Dec 31, 2007

CfP: Transatlantic Dialogues. Eastern Europe, The U.S., and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces

Transatlantic Dialogues. Eastern Europe, The U.S., and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces

This Workshop is organized within the framework of the Fifth International Conference of the Romanian Association for American Studies, "The Sense of America. Histories into Text."

Time and place: 24th of May, 2008, The University of Bucharest, Bucharest.

The workshop focuses on the topical issue of transatlantic relations in the post-Cold War period, and specifically addresses the question of transatlantic exchanges, representations and misrepresentations that characterize this age of transition and upheaval. Post-communism, itself a highly volatile term, has come to signify a cluster of historical, social, cultural, economic discourses about change in Eastern Europe. While Cold War mythology was largely responsible for drawing up a vision of a highly polarized world, the post-Cold War configuration is still undergoing a process of negotiation to account for new structures of organization that cut across fields as diverse as culture, literature, education, politics, social life, economics. The organisers welcome approaches dealing with the multiple binds of post-Cold War configurations from a variety of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives including literature, history, political science, sociology, economy, visual arts, media and film studies, popular culture. Papers may address themes such as those below:
- converging discourses: post-communism, post-colonialism, post-modernism
- the post-communist transition and the renegotiation of Eastern European identity
- the postmodern ethos and post-Cold War cultural/social dynamics
- Eastern European predicaments and models for the future
- the "end of history" in transatlantic perspective
- transatlantic relations in the age of globalization
- U.S. cultures in Eastern European contexts
- exporting Eastern Europe to the USA: techniques of representation and dissemination
- post-Cold War U.S. literary and media discourses about Eastern Europe.

The organizers are inviting proposals for 20 minute papers on these and other themes related to the topic of the workshop.

Please submit 300-word abstracts by January 31st 2008 to the following address:
transatlanticdialog ues@gmail. com

A selection of papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

For further questions, please contact prof. dr. Rodica Mihaila, Dr. Roxana Oltean or Ioana Luca at transatlanticdialog ues@gmail. com

*The workshop is part of the research project entitled The Romanian Cultural Space in Transatlantic Perspective: From Postcommunism to Post-accession supported by UEFISCSU (PNII Idei 1000/2007).

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New Publication: Kosovar Diaspora, Forum 2015

Dear friends&colleagues,

Forum 2015 has published a research report on Kosovar diaspora and migration policies, which is available in two languages, English and Albanian.

To download the "Diaspora and Migration Policies" publication, click:

http://www.forumi20 15.org/home/ images/stories/ diaspora& migration. pdf
(for the English version)

and

http://www.forumi20 15.org/home/ images/stories/ diaspora& migrimi.pdf
(for the Albanian version)

Regards,
Hajrulla Çeku
Coordinator of Forum 2015
Kosovo Foundation for Open Society
Address: Ulpiana, Imzot Nikë Prela, Villa 13,
Prishtinë
e-mail: hceku@kfos.org
phone: ++ 381 38 542 157, 542 158, 542 159, ext. 107
fax: ++ 381 38 542 160
mobile: ++377 44 116 448
web: www.forumi2015. org

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CfP: Youth Projects in South-East Europe

Call for proposals

for Youth Projects in South-East Europe

Schüler Helfen Leben (SHL) is a charitable organization which wants to support youth projects in South-East-Europe to contribute to peace, reconciliation and democracy in the whole region step by step. Our current balance: more than 15 million Euros donated and more than a hundred projects in Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo.

Since 1998 SHL regularly calls on pupils throughout Germany to participate in the Social Day. For one day pupils will not go to school but work and donate their earnings to SHL. In order not to limit the participation of these young people to the one-day-action the selection of projects will be partly put in their hands.

SHL is looking for non-profit organizations, which want to use a part of the Social Day donations for a project implemented on their own. These projects should aim at a direct support of children and young people. We are looking for projects, which follow an inter-ethnic approach and strengthen local organisations. Especially in rural areas we see a particular need for more intensive youth work.

Projects from following countries in South-East Europe can apply: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and UNMIK Kosovo.

We are looking forward to hearing about your ideas!

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New Publication: Media reporting trends in 2007

Dear friends and colleagues,

Media Intelligence Agency has issued a special issue of its Examine magazine, on the way media reported on the key events in the region in 2007 and prospects in the New Year.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007 was a year of many downs and few ups for BiH, and it went from bad to worse. However, sudden initialing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement helped ending the year with a dose of optimism… Compared to the 1990s, it appears that Serbia made a lot of progress. While it fought some difficult battles this year, biggest of them are yet to follow. 2008 will truly be a turning point for Serbia. Some critical decisions are to be made, as stability of entire region depends on them… Croatia moved a long way ahead from its neighbors. Nevertheless, Croatians are still fixated by war crimes, corruption and uneasy political agreements.

Magazine also features the Media Personalities of The Year and gives a brief overview of the events unrelated to politics that marked 2007.

Download this issue FREE OF CHARGE at:
www.miabalkan. info

Sejla Dizdarevic

Media Intelligence Agency
Online Publications Editor
Emerika Bluma 1
71000 Sarajevo

Tel: (+387 33) 28 38 36
Mob: (+387 61) 30 37 84
Fax: (+387 33) 28 39 47

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CfA: Network of Young European Refugees and Exiles, Budapest, 11-18.02.2008

Seminar supported by EYC in Budapest 11-18 February...


The aim of the meeting is to create/ launch a Network of Young European Refugees and Exiles as a step forward in organising young refugees and exiles to advocate their common concerns and to act as multipliers. The long-term aim is to ensure and further develop existing and new forms of participation of youth in decision-making processes, especially vulnerable young people, young refugees, who have less access to decision-making structures, and are under-represented in society, sometimes even "invisible". The long-term aim would be in line with a point that seems to have been strongly emphasized by the participants of the Strasbourg seminar: there are many different practices with different standards in the area of asylum throughout Europe. As it is obvious that a common asylum system at the European level is needed, it is also obvious that in the process of development of such a system, the youth, young refugees must participate and their opinions taken into account,
which is not the case now.

Background of the meeting

"Refugees , Internally displaced persons, Exiles, "sans papier"… is a daily reality for plenty of young people in today's Europe. How can they participate in the development of the societies they are living in? Are their human rights respected in the societies they are living in? Are they able to break down the solitude and prejudices which are related to their situation? All these questions should be tackled on European institutions agendas. Because youth participation is inclusive it should also be for and by young refugees. Therefore it should be taken into account in the development of youth policies at national and European levels.

In December 2006, in the framework of the Campaign “All different-All equal”, the Youth Sector of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with UNHCR, organised in Strasbourg a seminar “Being young refugees in Europe today”, stressing that the European Youth Centers are also spaces for young refugees; that youth participation, youth policy, human rights and intercultural learning cannot be promoted without listening, without hearing all young people, and therefore also young people who are refugees.

During this seminar the participants had the opportunity to elaborate on issues that young refugees face. In the Final Recommendations of the above mentioned seminar the participants stressed out that they are “highly concerned by the plight of young exiles in Europe, being deprived of dignity and subject to incessant multiple discrimination, prejudices, violations of the fundamental human rights;
carrying the burden of our personal testimonies, life stories, having suffered and escaped from terror, violence, armed conflicts, persecution, fears, poverty;
traumatized by witnessing atrocities and being tortured by uncertainty of the fate of our beloved ones left behind; wandering around feeling no where as home...”
All the above constitute the every day life of young refugees and exiles in Europe today…

This seminar reached its goal: to enable participants to look into the realities of young refugees in their everyday life, to identify problems and difficulties and to come up with recommendations in order to improve their situation. The problems identified are that young refugees lack information and means to participate and tend to get marginalized having some additional concerns compared to other young people (learning a new language, a new culture, being the translator for their parents, making their life alone even very young…).

At the end of the seminar and based on the conclusions formulated in the final Recommendations (sent out to decision making bodies), it became obvious that there should be a follow up, that it is necessary for young people to have a kind of tool which they will use in order to make their voices heard, to advocate and raise awareness on young refugees and exiles needs and rights, as also to enhance their participation and empowerment. We, the participants of the seminar, set up a very ambitious goal: the creation of a European Network to advocate the recognized issues that prevent young refugees from active participation and representation in a collective manner.

The Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe created and hosted an e-platform where we exchanged our ideas and thoughts and composed a project proposal for a meeting to set up the basis of the Network. The project proposal was submitted by the Greek Council for Refugees, Community Development Center (Montenegro) , Hi-Neighbour (Serbia) and the Lithuanian Red Cross Society, to the European Youth Foundation. The proposal has been approved in June 2007 and the EYF and UNHCR allocated a grant to enable the creation of a European network of young refugees and exiles which brings us here organizing this new event.

Aim of the meeting

The aim of the meeting is to create/ launch a Network of Young European Refugees and Exiles as a step forward in organising young refugees and exiles to advocate their common concerns and to act as multipliers. The long-term aim is to ensure and further develop existing and new forms of participation of youth in decision-making processes, especially vulnerable young people, young refugees, who have less access to decision-making structures, and are under-represented in society, sometimes even “invisible”. The long-term aim would be in line with a point that seems to have been strongly emphasized by the participants of the Strasbourg seminar: there are many different practices with different standards in the area of asylum throughout Europe. As it is obvious that a common asylum system at the European level is needed, it is also obvious that in the process of development of such a system, the youth, young refugees must participate and their opinions taken into account, which is not the case now.
In order to have the voice of young refugees heard and have the aim achieved there is a pressing need and will to connect various youth organizations from the European civil society. Strategic linking, joint work and synergy will enable them achieve the aims and objectives.

