Oct 30, 2008

Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme at Oxford University

Dear friends and colleagues,

In May 2007, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) had the pleasure of launching the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme. The Weidenfeld Scholarships offer exceptional postgraduate students and young professionals primarily from Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at Oxford University and to participate in a comprehensive programme of leadership development, with access to senior figures from the public and private sectors.

Following an intensive selection process in April 2008, the 2008-2009 Weidenfeld Scholarships were awarded to twenty-five extraordinary young people. This group of 25 scholars will join the five Scholars from the 2007-2008 cohort that are pursing two-year Master programmes or PhDs. The 30 2008-2009 Weidenfeld Scholars hail from 22 countries from Europe's wider neighbourhood, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. Five US Scholars have been included in the scheme as of 2008, contributing to transatlantic bridge building. They are studying in a wide range of subjects ranging from Law and Finance to Environmental Management and Anthropology.

The programme is expected to select up to 40-45 Scholars for the 2009-2010 academic year. In our efforts to promote the Weidenfeld Scholarships and to widen the pool of candidates for 2009-2010, we are asking friends and colleagues around the world to once again circulate the attached information to relevant professional networks.

Enclosed please find information about eligibility and how to apply for the
programme. This information can also be found under the following Oxford University website link: http://www.admin. ox.ac.uk/ io/funding/ weidenfeld. shtml

Please keep in mind that the deadline for applications for academic year 2009-2010 to the Weidenfeld Scholarships is the 09 January 2009 for Medical Sciences and Philosophy students, and 23 January 2009 for all other students. All applications to the Weidenfeld Scholarships have to be transmitted through the official Oxford University application form.Please feel free to contact Victoria Fraser at
vfraser@strategicdi alogue.org or by telephone at +44 207 493 9333 should you require any further information.

Thank you very much for your assistance in raising awareness about the Weidenfeld Scholarships.

Yours sincerely,

Sasha Havlicek Victoria Fraser
Executive Director Programme
Associate, Weidenfeld Scholarships

Institute for Strategic Dialogue
41 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)207 493 9333
Fax: +44 (0)207 493 4909
Email: shavlicek@strategic dialogue. org
E-mail: vfraser@strategicdi alogue.org
Website: www.strategicdialog ue.org


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HUMSEC Journal, Call for Papers

Dear Madame/Sir,

The HUMSEC Journal aims to widen the discussion on the issue of human security in general and in particular on the impact of transnational terrorist and criminal organizations on the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region, the influence of transnational and criminal organisations on the state and on the society, and the connection between transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in the Western Balkan region.

The Editorial Board welcomes original scientific papers addressing the issues of human security, terrorism and organised crime. The main topic of the third edition of the HUMSEC Journal is:

"THE INFLUENCE OF TRANSNATIONAL TERRORIST AND CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS ON THE PEACEBUILDING PROCESS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS."

Deadline for the submission of papers is 17 January 2009.

If you wish to publish an article please contact us under the following email address: journal@humsec. eu

Detailed background information on the submission of papers and reviews can be found at the HUMSEC website (www.humsec. eu).

Best Regards,

Alline Pedra Jorge Birol and Maddalena Vivona
HUMSEC Project
Schubertstrasse 29/1
8010 Graz
Austria

Tel: +43 316 322888 23
Fax: +43 316 322888 4
Website: www.humsec.eu

The HUMSEC Project is supported by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area".


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CfA: Summit-ul "Future World Leaders" [DL: 28 feb]

In perioada 19-25 iulie 2009, va avea loc Summit-ul "Future World Leaders". Programul este destinat tinerilor cu varste intre 16 si 19 ani, pasionati de Relatii Internationale. Participantii se vor bucura de admitere prioritara la universitatile din Statele Unite ale Americii! Summit-ul are loc la centrul de conferinte de la Georgetown University.

Data limita pentru inscriere este: 28 februarie 2009
Data limita pentru solicitarea unei burse este: 31 octombrie 2008

Mai multe detalii si inscriere online pe:
http://www.presiden tialclassroom. org


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Asian Graduate Students Fellowship Programme 2009

The Asia Research Institute of NUS invites applications from citizens of Asian countries enrolled for a fulltime advanced degree at a university in an Asian country (except Singapore) for consideration for the award of Asian Graduate Student Fellowships. These fellowships are offered to current graduate students doing their
Master's or PhD degrees and working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Southeast Asian topics, and will allow the recipients to be based at NUS for an `in residence fellowship' for a period of three months. The aim of the fellowship is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars will be expected to commence on 4 May 2009, and to make a presentation on their work at the Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies at the end of July 2009.

Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:

1) A monthly allowance of SGD$1,750 (inclusive of housing allowance).
2) A one time round trip travel subsidy by the most economical and direct route on a reimbursement basis upon being accepted for the fellowship.
3) Access to library and computer resources on campus.

Applicants are invited to e-mail/facsimile/ mail their curriculum vitae, a 2-page outline of their research proposal in English (this may be accompanied by a longer statement in a Southeast Asian language) to the address below by 15 November 2008. Arrangements should also be made by which at least two letters of reference, one of which is from your principal supervisor, are sent confidentially to the same address by the same deadline.

The 2-page research proposal must include the following details:

1) Whether the data collection or fieldwork stage of the research has already been completed;
2) how the fellowship will contribute to the research;
3) the types of sources to be consulted in Singapore;
4) proposed work plan during the fellowship.

You can look forward to excellent library and internet computer facilities at NUS' main library (http://www.lib. nus.edu.sg/), the library at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (http://www.iseas. edu.sg/library. html) and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library (http://www.nlb. gov.sg) to
facilitate your research for the dissertation. NUS' main library has 2 million volumes covering all topics while ISEAS' library has 200,000 on Southeast Asian topics, half of which are in Southeast Asian languages.

Selvi
Asia Research Institute
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469A Tower Block #10-01
Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259770
E-mail : arikk@nus.edu. sg
Fax: 65 67791428
Website: http://www.ari. nus.edu.sg/


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Oct 29, 2008

Two PhD positions mathematical physics/quantum gravity Department of Mathematics at Hamburg University

*Two PhD positions *

in the subjects mathematical physics/quantum gravity will be available at the Department of Mathematics at Hamburg University.

The successful applicant will be part of the Emmy Noether Junior Research group "Conceptual Questions of Quantum Gravity and Mathematical Structures in Three-Dimensional Gravity" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The starting dates are flexible from late spring 2009 onwards.

Applicants must have a Master (or equivalent) in either mathematics or physics and should be interested in working at the interface of these subjects.

