Sunday, 25 October 2009

USA: Spring 2010 Research and Outreach Intern (Domestic Program)

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is currently looking for a full-time Spring Intern. The internship will start in the first week of January and run into May.

The intern will assist with a variety of research, outreach, and communications activities related to the U.S. economy and domestic policy. This may include outreach to the press, advocacy organizations and Congress, along with some research on upcoming papers and economic opinion pieces. Other tasks may include communications duties such as generating website content and tracking CEPR's appearances in the

The responsibilities of interns vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will have the opportunity to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to
choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world. 

Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies, both domestically and globally. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to
present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality.

Qualifications: We are looking for a recent college graduate or graduate student for this full-time position. Applicants should have a general understanding of economics and domestic policy, and an interest in economic justice. Excellent writing and communications skills are required. Previous research, outreach, or media experience
is helpful. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment and should be a self-starter, independent learner, and will receive limited supervision.

Stipend: $1,365 per month, plus up to $200 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing date of position: November 13, 2009.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter via email to

No telephone calls or faxes please.

CEPR is an equal opportunity employer that considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. CEPR's Advisory Board includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Janet Gornick, Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.

Center for Economic and Policy Research, 1611 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 293-5380
Fax: (202) 588-1356

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UK : 20 PhD Studentships at Institute of Cancer Research

20 PhD Studentships at Institute of Cancer Research, UK


Applications are invited for PhD studentships in October 2010. 

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1st December 2009. Available studentships are listed below. Any enquiries should be directed to To see projects suitable for applicants with backgrounds in the relevant subject areas click on the tiles below.

Biological Sciences 
Maths, Statistics & Epidemiology 
Physics & Engineering 
Computer Sciences 


Studentships funded by The Institute of Cancer Research will be supported for four years. The non-taxable stipend, for 2010/11 is £19,300 (inner London - Chester Beatty Laboratories, Fulham Road) or £18,000 (outer London - Sutton Campus). Higher stipends are available for students on the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Mechanism-based Drug Discovery.

Find below a complete list of Institute studentships: 

Intermediate phenotypes and mapping causal variants; IGFBP-2, IGFBP-5 and breast cancer risk 
Professor Alan Ashworth

The development of viral vectors for use in Gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT) 
Professor Caroline Springer

Structural and chemical biology in the design of selective kinase inhibitors 
Professor Julian Blagg and Dr Richard Bayliss 

Identification and characterisation of novel therapeutic targets in breast cancer metastasis 
Professor Clare Isake

Prostate MR Spectroscopy in vivo 
Dr Geoffrey Payne and Professor Nandita DeSouza

Synthesis of targeted fragment libraries by iterative scaffold elaboration
Professor Julian Blagg

Development of specific RNase inhibitors for the treatment of haematological cancers 
Drs Faith Davies and Ian Collins

Ubiquitin-mediated signalling in apoptosis and cancer 
Professor Pascal Meier

Impact of p53 function on metabolic activation of environmental carcinogens 
Professor David Phillips

A systems genetics analysis of Rho-family GTPase signalling 
Dr Chris Bakal

A mechanism based classification of human prostate cancer 
Professor Colin Cooper

Quantification of pre-clinical PET and SPECT imaging 
Dr Glenn Flux

Inheritance and brain tumour risk 
Professor Richard Houlston

Inheritance and leukaemia risk 
Professor Richard Houlston

Pre-clinical evaluation of imaging biomarkers of neuroblastoma 
Drs Louis Chesler and Simon Robinson

Determining modifiers of cdk inhibitor sensitivity 
Professors Sibylle Mittnacht and Paul Workman

Exploring the mechanism of CCT using small molecule inhibitors 
Professors Keith Jones and Keith Willison

Non-invasive molecular profiling of breast cancer with optoacoustic imaging 
Dr Jeff Bamber, Professor Nandita deSouza and Dr Simon Robinson

Investigating the relationship between PI3K/AKT signalling and cell cycle checkpoints for cancer drug development 
Dr Michelle Garrett 

Identification and validation of target genes in cancer using the synthetic lethality approach 
Dr Spiros Linardopoulos


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USA: Fellowships in Sustainability

USA: Fellowships in Sustainability Science Harvard University's Center for International Development

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2010. The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to mid-career professionals engaged in research or practice to facilitate the design,
implementation, and evaluation of effective interventions that promote sustainable development.