Objectives

The following objectives for the meeting are based on the conclusions formulated in the Recommendations made by 32 young people living in 27 European countries:

 The framework of the Network
 The mission and vision of the Network
 The aims and goals
 The Statute of the Network
 The organizational structure
 The participatory and membership scheme
 Draft action plan
 Longer term strategy
 Concrete project proposal for future
 Follow up;

Methodology

The meeting is based on several components, such as discussion in panel and work in groups, exchange of experiences and best practices.
During the first 2 days participants will elaborate on the need of the Network, its framework, mission, its aims and objectives, its structure and synthesis, its modus operandi. In the last 2 days participants will concretely work on the formulation of the statute, membership and funding scheme, a proposal for follow up will be drafted for fundraising purposes.

The team is composed of participants from the seminar in December 2006 supported by experienced trainers.

Participants' experiences, active participation, group-work and teamwork, as well as theoretical inputs will characterize the programme.

Common conclusions will be formulated and adopted by the participants.

Profile of participants

The meeting will bring together 25 participants representing:

 participants of the seminar “Being a Young Refugee in Europe Today”
 young people who were once forced to move (refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs…)
 young people working with people forced to move, and
 experienced guests and activists from other similar networks who can provide useful advice about creation of a European network

All participants selected for this meeting must be:

Participants should be young refugees as well as young refugee workers aged from 18-35. They will be residents of the Council of Europe member states, involved/interested in displacement related issues. Indeed, participation will be open to young refugees structures that are not solid structured (in some countries there are no real recognised structures sometimes). No one is to be excluded.

All of them should be motivated and ready to act as multipliers towards their peers after the meeting and to invest themselves in the long term establishment of a network of young refugees.

Finally, participants should be able to communicate in English, as it is the only working language of the meeting.

Application Procedure and Selection of Participants

Applications should be sent to the Community Development Centre (CDC) in Podgorica, Montenegro.

People working with refugees should add a letter of support from the sending organisation. The letter of support for the candidate should explain the need and the value for the sending organisation or authority and for the candidate to attend this meeting. If an organisation wishes to propose more than one candidate, the order of priority should be clearly indicated and justification for the priority list should be provided.

25 participants will be selected on the basis of the profile outlined above by the Steering Committee. The team will try to respect the organisations’ priorities as far as possible, but also to ensure a geographical balance, gender balance, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds, organisations, institutions. The motivation and experiences of the individual participants are among the criteria taken into consideration during the selection process.

The selection of candidates will take place in January 2008. Selected candidates will be informed of their selection just after the next team preparatory meeting on 10-11th January 2008. A waiting list may be drawn up.

Deadline for applications

Application forms must reach the CDC by 05 January 2008 in the morning at the latest by email.

Arrival and departure

The meeting will take place from 11th- 15th February 2008. Participants should arrive on 10th February and leave on 16th February 2008.

Financial and practical conditions of participation

Travel expenses

Travel expenses are covered by 50% and visa fees by 100% (on presentation of the relevant receipts). Only participants who have attended the entire meeting can be reimbursed. Payment will be made by bank transfer after the course in Euros.

Please, note that we are putting every effort to raise more funds in order to cover more than 50% of travel expenses, in the meantime, we suggest consulting your NGO (where applicable) on covering some of the expenses.

Accommodation

Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the organisers.

Participants fee

A participants fee of 50 euros will be deducted from your travel expenses.

Contact details:
Community Development Centre
Hercegovacka bb
81000 Podgorica
Montenegro
Tel.: +382 81 215 050
Fax: +382 81 215 051
e-mail: cdcmont@cg.yu
www.cdc.cg.yu

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CORDA Donald Longmore PhD Fellowship in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Image

CORDA Donald Longmore PhD Fellowship Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Image Analysis Department of Computing

Studentship: Untaxed bursary of *£14,600* per annum plus home/EU/overseas fees

Heart disease and stroke account for nearly half of all deaths in the UK. CORDA - funds specialist, high quality research into the prevention of heart disease and stroke using early, non-invasive diagnosis and treatment. In honour of the pioneering effort by Professor Donald Longmore in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging, a CORDA Donald Longmore PhD fellowship has been created by CORDA in 2007 for research into advanced image analysis and computing techniques in CMR.

The position is open every three years and available to outstanding young scientists of all nationalities. The PhD research will be hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London and the CMR Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital. The first CORDA Donald Longmore Fellow is expected to start in April 2008.

The research area of the first CORDA Donald Longmore PhD fellow will be focussed on medical image computing and modelling techniques for myocardial regeneration and myocardial perfusion. It involves targeted assessment of cardiovascular structure and function and multi-modality image registration/ fusion for serial image assessment and prognostic evaluation of therapeutic measures. The candidate will require an outstanding first or MSc degree (or equivalent) with a strong background in computing, image processing, and biomedical engineering.

For further information about the research supported by CORDA see
http://www.corda. org.uk.

A 1 to 2 page research statement should be provided outlining your existing background and technical strength together with your current up-to-date CV.

Short listed candidates will be interviewed, and the successful candidate will be expected to make an (expedited) online application for PhD study according to normal College admission procedures.

Applications should be sent to:

Marina Hall
Department of Computing,
Imperial College London,
South Kensington Campus,
London SW7 2AZ
UK

e-mail: marina.hall@ imperial. ac.uk
fax: +44 (0)20 7581 8024
Closing Date: *31 January 08*

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3 PhD Scholarships in Terrorism Studies - University of Wollongong, Australia

3 PhD Scholarships in Terrorism Studies Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention

*New South Wales, Australia*

Up to three Higher Degree Research (HDR) Tuition Fee Scholarships and University Postgraduate Awards are available for students to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the area of terrorism studies and/or transnational crime prevention. Candidates will be based at the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention (CTCP), University of Wollongong, Australia (http://ctcp. uow.edu.au/).

Applications are invited from candidates with backgrounds in a range of relevant academic disciplines, including international relations, criminology, psychology, law, policing, political science, strategic studies, and other related fields.

Topics of particular interest include but are NOT limited to:

• The nexus between terrorism and transnational crime
• The relationship between terrorism and other forms of political violence
• The relationship between terrorism and counterterrorism
• Regional perspectives and case studies

*Criteria: *

Applicants must provide a thesis proposal in which they identify an original research topic, convincingly argue its relevance and contribution, and demonstrate how they will examine the given issue in a systematic way.

• Applicants must meet the admission and English language requirements (for international students) set by the University of Wollongong.
• In order to be eligible for the scholarships applicants must commence their studies by August 2008.

*Desirable:* Working knowledge of a foreign language, field experience

*Scholarship Details:* The HDR Tuition Fee Scholarship will cover international student tuition fees (currently A$19,000 per year). In addition, scholarship holders will receive a University Postgraduate Award (stipend is A$19,616 for 3 years. Stipend is indexed each year).

*Application Closing Date:* Priority deadline for applications is *28 February 2008* for commencement by August 2008. Late applications may be considered depending on availability.

*Further information: * For an application form go to
www.uow.edu. au/content/ groups/public/ @web/@unia/ documents/ doc/uow000054. pdfor
for further details contact Dr Adam Dolnik, Centre for Transnational
Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong. Email - adamd@uow.edu. au , Phone
- +612 4221 3255

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PhD student Philosophy & Technology - Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology Two positions for PhD student Philosophy & Technology

*Job description*
The Phd student will work on one of the following projects:
1. In engineering, technological products that do not satisfy the functional requirements laid out for them are said to malfunction. This notion of malfunction plays an important role in engineering and is philosophically intricate. The research project aims to survey modern engineering uses of the notion of malfunction and develop these into a systematic account.

A more extensive project description can be downloaded here.

2. The literature on engineering design methodology describes many methods, e.g., QFD, AHP, Kano, and Pugh matrices, which are recommended and applied to choice problems in engineering design. However, a critical discussion and assessment of these methods has been lacking. This research project aims to take up this discussion and to critically assess these methods and their applicablility to particular design problems.

A more extensive project description can be downloaded
here.

*Requirements
*Required: either a degree in engineering with an interest in philosophy or a degree in philosophy with an interest in engineering. Preferred: a degree in both fields.

*Conditions of employment*
The appointee will be employed by TU Delft for a fixed period of 4 years (38 hours/week) within which he/she is expected to write a doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis). The salary has a maximum of € 2558 per month gross with a full-time appointment and depending on experience. TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, a free ADSL connection at home, and the opportunity to assemble a customized compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

*Information and application*
For more information about this position, please contact Maarten
Franssen,
phone: +31 (0)15 2785795, e-mail: M.P.M.Franssen@ tudelft.nl; or contact Mirjam Koning, e-mail: M.E.Koning@tudelft. nl. To apply, please send a detailed CV along with a letter of application to Mirjam Koning. Internal candidates have preference in selection. TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer. When applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number *ATTBM07-041* .

*Background information on the organization*

*TU Delft*
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

*Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management*
The TPM faculty carries out research and teaching at the interface between technology and management. We educate our students to become engineers who combine the knowledge of technology with well-developed management skills for companies or administrations. The issues we study are socially relevant and require a multidisciplinary approach. We are design-oriented and make an important contribution to the resolution of socio-technical issues. We have extensive networks within science and practice, and are internationally orientated.

