Friday, 30 April 2010

USA: Online Education for International Applicants

Walden University is an accredited institution celebrating 40 years of serving the higher education needs of working professionals. The university promotes lifelong learning by offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees online. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering.

Walden is distinguished by high academic standards, experienced faculty, a rigorous curriculum, and a mission of promoting positive social change. Using an array of technology, the university delivers an online education experience when, where, and how it is most convenient for students. Walden focuses on the professional needs of adult learners by offering programs that explore real-world issues. Our students can gain the critical-thinking, leadership, and communication skills they need to compete in the global marketplace and to influence their field.

The university is committed to serving the cultural and educational needs of students around the globe. We offer extra support for international students to help ensure their success. We understand that cost is often one of the greatest barriers to international students' ability to obtain a U.S. degree, and in recognition of this fact, we have created special tuition savings opportunities for students referred
by EducationUSA to Walden through the end of 2010.

In order for students to receive these savings, please ask students to request information through this link, which was set up especially for advisees of EducationUSA:

Lauren L. Stone
Executive Director
Center for International Programs
Walden University
www.waldenu. edu
Tel: 443-627-7103
Email: lauren.stone@
Fax: 410-843-6314


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USA: MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management

Maryville University of St. Louis, fulfilling its mission to "provide selective and cutting edge programs in the Arts and Sciences, Health Professions, Education and Business", is happy to announce two new MBA concentrations, two new Master programs and one new Doctoral program, beginning Fall 2010.

The two new MBA concentrations are Sport and Entertainment Management, and Process and Project Management. The two new Master programs are Master of Arts in rganizational Leadership and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and leadership. The new doctoral program is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, please use this link:

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership, please visit:

To learn more about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, please visit:

For more information about these two concentrations, please visit:

For further inquires or questions, please contact the Office of International Admissions at internationaladmiss ions@maryville. edu, (314) 529-6857 or 800-627-9855


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USA: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

 Application Deadline: *June 1, 2010*

The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Announces a New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2011 For the first time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences is offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences to begin in January 2011. These inaugural fellowships are designed to attract excellent scholars from outside the University of Pittsburgh and to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.

The Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships are for one year and are renewable for an additional year. Fellows will teach two courses per year, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department or program with which they are affiliated. The fellowship
offers junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers. The annual stipend will be $45,000. Fellows will receive an annual research fund of $3,500 and a one-time reimbursement of up to $1,500 for moving expenses.

*Eligibility: *
We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have received the PhD from outside of the University of Pittsburgh between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2010. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from the Department Chair or the Advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

*Guidelines: *
Postdoctoral education is an important facet of research and scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh, and the University has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines for postdoctoral fellows and the faculty, departments, and programs who work with them.

*Application Requirements and Procedure*
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. An application form (available at edu/postdoc)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Detailed statement of current research interests (1,000 words) that clearly outlines the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship.
4. One writing sample no longer than 20 pages.
5. A copy of the Dissertation Table of Contents
6. A two-page statement of teaching interests and one or two course proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduates or graduate students.
7. Three letters of recommendation. (NOTE: Letter writers should e-mail their recommendations directly to, using the applicant's name and the word, "Postdoc Recommendation" in the e-mail subject line.

*Application Deadline and Notification of Awards*
All application materials-including letters of recommendation- must be submitted electronically before June 1, 2010. Only fully completed formal applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to postdoc@as.pitt. edu by the closing date. Awards will be announced in July 2010.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

*For more information, contact:*
Ms. Runette Brown
University of Pittsburgh
Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office
5401 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: 412-624-3939
Fax: 412-624-6855
E-mail: postdoc@as.pitt. edu

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CEU Business School Baku MINI MBA Program

The CEU Business School Baku MINI MBA Program is a joint project of CEU Business School and the Azerbaijan Marketing Society (AMS).

The objective of the project is to provide a high quality management training program for managers who already have some managerial experience and are candidates for higher positions. The goal is to update and enhance their management knowledge on the most important management fields. The program also allows graduate students of the information and communication universities to continue their education and get the MINI MBA degree offered by CEU-AMS Alliance.