Due date for applications: December 1, 2009

Applicants should describe how their work would contribute to "sustainability science," the emerging field of use-inspired research seeking understanding of the interactions between human and environmental systems as well as the application of such knowledge to sustainability challenges relating to advancing development of agriculture, habitation, energy and materials, health and water while conserving the earth's life support systems. This year we will give some preference to applicants who address the challenges related to meeting human needs for water or food/agriculture/ land use in the context of sustainable development.

Applications are due December 1, 2009.

In addition to general funds available to support this fellowship offering, special funding for the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science is available to support citizens of Italy or developing countries who are therefore especially encouraged to apply. The Sustainability Science Program is directed by Professors William Clark and Michael Kremer, and Nancy Dickson. For more information on the fellowships application process see

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Germany: PhD studentship in Asian Languages, Typology

Typology, Asian Languages: PhD Student, University of Bremen, Germany

Institution/ Organization: University of Bremen
Department: Languages and Literary Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Typology, Asian Languages


At the department of Languages and Literary Studies a

PhD Position (TV-L E13, 50%)

is available for 3 years beginning immediately in the project "Syntactic and pragmatic prominence of experiencers in cross-linguistic perspective", funded by
the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project investigates the impact of semantic and pragmatic factors on argument structure. Comparative corpus studies as well as experimental studies are conducted in several languages including German, Chinese, Turkish, Korean, Modern Greek, Yucatec Maya.

We invite applications for a half-time position (TV-L E13, 50%, according to the
German public service pay scale), to be filled by a doctoral student (3 years
with evaluation after the first year). The researcher is expected to collaborate
in the development of empirical methods (observational and experimental) for the
cross-linguistic study of argument structure and to conduct empirical research
in the languages of his/her expertise. He/she is expected to present the results
of his/her work in scientific conferences and to publish the findings of the
empirical research in linguistic journals.

The ideal candidate should have prior experience in one or several of the areas
of the project: typology, corpus studies, experimental studies, syntax, semantics. Applicants with experience or knowledge in an Asian language (e.g., Chinese, Turkish, Korean) will be preferred. Applicants need to have a master's degree or equivalent in linguistics or a closely related field. The preparation of a PhD-dissertation on a topic related to the project and within the project schedule is expected. Good command of English is required, knowledge of German is an advantage.

Candidates are requested to send their applications (cover letter describing
research interests and CV) to the address given below. E-mail applications using
pdf-documents are welcome.

Applications received by October 25, 2009 will receive full consideration, however, later applications may be considered as well until the position has been filled.

Application Deadline: 26-Oct-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr. Elisabeth Verhoeven
Universitaet Bremen, Fachbereich 10: Sprach- und Literaturwissenscha ften
Postfach 33 04 40
Bremen Bremen 28 334

Contact Information:
Dr. Elisabeth Verhoeven

Belgium: PHD position in University of Antwerp

PHD position : Plant Oxidative Stress Responses under Climate Change Conditions, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Deadline: 01 November 2009

A PhD position is available in the field of Molecular Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, to study the effect of changing climate conditions (elevated CO2 and temperature) on stress responses in grassland species. In a first approach we will analyze oxidative stress parameters (molecular antioxidants, antioxidant enzymes) of field grown plants under various stress conditions (e.g. drought, nitrogen deficiency, metal pollution). 

Interested candidates should have a degree in Biosciences and have a proven affinity for biochemical and enzymatic analyses. More information: Prof. Dr. Han Asard at (

Italy: Collegio Carlo Alberto Fellowships

The Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (Italy) is a foundation established in 2004 as a joint initiative of the Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Torino. Its mission is to foster research and teaching in economics, finance, and political science, and it shares the values and best practices of the international academic

The call is open for two types of fellowships.

Deadline for application April 30th 2010.

Visiting Fellowships in Italian Studies (FIS)

Eligible candidates are researchers working in American universities and research centers on projects including Italy as a case study, even if framed within a larger comparative study. They are either established scholars who have developed a successful research program after receiving a PhD degree, or PhD students at an advanced stage in their dissertation work. Fellowships are awarded for periods ranging from three to six months.

Further details are available at

Deadlines for application February 15th 2010, June 15th 2010 or October 15th 2010.