*Philosophy section*
The Philosophy section provides courses on foundational and normative issues regarding engineering and technology for all engineering programmes at Delft University of Technology. The section's research programme focuses on foundational and ethical problems related to technology and was judged to be "excellent"by an international review committee in 2006. The section participates in the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology.

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Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA) - University of Manchester

The University of Manchester Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA)

*Anticipated start date for project:* September 2008

*Closing date for applications: * 25th January 2008

Each scholarship is jointly funded by one public sector (Research Council) and one private sector partner. The award meets the full cost of overseas tuition fees and provides a maintenance stipend, which was *£12,600* per annum in 2007/08. The maintenance stipend will increase slightly for 2008/9 and the exact amount will be confirmed in January 2008. PhD projects can be supported for between three and four years, subject to satisfactory progress.

*Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive*

The awards are for international students. They are highly prestigious, and successful candidates will be considered to have outstanding research potential and will hold the equivalent of a UK first class honours degree as a minimum.

*Amount of funding available and eligibility: *

There are a limited number of applications available to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Due ot funding restrictions applicants for a DHPA must be a national of one the countries listed on the Research Councils website. A Dorothy Hodgkin award cannot be held in conjunction with an Overseas Research Student Award Scheme (ORS). The award is not open to existing postgraduate students.

*Contact for further information: *

Michelle Ringwood
Postgraduate Research Admissions Administrator
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
University of Manchester
George Begg Building
Sackville Street
M60 1QD

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 275 4345
Fax: +44 (0) 161 306 3755
Email: michelle.l.ringwood @manchester. ac.uk
www.mace.manchester .ac.uk* *

*How to apply:*

Applicants are required to complete an Overseas PG Research Studentship Application Form and provide two references - one external (ORS form 2) and one from the potential supervisor within the School (ORS form 3) the applicant will be attending. The references should demonstrate that the applicant is considered to have outstanding research potential.

ORS application forms and additional information can be found at:

www.mace.manchester .ac.uk/postgradu ate/research/ funding/overseas /

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Overseas PostGraduate Research Studentship - University of Manchester

The University of Manchester Overseas (PG) Research Studentship (ORS)

*Anticipated start date for project:* September 2008

*Closing date for applications: * 25th January 2008

ORS awards provide funding to help outstanding full time postgraduate overseas research students. It provides funding to pay the difference between the international student tuition fees and the home/EU student tuition fees. The School of MACE then covers the home/EU fee element and awards approximately £4,500 per annum for maintenance.

*Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive*

Applicants must either possess a first class honours degree or international equivalent (this is normally determined as being within, at least, the top 10% of your graduating cohort) or hold a Master's degree with distinction. Applicants will be considered solely on the basis of their academic excellence and research potential.

*Amount of funding available and eligibility: *

Due to funding restrictions only overseas students may be considered for the award.

*Contact for further information: *

Michelle Ringwood
Postgraduate Research Admissions Administrator
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
University of Manchester
George Begg Building
Sackville Street
M60 1QD

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 275 4345
Fax: +44 (0) 161 306 3755
Email: michelle.l.ringwood @manchester. ac.uk

www.mace.manchester .ac.uk

*How to apply:*

Applicants are required to complete an Overseas PG Research Studentship Application Form and provide two references - one external (ORS form 2) and one from the potential supervisor within the School (ORS form 3) the applicant will be attending. The references should demonstrate that the applicant is considered to have outstanding research potential.

ORS application forms and additional information can be found at:

www.mace.manchester .ac.uk/postgradu ate/research/ funding/overseas /

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PhD Studentship in Cognitive Vision - University of Leeds

PhD Studentship in Cognitive Vision School of Computing

We are one of the leading Engineering faculties in the UK, with five academic departments, all of which were rated either 5 or 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Research PhD, to be based in the School of Computing. You will have a primary expertise in computer vision, knowledge representation and reasoning (in particular ontologies, qualitative spatial representations) , or symbolic learning and preferably more than one of these. You will join a large and vibrant research team to work on a new European Union Framework 7 Cognitive System funded research project investigating robust behaviour analysis using knowledge representation techniques and machine learning.

PhD studentship *(Job ref 312279)* – (EU or overseas fees): Cognitive vision is for three years, depending on satisfactory progression.

*PhD studentships will be paid at the rate of £12,600 in year 1, plus fees (either EU or Overseas rate)*

Informal enquiries to Professor Tony Cohn, tel+44 (0)113 343 5482, email
a.g.cohn@leeds. ac.uk or to Professor David Hogg, +44 (0)113 343 5765, email
d.c.hogg@leeds. ac.uk;

To apply on line please visit www.leeds.ac. uk and click on jobs. Alternatively, application packs are also available from Judi Drew, tel +44 (0)113 343 5432 email judi@comp.leeds. ac.uk

*Closing date 13 January 2008*

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PhD Position in Neuro pharmacology - University College Cork, Ireland

University College Cork PhD Position - Neuropharmacology

*Expression of Interest*

Within the framework of an EU collaboration we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to study the neurobiological and developmental mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders. Research will be conducted in the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland (
http://www.ucc. ie/academic/ pharmschool/ staff/JohnCryan. htm)

Candidates should have a 2.1 degree or higher in a biomedical science subject including those with primary degrees in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Biochemistry or Psychology and have a strong interest in Behavioural Neuroscience and/or Biological Psychiatry. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in behavioural, immunocytochemical or surgical analysis relevant to animal models of psychiatric illnesses. An M.Sc. degree is desirable but not essential.

*To Apply and for further information contact:
*Dr. John F. Cryan j.cryan@ucc. ie
Please send
1) A letter of introduction stating why you would be suitable for the position(s)
2) Your CV, including contact details and e-mail addresses for two people willing to provide a reference letter.

*Closing date for applications is 5pm on January 11th 2008.*

*Further Details*

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PhD Scholarship in Bacteriology and Immunology - The Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre

The Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre PhD Position Department of
Bacteriology and Immunology

*Science at the service of safe food production and animal health*

The Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (VAR) is a Federal Public Scientific Institution located on two campuses at Uccle and Tervuren, near Brussels. In the framework of sustainable and socially acceptable agriculture, the VAR, through scientific research, expert advice, and the provision of services, contributes to a pro-active policy as regards safe food production, animal health, and public health on the federal and international levels.

To fulfill this task, 60 scientific and 150 technical staff are active in applied research in the fields of transmissible animal diseases, and of safety of animal and crop products. To support its growth and research activities carried out at the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, VAR is currently seeking candidates for a PhD position.

*Framework and tasks*
Paratuberculosis or Johne's disease is an enzootic bacterial disease in ruminants, due to Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map), characterised by a chronic and fatal diahrrea. Its prevalence has reached endemicity in European dairy herds and in the sheep, goat and deer farming sectors, with 70-80% herd prevalence in some regions. Paratuberculosis is also responsible for persistant environmental contamination of pastures and water catchment areas. Current diagnostic methods lack sensitivity, and current vaccines have little impact on the prevalence of infection;
therefore both require improvement for disease control.

The aim of this research is to explore and optimise the diagnostic and vaccine potential of recently identified Map antigens in cattle. For this purpose diagnostic antigen candidates will be targeted to Antigen Presenting Cell (APC) surface receptors in a recombinant fusion strategy to enhance antigen in vitro uptake and presentation, and vaccine candidates will be targeted to cattle dendritic cell surface markers to enhance and modulate antigen presentation.

The research supports ongoing programs on M. bovis diagnosis and Map antigen discovery at the Veterinary Agrochemical Research Centre, and should lead to a PhD at Université Libre de Bruxelles. It will be carried out in both institutions under joint supervision of Dr M. Govaerts, VAR, and Prof dr M. Moser, ULB, in collaboration with external partners. The candidate will be recruited by VAR under a one-year, twice renewable research contract.

*Profile*
- Master in Life Sciences, Bio-Engineering, Veterinary Medicine or another relevant field
- Written/spoken fluency in either English or French.
- Successful candidates will have the ability to work in high autonomy within a multilingual group.

*Contact details*
- Dr Marc Govaerts, Dept. Bacteriology & Immunology, Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (CODA-CERVA) , Groeselenberg 99, B-1180 Uccle, Belgium. Tel : +32-2-3790443; Fax : +32-2-3790679; email : magov@var.fgov. be;

- homepages: http://www.var. fgov.be/section_ immunology_ fr.php and
http://www.ulb. ac.be/rech/ inventaire/ unites/ULB139. html

*Start date:* 01-Feb-2008, preferably 01-Jan-2008

*Application
*Please send your curriculum vitae, motivation, relevant research experience, study curriculum with rankings, English/French proficiency (for foreign students), pdf of diploma and transcripts (translation if necessary), and name/e-mail (coordinates) of 2 reference persons, to magov@var.fgov. be

*Further Details*

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20 PhD Studentships in Medical Sciences - Wellcome Trust Doctoral Programmes 2008

20 PhD Studentships Wellcome Trust Doctoral Programmes 2008 Medical Sciences Division

The Medical Sciences Division is pleased to announce the availability of 20 PhD studentships in the following 4 Year Doctoral Programmes:

- *Structural Biology: From Molecules to Cells*
Find out more about this programme

- *Infection, Immunology & Translational Medicine*
Find out more about this programme

- *Chromosome and Developmental Biology: The Cell in Heredity and
Development*
Find out more about this programme

- *Neuroscience*
Find out more about this programme

Each 4-year programme will comprise a first year common to all students within that programme and a 3-year self directed research project. The first year will include taught modules and laboratory rotations designed to equip students with the knowledge to make an informed choice of doctoral project.

