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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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The Children´s Hospital of the Ulm University Hospital is inviting applications for an excellent, highly motivated PhD student in the field of cancer research/apoptosis.

In a multidisciplinary and international research group (group leader: Prof. Simone Fulda), we are studying apoptosis signaling in cancers to identify key molecules that regulate apoptosis in cancer cells.

We aim at translating our knowledge into the development of new cancer therapeutics and novel prognostic biomarkers with a focus on malignant brain tumors (e.g. see FASEB J, 2009, 23:21-33; Cancer Res, 2008, 68:7956-65; Oncogene, 2008, 27:5169-81; Cancer Res, 2008, 68:6271-80; Nat Med, 2002, 8:808-15). Techniques include retroviral gene transfer, siRNA technology, cell & molecular biology, biochemistry, microscopy, primary tumor samples and mouse tumor models.


* The position will be paid according to established scales for PhD students (TV-L/E13, 50%, i.e. roughly 1000 EUR net salary per month).

* Successful applicants have the opportunity to participate in several (inter)national research networks on apoptosis that are coordinated by the project leader, e.g. an EU-funded Marie Curie Research Training Network, a network funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and a clinical research group funded by the German Research Foundation.

* Our PhD program – the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm – is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. This initiative was established in 2005 to grant competitive awards to the best performing German universities.

* The position can be filled immediately for 3 years with the possibility to extend.

Strict Requirements:
* skills in cell and molecular biology
* very good command of English language
* M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a highly relevant field (e.g. molecular biology). Candidates with degrees in biotechnology, human or veterinary medicine, bioinformatics, pharmacy and other distantly related areas are not considered, unless they demonstrate experience in apoptosis research.
* Your highest degree must have an average grade of at least 2.0 (in the German grading system) or an equivalent foreign grade (e.g. UK: 80%; France: 17; Italy: 52; India: 78%).
* Candidates from overseas can only be considered if they are able to attend a job interview in Germany. Unfortunately we cannot offer travel refund.

The University of Ulm aims to increase the number of women among the faculty staff and therefore explicitly encourages the application of female scientists.

Application Procedure:
* Your application should at least include your CV, the average grade of your highest degree and 2 references (name, e-mail, phone).
* Please send your application until July 31, 2009 to the assistant of Professor Fulda: nicolas.marschall@uniklinik-ulm.de
* Incomplete applications and applicants not fulfilling the requirements can unfortunately not be considered.
* Late applications are possible, since there are additional positions available regularly.
* Receipt of applications will be confirmed on request only.

If you are interested in cancer research and apoptosis and want to benefit from a cutting-edge research project combined with a structured, interdisciplinary and transeuropean training program, that’s your chance!

Ulm University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.



Nicolas Marschall
Uniklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin

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A PhD position is available for a research project on the dissection of the neuronal circuits controlling central pain for students with a strong background in Neuroscience or Molecular Biology. Candidates should be highly enthusiastic and motivated to learn new techniques and contribute to new experiments.

Our group is interested in understanding specific neuronal cell populations and their ionic currents in defined neuronal circuits in the mouse nervous system. We use novel genetic methods to manipulate ionic currents in vivo in combination with electrophysiology and behavioral approaches.

The research work will be conducted at the Max Delbrück Center in Berlin, Germany, within the framework of the MolNeuro Research PhD School. The position is available from September 2009

Please send curriculum vitae, cover letter and the name, address and email of two references to Dr. Ines Ibañez-Tallon, Molecular Neurobiology Group, Max-Delbrück-Center, Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, D-13125 Berlin, Germany, ibanezi@mdc.berlin-de.

Ines Ibanez-Tallon
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Berlin, Germany

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Kasus penahanan ibu PRITA MULYASARI telah menghebohkan dunia maya. Kekhawatiran banyak pihak bahwa UU ITE akan digunakan untuk menekan pengkritik terbukti sudah. Seorang ibu yang memiliki 2 balita ditahan dilapas wanita gara-gara suratnya yang berisi keluhan terhadap buruknya pelayanan sebuah rumah sakit kesebuah mailing list. Mestinya UU tersebut dipakai untuk melindungi warga negara dari penipuan yang berjibun jumlahnya di dunia maya. Lah ini kok malah dipakai untuk orang yang mengritik sebuah layanan.  Harusnya konsumen adalah raja, kita telah membayar mahal untuk mendapatkan pelayanan. Sayangnya sering pelayanan yang kita terima sangat buruk dan terjadi mal praktek yang tujuannya merampok si pasien.Banyak kasus telah terjadi, dan ibu PRITA mengeluhkan buruknya pelayanan tersebut melalui mailing list, eh lha kok malah di penjara. Rupanya dinegeri ini sekedar mengeluh pun bisa dipenjara.
Kini saatnya kita bergerak bersama, satu kan langkah dan tekad untuk menggalang dukungan bagi ibu PRITA. Kalo kita diam tanpa tindakan maka kezaliman akan merajalela, hari ini ibu PRITA mungkin berikutnya adalah anda…atau keluarga anda…
Isi keluhan Ibu PRITA ada DISINI

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Indahnya Berbagi

award sahabat pena Lagu indah “yumede areba ii” yang dibawakan oleh grup musik SLANK itu cukup mengembalikan memori saya pada pepatah Jepang yang mengatakan “yume ga areba michi wa aru”, “if there is a will there is a way”. Ya, kalo kita punya mimpi maka banyak jalan untuk menggapainya. Kalo kita punya keinginan yang kuat maka selalu ada cara untuk mendapatkannya. Saya memang punya “mimpi” agar blog “info biotek online” menjadi terminal para blogger pemburu informasi pendidikan dan budaya. Mimpi untuk selalu menjadikan blog “ini” sebagai tempat berbagi dunia, berbagi ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, berbagi informasi pendidikan dan budaya, berbagi cerita-cerita yang membangun motivasi, berbagi mimpi-mimpi besar, berbagi harapan dan berbagi semangat.
Kini di usianya yang baru mencapai 3 minggu, blog “info biotek online” sudah menerima “award sahabat pena” sebagai tanda apresiasi dan kenangan. Perasaan bangga dan malu bercampur menjadi satu. Bangga, karena seperti pesan pemberi award, ini sebagai tanda apresiasi dan kenangan kepada para blogger yang selalu “berkarya”, “berbagi informasi” dan “bersilaturahmi” kepada sesama blogger atau pencari informasi di dunia maya. Malu, karena rasanya “karya” yang ditampilkan dalam blog ini belum cukup layak untuk menerima sebuah award yang membanggakan ini. Award ini jelas merupakan cambuk dan motivasi bagi saya untuk terus berkarya dan berbagi. Award ini juga saya persembahkan pada para blogger yang selalu ingin merasakan indahnya berbagi, berbagi dunia, berbagi ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, berbagi informasi pendidikan dan budaya, berbagi cerita-cerita yang membangun motivasi, berbagi kesuksesan, berbagi mimpi-mimpi besar, berbagi harapan dan berbagi semangat untuk turut serta membangun mencerdaskan bangsa. Tak lupa saya ucapkan terimaksih yang tulus kepada sahabat saya, “Sahabat Pena dari Jawa” yang berkenan memberikan award kenangan ini.

Jazzakumullah khoir…

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