Archive for July, 2009

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:

* Engineering Scholarship Application Form – International Students (PDF) 32k
* Engineering Scholarship Application Form – Home/EU Students (PDF) 32k

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The University of Camerino –School of Advanced Studies (from here named SAS) is
opening a call for participation to doctoral courses (XXV cycle) in the areas of
scientific research listed below:

1. Architecture and Design
2. Chemical, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology
3. Earth Sciences
4. Information Science and Complex Systems
5. Legal, Political and Social Sciences
6. Life Sciences
7. Physics
8. Veterinary Sciences


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University of Leipzig, Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology
Doctoral Student Position (TV-L 13/2)
Application deadline: not specified

A position for a doctoral student at the University of Leipzig, Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology (Prof. Rudolf Rubsamen) is available in the project
“Development of acoustically evoked and spontaneous pre- and postsynaptic discharge activity in the anteroventral cochlear nucleus (AVCN) and in the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB): An electrophysiological study in mice and Mongolian gerbils.”

This is a joint project with Prof. H. v. Gersdorff (Vollum Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA) funded for three years by a DFG Research Grant.
Electrophysiological in vivo and in vitro recordings shall be performed in second order neurons (AVCN) and third order neurons (MNTB) of the ascending auditory system in mice and Mongolian gerbils between postnatal days 6 and 30. This period includes the time before the onset of acoustically evoked signal processing up to (almost) physiological maturity in central auditory signaling. In both target nuclei, the recordings will enable a differentiation between the presynaptic electrical activity and the postsynaptic activity (EPSP and/or action potential) of the respective principal neurons. The data will allow to scrutinize the postnatal development of (i) spontaneous and (ii) stimulus evoked discharge activity, (iii) changes in the reliability of synaptic transmission and (iv) in the synaptic delay in vivo. Mice are chosen because of possibility to use genetically manipulated specimen and gerbils because of their sensitivity to low sound frequencies, which provides the oppor!
tunity for precise analysis of temporal aspects of signal processing (e.g. phase locking).
The Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology (www.uni-leipzig.de/~neuro), located at the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology, is embedded in a strong neuroscience research community at the University of Leipzig (www.zv.uni-leipzig.de/forschung/pbf/gehirn-kognition-und-sprache.html). Working facilities are excellent, and PhD students will be affiliated with the DFG Research Training Group InterNeuro (www.uni-leipzig.de/~ineuro/). Funding of the PhD project is for 3 years.

The University of Leipzig is an equal opportunity employer encouraging female scientists and scientists with disabilities to apply.

Please send application papers only in copy without folder or by e-mail. They will be destroyed after a retention period.

Contact address:
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Rubsamen
Department of General Zoology and Neurobiology
Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology
University of Leipzig
Talstrasse 33, 04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 (0)341-9736723
Email: rueb@uni-leipzig.de
Web: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~neuro

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A research position is available for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow to join the research team of Dr. Brenda Gerull at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute (http://www.libin.ucalgary.ca) at the University of Calgary,Canada.
Our new laboratory is interested in molecular and genetic mechanisms of ‘Familial forms of heart failure’ in particular in the pathogenesis of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) using a combination of biochemical, genetic (human and mouse) and cell biological approaches. The project is focused on the role of cell-cell junctions in the pathogenesis of ARVC using mouse models employing transgenic techniques and primary cell culture experiments. Our main focus is to define the adhesive and signaling contributions of different mutated desmosomal proteins in maintenance of cardiac cells and tissue.
The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Molecular biology (or equivalent), ideally with a cardiovascular background and strong experience in molecular and cellular techniques as well as human and mouse genetics. Applicants will expect to have demonstrated an excellent academic and publication record. The ability to work both independently and as a team member and excellent communication skills will be an advantage. The successful candidate has to be enthusiastic to bring his/her own ideas and support in establishing a new laboratory.
The position is available immediately and supported by a grant of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. The term of employment will be three years with continuation dependent on the candidate obtaining funding.We offer a stimulating environment in a young research group.Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports with a number of major mountain resorts near the city.

Applicants should forward a letter of interest, an updated CV and names of three references to Dr. Brenda Gerull. E-Mail: bgerull@ucalgary.ca or b.gerull@mdc-berlin.de