These programmes are available for admission in October 2008 and are open to all Home/EU and overseas students. A starting stipend of approximately £17,442 per annum will be provided. Tuition fees will be paid at the Home/EU rate. *The deadline for receipt of applications is 11th January 2008.*

Further information on "Studentships and How to Apply" is available at
http://www.medsci. ox.ac.uk/ study/graduate/ wellcomedoctoral programmes/ how-to-apply.
Enquiries should be directed to Miss Clare McLean, Graduate Studies Officer, Medical Sciences Office, Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU (01865 851045; clare.mclean@ medsci.ox. ac.uk)

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PhD Studentship in Structural Engineering - Loughborough University, UK

Loughborough University International PhD Studentship in Structural Engineering Department of Civil and Building Engineering

Applications are invited for an international doctoral studentship in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Structures Group, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The studentship is open to UK/EU students as well as to international students. Fees could be paid at the international student rate for exceptional candidates. In addition, a £12,300 per annum tax free stipend for living expenses will be paid to the successful candidate .

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in civil engineering or related disciplines. Informal enquiries can be made either to Professor Mohammed Raoof (01509 222610) or email:
M.Raoof@lboro. ac.uk , or to Dr Jamal El-Rimawi (01509-222609) or email:
J.A.El-Rimawi@ lboro.ac. uk.

*Research topic available:*
Shear strength of FRP plated reinforced concrete beams.

More information may be found at
http://www-staff. lboro.ac. uk/~cvmr6/ Raoofcv.doc

Applicants should complete the standard PhD application form available from http://www.lboro. ac.uk/prospectus /pg/apply/ index.html and submit with supporting documents to: Ms Helen Newbold, Research Administrator, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Email: H.Newbold@lboro. ac.uk.

*Closing date: Monday, 18th February 2008.*

Applicants who previously applied for this research project may re-apply again.

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PhD Studentship in Biological Sensors, De Montfort Univ, UK

PhD Studentship in Biological Sensors Emerging Technologies Research Centre

*Leicester*

An exciting and challenging PhD studentship has become available in the development of nano-scale materials and their applications within the field of biological sensors. The project will be run jointly between the School of Pharmacy and the Emerging Technologies Research Centre at De Montfort University, and is truly interdisciplinary in nature.

This project requires collaborations that bring together the fields of electronic engineering, chemical engineering and nanotechnology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in material development, synthesis and characterisation and eventually device fabrication and testing. In doing so, the student will have the opportunity to study a range of techniques such as the solution synthesis of nanomaterials, scanning probe microscopy and plasma deposition of electronic materials.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student who enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment. The candidate will become part of a project team drawn from the areas of the physical and life sciences. Consequently, it is hoped that novel interdisciplinary research will be developed in the course of the study.

The studentship is fully-funded, covering University tuition fees and provides a bursary. Both national and international candidates can apply for the studentship.

Prospective candidates should have an urge to learn about electronic materials/devices and biosensors and have a 1st class or 2.1 undergraduate degree in electrical or electronic engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science or a related subject. Knowledge of and experience in deposition techniques and exposure to a device fabrication environment would be an advantage, but is not essential.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Shashi Paul (Email: pshashi@dmu. ac.uk, Tel: +44-(0)116 207 8548. Only the short listed applicants will be contacted.

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PhD in Applied Mathematics - Swinburne University of Technology

PhD in Applied Mathematics

*Victoria, Australia*

*Scholarship Description
*Full time scholarship (at A$19,616 per annum) leading to a PhD in Applied Mathematics is available to selected applicant. Topics of interest include nonlinear instability theory as it applies to problems in computational biology and geophysical fluid dynamics. The work will involve a combination of analysis and large scale computing. Applicants should have a strong background in Applied Mathematics or Physics with a bachelors or higher degree.

Inquiries and applications should be directed to Prof W R C Phillips at wphillips@swin. edu.au.

*Study subject: *Applied Mathematics, Geophysical fluid dynamics,
Computational Biology
*Provided by: *Swinburne University of Technology
*Level: *Post Graduate (Research)

*Availability: *This scholarship is offered only once to one person. Open for applications from 1 January 2008 until 29 February 2008.

*Payment Information: *A$19,616 paid fortnightly for 3 years

*Research Information: *Scholarship is for Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics or Computational Biology. Start between March 2008 and 31 December 2008.

*Eligibility: *At least Honours 1 or equivalent, or Honours 2a or equivalent.

*Main contact:
*Professor W.R.C. Phillips,
Mathematics, H38
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, AUSTRALIA
+61-3-9214-8286; wphillips@swin. edu.au
www.swin.edu. au/feis/mathemat ics/staff/ wphillips. html

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PhD Scholarship in Wave Modelling - Swinburne University of Technology

PhD Scholarship co-sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology and Woodside Energy Ltd Wave Modelling within Extreme Tropical Cyclones Physical Oceanography

*Victoria, Australia*

*BACKGROUND:
*Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and Woodside Energy Ltd (WEL) are seeking a suitably qualified student to undertake post-graduate study to develop a wave forecast model suitable for extreme tropical cyclone conditions.

*About Swinburne University of Technology
*Swinburne University of Technology is a large multi-sectoral and multi-campus institution with a stated mission to be a pre-eminent entrepreneurial university from the Asia-Pacific, thriving on new ideas and knowledge and exploiting its intersectoral heritage to create value for its stakeholders.

The Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences is host to most of the engineering activities at Swinburne as well as key programs in aviation and photonics. The Coastal Engineering and Physical Oceanography group of the Faculty specialises in research of deep-water and finite-depth wave dynamics, spectral modelling of wind-generated waves, wave breaking and dissipation, air-sea interaction, wave-bottom interaction and turbulence.

*About Woodside Energy Ltd
*Woodside Energy Ltd. (WEL) is Australia's largest offshore oil and gas producer and operator of the North West Shelf project. Over a period of 20 years, WEL has been conducting and sponsoring applied and fundamental oceanographic research. The issue of enhancing understanding of extreme tropical cyclones, and in particular improving the wave forecast under such conditions, is among the current priorities of the research sponsored by the company.

*PROJECT ABSTRACT:
*Accurate wind wave models are essential for all elements of extreme air-sea interaction, including loads on structures, upper-ocean mixing and bottom boundary layer formation. At present, physics of such models is mostly based on theory and experiments applicable to moderate wind/wave situations, which physics is then extrapolated to extreme conditions. Since air-sea interaction at such tropical cyclones is known to be different, the models manifest inconsistent results. This is a major concern for engineering design applications. The project is intended to produce, parameterise, implement and test new energy source/.sink functions for the wave forecast models, based on direct measurements in the extreme tropical cyclones and on recent theoretical advances in this field.

*SELECTION CRITERIA*

1. Honours degree in Physical or Mathematical Sciences (essential)
2. Strong analytical and mathematical skills (essential)
3. A good working knowledge of programming (desirable)

*Commencement Date: *March 2008

*Scholarship: *A$24,815 per annum, tax exempt. Duration – three years

*Application Deadline: *31 January 2008
*Contact
*Alexander Babanin
Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218 Hawthorn VIC 3122
Australia
Telephone: +61-3-9214 8033
Fax: +61-3-9214 8264
Email: ababanin@swin. edu.au

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PhD Scholarship in Ocean Engineering - Swinburne University of Technology

PhD Scholarship in Ocean Engineering Development of a Global Ocean Database from Satellite Altimeters

*Victoria, Australia*

*BACKGROUND:
*Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) is seeking a suitably qualified student to undertake post-graduate study to develop an altimeter database for ocean waves and apply it to investigation of extreme wave events.

*About Swinburne University of Technology
*Swinburne University of Technology is a large multi-sectoral and multi-campus institution with a stated mission to be a pre-eminent entrepreneurial university from the Asia-Pacific, thriving on new ideas and knowledge and exploiting its intersectoral heritage to create value for its stakeholders.

The Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences is host to most of the engineering activities at Swinburne as well as key programs in aviation and photonics. The Coastal Engineering and Physical Oceanography group of the Faculty specialises in research of deep-water and finite-depth wave dynamics, spectral modelling of wind-generated waves, wave breaking and dissipation, air-sea interaction, wave-bottom interaction and turbulence.

*PROJECT ABSTRACT:
*Over the past 20 years satellite-based radar altimeters have made measurements of ocean wave conditions. During this period of time a total of 7 different altimeter missions have been flown. The combined database represents the most comprehensive dataset ever developed of global wave conditions. This project involves developing a combined database from these separate missions and then applying this to the determination of extreme wave conditions at any location on the global oceans. The resulting database has the potential to drastically change the way in which ocean wave design is undertaken.