They should email the following application documents to
catherine.meusburge r@math.uni- hamburg.de :

1. Curriculum vitae
2. List of courses taken, transcript of degree
3. If applicable: short summary of master project or thesis (one page)
4. Contact details (including email address and phone number) of two referees who have agreed to be contacted and to provide an evaluation of the applicant

We will start reviewing the applications on December 1 2008, but later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Further information about the positions and the research group can be found at www.math.uni- hamburg.de/ home/meusburger/ positions. html#phd

For questions or informal enquiries please contact
catherine.meusburge r@math.uni- hamburg.de


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2 PhD positions at the University of Amsterdam on understanding and modelling biomineralization

Within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Biomineralization: understanding of basic mechanisms for the design of novel strategies in nanobiotechnology (BIOMINTEC)' ' there are currently a number of PhD positions available.

The duration of each PhD position is 36 months.
Being part of a mobility program, PhD candidates will perform their work in two of the partner institutions (18 months each, in two different countries) which can not be the home country of the candidate. The University of Amsterdam (The Informatics Institute) is one of the partners in the BIOMINTEC project and involved in 2 PhD positions.

The first PhD (ESR2) will work on sponges and the title of the project is: ``Fractal mechanism of silicatein self-assembly and biosilicification (Experimental studies and Modelling studies)''.

The second PhD (ESR8) will work on calcification, e.g., in scleractinian corals and molluscs, the title of this project is ``Biocalcification: Characterization of crystal-shaping proteins of the molluscan shell and modelling gene regulation'' .
Candidates should have a master's degree (or equivalent) in scientific computing or computational science, (computational) physics, chemistry, molecular biology or a comparable expertise.

Details about both PhD positions are available at: ESR2 (vacancy number 08-1057)

http://www.uva. nl/vacatures/ vacatures. cfm/DDCC5833- 1321-B0BE- A48DDAB8511F067D

ESR8 (vacancy number 08-1058)
http://www.uva. nl/vacatures/ vacatures. cfm/DDDEE430- 1321-B0BE- A4E8BE7F3E21A7E6 e

(computational) physics, chemistry, molecular biology or a comparable expertise.


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New issue of Insight Turkey is now available (Volume 10, Number 4, 2

Volume 10, Number 4, October – December 2008

New issue of Insight Turkey is now available

SETA Foundation for Political, Economic, and Social Research is pleased to announce the publication of the October – December 2008 issue of its quarterly journal, Insight Turkey .


Insight Turkey , Volume 10, Number 4, October – December 2008

TURKEY AND THE EU: STILL COMMITTED?
A NEW COLD WAR IN THE CAUCASUS
CYPRUS: SOLUTION OR SEPARATION?


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Commentaries

Common Values and Common Interests? The Bush Legacy in US-Turkish Relations
[Full text available free online]
Mark R. Parris, pp. 5-14

Turkey’s Troubles in the Caucasus
Michael A. Reynolds, pp. 15-23

Future of Energy Transportation in Eurasia after the Georgia Crisis
Saltanat Berdikeeva, pp. 25-34

Articles

Turkey-EU Relations: Beyond the Current Stalemate
Ziya Onis, pp. 35-50

Turkey and the EU: Democratization, Civil-Military Relations, and the Cyprus Issue
Kivanc Ulusoy, pp. 51-76

Explaining Transformation of Turkish Civil Society in the EU Accession Process
Ahmet Arabaci, pp. 77-93

Trauma, Identity and Search for a Solution in Cyprus
Vamik Volkan, pp. 95-110

Cyprus: The Belgian ‘Tool Box’ Revisited
M. Ergun Olgun, Dirk Rochtus, pp. 111-134

Dealing with Iran : Confrontation or Negotiation?
Mahmood Monshipouri, Banafsheh Keynoush, pp. 135-157

Book Reviews

Sina Aksin, Turkey from Empire to Revolutionary Republic: The Emergence of the Turkish Nation from 1789 to Present
Renée Worringer & Istar Gozaydin, p. 160 & 163

Sam Kaplan, The Pedagogical State Education and the Politics of National Culture in Post-1980 Turkey
Seyfi Kenan, p. 166

Baki Tezcan and Karl K. Barbir (eds.), Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World, A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz
Nur Bilge Criss, p. 170

Nathalie Karagiannis (ed.), European Solidarity
Lars Magnusson, p. 172

Olivier Roy, Secularism Confronts Islam
Talip Kucukcan, p. 174

Zachary Shore , Breeding Bin Ladens: America , Islam and the Future of Europe
Tahir Abbas, p. 176

Adeeb Khalid, Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia
Akiko Kurata, p. 178

ABSTRACTS

Commentaries

Common Values and Common Interests? The Bush Legacy in US-Turkish Relations
Mark R. Parris
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 5-14
AMERICAN and Turkish leaders typically describe ties between the U.S. and Turkey as based on “common values and interests.” Yet given that the Bush administration’ s relationship with Turkey has been marked by dysfunction and crisis, is that still true? A tendency to see Turkey as a function of Washington’s big idea of the moment, insensitivity to a broadening perception in Turkey of U.S. disregard for Turkish interests, inaction in the face of PKK terror, weak leadership on energy security, and schizophrenia toward Turkey’s internal politics have left U.S.–Turkish relations worse than when George W. Bush came to office. If U.S. and Turkish interests remain largely convergent at the strategic level, a more independent Turkish diplomacy will likely be part of the Bush legacy. As for “common values,” there is reason to hope that the real damage done to mutual perceptions is reversible.

Turkey’s Troubles in the Caucasus
Michael A. Reynolds
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 15-23
INCREASING numbers of Turks have come to recognize that their country’s traditionally hesitant and circumspect foreign policy no longer serves its interests, and is incommensurate with Turkey ’s regional weight. Accordingly, the governing Justice and Development Party has attempted to shed that tradition by seeking to engage Turkey ’s neighbors proactively in recent years. In the Caucasus, Ankara has taken steps that may lead to the normalization of relations with Yerevan and the breaking of the stalemate over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russo-Georgian War of 2008, however, demonstrates that Turkish diplomacy faces a severe test for which it may not be prepared. The war revealed that old institutional practices continue to constrain Turkey ’s diplomacy; moreover, the war restored Russia to the position of spoiler in the Caucasus . The return of Russia may mean that Turkey ’s new diplomacy will be too little, too late.

Future of Energy Transportation in Eurasia after the Georgia Crisis
Saltanat Berdikeeva
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 25-34
GEORGIA’S military gamble in South Ossetia in August 2008 opened a Pandora’s Box of misfortunes. Tbilisi is now faced with the loss of its breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, meanwhile creating a potential opportunity for Russia to assume a much-coveted control over the energy transit routes passing through Georgia . While the conflict has further spoiled the relations between the West and Russia , setting in motion stiffer competition between the two to secure the energy sources of Central Asia and Azerbaijan , the pragmatic calculations of the players involved in the Eurasian energy game may eventually change the tone of the game. With unresolved issues surrounding doubts over the sufficiency of energy supplies and the availability of means to deliver them from Central Asia and the Caucasus to Europe, Russia ’s preeminent position as a supplier of energy to the West will be maintained.

