PhD Studentships in Computing at Napier University, UK

PhD Studentships
Centre for Informatics Research
School of Computing
Edinburgh Napier University

Applications are invited for a number of funded three-year PhD studentships within the Centre for Informatics Research. The studentships will cover tuition fees to home/EU level, with the possibility of a standard living allowance (stipend), currently £13,290 per annum for 2009/10 becoming available. Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU and overseas fees. Note that fees are subject to change annually throughout the programme of study. The studentship is expected to start on 01 October 2009.

The Centre for Informatics Research contains a number of research centres and undertakes research across a broad range of areas in computing and informatics. These include: bioinformatics; computer security and digital forensics; data mining; e-Democracy and e-Government; e-Health; emergent computing (optimisation, computer games & information retrieval); human-computer interaction; information society; information visualization; interaction design; knowledge management; mobile and distributed computing; pervasive adaptation; social informatics; and software reuse. Details of the research areas and research centres can be found at http://www.cir.soc.napier.ac.uk/

Applicants should hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours, or Masters, degree in a discipline relevant to the area of study. Applicants should submit a clear proposal for their research programme that demonstrates an understanding of the background to the area and outlines the questions that the applicant is interested in researching. Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English language requirements.

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Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 2010 in Robotics, Europe

16 Erasmus-Mundus Studentships
Computer Vision and Robotics

Applications are currently being considered for 16 fully funded scholarships (fees and stipend for 8 EU and 8 non-EU students) on the prestigious 2-year Erasmus-Mundus European Masters programme on Computer Vision and Robotics (VIBOT) between Heriot Watt University (UK), the Universite de Bourgogne (France) and the Universitat de Girona (Spain).

VIBOT is one of the European Union`s flagship Erasmus-Mundus courses. The key aim of VIBOT is to produce the next generation of leading engineering researchers to solve important future challenges in a broad range of engineering applications. Starting from a comprehensive coverage of the prerequisites in the field of digital imagery and basic image processing, the students will cover at specialized level all subjects of artificial vision applied to robotics, medical imagery and 3D vision.

This Masters programme will provide an unrivalled knowledge in computer vision and robotics applied to industrial problems and medical imagery. Moreover, the students will have also acquired a mobility, a broadmindedness and the language skills which constitute, in an age of globalization, a major asset for finding research work either in a public laboratory or in a private company.

VIBOT encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering research from fundamental theoretical results to applied engineering solutions that have strong industrial relevance. Individuals within the VIBOT research network are leading authorities on areas ranging from computer vision, autonomous vehicles, statistical signal processing, robotics and image processing.

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PhD Studentships, a Systems Analysis of Rodent Animal Models of Human Disease, Academic Medical Center, Netherlands

Function title: PhD student

Where:
Bioinformatics Laboratory, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

Apply before July 15, 2009

Project
Model organisms have been essential for improving our knowledge of human disease. Especially rodents, mainly mouse and rat, are often used for this purpose, as well as for pre-clinical trials of new drugs and toxicology screens. However, often animal models fail to mimic human disease adequately. As a consequence drugs successfully tested in animal models fail in costly clinical trials or are falsely discarded. Goal of this project is to explore the suitability of rodents as a model organism for human disease, specifically metabolic syndrome. Since metabolic syndrome is a complex multifactorial group of metabolic conditions, a systems approach will be taken to uncover the molecular networks perturbed by disease. Specifically, we aim to validate the similarity of a large number of rodent models for metabolic syndrome to their human counterparts. The project is tightly linked to ongoing projects in biological and clinical groups at the AMC. This project is part of the second round of the BioRange programme of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC; www.nbic.nl).

Tasks
The successful candidate will work towards a PhD degree in bioinformatics. We will build a compendium of rodent and human metabolic syndrome related gene expression datasets. We develop module-based joint analysis methods that search for conserved patterns consisting of sets of genes and sets of conditions in both rodent model and human under which they are co-expressed. These patterns are used to evaluate the molecular similarity of rodent models and their human counterpart. Conserved patterns will be further interpreted by constructing functional networks for metabolic syndrome in rodents and human. We expect methods developed and resulting conserved patterns and functional networks to be useful for elucidating the model mismatch and for increasing the predictive value of preclinical trials and toxicity screens.

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PhD Studentship Bioinformatics / Systems Biology, Ghent University, Belgium

For our group, we are looking for enthusiastic PhD students in bioinformatics/systems biology. You will be involved in a project which is highly complementary to ongoing research in the group, where microarray, proteomics and interaction data related to growth control is generated. You will be responsible for the application and development of computational methods to analyze and integrate these data. You will collaborate with both experimental and computational biologists to obtain a systems-level understanding of leaf growth.

Please consult this page for more information.

Profile:

  • You have a degree in Bioinformatics, Informatics or in Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/Bioengineering.
  • You have a good knowledge/experience in programming (Perl, R, Java and/or C++).
  • You have knowledge or experience with databases (mySQL).
  • You have an interest in web design (PHP).
  • You speak English fluently.
  • You have good communication skills. You are a team player. You are independent and like to take initiative. You are flexible.

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PhD Scholarship in Geocomputation, Spatial Statistics and Geovisual Analytics – SSGA, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

The National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG, http://ncg.nuim.ie) at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM, http://www.nuim.ie) currently has an open position for a PhD Scholarship in Geocomputation on research topic “Spatial Statistics and Geovisual Analytics – SSGA”. The student will be expected to look at a spatial statistcal method, the spatio-temporal Geographically Weighted Regression and investigate how to combine this methodology with Geovisual Analytical exploration.

We are looking for students who have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (computer science / spatial statistics / applied mathematics / computational science / geography / GIScience / geoinformatics), preferably a masters degree and relevant programming/computer skills (or if not, are willing to learn these).

The successful applicant will be provided with desk space, office and computing facilities, travel funding, research training and a supportive work environment. In return, he/she will partake in the full life of NCG, including attending courses and events and providing assistance in the organisation of activities and part-time teaching.

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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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