The CEU Business School Baku MINI MBA Program is modular and run on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Total length is approximately 72 classroom hours. The modules are to be planned and delivered by CEU BS faculty members, cooperating with local experts when necessary and possible. Working language is English but some local contributors may use Russian as well. Each participant gets a complete course package with readings, slides, handouts etc. at the beginning of the program.

A certificate is provided at the end jointly issued by CEU BS-AMS Alliance to those who pass exams successfully and their participation measured by time spent on the program reaches 80%.

6-week program consists of 6 modules:

Module 1: Strategic Management

Module 2: Exponential Marketing

Module 3: Business Communication

Module 4: Project management

Module 5: Corporate finance and accounting

Module 6: Cost cutting and rationalization in a crisis

There is an optional 2 week study field-trip to Hungary as an extra opportunity.

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Taiwan: Master’s Program in Health Care

International Master's Program in Health Care Administration

School of Health Care Administration was founded in 1997 to cultivate reputable staffs and leaders for the medical organization as well as raise the standard of Taiwan's health care administration and academic research in the field. The master program was established in 2000, and provides the chances to make progress and broaden global visions for at-work health care administrators. As health care systems expand rapidly in Taiwan, the administration leaders with expertise in professional management become increasingly demanded. Practical experience in local hospitals or international organizations is required by all students prior to graduation. The educational goal is to guide students to become independent, enthusiastic, well communicated, and global minded.

The International Master's Program in Health Care Administration offers interdisciplinary courses in English provided by several schools or graduate institutes at Taipei Medical University - School of Health Care Administration, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Graduate Institute of Injury Prevention and Control, and Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine. The core courses focus primarily on health care administration, and the program also provides courses in theory and practices of health insurance, medical informatics and hospital information systems, nutrition and health management, disaster management, and international justice and bioethics.



  1. Eligibility is limited to students who have completed a bachelor's (or master's) degree at foreign colleges or universities accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
  2. Application is limited to students who do not hold Taiwanese nationality, as defined in the enrollment regulations for foreign students of Taipei Medical University (including overseas Chinese), and must meet the admission requirements of the School of Health Care Administration.


  1. Providing courses based on theory, application, and practices in the integrated fields of health care and management, in order to train goal-oriented professionals with international vision in health care administration.
  2. Helping to cultivate outstanding international professionals in health care administration with an aim to enhance global collaboration in health management, and enable graduates to make meaningful advances in health management on returning to their home country.

Contact Information
International Student Section, International Office
Contact Person: Mr. Gary Wang
Tel: ext 2690
Fax: +886-2-2377-2956
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Netherland: PhD position in Directed evolution of tautomerases

Within the PROZYMES project, the University of Groningen is looking for 3 PhD students and 2 postdocs in biocatalysis research. PROZYMES (proline-based enzymes) is funded by a Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Council (ERC-2009-StG) and aims to develop a new class of biocatalysts for carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions to yield valuable chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Subproject: Directed evolution of tautomerases. This subproject aims to use tautomerases that show promiscuous carbon-carbon bond-forming activities (e.g., aldolase, alkylation or Michael addition activities) in directed evolution experiments to enhance their activity to a practical level. On basis of molecular modelling studies and available structures, target positions in or close to the enzyme's active site will be identified, which will be randomized by PCR methods. Subsequently, improved variants will be obtained by medium/high-throughput screening. Gene shuffling will be used to combine the best mutations and generate superior biocatalysts that rival or complement chemical and organocatalysts. The properties of the final tailor-made enzymes will be characterized in detail, including kinetic and pH studies, substrate range, product identity and chirality, potential substrate and product inhibition, and temperature stability. Crystallographic studies of the best laboratory-evolved enzymes will be carried out to establish structure-function relationships. Supervisor: Dr. G.J. Poelarends.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Masters or equivalent degree in molecular biology or biochemistry, and with outstanding laboratory skills. You are expected to have an excellent academic record and be fluent in the English language.