Articles

Turkey-EU Relations: Beyond the Current Stalemate
Ziya Onis
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 35-50
THE prospects for Turkey ’s ambitions for full EU membership do not appear to be very bright in the current conjuncture. The “grand coalition for special partnership” appears to be firmly entrenched. With key chapters for negotiation already suspended what is likely to happen is that the government in power is likely to pursue a loose Europeanization agenda of gradual reforms falling considerably short of deep commitment for full-membership. The paper investigates the underlying reasons for the decline of enthusiasm for EU membership following the golden age of Europeanization and reforms during the early years of the AK Party government. The article also points to domestic and external developments which may help to reverse the current stalemate and, hence, ends with an optimistic note concerning the future of Turkey-EU relations.

Turkey and the EU: Democratization, Civil-Military Relations, and the Cyprus Issue
Kivanc Ulusoy
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 51-76
THE paper analyzes Turkey ’s democratization efforts between 2004 and 2008. In addition to the challenges that the EU accession process brings to the Turkish political structure, an assessment of the current impasse of Turkey’s democratization along the EU accession process is made with respect to the detailed analysis of two major issues: the Cyprus issue and civil-military relations. With an eye to studying the EU’s impact on the domestic politics of accession countries with special reference to Turkey , the paper concentrates on the current government’s performance over the past three years in EU accession negotiations, showing how this immediate experience reveals the main problematical issues of Turkey-EU relations under these two headings. The concluding remarks focus on two crucial problems of the post-2004 period in Turkey : the sustainability of the reform process and the importance of the time factor in evaluating the EU’s leverage on
democratization.

Explaining Transformation of Turkish Civil Society in the EU Accession Process
Ahmet Arabaci
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 77-93
THIS study investigates the relationship between the announcement of Turkey ’s EU candidacy status at the EU’s Helsinki Summit in 1999, and the development and transformation of Turkish civil society organizations (CSOs). It is argued that theories of historical institutionalism and rational choice institutionalism provides a useful framework for explaining the changes that took place in the number and institutional structures of Turkish CSOs. Historical institutionalism helps explain how the EU’s affirmation of Turkey ’s EU candidacy has served as a critical juncture for the evolution of path dependency for Turkish CSOs. The economic reforms and democratization driven by Turkey ’s accession process are given special attention in this respect. Rational choice institutionalism will be employed to explain structural transformations within Turkish CSOs, and their considerable dependence on the funds provided by the EU.

Trauma, Identity and Search for a Solution in Cyprus
Vamik Volkan
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 95-110
MASSIVE traumas at the hands of “enemies” affect both individuals and societies for decades. For the Cypriot Turks, their massive trauma started in 1963-1964 when they were forced to live in subhuman conditions in enclaves geographically limited to three percent of the island for eleven years. What happened during the summer of 1974 obviously traumatized the Cypriot Greeks too on a massive scale. Psychoanalysts who have studied the trans-generational transmission of massive social trauma inform us that if the impact of such trauma is denied or repressed, it will still manifest itself in various ways in new generations. The “therapeutic” way of dealing with previous generations’ massive social traumas is not to deny or repress what happened to the ancestors, but to be aware of the history. There could be no solution on the island without understanding and addressing traumas of both communities.

Cyprus: The Belgian ‘Tool Box’ Revisited
M. Ergun Olgun, Dirk Rochtus
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 111-134
BI-ETHNIC Belgium has skillfully developed cooperation and concertation arrangements which meet even the EU’s rigid “one voice” requirement, taking into consideration the continuing increase in the powers and functions of its regions and communities. Belgium consequently offers a huge box of tools, particularly to bi-ethnic or multi ethnic partnership states. Probably the most distinguishing differences between Cyprus and Belgium are the chronic conflictual relationship between the two ex-partner peoples of Cyprus , and the absence there of a common vision of co-existence and equal power-sharing. If the two sides in Cyprus could be incentivized enough to sincerely opt for equal partnership, the Belgian multi-tier governance experience, despite some significant differences between the two lands, could still offer some practical lessons from which eager parties in Cyprus could benefit.

Dealing with Iran : Confrontation or Negotiation?
Mahmood Monshipouri, Banafsheh Keynoush
Insight Turkey , Vol. 10, No. 3, 2008, pp. 135-157
CONFLICTING dynamics and power calculations within the Bush administration have given rise to contradictory signals coming from Washington regarding how best to deal with the Iranian puzzle. The situation indicates a lack of strategic coherence that could tip the balance toward a military showdown with Iran . If anything, the 2001 and 2003 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq , which have essentially altered the balance of power to Iran ’s advantage, represent a total disregard for the ensuing negative consequences for the region. Under such circumstances, the absence of serious, direct talks with Iran have the potential to lead to greater momentum for war. In this paper, we set out to examine the internal and regional consequences of a U.S. attack on Iran , while asserting that the benefits of cooperation outweigh the costs of military confrontation. Negotiating with Iran is the only reasonable solution to the crisis confronting these two powers, and
U.S.-Iran rapprochement can have a stabilizing impact on the entire region. Conversely, the implications of confrontation will be horrendously costly and profound.




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Ihsan DAGI
Editor-in-Chief

Insight Turkey
Resit Galip Cad. Hereke Sokak No: 10
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E-mail: insight@insightturk ey.com
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Call for Papers Transitio Special issue: Migration and Civil

MIGRATION AND CIVIL SOCIETY

New Journal
Transitio, a trilingual peer reviewed journal on migration.

Transitio publishes high quality scientific work and contributes theoretical debates on migration. It aims to be a bridge between scientific work and practical concerns of migrant populations through its sensitivity to virtue of local knowledge and of field research.

Call for Papers

Special issue: "Migration and Civil Society".

Migration has become a very important topic of discussion in recent years. Migrants are political subjects for transforming and challenging public spheres all over the world but on the other hand they form various groups which are affected by changes in various public spheres. Migration has become a critical issue to discuss possibilities of civil society and democracy in terms of its power and limits within a contemporary framework of two opposing dynamics: rapid transnationalizatio n and increasing racist and discriminative movements.

The special issue aims at covering the main points of the discussion mainly around the following topics though it is not limited with.