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The Research Training Group (RTG) on Lorentz Force Velocimetry and Lorentz Force Eddy Current Testing at Ilmenau University of Technology offers the following open positions:
12 full-time research positions for doctoral students
2 full-time postdoctoral positions
2 qualification scholarships to prepare for doctoral studies
The positions start 01 January, 2010. In exceptional cases the candidate can be appointed slightly earlier or later. The research positions have a duration of three years and are paid according to the TVL E13 scale of the German public sector (35.000 – 40.000 EUR per year before tax depending on age and marital status). The postdoctoral positions have a duration of two years, can be extended, and are paid according to TVL E14 scale (40.000 – 45.000 EUR per year). The qualification scholarships have a duration of one year with a grant of approximately 15.000 EUR.
The measurement of flow velocities in hot and aggressive liquids like metal melts and molten glass is one of the grand challenges of industrial fluid mechanics. A physically closely related challenge is the detection of deeply lying flaws and inhomogeneities in electrically conducting solid materials. Since 2004, scientists and engineers at Ilmenau University of Technology have been developing two novel technologies termed Lorentz force velocimetry and Lorentz force eddy current testing to meet these challenges. Both technologies are based on measuring the Lorentz forces that are induced by the interaction of electrically conducting moving substances and magnetic fields. Further details can be found at http://www.tu-ilmenau.de/lorentz-force.
Successful candidates for the research positions should have
• an excellent Diploma or Master degree, preferably in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, or applied mathematics,
• an excellent knowledge of the English language,
• a high motivation for interdisciplinary work in an international scientific team, and the commitment to complete the doctoral program within three years.
Experience in either fluid dynamics, force measurement, or high performance computing is helpful, but not required. Successful candidates for the postdoctoral positions should additionally have an excellent doctoral degree and a strong scientific background in either mathematical and numerical modeling or measurement technology and precision engineering.
Ilmenau University of Technology aims to establish gender equality and highly encourages women to apply. Handicapped applicants with identical qualification will be considered with priority. Special services are available concerning all social matters.
We invite all applicants to e-mail the complete set of documents in PDF format (see http://www.tu-ilmenau.de/lorentz-force/application) by 31 July, 2009 to lorentz-force@tu-ilmenau.de mentioning the va-cancy number 34/2009.
Preliminary information can be obtained from the Head of the RTG, Professor André Thess (thess@tu-ilmenau.de) or the Scientific Coordinator of the RTG, Dr. Christian Karcher (christian.karcher@tu-ilmenau.de).

Dr. Christian Resagk
Ilmenau University of Technology
Ilmenau, germany

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An interdisciplinary PhD student position is available in the groups of Prof. Handschin and Prof. van Nimwegen at the Biozentrum, University of Basel. The position concerns a project on structure and dynamics of transcription regulatory networks, in particular those that control skeletal muscle plasticity in health and disease. The succesful applicant will develop and apply computational methodologies for analyzing and integrating high-throughput data that will be obtained from next generation ultra high-throughput sequencing, transcriptome analysis, and other systems biology approaches, with the goal of understanding the gene expression control at a systems level. The position, which is funded by a SystemsX.ch interdisciplinary PhD (IPhD) fellowship, thus combines bioinformatic approaches with biological techniques. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be a member of both research groups, that of Prof. Handschin (molecular biology) and that of Prof. van Nimwegen (comp!
utational systems biology).

Applicants should be highly motivated, have a solid background in applied mathematics and programming, preferably with some experience in bioinformatics, a strong interest in biological problems and a MSc, diploma or equivalent degree. Experience in the area of transcriptional regulation or with next generation sequencing methods is a plus. Good knowledge of English is expected, German is helpful but not necessary. The salary is according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The position is initially funded for 3 years with the possibility for a 1-year extension. SystemsX.ch IPhD fellowships also include separate funds for the participation at scientific meetings. The entrance date by mutual arrangement.

To apply, please send your CV, summary of research interests and 2-3 letters of recommendation to Prof. Handschin. For further information, see http://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch, http://www.systemsx.ch and/or directly contact Christoph Handschin or Erik van Nimwegen.

Contact information:

Christoph Handschin
Biozentrum, Focal Area Growth and Development
University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland
Email christoph.handschin@unibas.ch
URL http://www.biozentrum.unibas.ch/handschin/index.html

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We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in cell physiology and molecular biology with a diploma or masters degree in biology/physiology/cell biology for a PhD-thesis to work on patho-physiological mechanisms of hypoxia- and inflammation-induced pulmonary edema will be investigated.

Methods: Functional and molecular studies will be performed on a co-culture system of primary alveolar epithelial cells with lung micro-vascular endothelial cells (in vitro model of the alveolar barrier). Inflammatory processes will be initiated by adding stimulated alveolar macrophages. Rat lung barrier function will also be studied in vivo.
Signaling mechanisms will be studied by gene silencing/overexpression and functional measurements.

Time: About 3 to 4 years
Begin: January 2010

Achievements: The results of this study will help understand molecular mechanisms that cause lung epithelial and endothelial damage and edema formation in inflammation and hypoxia. These are involved in immune-defense mechanisms such as in pneumonia, ARDS, ALI. Molecular studies will help clarify involved signalling pathways.

Prof.Dr.Heimo Mairbäurl
Medical Clinic VII, Sports Medicine
INF 410, Heidelberg, Germany

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