kinase proteins are intimately involved in cell signalling, and in many cases mutations to these proteins are involved in the development of cancers. A number of small-molecule drugs have been developed to target these proteins, most notably gleevec, which binds to the BCR-ABL kinase and is used as a treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia, and iressa, which binds to the epidermal growth factor receptor’s (EGFR) tyrosine kinase domain and is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer. However, as is the case for bacteria and viruses, the tumour proteins can mutate and thereby develop resistance to these drugs. The mechanisms by which these mutations confer drug resistance are unclear, and are likely to depend on the particular mutation involved. Clearly, however, if we are able to understand these mechanisms, we are then in a position to design novel inhibitors which are unaffected by these mutations.

In this studentship, you will address the issue of how mutations of EGFR confer drug resistance to kinase inhibitors by using a range of simulation techniques, including docking and scoring, fast free energy calculations, and more accurate rigorous free energy methods. Methods to calculate the relative free energies of different protein conformations will also be used. This studentship is funded by the EPSRC and AstraZeneca (AZ), and will be supported by direct access to relevant experimental data available through AZ. The project will be supervised by Prof Jonathan Essex at the University of Southampton, together with a senior scientist from AZ. You will be joining an established research team working in the area of applying and developing computer simulation methods to biological problems.

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PhD Studentships in the Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Postgraduate Studentships in Chemistry
National University of Ireland, Galway

Commencing September/October 2009

Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory

Several fully-funded post-graduate Ph.D. studentships in the Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory are available, funded under collaborative research awards by the ERA – Chemistry initiative, the EU FP7 programme, and a Charles Parsons Energy Research Award.

Programme Topics:

1. Preparation, characterization and evaluation of integrated bioelectrocatalytic systems (enzyme-based) for sensor and energy conversion

2. Bioelectrocatalytic (enzyme and microbial) systems for electricity generation

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PhD Studentship, ESRC / Scottish Government, Exploring the Social Objectives and Impacts of UK Fisheries Policy, UK

ESRC PhD Studentship – Exploring the Social Objectives and Impacts of UK Fisheries Policy

The Scottish Government and Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University Reference Code: AG001

Closing Date: 26th June 2009

Supervisors: Jeremy Phillipson, Dr Jane Atterton Project duration: 3 years

Project start date: September 2009

This collaborative research project with the Scottish government will explore the meaning, justification and implementation of social objectives within fisheries policy. The research will draw on theories of territorial rural development and multi-level governance and notions of ‘resilience’ and ‘adaptive capacity’. It will consider such questions as: What has been the broad socio-economic impact of recent fisheries policies on Scotland’s fishing communities? How are fisheries and development agencies encouraging resilience and adaptation of fishing communities?

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PhD Studentships in Telemonitoring Technologies, University of Twente, The Netherlands

The PhD candidate will conduct a study of the design practices of telemonitoring technologies currently developed and implemented in health care in Europe. In your research you will employ and further develop theoretical perspectives of sociology and philosophy of technology concerning the co-construction of users, technologies and norms of care.

Requirements
You have a master degree in one of the social sciences (technology and culture; philosophy of technology; sociology; or media studies) and affinity with societal problems related to the introduction of ICT in healthcare. You are motivated and able to work independently as well as in collaborative projects.

Organization
University of Twente School of Management Governance (MB)
The University of Twente (UT) is an entrepreneurial research university, located in Enschede, the Netherlands. Organized over five faculties, the UT offers twenty 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 information and communication technology, nanotechnology, biomedical technology, policy studies, construction management & engineering, and mechanics. More than 7,000 students and 2,700 staff members live and work at the UT, the Netherlands’ only campus university.

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PhD Studentships in Spintronics, Nanomagnetism and Magnetic Resonance, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany

PhD studentship in spintronics, nanomagnetism and magnetic resonance at Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ, Germany) in cooperation with Gebze Institute of Technology (GIT, Turkey)

Department of Physics of Gebze Institute of Technology (GIT, Turkey) and Spin-electronics group of Institut für Festkörperforschung (IFF) at Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ, Germany) are applying for joint grants for PhD students to conduct research at FZJ and GIT. PhD student(s) will conduct studies of nanomagnetic structures prospective for spintronic applications. The studies will include the preparation of various nanomagnets and probing their dynamic magnetic properties using high-frequency techniques (magnetic resonance).

Funding for 1 or 2 PhD positions may be available upon evaluation by both cooperative parties and the funding agencies of the program. The expected evaluation period is about 3-4 months. Candidates are expected to have a master degree (or to be sure in obtaining MSc before the end of July, 2009). Other requirement is that the candidate which will conduct studies in Germany has to be enrolled (or, at least, to plan an application) for PhD program at GIT (or another Turkish University) with the supervisor from GIT, or vice versa, the candidate intended to conduct studies in Turkey has to be enrolled at German University with PhD thesis supervisor at IFF.

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