Migration and limits of democracy?
Migrants NGOs
Transnational NGOs and democratization
Post national citizenship and migrant civil society
Roles of NGOs in the delivery of socials services for migrants
International social policy and migrants
Organization of sans papier
Feminist migrant organizations
Solidarity among migrants and civil society
Response of civil society towards discourses on integration

You may send us your papers in English, German or Turkish. Important dates are below.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2009

Announcement of selected abstracts: 1 February 2009

Deadline for papers: 1 June 2009

E-mail of the Editorial board: e.akbas@tdz- berlin.de or r.atasu@tdz- berlin.de

Transitio is published by Turkisch-Deutches Zentrum e.V. Institute for Migration Research, Berlin, Germany.

Yours Sincerely,
Reyhan Atasu Topcuoglu
Emrah Akbas

Reyhan Atasu Topcuoglu
Research Assistant
Hacettepe University
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
Department of Social Work

Adress: Fatih Cd. No: 195 Kecioren/Ankara/ TURKEY 06290
Tel: +90312 3552130
Fax: +90312 3555771


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MSc in Neuroscience/ Wellcome Trust 4-year Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience

MSc in NeuroscienceThe MSc is a full one-year course (from the end of September to mid September the following year), carried out within the Division of Medical Sciences, which provides a broad interdisciplinary training in Neuroscience. Students must study within the three main branches (molecular, cellular and systems), learning both theory and practical research techniques. The modular course is based on lectures, seminars and practicals which take place during the University term, and on two independent research projects, one in the spring and one in the summer. The course gives an integrated view of Neuroscience, and provides a wide range of practical skills so that the students can ask questions and tackle problems that transcend the traditional disciplines from which Neuroscience has evolved. Applicants with a strong scientific background, but not necessarily in Neuroscience, are encouraged to apply.

All students will be required to pass a qualifying exam at the end of the first (introductory) term. Students will write either a 3,000 word essay or an equivalent practical write-up for each of five modules, and a 10,000 word research report on each of their two research projects. They will also be assessed on their oral presentation. Satisfactory performance will be required in all these components for the award of MSc to be made and, in the case of the Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme, for transfer to the doctoral research project.

The MSc in Neuroscience was recently assessed (along with the Psychology undergraduate courses) by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which reviews the performance of universities and colleges of higher education. The QAA review team awarded the maximum rating for all aspects of their review.



Wellcome Trust doctoral programme in Neuroscience
The Wellcome Trust 4-year doctoral students undertake the same course of study on the MSc programme in the first year. This is followed by a three-year doctoral research project, which can take place in any of the Neuroscience Departments at Oxford.

The closing date for both programmes of study is Friday January 9th 2009.

Online applications are welcomed (and preferred) by the Graduate Programme in Neuroscience. Please see Graduate Admissions website for further details.


Before completing the paper application form you should print out and read carefully the Notes for Guidance. Applications, clearly indicating the course(s) of interest, should include a completed University of Oxford application form. There is no need to complete the section on Study Plans/Research Proposal but you should write a statement, of no more than 1000 words, on why you want to do the course. You also need to include your CV and academic transcripts. You will also require three references. With paper applications, whilst it is preferable that the referees send their letters to you so that a completed application may be submitted, we realise that this is not always possible. In the latter case, referees should be asked to send their references, in confidence, directly to the Graduate Admisionss Office, University of Oxford, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD. This is the same address to which you should send completed paper applications. It is essential that the references are received before the closing date for applications.

Please quote code 001970 for the MSc in Neuroscience and 001970a Combined Programme; Wellcome Trust Doctoral Programme in Neuroscience. Candidates who are not successful with their application for the Wellcome Trust Programme in Neuroscience will be considered for the MSc in Neuroscience, unless they specifically express a preference otherwise in their personal statement.


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PhD Studentship: Genomic Medicine and Statistics, University of Oxford, UK

Four year graduate degrees in genomic medicine and statistics

The University of Oxford offers a four year doctoral training programme in genomic medicine and statistics, training students to research in the methodologies required to understand the molecular basis of complex disease. The programme consists of a one year modular course (including formal teaching and two short research projects) followed by a three year doctoral research project, which can take place in any of the participating departments at the University. The course takes advantage of Oxford’s strengths in genetics, genomic medicine and statistics; disciplines that will set the medical research agenda of the 21st Century.

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG), which will host the programme, has world-leading groups in statistics, bioinformatics, genomic analysis, protein structure and functional biology. United by a common interest in understanding the molecular basis of disease, researchers are affiliated to diverse departments, with interests ranging from susceptibility to infection, neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease, language development, mental illness, statistical genetics and statistical bioinformatics, and come from both clinical and pure science backgrounds. This combination of skills and interests, the ability to cross disciplines and to address old problems in new ways, has proved crucial to the scientific success of the WTCHG and provides a unique training opportunity. Students educated within the culture of the WTCHG are encouraged to develop cross-disciplinary interests, and to develop into scientists able to take new and unexpected approaches to old problems using the latest and emerging technologies. The WTCHG is already home to a number of such students and the doctoral programme builds on these, and other, interdepartmental links.

The doctoral programme is integrated with projects already in place at the WTCHG, identifying the susceptibility genes underlying common disease. Genetic and genomic studies pave the way to answering fundamental questions in epidemiology and disease aetiology: how and why populations differ in their spectrum of disease-variants; how these variants interact with environmental causes; how information about DNA sequence variants, gene expression and protein content relates to disease phenotype; how we can use this flood of new molecular information to arrive at improved definitions of disease that lend themselves to better diagnosis and treatment. Over the next few years it is likely that whole genome systems biology (including DNA copy number detection, gene expression, metabolite profiling and, eventually, whole genome resequencing of very large cohorts) will become routine. Consequently methods and research opportunities for dissecting complex disease will undergo a further revolution. This revolution is likely to be driven by scientists with strong quantitative skills aligned with a deep understanding of the underlying biology.

Members of the Mathematical Genetics Group at the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, at the forefront of developing and applying statistical tools for genomic analysis, are members of the WTCHG, including Professor Peter Donnelly FRS, who has been Centre Director since 2007. Members of the WTCHG have collaborated on several internationally important groundbreaking projects, including HapMap, the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, 1,000 Genomes and the European Union MolPAGE programme.


Co-Directors:

Jonathan Flint: www.well.ox.ac.uk/flint/

Richard Mott: bioinformatics.well.ox.ac.uk/

Chris Holmes: mathgen.stats.ox.ac.uk/

Peter Donnelly: mathgen.stats.ox.ac.uk/

General Enquiries:

Penny Farrar: penny.farrar@well.ox.ac.uk


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PhD Studentship: Chromosome and Developmental Biology: The Cell in Heredity and Development, University of Oxford, UK

The University of Oxford in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust offers a four-year graduate programme in Chromosome and Developmental Biology: the Cell in Heredity and Development, leading to the D.Phil degree.