Visiting Research Fellowships

Visiting Research fellowships are being offered to Ph.D.-holding junior and senior scholars for a period varying in duration from a minimum of one month to a maximum of twelve months, to begin during the solar year 2010.

Further details are available at

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Norway : Phd position at Dept. of Computer and information Science

Norway : PhD position at the Department of Computer and Information Science under the project

A PhD research fellowship is offered in the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI), Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)..

The PhD position is part of the project "Global Health eInfrastructures, GHeI" financed by the Verdikt programme within the Norwegian Research Council (NFR). The project is a cooperation between the Department of Computer and Information science (IDI), Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Department of informatics (IFI), Univ. of Oslo.

The GHeI project studies the development, diffusion and use of comprehensive health information systems in several countries in Africa and Asia. The emphasis in GHeI is on challenges tied to the integration of health information systems across geographical, institutional and clinical boundaries. Theoretically the project is based on a socio-technical understanding of the interplay between ICT and organization. Empirically the project will operate in India or Tanzania (see ). Methodologically the project will adopt an interpretative approach supplemented with action research.

Further information on the fellowship may be obtained from professor Eric Monteiro (

The application must contain CV, certified copies of transcripts and reference letters is to be submitted electronically through , with the reference number IME-057-2009. Preferably, we want the attachments in one file. Application deadline: 20. October 2009.

Download PDF Form here Ime-057-2009 engelsk.pdf

UK: 7 PhD Studentships available

PhD Studentships - 7 Posts Available

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Sports Engineering, Biomechanics and the Modelling of Sport and Health                      

Bursary £13,290 Tuition fees
Full time for 3 years


The Sports Engineering Research Group within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing employs approximately 20 staff comprising research engineers, designers, sports scientists and PhD students.  Clients include Adidas, Prince, Puma, UK Sport, British Swimming and the International Tennis Federation.


Following a very successful Research Assessment Exercise, the Sports Engineering Research Group in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Research Centre is seeking to recruit outstanding candidates to carry out multi-disciplinary PhD projects. 


The following projects are available immediately:



The biomechanics of the golf swing;

The biomechanics of sports bras;

The dynamics of tennis shoe interactions with tennis courts.



Pattern recognition in Olympic diving;

Optimal design of sports equipment using FE & CFD;

Modelling of cardio-vascular risk-reduction in discrete populations;

The effect of physical gaming interfaces on activity levels.


These projects will be suitable for applicants with a 1st or high 2i in a physical science such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Sports Science or a related discipline.  Ideal candidates should not be afraid of mathematics or programming and, in particular, we would like to hear from students with experience of MATLAB, image processing, computational fluid dynamics, finite elements analysis, biomechanics, and the support of elite athlete.


Candidates should have good analytical skills, tenacity and perseverance and be good in a team.  An interest and knowledge of sport is desirable but not essential, as is direct experience of work in the sports sector.


The Sports Engineering Research Group and Health and Social Care Research Centre represent a fantastic opportunity for those seeking to gain experience of a multidisciplinary research environment and wish to have a career in the engineering, sport or health sectors.  PhD students have the opportunity to travel overseas and support high profile consultancy projects within the groups. 


Closing date: 9 November 2009


Competition will be strong and candidates are encouraged to consider more than one project.  Interviewing will take place in November with a preferred start date by 1st January 2010.

In the first instance please submit a full CV to:
Amanda Brothwell

The Sports Engineering Research Group
Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
A129 Collegiate Hall
Collegiate Crescent Campus
S10 2BP

20 PhD scholarship positions in Agriculture and Sociology

20 PhD Scholarship Positions for Students from DAC Countries* at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Starting    March 1st, 2010
Deadline for applications:    November 15th, 2009

ICDD is an interdisciplinary and international scientific network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel, Germany and partner universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ICDD is funded under the programme "ex)/(ceed - Higher Education Excellence in Development Co-operation" launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Under its Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development, ICDD invites applications for 20 PhD scholarship positions for students from DAC countries at the following internationally renowned universities:

8    at the University of Kassel, Germany in the fields of political and agricultural science,
2    at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), India in the field of sociology,
2    at the Universidade Estaduale de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil in the field of economics,
2    at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa in the field of sociology,
2    at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan in agricultural science,
2    at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY), Mexico in agricultural science, and 
2    at Egerton University (EGU), Kenya in agricultural science.


