Unilever Graduate Scholarship in the Sciences, St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK

University of Oxford, UKSt Cross College invites applications for this scholarship from students who will begin studying for a DPhil research degree in the sciences at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2014 – 2015 and who list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application.

The Unilever Scholarship in the Sciences has the value of £3000 and is tenable for three years coterminous with college fee liability. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course. Preference will be given to those studying for degrees in engineering or biochemistry. Applications should be received by Friday 23rd May 2014.

The Scholarship is tenable at St Cross College only and is awarded after interview. An application form can be downloaded from this site, or requested by email. Written requests should be sent to the Academic Secretary, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ.

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Excellence Master Fellowships, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The Faculty of science of the University of Geneva is an internationally top-ranked scientific institution covering a broad range of scientific disciplines: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. It has a strong focus on research and hosts three National Centres of Competence in Research of the highly competitive Swiss National Science Foundation (Frontiers in Genetics; MaNEP; Chemical Biology) and many European collaborative research projects. The Masters of the Faculty of Science constitute an ideal entry for high-level professional and academic careers.

The Faculty of Science, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Admission criteria can be consulted on the relevant Master Web pages. French proficiency is not a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of science.

Application for an Excellence Fellowship is open to students from any university with very good performance in their studies (belonging to the best 10% of their bachelor’s program) and that have completed the Bachelor degree or expect to complete it within 6 months. Selection of the applicants will be based on excellence. Evaluation will be made on the basis of the documentation sent by the applicants.

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Scholarships for Students from Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia – University of Western Australia

University of Western AustraliaThe International Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and enthusiasm for science research for students from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

A total of three scholarships are available and each scholarship is valued at $15,000 over three years

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be completing, or have completed, the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-levels); an International Baccalaureate (IB); a recognised Australian matriculation program such as AusMAT or South Australian Matriculation (SAM), or the NUS High School Diploma.
  • Have applied for entry to the Bachelor of Science at The University of Western Australia, with one of the following majors:
    • Agricultural Science
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Science
    • Geography
    • Marine Science
    • Physics
  • Be able to demonstrate a strong academic record and an enthusiasm for research.
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand

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PhD in Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Stockholm University, Sweden

Stockholm University, SwedenProject title: Electrophysiology & Modeling of Ligand-gated Ion Channels
Membrane proteins are critical for signaling and transport across membranes, but these processes cannot be accomplished with static structures. To fulfill their functions, channels, transporters, and other membrane proteins undergo transient conformational changes; by their very nature these are quite hard to capture either experimentally or in models. Our lab uses combinations of experimental techniques (in particular electrophysiology, where we measure currents through ion channels) combined with state-of-the-art bioinformatics and molecular simulation to investigate how ion channels work and how this function is explained from different structures and conformational motions. We are particularly interested in ligand-gated channels that open or close in response to small molecules binding in our nerve system and brain, and how these are affected by secondary molecules such as alcohols or anesthetics through allosteric modulation. This is exceptionally important to understand ion channels – and thus our nerve system – on a molecular level, and it also has a wide range of applications in anesthetics and many diseases. The successful candidate will use either biochemistry/physics methods such as molecular biology, microscopy and electrophysiology, where a background in biochemistry or biophysics would be suitable, and/or bioinformatics and molecular simulation where a strong background in theoretical biophysics is important. The ideal candidate would have experience from both fields, and will work in a large team of both experimental and computational researchers.

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is mainly located with the other Departments of Chemistry and Life Sciences in the Arrhenius Laboratories for Natural Sciences, which are situated in the northern part of the University Campus at Frescati. Presently around 190 people are working at the Department of which 85 are PhD students engaged in internationally highly recognized research covering a broad range of subjects. The Department is also deeply involved in teaching, with courses at all undergraduate levels, including a wide range of Master courses. A close link between the undergraduate program and the research projects has since long been a tradition and a trademark of the Department. Three centers are linked to the Department: Stockholm Center for Biomembrane Research, Science for Life Laboratory and Stockholm Bioinformatics Centre. The present project will be placed at the Science for Life Laboratory.

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PhD in Biochemistry – Biotechnology, Hasselt University, Belgium

The Faculty of Sciences, capacity group Chemistry, research institute Institute for Materials Research, research group Organic and Bio-polymer Chemistry of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f)

PhD student biochemistry – biotechnology (1)

The candidate will perform research in the frame of a PhD project on the site specific modification of proteins for covalent coupling onto functionalised supports. In the Biomolecule Design Group (Organic and bio-polymer chemistry) of the Institute for Materials Research, in vivo as well as in vitro strategies are being explored to this end. The research is situated in the core competence ‘biosensors’ of the Institute for Materials Research, aiming for improved sensor concepts to enable the detection of small quantities of target molecules (e.g. biomarkers, pathogens, drugs) and this in a reproducible and quantitative manner.

Besides this research, the candidate is also expected to participate in educational tasks of the chemistry department as well as in the assistance of bachelor and master internships.


  • Because of the mutlidisciplinary character of the research, a great interest in life- and materials science is recommended;
  • the candidate is motivated, independent and has a broad interest in research;
  • a good command of the English and Flemish language and willingness to perform research in a team-oriented international research environment are recommended;
  • can work well in team;
  • good relational, communicative and reporting skills.

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PhD Student in Neurogenesis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Faculty of Science occupies a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programmes with universities, research institutes and businesses. The faculty has a student body of around 3,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers thirteen Bachelor’s degree programmes and eighteen Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.