The graduate programme is intended to provide training in a wide range of biochemical, genetic and cell biological approaches specifically tailored for research into chromosome and developmental biology. Students will have the opportunity to study how changes in the state of chromosomal proteins or RNAs specify changes in cell behaviour, how these changes arise and are propagated, how gametes are produced from germ cells, how the genome is propagated and maintained in the germline and in somatic cells, how chromosomes are recombined during meiosis, what factors determine whether chromosomes inherit the privilege of entering the germ line, patterns of cell division during embryogenesis, and finally whether different principles govern the duplication and segregation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes.

Structure and Organisation of the Programme





Designed to nurture independent and creative scientists, the programme offers a stimulating educational experience.

Students spend the first year learning a range of biochemical, genetic and cell biological techniques by undertaking short projects in different laboratories and by following taught courses. These elements are intended to expose students to possible thesis advisers and prepare them for their doctoral work. Students can then make an informed choice of their main thesis research project for the subsequent three years.

Students in the programme are registered with the Department of Biochemistry. They may undertake research in participating centres at the University of Oxford.
A listing of participating faculty members which are available for rotations and thesis research can be found here.


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PhD Studentship: Infection, Immunology & Translational Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Introduction
Infectious and non communicable diseases including chronic inflammatory disease and cancer represent significant global health problems. Basic research in infection and immunity has brought important advances in our understanding of the molecular and cellular control of the immune response and the pathogenesis of disease. However, a key challenge is to translate this information into the clinic in the form of improved diagnosis and treatments for immune mediated diseases. This programme provides opportunities for research in the basic biomedical science of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites plus the innate and acquired immune system, together with the development and use of therapeutic drugs and vaccines.

The course will train a new type of graduate student, one whose personal basic science research is deeply influenced by the clinical context. This programme will be unique and distinctive in offering an integrated training across infection, immunology and translational medicine. It builds on Oxfords outstanding research record in these areas and will span research sites in Oxford and overseas to provide an interdisciplinary training and foster communication between researchers engaged in basic and more applied research.


Key features of the Programme

Novel integrated graduate training in the basic sciences of infection and immunology within a translational medicine context.

In the first year students will undergo a 10 week lab rotation and a series of taught courses within the areas of infection, immunology and translational medicine.
Students will be advised on their choice of courses and laboratory rotation to help tailor an individual student package.

In the second year students will initiate their PhD project from the large number of projects available see participating supervisors. This choice will be aided by the student’s exposure to potential PhD supervisors and scientific areas during the first year.

Students will have the opportunity to spend a period working in a laboratory abroad as a Research Study Abroad Period.

The programme is run from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology but involves a number of Departments and Institutes within the Division of Medical Sciences. A full list of participating supervisors can be found here.

The Programme Director is Professor Keith Gull and the Deputy Director is Professor Fiona Powrie.

http://users.path.ox.ac.uk/~wellcome/

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PhD Studentship: Structural Biology, From Molecules to Cells, University of Oxfort, UK

The University of Oxford in conjunction with the Wellcome Trust offers a four-year graduate programme in Structural Biology: From Molecules to Cells, leading to the D.Phil degree.

The graduate programme is intended to provide training in structural biology and related biochemical, genetic and cell biological approaches to understanding molecular and cellular function.


Structure and Organisation of the Programme


Designed to nurture independent and creative scientists, the programme offers a stimulating educational experience.

Students spend the first year learning a range of structural biology techniques by undertaking two five-month projects in different laboratories and by following taught courses. These elements are intended to expose students to possible thesis advisers and prepare them for their doctoral work. Students can then make an informed choice of their main thesis research project for the subsequent three years.

Projects cover a wide range of topics and techniques in structural biology, including
NMR; X-ray crystallography; electron microscopy; a wide range of biophysical, genetic and cell biological techniques; bioinformatics and molecular simulations.

Students in the programme are registered with the Department of Biochemistry. They may undertake research in participating centres at the University of Oxford.
A listing of participating faculty members which are available for rotations and thesis research can be found here.

http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/WT-MoleculesToCells/

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Oct 28, 2008

British Chevening Award 2009-2010

Chevening is the UK government's flagship scholarship scheme, aimed at future leaders, high achievers, opinion formers and decision-makers. The programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and administered by the British Council, supports over 2,300 international students annually to study in the UK. Many talented graduates and young professional Indonesians have been propelled along the path to success through the British Chevening Awards, which has seen over 1,000
scholarships awarded to Indonesians since the scheme began in 1984.

The Chevening scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their own countries. The awards are included tuition, stipend, return airfares (economy class) and other allowances.

GENERAL
* A prestigious programme funded by the British Government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and administered by the British Council.
* Over 1000 scholarships awarded in Indonesia since 1984.
* This year up to 35 full scholarships are offered for one year Master degrees.
* Courses at various universities and professional institutions in the UK including courses in media, finance, economics, politics, law, management, engineering, gender, environment, democracy etc.
* A very competitive scheme. Only the best applicants are invited for further test and interview.
* Employees, employee's relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office), including FCO posts, the British Council and the sponsor will not be eligible to apply for these awards.

SUPPORT FOR SCHOLAR
Pre-departure English Course
English language training is included as part of the scholarship (if required) and candidates from outside Jakarta are supported during the period of the course. The language training is a full-time study and will be held in Jakarta. The candidate will need to obtain release from her/his employment for the duration of the course.

UK University Placement
Chevening is a self-placement programme. Students who are selected are responsible for making their own approaches to the UK university. We provide the facility in identifying the most suitable university and course if students wish to receive help or advice.

Students are required to apply to 3 universities in the UK.

BRIEFING
Successful candidates will be invited to attend a briefing. The briefing will cover:

* Terms and condition of the awards
* Introduction to Education UK
* How to make an application and choose a suitable course

Prior to their departure, scholars will be invited to attend a pre-departure briefing
. The briefing will cover:

* Customs and immigration procedures

* Studying and living in the UK

* Finding accommodation

* Information concerning travel

* Payment

* Opening Bank Account

* Welfare

Scholars also will be invited to an individual briefing/meeting with a Chevening officer. They will have the chance to discuss any issues concerning their scholarship and life overseas.

REQUIREMENTS
* ndonesian Citizen.
* Age between 25 - 40 years old.
* Excellent first degree with minimum GPA >= 3.0.
* Adequate level of spoken and written English language (IELTS 6.5)
* Minimum of 2 years full time working experience after graduation from S1.
* Excellent career prospects.
* Commitment to career development, and ability to demonstrate motivation.
* Field of study should be relevant to educational background or current profession.
* We regret that we are unable to receive applications for MBAs.
* Previous recipients of a Chevening scholarship for Masters degrees are not eligible to reapply.
* Must be able to demonstrate future leadership potential and the capacity to play an important role in Indonesia's development.
* Ability and potential to contribute to future bilateral relations between Indonesia and Britain.
* We strongly encourage candidates from Eastern Indonesia to apply.