ICDD's objective is to create and transfer knowledge on how to create and improve work and income opportunities in rural and urban regions of developing countries in light of globalization, climate change and urbanization. ICDD encompasses various disciplines such as agricultural science, political science, sociology, economics, and has a network of partner universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. ICDD closely co-operates with International Labour Organisation and NGOs.

One of ICDD's core structures for the inter-disciplinary generation of knowledge is the Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development. PhD projects within this school may be rooted in either the natural or social sciences and should be focused on actor and problem oriented research on sustainable human-environmental relationships and decent livelihoods. ICDD promotes three research clusters as a common framework for the design of prospective PhD projects:

  • 1)    Sustainable Value Creation for Decent WorkThis cluster focuses on strategies to increase value creation by developing technologies for more efficient and sustainable use of resources and by improving human skills, preferably along agricultural commodity chains. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing spatially and sectorally detailed urban-rural linkages to address the mobility of people, goods, services, money transfers, information, and associated flows of nutrients, energy and water.
  • 2)    Instruments for Promoting Decent WorkThis cluster focuses on the effectiveness of existing instruments in enforcing minimum standards for labour as formulated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) such as public procurement, supply chain governance, and national minimum wages. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing such instruments and their effective implementation in different state contexts. A special focus should be directed towards their impact on or relevance for informal labour relations and particularly on the working conditions and lives of temporary labour migrants.
  • 3)    Strategies of Empowerment for Decent WorkThis cluster focuses on the advocacy of good working conditions within economic and political decision-making processes against the background of eroding capacities of workers to engage in collective action due to the growing informal nature of work. Thereby special Attention is directed towards particularly vulnerable groups, such as domestic workers. PhD applicants should be interested in exploring possible sources and forms of organisations to foster empowerment strategies within informal labour relations.


PhD students of the Graduate School will be based either at the University of Kassel or at one of ICDD's international partner universities (see above), and will be enrolled in the respective university's PhD training programmes. Please indicate in your application at which university you wish to be located. A joint international workshop programme on subjects of the ICDD, research methods, the linkage between theory and empirical research and for the presentation of the prospective PhD projects will take place every year within the Graduate School. 

Scholarships will be awarded for four years under the precondition of a successful extension after one year. The scholarships will cover a country-specific monthly allowance according to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) standards. All scholarships will include travel expenses for south-north and south-south mobility if necessary and funding for field research and the participation in Graduate School and ICDD activities.

Application Requirements


  • Cover Sheet (cf. attachment)
  • above average MA/MSc degree in a disciplines related to the above topics / fields
  • proof of English language proficiency
  • academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of development and decent work
  • letter of recommendation from a professor of  the ICDD network
  • summary of master thesis (1500 words), if applicable
  • preliminary PhD project proposal including topic, research question, short overview of the relevant literature, theoretical approach, research design and methodology (2.000 words)

Please submit your detailed curriculum vitae and scanned copies of the following documents with your application:


  • certificate and transcript of records of your recognised bachelor and master degrees in the original language, listing all subjects and grades (If you have not yet completed a Masters program, please include a letter from the person responsible for the program testifying the likelihood of successful completion of the program);
  • certificates / proof of English language proficiency;
  • university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
  • certificates of additional studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades (in the original language);
  • translations of all of the above-mentioned documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German, English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
  • certificates of previous professional/vocational experience (if applicable).

Applications with all necessary documents must be submitted electronically as a single pdf** no later than the 15th of November 2009 to:


Officially authenticated photocopies of all documents and translations will have to be presented, if selected for admission.

or contact: Mrs. Simone Buckel, phone + 49(0)5618047395,


* Countries eligible for Official Development Assistance of the OECD as approved by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in August 2009.

** Please assemble all items for your application in one single pdf document with the completed cover sheet as the front page and preferably with a list of contents as the second page. Applications consisting of multiple files will not be accepted.

Sweden : PhD position in Biochemistry

PhD position in Biochemistry

at the Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.

Project description: The PhD project is an integrated part of a larger research plan studying enzymes for catalysis of different reaction types. These enzyme catalysts will be applied in sequence to make up miniature reaction pathways producing product molecules of defined structures. In addition to naturally occurring enzymes, novel biocatalysts from structurally engineered proteins are produced and analyzed.

Key words: directed evolution of enzymes; synthetic biochemistry; biocatalysis; enzymology.