Since September 2010, the whole faculty has been housed in a brand new building at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The installment of the faculty has made the Science Park one of the largest centres of academic research in the Netherlands.

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty’s largest institutes. Its approximately 200 scientists and staff members work in 13 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: 1) The Living Cell, 2) Plant Signaling, 3) Neuroscience, and 4) Life Science Technologies.

The candidate will carry out a research project concentrating on the regulation of adult neurogenesis by hormones and microRNAs in animal models of epilepsy.

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Postgraduate Scholarship in Plant Biochemistry, University of Sydney, Australia

A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Plant Biochemistry. The project is to define the biosynthetic pathway of chlorophyll f at the genomic and proteomic levels focusing on formation of formyl group in chlorophylls.

Applicants should have a good honours degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology and an interest in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants. Some knowledge of photosynthesis and experience in basic laboratory techniques, such as spectrophotometers, electrophoresis, PCR and HPLC, is desirable.

Amount awarded:
The scholarship is valued at $25,000 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Please note the stipend does not cover any tuition fees payable by international students.

Application guide:
Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Min Chen, School of Biological Sciences (A08), The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (E-mail: min.chen@sydney.edu.au) or Associate professor Robert Willows, Macquarie University (Phone: +61 2 9850 8146). Applicants should send a full application direct to Associate Professor Min Chen at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

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Master Studentship in Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry is one of the leading research institutes within the fields of biochemistry, cell- and structural biology, and biomedicine. With its seven scientific departments, about 25 research groups, and a staff of around 850 people, the institute is one of the largest institutes within the Max Planck Society.

The group “Maintenance of Genome Stability” at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry is inviting applications for

Master Student in Cell Biology (starting date: as soon as possible)

Project description
Eukaryotic cells are mostly diploid, but the chromosome numbers might vary due to defects in maintenance of chromosome stability, as we see often in cancer cells or during aging. The main focus of our research is to understand how eukaryotic cells maintain their chromosome numbers and how they response to the aberrations in chromosome composition. The project would specifically focus on polyploidy and aneuploidy in budding yeast and involves a wide range of techniques from molecular genetics, biochemistry, cell biology to systems biology, thus providing excellent training opportunities. Successful applicant will work in an exciting research environment with access to novel technologies and excellent infrastructure.

Candidates with a strong interest in genetics and cell biology are invited. Applicants should be highly motivated and interested to work in a young team of international scientists. Communication skills and good knowledge of the English language are required.
The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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PhD Scholarship in Biomimetic Aqueous Resource Recovery, Technical University of Denmark

Are you interested in biophysics and in working at the frontiers of biomimetic systems design? Then here is an opportunity to obtain a PhD in an internationally recognized research environment supported by national and international academic and industrial collaboration partners.

Wider context of the project
The overall objective of the PhD project is to demonstrate and improve the scientific, technical and environmental feasibility of sustainable forward osmosis (FO) driven aqueous resource recovery using biomimetic biodegradable designed scavengers. The project will take place in the Biomimetic Membrane Group at DTU Physics (www.dtu.dk/centre/MOLBIOPHYS/English.aspx) and is in part financed by the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (http://www.cphcleantech.com).

Scientific focus of the announced PhD position
The demand for sustainable raw material recovery methods operating on aqueous sources including waste water streams, even at low concentrations, is increasing due to the demand for higher surface water quality as well as increasing resource values. This project will combine forward osmosis (FO) water purification with immobilized de novo designed potent biomimetic scavengers for controlled selective capture and release of resources from waste-water streams. We will use phosphate as model solute for sustainable aqueous recovery of a dwindling irreplaceable resource.

Phosphorus (P) is currently sourced predominantly from phosphate rocks and is an essential nutrient for plant growth. 80% of P produced is used to manufacture fertilizers and will be crucial for e.g. nutritional support of increasing population levels and future large-scale biofuel production. Based on known reserves, phosphate rocks could be depleted by 2100 if the increase in demand continues. Recycling of phosphorus, currently discharged to the environment through various waste streams including agricultural production effluents, must be addressed to reduce dependence on phosphate rock-based sources. This is essential for ensuring a supply of phosphorous for the future.

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PhD Students, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Science, Poland

Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Science, located in Warsaw, Poland, invites applications of candidates for PhD position, wishing to work in the project: „Proteomics in characterization of selected protein assemblies” (leader – prof. Michal Dadlez), which will be carried out in collaboration with our French, UK, USA & Slovenian partners. The project focus is the application of MS-based techniques for an in-depth analysis of selected protein assemblies, including their structural analysis (IonMobilitySeparation-MS, ETD monitored HDexchange, etc. – see project details at http://mslab-ibb.pl/pl/team). The project has recently been funded within the TEAM programme of the Foundation for Polish Science in the frame of EU financed Innovative Economy Programme.


  1. MSc degree in biophysics, biochemistry, biology, biotechology or alike, obtained within the last four years, publications in peer reviewed journals will be an advantage.
  2. Strong motivation to work in science, ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary team. Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as proficiency in English are necessary.

Project start date: 01.10.2011.
Project end date: 30.06.2015.
PhD bursary: 3500 polish zloty per month.

Required documents: The candidates should submit their CV, transcript from the last two completed years of studies (with a cumulative average grade), together with a cover letter justifying the application and indicating their area of past and future research interests, reference letters from previous scientific advisors, list of conference abstracts and publications (optional) via e-mail to: msteam@ibb.waw.pl with the deadline of 22.08.2011.

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