The University of Groningen offers a salary of minimal € 2,042 gross a month in the first year to maximal € 2,612 a month in the final year based on a full-time position. It is a temporary assignment for a period of 4 years. First you will get a temporary position of 1.5 years with the perspective of prolongation with another 2.5 years. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years. Please pronounce the names and contact information of at least two references in your curriculum vitae.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

P.O. Box 72
9700 AB – Groningen

Application Deadline



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Norway : PhD position in Theoretical Astrophysics

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. It presently has 12 permanent professors/associate professors. The Institute employs about 8 postdoctoral research fellows and has about 14 Ph.D. students. The research activity of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is concentrated around solar physics and cosmology (

The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1 October, 2010.

Job description

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has appointed the cosmology group of the Institute as an emerging top-tier research group. The participation in the European Space Agency's flagship mission Planck and the ground based CMB polarization experiment QUIET, and a strong effort in fundamental cosmological theory, act as two foci for consolidating the group and developing it further to become one of Norway's internationally most visible research groups in the physical sciences. The PhD research fellow will work on data analysis for the QUIET CMB polarization experiment, designed to understand the physical processes acting in the very early universe during the inflationary epoch. This work requires interest and skills in physics, programming, statistics and informatics, or at least a strong motivation to acquire these skills during the studies. The applicant must attach a self-written computer program to the application.

Applicants may submit a project proposal for the qualifying work during the program. The projet proposal should include research topic, main issues, as well as choice of theory and method.


Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in astronomy/astrophysics, cosmology or a related subject.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a  project outline, must be submitteed no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission must be approved within three months. For more information see:

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo.


PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade: 45-51 (NOK 355 400 – 394 200 per year, depending on seniority/qualifications)

The application must  include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • The applicant must attach a self-written computer program to the application
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Closing date for applications: 15 May, 2010

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions (english translation):

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions.  Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 15 May, 2010
  • Location:
  • Oslo, Blindern
  • Reference number:
  • 2010/4501
  • Contacts:
  • Associate Professor Hans Kristian Eriksen
    Telephone: +47 22858454

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Marie Curie Research Fellow in Medicine

Marie Curie Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Post Reference: 5431
Salary scale: £34,000 per annum plus mobility allowance

Closing Date: 27 May 2010


Applications are invited for a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Reproductive Biology Group, School of Medicine, reference 5431, to work on an FP7 Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project. The aim is to develop and apply techniques to study DNA/protein interactions and histone modifications in human disease samples to identify gene targets and molecular pathways that distinguish the activity of antiestrogens from estrogens in breast and endometrium, The successful candidate will take a lead role in the implementation of techniques including Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and DNA methylation detection to formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded human tissue samples.

The successful candidate will join a team of researchers investigating the impact of aberrant transcription processes in the endometrium on infertility and gynaecological cancer. due to abnormalities through The candidate will contribute to a major aim of the group in  developing biomarkers for clinical use.

The successful applicant will be based in the £50 million Institute for Life Sciences (ILS) at Swansea University, where interdisciplinary research will be fostered, particularly within Cancer Research and Reproductive Sciences.  The successful applicant will also work with project partners in the Department of Pathology in the adjacent Singleton Hospital, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

This position is supported by the EU Marie Curie programme, and candidates can be a national of a Member State, Associated country or Third country. Further, the researcher must not be a UK national and must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years, or if a UK national must have spent at least 3 of the previous 4 years outside of the UK.

Applicants must have a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology or a related discipline and must have knowledge of Epigenetic regulation of Transcription and experience of ChIP methodology.. The candidate must be skilled at developing and working with innovative techniques. The FP7 grant work will be performed in collaboration with Active Motif SA, Belgium, so the candidate must be able to develop effective working relationships with external collaborators.

The post is available for a fixed term period of up to 24 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Steve Conlan Further information can be found at

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Switzerland :Open PhD Positions in Computer Graphics

Two full time PhD positions, starting summer 2010, are open at the Computer Vision and Geometry Group of ETH Zurich and at the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory of EPFL Lausanne.