*SELECTION CRITERIA*

1. Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematical Sciences (essential)
2. Strong analytical and mathematical skills (essential)
3. A good working knowledge of programming and databases (desirable)

*Commencement Date: *March 2008

*Scholarship: * A$24,815 per annum, tax exempt. Duration – three years

*Application deadline: *31 January 2008
*Contact
*Alexander Babanin
Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
PO Box 218 Hawthorn VIC 3122
Victoria
Telephone: +61-3-9214 8033
Fax: +61-3-9214 8264
Email: ababanin@swin. edu.au

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Dec 28, 2007

SMF 2008 PhD/ POST DOC SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATIONS

Dear Profs,

We refer to the email below from the Dean with regards to the above-mentioned scholarships applications.

a. The Singapore Millennium Foundation Ltd (SMF) is calling applications for the following:

1) PhD scholarships - with financial support of S$3,000 per month for up to 4 years
2) Post Doctoral funding - with financial support of S$5,000 per month for up to 2 years

Details of the SMF Scholarship applications can be found at http://www.smf- scholar.org/


b. Accoding to SMF, the 2008 applcations will close on 31 Jan 2008. However, depending on the response, this date may be extended to 28 Feb 2008. I will need to contact RSO/OHR to check on their internal deadline to consolidate all Schools submission.

c. Please encourage your current and prospective PhD and Post Doctoral (PhD holders) candidates to apply quickly.

d. Candidates are required to submit an online application at http://www.smf- scholar.org/ Print out the completed form (with signature) and enclose with the following supporting documents in ENGLISH and duly certified as true copies to be enclosed (please arrange the document accordingly) :

1. Curriculum Vitae.
2. TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/ GATE Scores ( please check directly with the University/Research Institute on this requirement )
3. Doctoral’s degree certificate and transcripts, if applicable.
4. Master’s degree certificate and transcripts, if applicable.
5. Bachelor’s degree certificate & transcripts, if applicable.
6. Abstract of Proposed Research (250 words).
7. Proposed Plan of Research.
8. Abstract of Previous Research Accomplishments (if applicable)
9. Letter of Support by Hosting Scientific Advisor.
10. A copy of Hosting Scientific Advisor Curriculum Vitae (if applicable)
11. Two Reference Letters
12. Progress Report (if applicable)

Note: Candidates are also encouraged to discuss with their supervisors about the submission of application.

e. We will require the candidates to submit their applications to the School and we will append a copy to the Divisions for record in due course. Tentatively, we hope to receive all completed applications by 7 January 2008 and will revise the deadline after we hear from RSO /OHR:

Associate Chair (Graduate and Research)
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk, Block 5, Level 3
Singapore 637616
(attention: Ms Loo Leong Gaik)

Please feel free to let me know if you need any further clarification.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Leong Gaik

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Integrative cancer bioinformatics: Postdoc position

Basic cancer research through the development of appropriate model systems such as mice, rats and cell lines is a field of special interest within the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Ultimately, the goal is to combine this information with human tumor data in order to deliver personalised treatment to patients.

Recent developments in high-throughput genomic technologies have made it possible to significantly further this research by unraveling the role of large numbers of genes in important cellular processes. These technologies include, amongst other, high-throughput high content screening (HTHCS) and insertional mutagenesis screens.

In HTHCS, a large RNAi library in combination with cell-based assays, fluorescence- based reagents, automated fluorescence microscopy and image analysis are employed to study complex cellular phenotypes. In HTHCS one can study the consequence of inactivation of large numbers of individual genes, in a collection of individual cells, measured by multiple cellular parameters.

In retroviral insertional mutagenesis, retroviruses integrate in the genome of (genetically manipulated) mice, causing tumors by either activating oncogenes of de-activating tumor suppressors. By studying the genomic distribution patterns of the viral integration sites and the gene expression of associated tumors, valuable information about genes and pathways involved in tumorigenesis can be obtained.

Each of these technologies generates large, heterogeneous, complex datasets.

Currently, many of these datasets are simply employed to extract an interesting new hit (e.g. a putative new oncogene) from a screen. By performing an integrative analysis of the data we want to work towards developing a 'systems level' understanding of the pathways and processes involved in tumorigenesis. The computational challenges that need to be addressed include the development of: 1) integrative models for 'experiment specific' data and 'experiment independent' data to identify pathways and interactions between pathways relevant to tumor development; 2) approaches to associate (perturbations to) the identified pathways to phenotypic outcomes; 3) cross-species comparisons to translate findings from model systems (cell lines and mouse models) to the human system, and integration of the findings from model systems with data from human tumors to predict outcome and therapy response.

About the candidate - requirements:

Ph.D in a relevant computational discipline such as Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Physics with experience in Bioinformatics and/or Machine learning. Applicants that hold a Ph.D in the life sciences, but with substantial experience in bioinformatics are also encouraged to apply. The researcher appointed in this position will function as a liaison between the Bioinformatics group and the research groups within the Netherlands Cancer Institute performing the screens.

About the employer:

The position is embedded within the Bioinformatics and statistics group lead by Dr Lodewyk Wessels (http://bioinformati cs.nki.nl). This group closely collaborates with the groups of Drs Rene Bernards, Roderick Beijerbergen, Anton Berns, Maarten van Lohuizen and Laura van 't Veer on the topics listed above. The candidate will also be closely interacting with these groups on the relevant topics. Research in the Netherlands Cancer Institute covers all major areas of cancer research, with special emphasis on mouse models, mouse (reverse) genetics, cell biology, immunology, translational research requiring close collaboration between clinical and basic scientists and epidemiology and psychosocial cancer research.

Employment conditions:

The employment conditions follow general employment rules as laid down in the 'CAO' for hospitals. The salary will be determined depending on education and experience.

Want to find out more?

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Lodewyk Wessels, tel. +31 20 512 7987 or e-mail: l.wessels@nki. nl

How to apply:

Applications for this position should include a Curriculum Vita with the names and contact information of two professional references that can be contacted for further information.

Send applications to:

The Personnel Department

The Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

Plesmanlaan 121

1066 CX Amsterdam

The Netherlands, or via email to work@nki.nl.

L.F.A.Wessels, Ph.D

Bioinformatics and Statistics

The Netherlands Cancer Institute

Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)20 5127987

Fax: +31 (0)20 6691383

Mobile: +31 (0)634485714

http://bioinformati cs.nki.nl/

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Bioinformatics Research Group
Center for Statistics
Hasselt University
Agoralaan - building D
3590 Diepenbeek
Belgium

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PhD studentship in Structural Bioinformatics

One PhD studentship in Structural Bioinformatics (1 year)

Project:
Structural analysis of mutations and polymorphisms in human cancers and the effect of these changes on the signaling properties of proteins. We offer a PhD position in the context of a collaborative project in the Brussels region. The project focusses on the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms and protein structure and function in cancer. The aim is to predict the effects that single-nucleotide
polymorphisms (SNPs) and haplotypes have on both the expression levels and structural properties of cancer-related proteins. The best candidates will have a strong background in computational chemistry or structural bioinformatics. Experience with SNP arrays and/or data mining is a serious plus.

For further information contact
Joost Schymkowitz (joost.schymkowitz@ vub.ac.be) or Tom Lenaerts (tlenaert@vub. ac.be)
SWITCH, VIB
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
http://switch. vub.ac.be/

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Postdoc computational chemistry/ structural bioinformatics

Postdoc computational chemistry/structura l bioinformatics (2 yrs)
Project: Parametrisation of an all-atom force field with non-natural amino acids

The laboratory has significant expertise in the development of empirical force fields predicting mutational changes in the free energy of folding or binding of proteins. The aim of the current project is to extend the capabilities of the force field towards non-natural amino acids. This work involves obtaining good estimates of atomic parameters such as volumes, charges, hydrophobicity and compound properties such as backbone and sidechain entropy, from datamining and first principle simulations. You will need a good understanding of the physicochemistry
of organic compounds and their interaction with proteins. The candidate will have a strong background in computational chemistry or structural bioinformatics and experience with c++ programming will be considered a serious plus.

For more information contact Prof. Joost Schymkowitz (joost.schymkowitz@ vub.ac.be)


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Bioinformatics Research Group
Center for Statistics
Hasselt University
Agoralaan - building D
3590 Diepenbeek
Belgium

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Transart Institute Exhibition, Artist Talk, Open House in Berlin and New York

January 17-19, 2008
NEW YORK EXHIBITION OPENING, ARTIST TALK, OPEN HOUSE

"(New Life) Trajectories" , an exhibition curated by Sixten Kai Nielsen of Wooloo
Productions, Berlin, which represents, describes and investigates contemporary Nomadism and related topics and practices.

"Nomadic Practice: Faust/Wilde/ Interzone" artist talk and screening by Leon Johnson.

Open House for applicants to the MFA program and new certificate summer program.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Thursday, January 17
5-8 Chelsea Gallery Night Reception

Saturday, January 19
1-3 Open House for Applicants: Presentation and Q&A
3-4 Lecture: Leon Johnson will present a short film and give a talk "Nomadic Practice: Faust/Wilde/ Interzone" .

CHELSEA Gallery Space New York
526 West 26th Street, Gallery 9E, New York, NY 10001

Transart Institute is an international MFA in New Media program for working artists to develop a sustainable creative praxis. The program consists of four off-site semesters, three summer residencies in Austria; and two winter residencies in the US and Europe. It is intended to lift the boundaries between applied and fine arts, traditional and new media, artists and scholars. The innovative program focusses on content and context. Students are free to pursue work in any media art-related genre and to create their own course of study and to work in the genre(s) which best communicate their ideas including animation, architecture, curating, cyberart, digital and experimental media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

Full Program of Events:
http://transartinst itute.org/ Newpages/ Residencies_ Trajectories. html
MFA program: www.transartinstitu te.org
Certificate non-credit summer program:
http://transartinst itute.org/ Newpages/ ProgramsSummer. html
Info@transartinstit ute.org

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January 26-27, 2008
BERLIN EXHIBITION OPENING, ARTIST TALKS, OPEN HOUSE, WORKSHOP
Transartists will converge at the New Life Gallery in Berlin and the Chelsea Gallery Space in New York for a residency which will culminate in the "(New Life) Trajectories" Project with an exhibition of Transartists curated by Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard; "Maps & Directions" - an artistic development workshop; "The Map is not the Territory" - three short artist talks; open house and receptions in both locations.