Qualifications: Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or interfacing areas of chemistry, or molecular biology, and an additional full year of studies of comparable content at an advanced level, including a Masters thesis (or equivalent).

Other qualifying merits: Theoretical and practical skills in:

  • heterologous expression of proteins (gene/cDNA cloning, prokaryotic expression systems)
  • site-directed mutagenesis (e.g. PCR, oligo-directed mutagenesis)
  • protein purification (chromatographic methods)
  • analytical methods for biomolecules and organic molecules (e.g. electrophoresis, HPLC, basic NMR)
  • the use of adequate computer software (e.g. word processor, spreadsheet, molecular graphics, data analysis).
  • teaching experience at undergraduate level.

The PhD position is for four years, extendable to a maximum of five years by including department duties (typically teaching) at a level of at most 20%. Since first year undergraduate courses are taught in Swedish, proficiency in Swedish may be considered an advantage.

For more information on this position, please contact: Prof. Mikael Widersten,
Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO-rådet, tel: +46 18-471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, tel: +46 18-471 1996 and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, tel: +46 18-471 3315.

The application should contain a letter where the applicant describes him/herself, merits and research interests, CV, copies of academic grades, exam work or related documents, other relevant publications and letters of recommendation.

The application should be sent , preferrably by e-mail, or by fax + 46 18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar´s Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2275. 

Application no later than 30 October, 2009.

Sweden : PhD position in Plant Ecology

PhD student position in Plant Ecology

at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Centre..


One PhD student position in Plant Ecology is available at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University. Starting as soon as possible. Reference number UFV-PA 2009/2332.

You will work in a project studying the effects of insect herbivory on the dynamics and evolution of plant populations. The aims of the project include (1) to determine the effects of herbivory on the structure and growth of local populations, (2) to examine factors governing variation in the intensity and outcome of herbivory at local and regional scales, and (3) to determine whether among-population differences in resistance are maintained by selection. The research student could join this project to work on either ecological or evolutionary aspects of plant-herbivore interactions, or both. The successful candidate will settle the exact profiles of her/his PhD project together with the supervisor, professor Jon Ågren.


The successful candidate should have a keen interest in population biology, and ideally experience from previous work in population ecology or population genetics.

Successful candidates for these positions should have a masters or honors thesis in ecology, population genetics or a related field. Proficiency in English is a requirement.


The candidate will receive her/his postgraduate training within the postgraduate school at the Evolutionary Biology Centre (see The postgraduate training comprises four years of full time studies. The successful candidate will receive a postgraduate fellowship the first year (15500 SEK/month) and a postgraduate position year 2-4 (22000-24500 SEK/month). The position can be combined with up to 20% of teaching asssistantship, which will then prolong the position accordingly.

The application should include a brief description of undergraduate training, research interests and research experience, and a motivation of why the position is of interest. It should further include Curriculum vitae, an authorized copy of the undergraduate degree, and the names and contact information (address, email address, and phone number) of two-tree reference persons. Relevant publications (including BSc/MSc thesis) should be enclosed.


Please, feel free to contact Prof. Jon Ågren (phone +46 18 471 2860, for more information. Trade union representatives are, Anders Grundström, SACO Council, phone +46 18 471 33 80, Carin Söderhäll, ST-ATF, phone +46 18 471 19 96 and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, phone +46 18 471 33 15.

Please apply for the position no later than 30 October, 2009. To submit your application please use the application form at PhD student position in plant ecology

Sweden : PhD position in Pharmaceutical science

PhD position in Pharmaceutical science

at the Department of Pharmacy.


Project: Interaction between amphiphilic peptides and complex biological membranes

The Department of Pharmacy offers a stimulating work environment in research and teaching in the Pharmacy disciplines. Our research and teaching programs focus on our core disciplines, i.e. biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical formulation and technology, pharmaceutical physical chemistry, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomy and pharmacy practice research. Information about the department and our research groups can be found on our web site


The position now opened is placed in the research group Pharmaceutical Physical Chemistry, the research of which aims at improved knowledge on tools and systems for efficient identification and administration of peptide and protein drugs. The research is interdisciplinary, including physical chemistry, biotechnology, and materials science, and is characterized by extensive scientific collaborations with research groups both in Sweden and internationally.