The Institute of Cartography of ETH Zurich, the Computer Vision and Geometry Group of ETH Zurich, and the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory of EPFL Lausanne collaborate in developing new digital methods for cartographic terrain visualization in both 2D and 3D. We concentrate on new methods for generating panorama maps, distorted 2D terrain maps, shaded relief maps, non-photorealistic rock drawing and hatched 3D representations. We plan to apply and develop methods of morphometric terrain analysis, non-linear optimization for shape deformation, and image-based modeling and rendering. For more details, please refer to

We are looking for two PhD candidates to collaborate in this project for three years. Candidates must have a strong background in computer graphics, geovisualization or cartography and hold a master's degree in one of these or a related field. Strong programming skills and fluent written English are mandatory. Salaries are according to ETH and EPFL rates. We offer a stimulating and enjoyable working environment in competitive, internationally oriented research groups.

Should you be interested in one of the two positions, please apply via email to Mark Pauly, Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory, EPFL Lausanne (, or Marc Pollefeys, Computer Vision and Geometry Group, ETH Zurich ( In your application you should include your CV with a list of past related projects, and a personal statement why you are interested in this position.

If you would like any more information, please feel free to contact Bernhard Jenny, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich:

Bernhard Jenny, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich
Lorenz Hurni, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich
Mark Pauly, Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory, EPFL Lausanne
Marc Pollefeys, Computer Vision and Geometry Group, ETH Zurich


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Germany: PhD Position in Embedded System Design, Domain: Automation

 We are now accepting applications for a 3‐year PhD Scholarship in the area of software engineering, fault-tolerant systems, and verification in the Department of Informatics at TU München, Germany.

Embedded Systems

Application Deadline: the position is to be filled as soon as possible

In cooperation with GE, TU München investigates on the development process of high-availability embedded systems. The project covers the following aspects: code reuse, multi-core platforms, code generation, and formal verification. Within the project, a windmill application will be implemented as use case.

Applicants should have a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent, from a well‐known University). The success-ful candidate should have experience in one or more of the following areas: (i) software engineering, (ii) multi-core systems, (iii) formal meth-ods, and (iv) fault-tolerance mechanisms.

TU München enjoys an excellent international reputation as an aca-demic leader and has been consistently ranked as one of the three best universities in Germany. It was appointed one of only three top universi-ties in the first round of the "Excellence Initiative" of the German Gov-ernment in 2006. The group Robotics & Embedded Systems offers a unique working surrounding with interesting and challenging research projects. Besides the concrete project, the group provides excellent possibilities for your career both in academia – within the associated research and transfer institute fortiss - and in industry -  by its close ties to companies and by supporting the creation of spin-offs.

The Munich area itself offers high quality of living, with unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities and a great night-life at a reasonable price.

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, an academic transcript and two referees. A statement of the broad area of your re-search interest should also be included.

For any enquiries or further information, send an E-mail to: Dr. Christian Buckl ( or visit our web site

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Finland : HECER PhD Programme in Economics

Economics offers unique tools to analyze and understand important societal and business problems, and to conduct research on them. A PhD education in economics is a stepping stone into a research career and exciting and demanding expert positions in the private and public sector as well as in international institutions. The HECER PhD Programme offers highly motivated and talented individuals the possibility to pursue their goal of acquiring a solid training in economics at the highest level.

The four year HECER PhD Programme is structured according to best practice in economics. The training consists of a first year of core courses (micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics). The course work provides the foundation for the students' own research. The second and third years consist of original research and courses in fields of interest in economics (econometrics, industrial organization, international economics, labour economics, microeconomic theory, macroeconomics and public economics). The fourth year consists of original research. The HECER PhD Programme builds on the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE).

For admitted students, the HECER PhD Programme offers funding for four years. HECER, a joint venture between the economics departments of Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics and University of Helsinki, offers an exciting environment of high international quality. The HECER PhD Programme emphasizes collegiality, support, and encouragement in addition to students' own effort. HECER offers a wide supply of seminars and conferences and faculty that are at the forefront of their fields of interest. HECER has recently placed students well in the international academic job market with positions at LSE, Mannheim, and Nottingham.

To apply to the HECER PhD Programme,
1. Send your CV and the application form
(rtf) to
     P.O. Box 17 (Arkadiankatu 7)
2. Ask for two letters of recommendation which the referees should send  directly to either of the above addresses.