Every winter, trajectories intersect at residencies for contemporary art groups and
members of the Transart Institute. New collaborations form in which an international
group of artists, curators, and theorists make art, exhibit and perform, try new things, get fresh views, and dip into current discourse. This year Transartists visit Wooloo Productions in Berlin, established to represent, describe and investigate contemporary Nomadism and related topics and practices. Wooloo's curators present exhibitions which "vitalize our globalized present". The New Life Shop gallery forms part of their on-going project New Life Movement - an initiative founded to platform artistic modes which transcend national borders and identities.

Transart Institute is an international MFA in New Media program for working artists to develop a sustainable creative praxis. The program consists of four off-site semesters, three summer residencies in Austria; and two winter residencies in the US and Europe. It is intended to lift the boundaries between applied and fine arts, traditional and new media, artists and scholars. The innovative program focusses on content and context. Students are free to pursue work in any media art-related genre and to create their own course of study and to work in the genre(s) which best communicate their ideas including animation, architecture, curating, cyberart, digital and experimental media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

Full Trajectories Program:
http://transartinst itute.org/ Newpages/ Residencies_ Trajectories. html
RSVP for "Maps & Directions": admin@transartinsti tute.org
Wooloo: www.wooloo.org
MFA program: www.transartinstitu te.org
Info@transartinstit ute.org

PROGRAM

Saturday, January 26
17:00 Open House with Wooloo and Transart presentations and Q&A
18:00 THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY Three Wooloo artists speak about their work
19:00 Reception

Sunday, January 27
15:00 MAPS & DIRECTIONS
Have new work no one has seen? Don't know where to go with it? Ready for some
feedback? Come for an individual or group 20-minute session with Transart Institute's international faculty, theorists, artists and curators. Take your work in a new direction, take a short cut or just get your route confirmed. RSVP: info@transartinstit ute.org (open to
Wooloo members only, join here: www.wooloo.org)
15:00 - 19:00 Gallery open
NEW LIFE SHOP Gallery Berlin
Choriner Strasse 85, Mitte, 10119 Berlin, GERMANY
(+49) (0) 306 676 3097

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21 PhD and 8 Postdoc in Social Science Bremen Uni &Jacobs University

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

invites applications to its Ph.D. and Post-doc program. The program is funded by the German Excellence Initiative and will commence in September 2008. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen (UB) and Jacobs University. BIGSSS builds on the experience and institutional structure of both UB`s Graduate School of
Social Sciences (GSSS) and Jacobs` interdisciplinary social-science graduate programs at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL). The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. BIGSSS is part of an international network of strong
graduate programs. It supports its Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellows in achieving early scientific independence, providing funds for conducting, presenting and publishing their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Post-doc Fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' five Thematic Fields:

- Global Integration
- Integration and Diversity in the New Europe
- Social Integration and the Welfare State
- Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication
- Life-Course and Lifespan Dynamics.

21 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowship s
BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master's degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics, mass communication or other social science disciplines. We offer Ph.D. stipends of 1250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

6 - 8 Post-doc Stipends/Fellowship s
We seek candidates pursuing English-language publication projects either from their dissertation (by making findings available to an international audience through a book or journal article) or from a new project. Post-doc stipends of 1500/month may run from 3 to 12 months.

The competition is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics, mass communication or other social science disciplines within the last 5 years, or who can be expected to finish prior to commencing their post-doc stay.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at www.bigsss-bremen. de.

Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in this university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored.

Applications may be sent until 1 March 2008 to the following address:

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences,
Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Founding Dean
Universität Bremen
PF/PO Box 330440
28334 Bremen
Germany

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Dec 21, 2007

USA: International Students at Lawrence University

This year Lawrence counts 166 international students (out of a total student population of 1400) representing 47 countries among our student body, making Lawrence University one of the most diverse small colleges in the United States. In addition to these students, we also have a number of U.S. expatriates at Lawrence.

As you know, Lawrence has made a commitment to internationalism in a number of ways, one of which is through financial aid for international students. We provide substantial merit and need-based aid to a majority of our international students. We award scholarships that range in value from $7,000 USD to full-tuition, and we base our evaluation on a combination of academic merit, country of origin, and financial need.

I invite you to take a tour of the Lawrence campus through our Video Tour online at: http://www.lawrence .edu/admissions/ about/videotour. shtml

If you have questions about Lawrence or would like to receive more information about Lawrence, please contact me at nicole.getchell@ lawrence. edu or 1-920-832-7067.

Regards,

Nicole Getchell
Coordinator of International Admissions
Associate Director of Admissions

p.s. Rather than tell you all kinds of great things about Lawrence (which I'm happy to do), I'll let others do the talking for me. To that end, I have attached a list of what some of the ranking guides have to say about Lawrence University:
http://www.lawrence .edu/dept/ public_affairs/ media/rankings/ current.shtml

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Concurs de fotografie Impreuna in diversitate [DL: 30 mai]

Concurs de fotografie Impreuna in diversitate: Culturile de pe strada mea In timp ce Uniunea se dezvolta in diversitatea sa, tu esti invitat sa prinzi in imagine viziunea ta despre dialogul intercultural si sa o faci cunoscuta intregii lumi intrand in acest concurs. Toti rezidentii europeni, indiferent de varsta sau origine, sunt invitati sa participe. Este atat de usor! Nu trebuie decat sa-ti iei aparatul foto si sa iesi pe usa afara. Fiecare participant poate intra in concurs cu cel mult trei fotografii. Fiecare fotografie trebuie sa aiba un titlu si poate cuprinde si o descriere de maximum 150 de cuvinte.

Oricine viziteaza site-ul concursului va avea ocazia sa voteze fotografia care reflecta cel mai bine ideea dialogului intercultural. Cele mai bune fotografii vor fi folosite pentru promovarea dialogului intercultural. Toti castigatorii vor primi premii si vor fi invitati sa participe la ceremonia oficiala de decernare a premiilor, care va avea loc in luna septembrie 2008.

Data limita pentru trimiterea pozelor este: 30 mai 2008

Toate detaliile (regulament, lucrari, premii) legate de acest concurs sunt disponibile la: http://www.intercul turaldialogue200 8.eu/510. 0.html?&redirect _url=my-startpag e-eyid.html

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Premiul international pentru poezie 'Castello di Duino' [DL: 6 ian]

Concursul este deschis tuturor tinerilor sub 30 de ani. Pentru a participa, tinerii trebuie sa trimita o poezie nepublicata si nepremiata la vreun alt concurs, pe tema 'Voci/Liniste' . Poeziile vor fi acceptate in limba materna a autorului dar se cere si o traducere in engleza si/sau italiana. In concordanta cu scopul acestui concurs, care combina solidaritatea si poezia, castigatorii sunt invitati sa dedice o parte din premiu unei cauze umanitare.

Data limita pentru trimiterea lucrarilor este: 6 ianuarie 2008

Informatii detaliate privind concursul, regulamentul, premiile pot fi
gasite la: http://www.castello diduinopoesia. it

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European Master on Mechatronics and Micro-Mechatronic Systems

The European Union supports the masters course EU4M (European Master on Mechatronics and Micro-Mechatronic Systems ) by offering 18 attractive scholarships (2 years with 21000 €/year) for Non- European students and one grant for Western Balkan students. It offers also some grants (1,2 or 3 months) for Non- European scholars (academics).
The deadline of application is 31 January 2008. The Master has been accepted in the framework of the prestigious European programme on education "Erasmus Mundus".

During the programme, the student will work one year on universities in two different european countries: Karlsruhe (Germany), Besancon (France) and Gijon (Spain). Lectures are given in the local languages French, German and/or Spanish.

Duration of studies is two years. During the programme, the student will work one year on universities in two different european countries: Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft, Karlsruhe (Germany), Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecanique et des Microtechniques de Besancon(France) and Escuela Politécnica Superior de Gijon (Spain), obtaining two master's diplomas of those two institutions. Lectures are given in the local languages French, German and/or Spanish.

Details of the grants and the Masters course and an online application form can be found at eu4m.eu

Prof. Dipl.-Wirtsch. -Ing. Fritz J. Neff
Co-ordinator of ERASMUS Mundus EU4M-Consortium
Director of LMHS (Lab for Micro-Mechatronic Systems)
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics
Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft
Moltkestrasse 30
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel.: ++(0)721 925-1706
FAX: ++(0)721 925-1707
e-mail: fritz.neff@hs- karlsruhe. de
e-mail co-ordinator: eu4m-consortium@ hs-karlsruhe. de

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European grants for masters students in Advanced Robotics

The European Union supports the masters course EMARO (European master on Advanced Robotics) by offering 18 attractive scholarships (2 years with 21000 €/year) for Non- European students and one grant for Western Balkan students. It offers also some grants (1,2 or 3 months) for Non- European scholars (academics).

The deadline of application is 31 January 2008. The Master has been accepted in the framework of the prestigious European programme on education "Erasmus Mundus". The consortium conducting the Master is composed of three institutions: Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), University of Genova (Italy) and Warsaw University of Technology (Poland).

Duration of studies is two years. The student spends each of those years in a different institution, thus he or she obtains two master's diplomas of those two institutions. Langue of instruction is English.