The PhD student will work within the project Interaction between amphiphilic peptides and complex biological membranes. Amphiphilic peptides have significant potential as drugs within a number of areas, e.g., as novel antibiotics or against inflammatory diseases. To contribute to this, the research group has a broad activity around such peptides, from identification of endogenous peptides and their subsequent optimization by modern biotechnological and biophysical tools and models, to different types of carrier systems for efficient and safe administration of these peptides. In regards to peptide identification and optimization, emphasis is placed on the mode of action of the peptides, as well as development and use of different model lipid membranes. Within the project, the interaction between amphiphilic peptides and complex lipid membranes will be investigated, including effects of (lipo)polysaccharides and (glyco)proteins on peptide and membrane properties and structure on membrane rupture, antimicrobial effect, and cell toxicity. The project is experimental in character, spanning from microbiology to physical chemistry, but includes also application of theoretical models for description and analysis of experimental results.


The holder of a PhD-student position shall primarily devote her/his time to own research studies. Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative can be part of position (max 20 %). 
The applicant must be eligible for PhD studies. Priority is given to those who are deemed to show the greatest aptitude for a successful completion of graduate studies. The rules governing this process can be found in Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen) 5 kap §§ 1-7. Local guidelines at Uppsala University determine the salary.

The application shall consist of CV, copies of exams and list of courses including the grades obtained, a copy of the Master thesis (or a draft thereof), as well as names of two persons that can be used as reference. More information can be obtained from Martin Malmsten, tel. +46-18-471 4334, .. Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO-rådet, tel +46-18-471 53 80, Carin Söderhäll, OFR-S/ST, tel +4618-471 19 96, Stefan Djurström, SEKO, tel +46-18-471 33 15.

The application should be sent, preferrably by e-mail, or by fax +46-18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar's Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2496.

Application deadline on 10 November, 2009. Examples of such documents are: a curriculum vitae, copies of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of the Master thesis (or a draft thereof), references, a short description of the applicant and his/her experience. Letter(s) of recommendation may also be included.

Sweden : PhD student position in photoelectrochemistry

PhD student position in photoelectrochemistry

at the Department of Materials Chemistry.

Research area: Inorganic Materials Chemistry

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to join a project in photoelectrochemistry (PEC). PEC study focuses on the conversion of photonic (solar) energy to chemical energy. The PEC energy conversion efficiency is determined to a great extent by the properties of photo-electrodes, especially photo-anodes. The aim of the project is to prepare highly efficient nanostructured semiconductor photoanodes, and set up a PEC device that is efficient, durable and stable in practical applications. By using state-of-the-art nanofabrication and characterization methods, the parameters, which determine the total cross-section of the PEC process, will be identified and scrutinized in a systematic way. The parameters include size, morphology and arrangement of the photoanode nanomaterials, which can be controlled accurately and varied intentionally in preparation. This high degree of control aids the understanding of the mechanisms behind, which can further optimize the photon efficiency. Both nanofabrication and characterization can be carried out at Department of Materials Chemistry and the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala University.


The applicant is expected to have a Masters degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Materials or Physics. Experience in one or several of the following subjects is beneficial: solid state chemistry, optical characterization, nanofabrication and characterization, electrochemistry. You should be good at communicating and teaching in English, and also able to work independently. A PhD position normally includes 4 years of full-time studies. Department duties such as teaching can amount to a maximum of 20%..


Salary is based on local guidelines at Uppsala University.

The application should include a statement of research interest and relevant experience, CV, official transcript of records for the courses and thesis, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, letter(s) of recommendation should be included.

For more information on this position, please contact: Jiefang Zhu,, tel 46 18 471 3722. Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO-rådet, tel: +46 18-471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, tel: +46 18-471 1996 and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, tel: +46 18-471 3315.

The application should be sent , preferrably by e-mail, or by fax + 46 18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar´s Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2498.

Application no later than 11 November, 2009.

Sweden : PhD position in Micro- and Nanofluidics at the Department of Engineering Sciences

Post doc position in Micro- and Nanofluidics

at the Department of Engineering Sciences, the Ångström Laboratory.

Period of appointment: 2 years. Starting date: To be agreed upon, but preferably before end of year 2009. 
On the micro- and nanoscale the behaviour of fluids is dominated by, e.g., surface tension, energy dissipation, and viscosity, rather than by inertial forces. Scientifically, the micro- and nanofluidics field concerns either the study of these flows, or means to alleviate or exploit the effects arising from downscaling in miniaturized fluidic systems for use in research, medicine or technology.