The application deadline is April 30, 2010 at 15.45.

Those who are accepted need to apply for PhD student status at one of HECER's member departments. If you have any questions, please contact Otto Toivanen (


Applying to HECER's member departments

Details on how to apply for a PhD student status at each member department can be found at the following websites:

Deadlines for applications are:
University of Helsinki: May 15 2010
Aalto University School of Economics: May 31 2010
Hanken School of Economics: May 17 2010, October 22 2010


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Switzerland : Ph.D. in Faculty of Informatics

We encourage applications from highly qualified candidates. Admission to the Ph.D. program is competitive. Each year we receive many strong applications from around the world. Applicants are admitted based on their research interests and experience, potential for success in the program, and compatibility with current needs of the Faculty.
The official language of the Ph.D. program is English. Students must be able to demonstrate fluency in English prior to admission.
The Ph.D. program is governed by
regulations adopted by the Faculty.
In order to be admitted, the applicant must have completed a Masters degree in computer science, informatics, or a closely related field prior to joining the program (but not necessarily prior to applying to the program).
Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are reviewed two times per year. Admission is typically for the Fall semester (commencing in September).

Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program - Dates
Application Deadline Approximate Notification Date Start Date
December 1
February 1
March 1 (Spring Semester)
May 1
July 1
September 1 (Fall Semester)

Students must complete their applications to arrive on or before the appropriate deadline, and will be notified of acceptance or rejection by the approximate notification date.
The application for admission to the Informatics Ph.D. program consists of the following completed materials.

  • General USI Ph.D. application
  • At least one (but preferably two) letter(s) of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic abilities (e.g., a thesis advisor).
    Please note that the letter of recommendation must be sent by the recommender under separate cover.
  • A one- or two-page statement of purpose, written in English by the applicant, describing: the applicant's motivation for obtaining a Ph.D. degree; how the applicant acquired fluency in English; any particular research interests; any prior research experience; reason for applying to the USI program; and current plans for a professional career after obtaining the Ph.D. degree

Completed application materials should be mailed to the following address.
Ph.D. Admissions
Faculty of Informatics
University of Lugano
Via G. Buffi 13
6904 Lugano, Switzerland


  • Financial Assistance
    Most students in the Ph.D. program are supported as assistants. The support covers tuition and provides a stipend. Responsibilities of assistants include both teaching and research duties. Generally students receive support as long as funds are available and the student is making adequate progress through the program (as described in the regulations).

  • Questions?
    Please contact the Dean's Officce (decanato dot inf at usi dot ch) for further information on the Ph.D. program and admission process.

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Germany : Ph.D positions in angiology and cardiology

The research group Experimental Cardiology at the Clinic of Tübingen, Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen, invites applicants for a Ph.D. student position.

We are looking for an accomplished, highly motivated and career oriented young scientist, preferably with a strong interest in cell/molecular biology and biomedical research. Applicants should hold a Diploma / Master Degree in Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline.

Our areas of research are: Experimental angiology and cardiology, tissue regeneration, cell-cell interaction and signal transduction.

You will join a cooperative and stimulatory working atmosphere with excellent scientific equipment.

Handicapped applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification. Salary according to TV-L.

Please, send your application including a short statement of research interest, a full CV and the names and contact information of one or two references per e-mail to:

Dr. Margitta Elvers
Experimental Cardiology
Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
University Clinic of Tübingen
Otfried-Müller-Str. 10
72076 Tübingen


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Ireland : PhD Studentship in Dynamic Network Analysis, Mining and Modelling

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland Galway is seeking applications for a funded PhD studentship in Dynamic Network Analysis, Mining and Modelling.