Details of the grants and the Masters course can be found at: http://emaro. irccyn.ec- nantes.fr/

Co-ordinator of EMARO

Prof. Wisama KHALIL
Ecole Centrale de Nantes
IRCCyN (Institut de Recherche en Communication et Cybernétique de Nantes)
B.P 92 101, 44321 Nantes cedex 03
France.
E-mail : Wisama.Khalil@ irccyn.ec- nantes.fr
Web : http://www.irccyn. ec-nantes. fr

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Dec 19, 2007

Eurasian Political Studies Network 6TH General International Conference and joint session

Eurasian Political Studies Network 6TH General International Conference and joint session
Political Science and Political Processes
in Russian Federation and New Independent States
of Post-Soviet Eurasia

Moscow
1-2 February 2008


Conference topics:
Regime Change and Quality of Democracy New Electoral Circle: the First Results Social Networks and Anti-Networks of the Post-Soviet Eurasia in the Context of Globalization Legal Aspects of the Political Processes Human Rights and Civil Society Ethnic Factors and External Challenges Migration Processes and Politics Image of a State in the Post-Soviet Countries Energy Policies and Energy Security
Organizing Committee of the Conference:
Richard Sakwa, Chair of the EPSN Advisory Board; Head, Department of Politics and International Relations, Kent University, of the EPSN Advisory Board, UK
Kimitaka Matsuzato, Professor, Director, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Natalia Amelchenko, Chair, Department of Political Science, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Sergey Reshetnikov, Chair, Political Science Department, Belarus State University; Minsk, Belarus
Alexander Markarov, Associate Professor, Head of International Relations Office, Yerevan State University, Armenia
Jan Sir, Research Fellow, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Alexey Vlasov, General Director, Center of Post-Soviet Studies, Moscow State University, Russia
Konstantin Simonov, General Director, National Foundation for Energy Security, Moscow, Russia
Vladimir Malakhov, Head, Political Science Program, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Liudmila Adilova, Professor, Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow Russia
Vladimir Gelman, Professor, European University at St.-Petersburg, Russia
Andrey Kazantsev, Senior Research Fellow, Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations, Russia
Olga Popova, Professor, St.-Petersburg University, Chief Editor of Politex (Political Expertise) Journal, Russia


Conference Coordinator:
Vitaly Merkushev, Director of the EPSN



Selection process:
Each participant must register for the conference. Registration form should contain the following information:
Name:
Title and Position:
Institution:
Country:
Telephone:
Fax:

E-mail address:
Language skills (Russian / English):
Title of presentation:

Abstracts of your conference presentation should be prepared in Russian or English, in Times New Roman, 12 font, 1,5 space and should not exceed three pages.

The selected presenters upon arrival to the conference can to submit on CD the paper for the publication (10-12 pages, Times New Roman, 12 font, 1,5 space). The selected papers will be published. The language of the publication is Russian.

Conference languages are Russian and English.

Application deadline is 26 December 2007. Earlier applications are welcomed.

The applications (the abstracts and the registration form) should be send by e-mail to the following address: vitaly.merkushev@ espi.ru

Selected presenters will be informed not later than 30 December 2007

The conference will be held on 1-2 February 2008 in the building of the Russian State University of Humanities, Chayanova street 14 , metro «Novoslobodskaya» , Moscow.


EPSN
Website: http://www.espi. ru

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Twelfth Annual Conference on Economics and Security

METU-TEKPOL Science and Technology Policies Research Center will host Twelfth Annual Conference on Economics and Security in June 11-13 2008.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Twelfth Annual Conference on Economics and Security

11th-13th June 2008

Hosted by: METU TEKPOL Science and Technology Policies Research Center, Ankara, TURKEY
Venue: Cultural and Convention Center, METU, Ankara

Over the last few decades, economic analysis of security issues has been crucial for the public policy makers, with billions of dollars being spent on security related products and services each year and crucial peace making and keeping actions also playing an important role in European policy making. With the integration and the enlargement of the European Union, questions regarding the common understanding of economics of security have to be critically reconsidered, both theoretically and empirically.

Offers of papers regarding these issues are invited for this conference sponsored by
Economists for Peace and Security, Middle East Technical University, Turkish Scientific and Research Council (TUBITAK), and the University of the West of England.
The principal aim of this conference is to seek answers to the research questions: What roles do economists play in achieving peace and security and how can they contribute to developing an effective security policy? What are the impacts of security policies on different approaches to innovation, technology, and ethical aspects of government policy? How can these important issues be handled in a common Europe? It will take a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, bringing together academics from security, science and technology studies as well as policy makers at European and national levels.

Proposed topics include:
• European Security
• Economics of the RMA
• Globalisation and the restructuring of the MIC
• Militarism and Development
• Economics of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction
• Economics of the arms trade
• Procurement and offsets
• Arms races, offsets and alliances
• Peace science
• Conversion and Demilitarisation
• Terrorism

Offers of papers on other related topics are also welcomed. The conference will have a public lecture and plenary sessions with keynote speakers plus specialist workshop streams. If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel/workshop in the 2008 Conference, please send a title and abstract with a brief CV as soon as possible to:

Prof.Dr. Erkan Erdil METU – TEKPOL
Prof. Paul Dunne UWE
Prof.Nadir Ocal METU

STPS Research Center
MM No:320
ODTU CANKAYA
06531 ANKARA / TURKEY
Phone: +90 312 2103082
Fax: +90 312 21079 93
tekpol@metu. edu.tr

Please remember to submit:
YOUR FULL NAME
INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION
E-MAIL, POSTAL ADDRESS, and TEL.
PAPER TITLE
ABSTRACT (at most 300 words)

Important Deadlines and Dates
March 17, 2008 Deadline for receipt of abstracts
April 14, 2008 Decisions on acceptance/rejectio n of abstracts by Conveners
May 16, 2008Deadline for Registrations (otherwise paper will be withdrawn from the conference programme)
May 16, 2008 Final date for submission of full papers
June 11-13, 2008 Twelfth Annual Conference on Economics and Security in Ankara

For Registration and further information:
Please find the registration form and more details on the conference homepage:
www.stps.metu. edu.tr/conferenc e08

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TRAINING: 'Don't take volunteers for granted' - Bulgaria [DL: 10 ian 2008]

IYVC - o organizatie de tineret din Bulgaria, in colaborare cu Fundatia Richter, va organiza un stagiu de formare, in perioada 1-7 mai 2008, in Bulgaria. Stagiul de formare va avea ca tema voluntariatul in Europa si rolul si pozitia pe care le au tinerii in acest domeniu. El va reuni maximum 18 profesionisti in domeniul tineretului care, prin intermediul atelierelor, dezbaterilor, discutiilor si vizitelor de studiu, vor avea ocazia sa se dezvolte individual si ca grup. Candidatii trebuie sa aiba cel putin 2 ani experienta in programul Tineret in Actiune si sa organizeze regulat activitati de tineret.

Stagiul de formare va fi finantat prin programul Tineret in Actiune. Cheltuielile ca cazare, masa, transport local si 70% din transportul international sunt asigurate de organizatori.

Data limita pentru inscriere este: 10 ianuarie 2008

Organizatiile interesate sunt rugate sa trimita acordul de parteneriat
(Part III) la adresa de mai jos:
I.Y.V.C
Dobrudja 18-A street
Haskovo 6300
Bulgaria
Contactperson: Liliana Popgeorgieva
mobile: 00359-886-841- 925
i.y.v.c@hotmail. com

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CfA: Curs de formare 'Getting to the roots of Citizenship', Lituania

Avem placerea sa va anuntam lansarea unui nou apel pentru participarea la cursul de formare pentru aprofundarea conceptelor, cunostintelor, atitudinilor legate de Cetatenia Europeana. Acest curs se adreseaza persoanelor active in ONG-uri de / pentru tineret, cat si pentru persoanele care au experienta in lucrul cu tinerii.

Termenul limita pentru trimiterea candidaturilor este la data de 10 ianuarie 2008 (data postei si prin e-mail, ora:24 la adresa: andreea.olteanu@ anpcdefp. ro ). Este necesara transmiterea dosarului de candidatura COMPLET atat pe e-mail, cat si prin posta!

Toate detaliile referitoare la acest curs, la dosarul de candidatura, profilul candidatului si alte informatii utile le gasiti pe forumul de pe site-ul nostru: www.anpcdefp. ro la sectiunea "Oportunitati sesiuni formare(training) " la adresa:
http://www.anpcdefp .ro/forum/ viewtopic. php?t=2031

Va dorim mult succes!

Numai bine,

Andreea Olteanu
Responsabil actiune 1.3 & 5.1 & TCP sending

Agentia Nationala pentru Programe Comunitare in Domeniul Educatiei si
Formarii Profesionale (ANPCDEFP)

Tel: + 4 021 312 11 87, 201 07 00- interior 205
Tel direct: + 4 021 201 07 05
Fax: + 4 021 312 16 82
E-mail: andreea.olteanu@ anpcdefp. ro
Web site: www.anpcdefp. ro

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La LETTRE de l'UNIVERSITÉ en FRANÇAIS

La LETTRE de l'UNIVERSITÉ en FRANÇAIS est une publication réalisée
par l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie [AUF] :
http://www.auf.org

Problème de lecture? Elle est également disponible ici :
http://www.auf.org/docs/lettre/lettre_40.html

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Post-doc: Lateral Gene Transfer in Prokaryotes

I have a post-doc position available in my lab to work on the evolution of prokaryotic genomes and in particular the effect of LGT on metabolism.

The position is available for 18 months and the total remuneration package equates to US$73,863/Euro 50,373/ STG 36,279 per annum, pro rata. This includes pension contribution and social insurance and the rate rises by 3.125% after one year.