The work will be in a research project in micro- and/or nanofluidics, in one or several of the research areas of research groups in the department. Examples of such interests are micro- or nanofluidic components or systems for: aerospace, aquatic climatology, hydraulics and pneumatics, immunology, material analysis, microcryogenics, neuroscience, resonant sensors, and wireless networks.

Qualifications: PhD degree in relevant area. Experience from micro- and nanofluidics. Presented skills in writing a strong research plan in the subject.

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must hold a PhD degree obtained within five years from the application date – a period prolonged only for special reasons such as periods of parental leave.

The application should be written in English and should include a short description of the applicant and his/her research interests, a resume, and copies of relevant examination certificates, the PhD thesis, relevant scientific publications and other applicable documents (e..g. letters of recommendation), as well as names and contact information of reference persons. In addition, the applicant shall submit a short and visionary yet tangible research proposal (max 10 pages) targeting in this research field one or more research interests of the department.

Uppsala University is striving to attain gender balance wherefore women are especially encouraged to apply.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Klas Hjort, tel. +46-18-471 31 41, e-mail, and Prof. Jan-Åke Schweitz, tel +46-18-471 30 89, e-mail

Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO-rådet, tel. +46-18-471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, tel. +46-18-471 19 96, and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, tel. +46-18-471 33 15.

The application should be sent, preferrably by e-mail, or by fax +46-18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar's Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2434. 

Application deadline on 30 October, 2009.

Sweden : Post-doc in Chemical Physics

Uppsala University hereby declares the following position to be open for application:

Post-doc in Chemical Physics


Ultrafast molecular dynamics probed by time-resolved X-ray diffraction and femtosecond spectroscopy

at the Department of Photochemistry and Molecular Science. Period of appointment: 2 years starting as soon as possible.

A postdoctoral position is open within the field of photo-induced structural dynamics in solution probed by time-resolved wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). This is a new and emerging technique which has successfully been applied in studies of the reaction mechanism of small molecules but also recently used for probing conformational dynamics of proteins in the liquid phase.

Project description: In this project we will investigate the structural dynamics in various molecular systems including processes in biomolecules, e.g. the folding/unfolding processes in small proteins. In the latter case the project has an element of methodology development. The ongoing research program involves pump-X-ray probe experiments at synchrotron beam-lines as well as conventional femtosecond pump-probe experiments in our laboratory.

Qualifications/eligibility: A suitable background is a PhD in Chemistry or Physics, with a component of physical chemistry/chemical physics, molecular spectroscopy and theoretical modelling. Previous experiences in time-resolved X-ray methods, synchrotron radiation or femtosecond spectroscopy is a merit.  To be eligible for the position the applicants must be holders of a doctoral degree not older than three years; however, periods of sick leave, parental leave, and military service are deducted from the three-year period.

Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance among its researchers therefore female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

The Department of Photochemistry and Molecular Science was formed in 2006 as one of four departments within the Chemistry section at Uppsala University. The department has about 60 researchers and doctoral students and is situated in a new building at the Ångström Laboratories in Uppsala. The research spans from chemical physics/physical chemistry via chemical synthesis and biochemistry to molecular biology which reflects the interdisciplinary profile at the department. For more research descriptions, see:

The application must contain a letter in which the applicant describes her/himself, her/his qualifications, and interests. It must contain a CV, copies of relevant grades, contact information of minimum two reference persons that are not related to each other, copies of the applicant's doctoral thesis or an outline thereof, and previous research publications. 

For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Jan Davidsson with e-mail and +46 – (0)18 – 471 3653. 
Union representatives are Anders Grundström, SACO-rådet, tel 018-471 5380 and Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, tel 018-471 1996, Stefan Djurström, SEKO, tel 018-471 3315.

The application should be sent, preferrably by e-mail, or by fax +46-18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar's Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2379.

Application deadline on 6 November, 2009.

Sweden : Post-Doc at the Department or Physics and Astronomy


at the Ångström laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Subdepartment of High-Energy Physics, Accelerator Physics group, to be filled soon for a period of two years.

Within the accelerator-physics group we perform research towards future accelerators, in particular the  the Compact LInear Collider CLIC for which Uppsala University built the Two-Beam Test-Stand at the CLIC Test Facility CTF3 at CERN in Geneva. Within the framework of a Grant from the Seventh European Framework Program EuCARD we will expand our activities.