The successful candidate will join the Clique Strategic Research Cluster in DERI at NUI Galway. Clique is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research cluster addressing the development of analytical, modelling and visualisation techniques for large scale, dynamic graphs and networks. The cluster is distributed between DERI and University College Dublin, and has industry partners such as IBM. The DERI group conducts fundamental algorithmic work as well as investigating and modelling the principles underlying the evolution and interactions in large social, communication and collaborative networks. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Analysing user roles in social networks and designing efficient algorithms to find these [1];
  • Analysing and modelling the interactions between online communities [2];
  • Formulating predictive models for information diffusion in social and collaborative networks;
  • Designing efficient graph algorithms to find evolving communities with correlated change behaviour [3];
  • Designing scalable, distributed, real-time algorithms to tackle problems in massive dynamic graph datasets;

    The successful candidate should have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, maths, science or engineering, and have the pre-requisites for PhD studies at NUI Galway. The PhD studentship covers academic fees, a generous monthly stipend and a research travel allowance for a three year period.

    In addition, the following criteria are desirable but not necessary:


    • Familiarity with graph algorithms and theory (e.g., finding connected components efficiently);
    • Familiarity with modelling and simulation;
    • Familiarity with social network analysis;
    • Familiarity with large-scale, distributed, dynamic data analysis (e.g., data streaming algorithms);
    • Familiarity with data mining, feature selection and machine learning, especially graph mining and graph grammars;
    • Masters or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline or topic

    The successful candidate will work with the DERI Principle Investigator, Dr. Conor Hayes, Dr. Jeffrey Chan and Dr. Marcel Karnstedt in DERI, Galway. There will be extensive opportunities for collaboration with other Clique researchers and with other research groups and projects in DERI. The application must contain the following: a CV, a one page statement explaining the candidate's interest in and compatibility with the objectives of the position and a list of referees. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered. 


    [1] Jeffrey Chan and Conor Hayes, "Decomposing Discussion Forums using User Roles", in Proceedings of 2nd Web Science Conference 2010, USA, 2010.
    [2] Marcel Karnstedt and Conor Hayes, "Towards Cross-Community Effects in Scientific Communities", in Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining and Machine Learning, 2009.
    [3] Jeffrey Chan, James Bailey and Christopher Leckie, "Discovering correlated spatio-temporal changes in evolving graphs", in Knowledge and Information Systems, 16(1), 2008.


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    Germany : PhD candidate in Information Security-Machine Learning

    The Wilhelm Schickard Institute for Computer Science at the University of Tuebingen is seeking a motivated research scientist (Ph.D. student) in the areas of information security and machine learning (salary scale TV-L 13). The focus of this position is the development of methods for detection of previously unknown malicious content in non-executable data.

    Successful candidates should have a Diplom or M.Sc. degree in computer science and excellent programming skills, expecially at the operating system and networking levels. Prior experience with computer security methods, e.g. intrusion detection or antivirus systems, and/or machine learning methods ist strongly desirable.

    The position is initially limited for 1 year with a possibility for

    Interested individuals should send a complete application package
    containing CV, full academic transcripts with grades and examinations, statement of research interests, names and contact data of two references to:

    Pavel Laskov, Ph.D.
    University of Tuebingen

    Wilhelm Schickard Institute for Computer Science
    Department "Computer Architecture"
    Sand 1
    72076 Tuebingen

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    Thursday, 29 April 2010

    USA: Research position in Compiler Optimization

    Compiler Optimization

    Cray has an opening for a motivated and skilled software developer to join its Compiler group.
    The Compiler Optimization Engineer will work on improving the optimization and parallelization
    phases of the Cray Fortran, C, and C++ compilers. This includes both significant research and
    product development activities, as Cray continues to advance the state of the art of its compiler
    across dissimilar architectures.

    This work includes the design and implementation of new compiler-based optimizations,
    enhancing existing optimizations, the implementation of new high-level language features,
    adapting evolving programming models to Cray architectures, and working to improve the overall
    quality of the compiler.

    • B.S. Computer Science, Electrical and Computing Engineering, or similar discipline is
    required. Advanced degrees are welcome.
    • At least 5 years experience in compiler development or equivalent combination of
    education and experience, particularly with regard to compiler optimization.
    • Background in high performance computing (HPC) architectures, including
    multiprocessors, distributed memory systems, and GPU accelerators, is highly desired.
    • Proficiency writing in C is critical, and familiarity with C++ is desired.
    • Knowledge of Fortran is a plus.
    • Experience in working with large projects, or an advanced thesis in an appropriate area.
    • Commitment to sound software engineering principles, outstanding problem solving
    skills, ability to work well in a cooperative development environment, both within and
    across teams, and good written and verbal communications skills.
    • Must be motivated to have an impact on our products, our company, and the state of
    the art.