The work is entirely computational and will be carried out at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, which is located 15 miles/ 25 Km west of Dublin city.

More details are available on request. The position is to start immediately.

Kindest regards,
James McInerney.

Website: http://bioinf. nuim.ie/

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CfP:,Anthology Organized Crime- Legal Aspects, SSEU, Tetovo

Open Call for papers

The Centre for Scientific Research of Faculty of Law- South East European University in Tetovo- Republic of Macedonia :

Invites the professors and researchers to send their articles or collaborations to Centre for Scientific Research of Faculty of Law for publishing the Anthology: `Organized Crime- Legal Aspects´.

The topics are:
General - Organized Crime
Money Laundering
Smuggling of People
National & International Perspectives of Organized Crime.

Please, find below the Publication Norms:

· The articles have to be on a high level and have a high scientific content with a clear introduction, discussion and conclusion.

Each article must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words.
The quotations have to be according to this method: the footnotes on the bottom of the page, the bibliography at the end of the text, or with endnotes only.
The literature has to be quoted according to this order:
The name of the author, initials of the second name (if there is one) and the last name followed by a comma.
Title of the book underlined and written in Times New Roman font ( articles in Italic font).
Place and date of the publishing separated by a coma and closed with brackets and followed by a comma.
The number of the volume with capital roman numerals and followed by a comma.
Numbers of the pages followed by a full stop.

Each article should be 10-15 pages maximum (A4 paper format).
The articles should not be published earlier in any written media meaning they have to be published for the first time as the anthology `Organized Crime-Legal Aspects´.
For Anthology the articles has to be written in Times New Roman font 12, A4 format.
The title has to be written in Times New Roman font 16 and with capital letters.
Sub titles font: Times New Roman font 14 bold -Italic.
Images illustrating the text must be sent as .jpg or .tiff files; the author assumes responsibility for the right to publish the images.

The paper must contain the authors' full names, Institution they belong to and their e-mails.
The articles can be sent by e-mail to: bistra_nl@yahoo. com (Director of CSRLF) or arta.selmani@ seeu.edu. mk (Director´s Assistant)
The deadline for application is 31st January 2008.
The articles must be submitted in the English Language.
All articles will be evaluated by the Reviewers before publishing.
The articles that do not meet the criteria in: scientific level the thematic value character, scientific methodology etc. will not be published.
The research article must be written from experts from the area ( Masters and PhD)

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Sincerely,
Arta Selmani
Director´s Assistant
Centre for Scientific Research
Law Faculty- SEE University,
Ilindenska b.b, 1200 Tetovo
Office: 303.10
Tel: +389 44 356 143
Fax: +389 44 356 001
e-mail:arta.selmani@ seeu.edu. mk
web: www.see-university. edu.mk

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CfP: Framing struggles: Critical Approaches to Anthropology and Sociology

Framing Struggles: Critical Approaches to Anthropology and Sociology
Postgraduate Conference

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University
Budapest, Hungary
13-14 June 2008

Until recently, most social research has focused on political and economic struggles to the detriment of understanding cultural struggles. But an undue focus on culture tends to ignore the contested nature of economic and political interactions that provide the structural underpinnings to cultural form and content. Anthropology can contribute equally to understanding frames of struggles, and framing the relevant problematic that needs to be exposed to public scrutiny, while sociology is able to situate and analyse these struggles in a broader perspective through its focus on macro-micro interactions.

The main purpose of this trans-disciplinary conference is to investigate how cultural, political, and economic struggles are framed, both by actors and scholars. By framing struggles we mean the ways in which participants themselves construe and delimit the meanings of their actions in an era of accelerating global changes, as well as the manner in which scholars and researchers select their own frames of reference to make sense of these social upheavals. Regarding social phenomena in an integrated and multifaceted persepective, the conference will reflect on and mediate between broad, distant, and sometimes seemingly incompatible research fields and approaches e.g., religious studies, studies of popular culture, as well as social movement studies and the scholarship on migration and informal economy.

Concentrating on a variety of issues concerning struggles, we seek to encourage critical ethnographic/ sociological research enriched by theoretical grounding. The conference will tackle the issue of framing struggles from four main perspectives in the following panels (also see the more detailed descriptions further down):

Panel I: Borders, Economy, Conflict

Panel II: Approaching Religious Modernities: Constructions, Contestations, Mobilizations

Panel III: Performing and Representing Culture, Ethnicity and Gender

Panel IV: Activism in (Post-)Socialist Contexts

The conference will take place 13-14 June 2008, at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Each applicant should submit an abstract (max. 250 words) and introduction of their academic affiliation/ research topic/general research interests (max. 100 words). The deadline for submissions of the abstracts is the 1 February 2008. Please send to: framing.struggles@ gmail.com. (contact person Mariya Ivancheva)

As each panel will have a discussant - an invited scholars from the relevant field, the approved - candidates will have to submit a full-length paper by the 01 st of May 2008. This is a strict deadline. Conference papers will be made available to all participants in advance.

The organizers will be able to provide partial reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation at a hostel in central Budapest to a number of panel participants. A possibility exists that some participants be hosted by students from the department – please indicate if you are interested in such option.

Participants are also requested to state whether they would need a visa for Hungary so that organizers can assist in the visa process.

Description of Panels
Panel I: Borders, Economy, Conflict

This panel seeks to scrutinize from a critical and trans-disciplinary perspective the features of borders: physical and symbolic, fixed and transgressed. How they separate different categories of actors, while framing and enforcing their social roles and identities. However economic, political, and cultural borders need not necessarily imply "bounded-ness" . What we aim to do is to pinpoint the fluidity, volatility, and mutability of the concept of 'borders'. Furthermore, we seek to discuss how different sorts of conflict reinforce, but also displace borders in various everyday contexts and the manner in which the micro-macro actors involved negtate and define them through their practices, interactions, and collisions.

The panel invites papers and visual materials that actively engage with issues of borders, border-crossing economies, and conflict. Contributions should include, but are not necessarily restricted to questions such as:

* Border sovereignty: empire(s) and nation-state( s)
* Border trouble: conflict and trade
* Micro actors vs. macro actors: border economies in a regional and global context
* Trafficking in humans, arms, and drugs
* Transnational (under)classes, informal economies, and host states
* International refugees and no-man's land(s)
* Economy without borders: transnational corporations, international organizations, and global capital

Panel II: Approaching Religious Modernities: Constructions, Contestations, Mobilizations

The persistence of religion within processes of social change all around the globe has called into question the secularization paradigm. Social scientists have been forced to reassess the theoretical and methodological categories for understanding the shifting location of religion in various societies and to be more open to the notion of multiple religious modernities. We are thus in a fruitful reflexive moment which could open new perspectives on religious phenomena entangled in social processes.
Our panel revolves around a number of issues which are still waiting for adequate theoretical and methodological approaches:

* The shifting location of religion within the public sphere in various social contexts
* Constructing and contesting boundaries between the 'religious' and the 'secular'
* Agents active in the processes of construction/ contestation (state, church, civil or religious associations, academia, new religious movements etc.)
* The framing of contemporary religious mobilization, both within world religions (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism etc.) and indigenous religions
* The emergence of new religious movements (e.g., global religions such as Pentecostalism)
* The impact of these movements on nation-states and traditional (historical) religions
* Socio-cultural and political strategies employed by religious actors in new contexts dominated by global media technologies and global horizons of consumption

Panel III: Performing and Representing Culture, Ethnicity and Gender

Performance has become a catch-all term to refer to the practices of agents as opposed to a prior focus on structure. In the new era of all kinds of promotion initiatives on behalf of agency, the belief that agents can resist or contest forces of domination has become widely celebrated. But this capacity can be called into question and is itself problematic. Indeed, such performances cannot be properly understood without taking into consideration their often mediated or represented character. Therefore, it is worth looking at the interplay between performances and representation, especially when these performances become embedded in global networks of production and circulation.

The main themes of this panel would include the following issues:

* Markets and media as a facilitators of cultural exchanges
* Struggles over cultural recognition through the staging of performances (arts, sports, tourist practices, etc.)
* Performing gender/race/ ethnicity
* The transformation of performances through processes of interaction and mediation
* Political institutions and the representation of cultural practices
* Ethnographic writing as representation and the framing paradigm: the responsibility of ethnographers

Panel IV: Activism in (Post-)Socialist Contexts

In societies where leftist themes of class, economic redistribution, and social justice have formed or still form the regime's dominant discourse, social movements trying to make demands related to such themes face complex problems, for example of avoiding cooptation or negative associations. This phenomenon can be seen in artern social democracies, but it is equally present under social democratic regimes in the global south that have taken a "Third Way". And these complexities are all the more present among activist groups in societies with a history of repressive "really exiting" socialism, such as in Eastern Europe.
Our panel calls for papers that explore the complexity of political contention in such historically determined political contexts. These could address topics such as:

* Framing struggles of oppositional groups under repressive socialist regimes
* Activists strategies in a context dominated by social-democratic rhetoric
* (Dis)Continuities in performances and narratives of present and past dissent
* Strategies for alignment with trans-national activist campaigns
* Relevance of class-based claim making: past and presence
* Framing of collective and individual memory in processes of political transition
* Left- or right-wing protest: (un)civil society in post-socialist contexts

Framing Struggles
Graduate Conference, 13-14.06.2008
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Central European University, Nador utca 9
Budapest H-1051, Hungary
framing.struggles@ gmail.com

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