Subject areas are: Climate Change and Forestry, counter-terrorism and International Security, Democracy and Governance, Religion and Islamic Studies, Economic Reform, Human Rights, Conflict and Justice, and Development.

SELECTION PROCESS
* Initial selection is based on the quality of the written application. You do not need to attach any documents with the application form.

* Successful applicants will be notified and invited for an English test/interview in January/February 2009.
* The English test and interviews will be held in Jakarta and Makassar.

* The results of the interviews will be announced by letter.

* Candidates achieving an IELTS score of at least 6.5, and who are accepted by a UK university for an appropriate subject (approved by the Embassy) will be awarded a full scholarship.

* English language training is included as part of the scholarship)only if required). Candidates from outside Jakarta are supported during the period of the course.

* Whilst undergoing English language training in Jakarta, candidates are briefed by British Embassy and British Council staff and are given guidance on course selection and application procedures.
* The academic year in the UK commences in September/October. After completing the English courses (around May) candidates are normally advised to return to their employment. The British Council then keeps in touch with candidates about their departure arrangements. Further briefing on the departure arrangements is provided one month prior to departure.
* The final number of scholarships granted is determined by the British Embassy

DEADLINE
Application must be submitted before 30 November 2008
The next scheme will be advertised in the national and regional press.

FURTHER INFORMATION
British Council

T : +62 (0)21 515 5561
F : +62 (0)21 515 5562
E : chevening@britishco uncil.or. id


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PhD studentship (2x2 years) molecular and cellular aspects of toxicity

PhD studentship (2x2 years) molecular and cellular aspects of toxicity BOF-project “Cd-induced oxidative stress: damage versus signalling” (BOF08G01)
(mandate SBG/2008/007- HO)

Background
The Centre for Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary research centre that opts for a deliberate combination and symbiosis of high-level basic and applied environmental research. Participating researchers come from different disciplines: biology, chemistry, physiology, economics and law. The mission of the Centre for Environmental Sciences includes research, education and public service.

Job description
In the framework of the BOF-project mentioned above, the successful applicants will conduct research on the relationship between oxidative stress and its effects. The aim is to elucidate the physiological and molecular processes which will lead to cell recovery or irreversible damage and cell death, depending on the Cd concentration during exposure. These processes will be studied using three different types of test organisms: plants (A. thaliana), invertebrates (turbellarians) and vertebrates (mice). Each of the candidates will conduct research on one of these test organisms.

Profile and diploma
Applicants have a licentiate/master degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences or applied biological sciences or equivalent. Experience in molecular biology techniques is an asset.

Further information
* Content job responsibilities:
* Prof. dr. Tom Artois, +32-11-26 83 09, tom.artois@uhasselt .be
* Prof. dr. Ann Cuypers, +32-11-26 83 26, ann.cuypers@ uhasselt. be
* Prof. dr. Emmy Van Kerkhove, +32-11-26 85 33, emmy.vankerkhove@ uhasselt. be
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80, jef.vanvoorden@ uhasselt. be

Application
Applicants must use the official application forms
* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Friday, November 7th 2008.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: jobs@uhasselt. be.


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PhD-grant (2x2 years) Organic and Polymer Chemistry

PhD-grant (2x2 years) Organic and Polymer Chemistry
(mandate SBG/2008/011)

Job description
The research group “Organic and Polymer Chemistry”, a division of IMO (Institute of Material Research), is located on the Hasselt University campus in Belgium and has a strong competence in Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Analysis. Via the IMOMEC division, there is a close collaboration with IMEC, the biggest independent research centre in electronics in Europe. One of the core activities of the group relates to the synthesis and characterisation of conjugated or conductive polymers for plastic electronics, e.g. P-LED’s, organic transistors, organic Solar cells, chemosensors, biosensors, etc… A PhD-grant is available from IMEC for a PhD on the premises of the UHasselt in the domain of Conjugated (Semi-conductive) Polymers for application in solar cells.

Profile
The activity planned aims to perform research in the field of semi-conductive polymers for photovoltaic applications, in particular synthesis and characterisation of new polymeric materials and this with an emphasis on exploring living polymerization as a method toward functionalized and/or block copolymers. The research will take place in close collaboration with the division of material physics of IMO (Prof. Jean Manca) and the photovoltaic group of IMEC (Dr. Jef Poortmans) at Leuven.

Diploma
Applicants must possess a master degree in (Bio)Chemistry, Material Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and should be interested in the field of materials science and polymer characterization. Experience in polymer synthesis or organic synthesis is a plus.

Appointment
The position is voor two periods of 2 years with an intermediate evaluation. The grant amounts to about 1600 Euro/month free of taxes.

Further information
* Content job responsibilities: Prof. dr. Dirk Vanderzande, +32-11-26 83 21, dirk.vanderzande@ uhasselt. be
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80, jef.vanvoorden@ uhasselt. be

Application
Applicants must use the official application forms
* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Friday, November 7th 2008.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: jobs@uhasselt. be.


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PhD Scholarship Patch Dynamics and Conservation Planning

Joint CSIRO/ Centre of Excellence PhD Scholarship:
Patch Dynamics and Conservation Planning
Australian Postgraduate Award equivalent (2008: $20007) per annum with potential for top-up, plus research costs.
Location: James Cook University, Townsville

A collaboration between the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems provides a unique opportunity for research into patch dynamics and conservation planning.

Systematic conservation planning (SCP) involves explicit objectives and transparent decisions about allocating conservation resources. However, the current theory and practice of SCP implicitly assumes that biodiversity distributions are static and that anthropogenic threats are not expanding. Major unmet challenges are to plan for the persistence of "natural" processes that maintain and generate biodiversity and to account for dynamic threats posed by human activities. Among the processes that conservation planning should address are patch dynamics operating in all realms and across spatial and temporal scales. This project will address at least two kinds of
patch dynamics and extend previous work on conservation planning through analysis of key patch parameters and simulation modelling. The outcome will be in inclusion of patch-dynamics in the conservation planning.

For further information on this scholarship topic and research proposal contact either:
Professor Bob Pressey: Bob.Pressey@ jcu.edu.au phone
07 47816194
Dr Iain Gordon: Iain.Gordon@ csiro.au

Applicants must hold an Honours Class I (or equivalent) degree and be competitive in attracting an Australian Postgraduate or JCU postgraduate research award.

Applicants must apply through the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship applications process.