    The location for this position is in Saint Paul, MN, USA

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    France: PhD position in GeoPhysics

    The Geophysical team of the Centre de Géosciences at Mines-ParisTech in Fontainebleau has a position for
    a PhD in geophysics (3 years) for a gifted young student on the following subject:
    Near surface characterization using surface waves

    Description : The research context of the PhD thesis is the geophysical exploration, whose aim is the study of the Earth subsurface by exploiting and analyzing the properties of seismic/elastic waves which are reflected by the subsurface in-homogeneities and recorded at the surface. The provided subsurface characterization is crucial for the petroleum industry to find oil and gas traps.

    In the context of hydrocarbon exploration, the seismic techniques that are traditionally more diffused are based on body-wave propagation, in particular P-wave reflections, since these waves spread energy into the Earth's interior and carry on interesting information about the deep subsurface. On the contrary surface waves, which represent about 67% of the propagating seismic energy, are usually considered as coherent noise to be removed or attenuated. However, the properties of surface waves depend on the elastic parameters of the shallow subsurface, whose lateral variations and heterogeneities strongly affect surface wave propagation.

    The objective of the PhD research is to investigate innovative techniques for extracting and using all the relevant information content of surface waves, before removing them from the acquired seismic data. The inversion of surface wave properties contributes to the creation of a near-surface model. For hydrocarbon exploration, proper knowledge of the near surface would allow to improve model building at the exploration target depth, as well as the quality of seismic data processing.

    While most of the traditional approaches generate a 1D model, the PhD project aims at extending actual methods to yield a 2D model of the near-surface. For the 2D inversion, it will be worthwhile to analyze first which of the model parameters are actually influenced by the surface wave propagation. This sensitivity analysis would allow the introduction in the inverse problem of novel kinds of independent information, such as the higher modes of surface waves and the polarization parameters, in order to increase the reliability and to better constraint the inversion result.

    Candidate profile:

    The candidate must have a research master degree in physics, geophysics or applied mathematics, and be interested in seismic signal processing and seismic imaging. The candidate should also have experience in programming. Good knowledge of English is essential.

    Location and dates :

    Location : Centre de Géosciences, Mines ParisTech, Fontainebleau, France

    Duration : 3 years, starting from September/October 2010

    Salary : Around 1500 euros per month (net salary)

    How to apply : Please post or email a detailed CV and a motivation letter to :

    Daniela Donno

    Centre de Géosciences, Mines ParisTech

    35 rue Saint-Honoré, 77305 Fontainebleau, France


    Tel: +33 1 64 69 49 38 Fax: +33 1 64 69 49 35

    Please quote reference : 10/geophy_sw

    For infos : Please contact Daniela Donno ( or Hervé Chauris (, and also refer to


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    Switzerland : PhD position in molecular biology

    Our laboratory focuses on understanding the inflammatory signaling pathways (e.g. cytokines and chemokines) and cellular mechanisms responsible for the induction and maintenance of chronic inflammation, finally leading to tissue destruction and cancer (e.g. chronic hepatitis induced liver cancer).

    Our analyses include work with human tissue as well as the generation and analysis of mouse models mimicking patho-physiological processes seen in human patients.

    The successful applicant should speak fluent English and German and should be familiar with most of the standard procedures in Molecular Biology (PCR; RT-PCR; Western-; Northern and Southern-blot; FACS-analysis etc.).

    We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate who is motivated, hard working, a team player, open for new challenges, and not too shy to ask obvious questions.

    We provide a team of motivated young scientists, demanding but intensive supervision, a multi-cultural environment of leading scientists in their field within the institute.

    For further in detailed information please go to:

    The Ph.D. position is for the duration of a minimum of 3 years.