The Post-Doc will work on one of the fundamental limitations for future linear colliders: the breakdown in radio-frequency accelerating structures. The research work includes investigating the physics of the breakdown by stimulating and analyzing discharges in-situ in electron microscopes in Uppsala and upgrading the Two-Beam Test-Stand at CERN. The candidate is expected to spend part of the time at CERN.

We are looking for an excellent, strongly motivated candidate with a keen interest in experimental methods and the ability to design instrumentation. Background in material- or acceleratorphysics are considered a bonus. Good communicational skills, both orally and in written English are desirable as well as the capability to work both independently and in a team.

For appointment as Post-Doc it is required that the candidate has completed a doctoral degree no longer than three years ago. Local guidelines for the salary class are applicable.

Your application should include a short description of research interests and relevant experiences, curriculum vitae, copy of relevant diplomas, doctoral thesis or an outline of the thesis, and other relevant information you wish to include. Candidates are asked to provide names of reference persons or to include letters of recommendation.

Information concerning the Post-Doc position can be obtained from Volker Ziemann, Department of Physics and Astronomy,, phone +46 18 471 3867. Representatives of the labor unions are Anders Grundström, SACO, phone +4618-471 5380, Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST, phone +4618-471 1996, and Stefan Djurström, SEKO, phone +4618-471 3315.

The application should be sent, preferrably by e-mail, or by fax +46-18 471 2000, or by mail to: Registrar's Office, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE-751 05 UPPSALA, Sweden. In any correspondence, please use the reference number UFV-PA 2009/2286.

Application deadline on 1 December, 2009.

Phd positions in Biology of human metabolism, Ireland

The Center of Systems Biology, University of Iceland is looking to recruit a highly motivated PhD students to join a growing effort focusing on systems biology of human metabolism. The research at the CSB UoI focuses on 1) human metabolism and 2) industrial biotechnology. The Center is an interdisciplinary center with the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences participating.


The CSB UoI aims to characterize human disease using a systems biology approach. This research effort includes on 1) expanding the currently available human metabolic reconstruction, 2) discovery of new functions and pathways in human metabolism using computational and experimental techniques, 3) phenotyping of human cell lines using metabolomic techniques, 4) computational and experimental analysis of metabolic changes associated with disease, and 5) high-throughput drug screening. We use the state-of-the-art computational methods to guide and design human cell culturing experiments as well as metabolomic measurements. These technologies are embedded in a biologically driven research program that aims at systematic understanding of human metabolism, disease manifestation and drug target identification.

Job description:

  • Expansion and refinement of the human metabolic reconstruction.
  • Identification of missing metabolic genes using bioinformatics and modeling tools (gap filling)
  • Development of cell type specific metabolic models from experimental data and the human metabolic reconstruction.
  • Databases and literature mining for genomic information.
  • Computational modeling of human metabolism in health and disease.
  • The project will thus include key technologies used in computational systems biology and bioinformatics.

Your qualifications:

  • Master´s degree (or equivalent) in Bioinformatics, (Molecular) Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Medicine.
  • Strong interest in human biology and computational modeling.
  • Basic skills/ experience in programming and statistical data analysis.
  • Communication skills and team orientated work.

Our Offer:

  • Working in a scientifically stimulating, innovative, dynamic, well- equipped, and international surrounding.
  • In-depth training in cutting edge technologies used in systems biology.
  • Numerous training opportunities in (molecular) biology, systems biology and bioinformatics.
  • Initial short-term employment contract for three years.


The position is available immediately. Please send a cover letter, a brief description of research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references in pdf file form to Professor Ines Thiele ( ).

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Salary for the positions will be according to collective wage and salary agreement.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

France: Masters/Phd Scholarships

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs launched the Eiffel excellence scholarship programme in January 1999 to support French centres of higher education in their international outreach initiatives, in a context of mounting competition among developed countries, to attract elite overseas students on master's, engineering and  PhD courses.

Call for applications 2010 – Timetable

  • Application forms put online: 10 September 2009
  • Deadline for reception of applications by Égide: 8 January 2010
  • Announcement of results: week of 22 March 2010
Eiffel Programme guide – 2010/2011 Session PDF format

Égide - Programme Eiffel
28 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles
75010 Paris

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