Closing date for 2009 commencement: 31 October 2008



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DAAD-Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)

The programme is designed to academically qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers very good graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) the chance to obtain a Master's degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country. With the knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratically devised economic and social systems aimed at overcoming social tensions.

The deadline for this scholarship is 31st October 2008 at the latest.

See furthermore at: http://jakarta.daad.de/scholarships/Scholarship _PPGG-Eng.pdf


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Discipline of Linguistics: Researcher, University of Konstanz

University or Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: , Germany
Web Address: http://ling. uni-konstanz. de

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Discipline of Linguistics

Description:

The University of Konstanz is one of the nine Universities of Excellence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Zukunftskolleg is a central scientific institution of the University of Konstanz for the promotion of young scientists in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between distinguished researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides young scientists with resources for obtaining third-party funding.

We are offering 5 Research Positions (up to Salary Scale 14 or 15 TV-L) ranked according to the applicant's personal level of qualification, assigned duties and responsibilities for the development and implementation of individual research projects / research groups. In principle, each position can be divided into two half-time positions. The initial appointments will commence on April 1st, 2009 and will end on September 30th, 2010. An extension of the work contract for an additional 3.5 years is foreseen, provided, that external third-party funding for a research project has been granted.

The Zukunftskolleg provides a professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research. A pool for funding cooperative projects, research assistants, research trips and the acquisition of equipment is available. Additionally, fellows may nominate recognized experts in their field of research as senior fellows, who will be invited to Konstanz for a period of 3 - 12 months and who, in addition to their research work, will advise young scientists in the Zukunftskolleg.

The prerequisites for acceptance are a doctoral degree and outstanding scientific qualification as documented by research activities and publications. The ideal candidate has just finished her / his dissertation or has acquired initial work experience as a postdoctoral researcher. International experience in teaching or research and a strong interest in interdisciplinary topics are desirable. Each fellow is a member of both: a department of the university and the Zukunftskolleg. Involvement in teaching is possible. The foreseen topical connection of the project to the research profile of the University of Konstanz should be demonstrated in the project outline. Fellows are expected to actively participate in the regular weekly meetings of the Zukunftskolleg and to reside in Konstanz.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project outlines and a two-day workshop to be held on February 16-17th, 2009 at Konstanz.

Information about the fellowships are available on our website:
http://www.uni- konstanz. de/zukunftskolle g .

The University is an equal opportunity employer and tries to increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University encourages disabled persons who will be given preference if
appropriately qualified to apply (contact to the representative of disabled persons: phone +49 (0) 7531 / 88 - 3725).

The University has been certified by the Hertie Foundation to be a family-friendly institution.

Applicants should send their application form (see www.uni-konstanz. de/zukunftskolle g), their project outline (maximum length 6 pages), a letter of motivation (one page), application documents (CV, publication list, relevant degree certificates) and a reading excerpt (maximum length 30 pages) as a pdf-file to the application email provided below.

Note that these fellowships are university wide and are not limited to linguistics. The selection process is therefore fiercely competitive!

Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2008

Email Address for Applications: zukunftskolleg@ uni-konstanz. de
Contact Information:
Prof. Miriam Butt
Email: miriam.butt@ uni-konstanz. de


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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Language Processing

University or Organization: University of Edinburgh
Department: School of Informatics
Job Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.inf. ed.ac.uk/

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Machine learning

Description:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Language Processing
Vacancy Reference Number: 3009969

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, invites applications for a full-time, fixed term Research Associate position on the project 'Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing' funded by the European Research Council. The aim of this project is to investigate the cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a visual scene and listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The project encompasses both experimental research using eye-tracking and computational work using machine learning and probabilistic modeling. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of experts in linguistic and visual processing; he/she will design and implement models that capture the alignment of linguistic and visual representations and evaluate them against eye-tracking data.

You will have a Ph.D. in computational linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, or a related discipline. You will have strong programming skills and a background in natural language processing (e.g., language modeling, parsing, alignment methods, corpus processing, human evaluation). Experience with machine learning and probabilistic modeling techniques is essential.

This is a fixed position for three years, starting January 1, 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter. The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary in the range of GBP 29,704 to GBP 35,469.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Keller. Details about the position, as well as an online application form, can be found at:

http://www.jobs. ed.ac.uk/ vacancies/ index.cfm? fuseaction= vacancies. detail&vacancy_ ref=3009969

More information about the project can be found at:

http://homepages. inf.ed.ac. uk/keller/ projects/ synproc.html

Application Deadline: 15-Nov-2008

Contact Information:
Dr. Frank Keller
Email: keller@inf.ed. ac.uk


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Language Acquisition: Post Doc, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

University or Organization: Rice University
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Texas, USA
Web Address: http://ling. rice.edu

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition

Description:

The Department of Linguistics at Rice University is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar in the field of child language acquisition. This is a one-year position, renewable by mutual agreement for a second year. Responsibilities of the position include teaching one course per semester and pursuing research.

A Ph.D. in Linguistics, Psychology, or other pertinent allied field, with primary specialization in child language acquisition, is required at time of appointment. Position start date is July 1, 2009. We especially welcome applications from researchers who share the department's interest in approaching language from a usage-based perspective with solid empirical grounding in primary data, especially approaches of a cognitive, social-interactiona l, and/or functional nature. For more information, see also our departmental web site.

Application materials include: cover letter, research statement, sample of written work, past teaching evaluations (if available), and three letters of reference. Deadline for the receipt of materials is March 1, 2009. Although we will not be conducting interviews at the LSA meeting in San Francisco, representatives of the department will be in attendance and would be pleased to answer questions about the position or the department.

Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in education and employment. Rice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Application Deadline: 01-Mar-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Nancy Niedzielski
Child Language Acquisition Search, Department of Linguistics MS-23
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
USA
Contact Information:
Nancy Niedzielski
Email: niedz@rice.edu


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European project looking for partner

Hi,

This is Zeynep Kilic from Turkey. I am the coordinater of the above mentioned event. I am a rotaractor, my project is a trip in three different regions of Turkey. Istanbul-Antakya-Diyarbakir. All these three have some common properties and also differences, you may see if you come...

It is gonna be a european project, main goal is to raise the european citizenship. with some workshops and teambuilding activities. it is gonna be fun and educator. we need some partners to share our spirit. If you are interest in this project pls come back to me asap.