    In case you are interested please contact:

    PD Dr. Mag. Mathias Heikenwälder, Ph.D.
    Prof. Max-Cloëtta fellow
    Molecular Biologist, Immunologist
    University Hospital Zürich (USZ)
    Department Pathology
    Institute for Neuropathology
    PATH F 48
    Schmelzbergstrasse 12
    8091 Zürich

    Tel:   0041-44-255 21 06
    Fax:   0041-44-255 44 02
    Secretary:  0041-44-255 21 07


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    UK: 15 Master Scholarships at University of Exeter

    International Masters Scholarship Scheme 

    The University has up to 15 full tuition-fee merit-based scholarships for International students commencing taught Masters programmes starting in October 2010. 

    These scholarships are open to applicants interested in programmes from the following Schools only.

    •Biosciences (two available)
    •Education (one available)
    •Geography (two available - one each for the Exeter and Cornwall campuses)
    •Humanities (three available)
    •Psychology (one available)
    •Sports and Health Sciences (two available)

    All of these awards are aimed at International students with high academic ability (typically at least an upper second class honours or international equivalent). Applicants who require pre-sessional English will be considered but will have a lower priority for an award than those applicants who already satisfy the University's English language requirements. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate, through their application, the potential to progress to doctoral study at the University of Exeter.

    Please note that a number of programmes are specifically excluded from these Scholarships:

    Masters in Public Administration (MPA) within Humanities 

    Masters by Research (MA or MSc), are excluded as they offer the opportunity to pursue a one year research project without a taught element.

    All Business School Masters are excluded from this Scholarship Scheme.

    How to Apply 

    Students should send a completed application form by email to imss@exeter. or by fax to +44 (0) 1392 263039 to arrive by 7 May 2010 at the latest. Please note applications will only be considered from candidates already holding an offer (either conditional or unconditional) from the University and who are classified as an International student for fee purposes. Successful applicants will be advised of the University's decision by 14th June 2010 including any conditions for the award of the Scholarship (e.g. degree classification). Successful candidates will need to notify us of their acceptance of the Scholarship and return their deposit within three weeks of receiving our decision.

    Applications for 2010 Entry


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    Pakistan : Fulbright USA Scholarship (Masters / PhD)

     Education plays a key role in development of a country. To ensure development of the nation, a network of good educational institutions with qualified and well informed staff is needed. So that their institutions become capable of producing students/researchers who can effectively handle the multifaceted nature of work required to build a nation. Government has badly felt that need and while assessing the requirements of the newly established public sector Universities established at remote areas, Chairman ECNEC and Chairman HEC stressed at the development of a scholarship scheme especially designed for the uplift of these public sector institutions, so as to bring them at par with other universities and to fulfil Government promise of providing quality education for all

    The university & college faculty and R&D manpower development Programme is an integral part of the strategies and initiative of the current ten-year's perspective plan as well as in conformity with the goals of Education Sector Reforms (ESR) Action Plan 2001-05 . In the perspective plan, Human Resource Development is at the top amongst the few priority areas having socio-economic impact and cost-effectiveness.  Promotion of Engineering, Natural and Basic Sciences in the country and inclusion of at least five Pakistani universities, among the top 50 Asians Institutions are few of the goals of the perspective plan 2001- 2011.  These targets can strategically be achieved not only by inducting young, high quality scientist and technologist.  This will also assist in transfer of technology and selective hiring of international services wherever required.


    The Scheme envisages Master/MPhil level training of 400-450 candidates and PhD level training of 240-265 candidates depending on tuition fee at US Universities. Scholarships would be awarded mainly in Engineering, Medicine, Science & Technology and some in other fields.

    The objectives of the scheme are: 

    1. To create a critical mass of highly qualified Engineer, Technologists, Scientists Manpower in high-tech fields.
    2. To build up the capacity of Universities in Pakistan through addition 240-265 PhD and 400-450 Master/MPhil in priority fields.
    3. To facilitate assimilation, absorption and transfer of important and promising technologies to get high-tech products and achieve rapid economic progress.
    4. To provide opportunities to young talented Scientists/Engineers for training/research work at advanced research labs and reputed universities abroad and interaction with foreign engineers working at frontiers of knowledge, to encourage international cooperation in Engineering, Humanities, Business and Natural & Basic Sciences through harnessing training opportunities offered by friendly countries like USA.
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