Sevgiler
Zeynep
zeynepkilic2000@yahoo.com

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CfP: ASN 2009 Convention, New York, 23-25.4.2008

***Call for Papers Deadline Reminder: 5 November 2008***

“Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities”

14th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
23-25 April 2009
www.nationalities. org

Contact information:
proposals must be submitted to:
darel@uottawa. ca and darelasn2009@ gmail.com

100+ PANELS on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan, China and surrounding territories

SPECIAL SECTIONS on
Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism and Empire
The Independence of Kosovo and Its Implications
The War in Georgia and Its Implications

THEMATIC Panels on
Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of Identity,
Citizenship and Nationality, Religion, Language Politics, Conflict Resolution, Autonomy, Gender, EU Integration, NATO Expansion, Diaspora Politics, International Law, and many more…

AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers

SCREENING of Recent Films and Documentaries

The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to national identity, nationalism, ethnic conflict, state-building and the study of empires in Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Eurasia, and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, economics, geography and geopolitics, sociolinguistics, psychology, and related fields.

The Convention also features a section devoted to theoretical approaches to nationalism, from any of the disciplines listed above. The papers in this section need not be grounded in an area of the former Communist bloc usually covered by ASN, provided that the issues examined are relevant to a truly comparative understanding of nationalism- related issues. In this vein, we are welcoming theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than specific case studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia. A dozen panels are normally featured in the Nationalism section.

In the wake of the dramatic events that have unfolded in late summer 2008, the Convention will also present a special section on “The War in Georgia and its Implications.” The Convention is inviting paper, panel, roundtable, or special presentation proposals on various aspects of the conflict, as it relates to Georgia, the South Caucasus, the North Caucasus, Ukraine, the “frozen” conflicts, Russian nationalism, Russophone minorities in the “near abroad”, domestic politics, the Fate of the “Coloured” Revolutions, NATO enlargement, US-Europe-Russia relations, the European Union and related topics. A special section will also be devoted to “The Independence of Kosovo and its Implications,” with emphasis on Balkans post-war
reconstruction, international law, self-determination, ethnic conflicts, minority rights, regional security and so forth.

Since 2005, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers in five sections: Russia/Ukraine/ Caucasus, Central Asia/Eurasia, Central Europe, Balkans, and Nationalism Studies. The winners at the 2008 Convention were Jesse Driscoll (Stanford U, Political Science) for Russia/Ukraine/ Caucasus, Sarah Cameron (History, Yale U) and Kristin Fabbe (Political Science, MIT, US) for Central Asia/Eurasia/ Turkey, Helena Toth (Harvard U, History) for Central Europe, Valentina Burrai (UC London, UK, Political Science) for the Balkans, and Lee Seymour (Northwestern U, Political Science) for Nationalism Studies. Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2009 Convention, who have not defended their dissertation by 1 November 2008, and whose papers are delivered by
the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. For information on past awards, go to http://www.national ities.org/ convention/ prize.asp

The 2009 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or feature films made within the past few years and available in DVD format (either NTSC or PAL). Most films selected for the convention will be screened during regular panel slots and will be followed by a discussion moderated by an academic expert. Films on the 2008 Program included Milosevic On Trial (Denmark, 2007), Nanking (US, 2007), Around Mostar, the Bridge and Bruce Lee (Italy, 2007), Yippee (US, 2007) and The More You
Speak, The More You Cry (Greece, 2007).

The 2009 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS. A panel includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers, and a discussant. Proposals using an innovative format are encouraged. Examples of new formats include a roundtable on a new book, in which the author is being engaged by three discussants (twelve book panels were featured in the 2008 Convention); a debate between two panelists over a critical research or policy question, following rules of public debating; or special presentations based on original papers where the number of discussants is equal to or greater than the number of presenters.

The 2008 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as DISCUSSANT on a panel to be created by the program committee from individual paper proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.

There is NO APPLICATION FORM to fill out in order to send proposals to the convention, BUT A FACT SHEET IS REQUIRED; TO BE DOWNLOADED AT www.nationalities. org. All proposals and fact sheets must be sent by email to Dominique Arel at both darel@uottawa. ca and darelasn2009@ gmail.com.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS must include the name, email and affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title of the paper, a 500-word abstract and a 100-word biographical statement that includes full references of your last or forthcoming publication, if applicable. Long CVs will be rejected, as the bio statement must be sent in narrative form, like a long paragraph. Graduate students must indicate the title of their dissertation and year of projected defense. They can also submit bibliographic information of a recent or forthcoming publication.

PANEL PROPOSALS must include the title of the panel, a chair, three paper-givers with the title of their papers, and a discussant; the name, affiliation, email, postal address and 100-word biographical statements of each participant and include full references of their last or forthcoming publication, if applicable. Graduate students must indicate the title of their dissertation, the year they join a doctoral program and year of projected defense. A 500-word abstract of each paper is not required for panel proposals.

PROPOSALS FOR FILMS OR VIDEOS must include the name, email and affiliation of the author, a postal address for hard (paper mail), the title of the film, name of director, country and year of production, a 500-word abstract of the theme of the film and a 100-word biographical statement.

PROPOSALS USING AN INNOVATIVE FORMAT must include the title of the panel, the names, emails, affiliations, postal addresses, 100-word biographical statements of each participant (same specifications as above) and a discussion on the proposed format.

INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS TO SERVE AS DISCUSSANT must include the name, email, affiliation, postal address, a paragraph about the areas of expertise of the proposed discussant, and a 100-word biographical statement (same specifications as above).

All proposals must be included IN THE BODY OF A SINGLE EMAIL, except for the FACT SHEET that must be attached. Attachments other than the Fact Sheet will be accepted only if they repeat the content of the email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained IN A SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The reception of all proposals will be acknowledged electronically (with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals).

Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for panelists.

An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified in December 2008 or January 2009. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year’s convention can be accessed at
http://www.national ities.org/ convention/ pdfs/ASN_ 2008_final_ program.pdf

The film lineup of last year’s convention can be accessed at
http://www.national ities.org/ convention/ films.asp

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online at
http://www.national ities.org/ convention/ past.asp

Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to place their order early. For information, please contact Convention Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos (gnb12@columbia. edu).

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair

Deadline for proposals: 5 November 2008 (to be sent to both darel@uottawa. ca AND darelasn2009@ gmail.com)

The ASN convention’s headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax
gnb12@columbia. edu

[A PDF of this announcement can be downloaded at
http://www.national ities.org/ convention/ convention. asp]

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CfP: Journal of East European and Asian Studies

The editors of the Journal of East European and Asian Studies (JEEAS) are looking for contributors for its inaugural edition. The submitted works should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length (bibliography included). Contributions are welcome from professors and scholars in the field, as well as from PhD and post-doctoral students. The Journal may also consider exceptional contributions from Masters level students.

The Journal of East European and Asian Studies (JEEAS) is a new academic publication issued by the Center for East European and Asian Studies (CSEEA), based in Bucharest and affiliated with the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. The Journal aims to provide a rigorous academic perspective on key security and political issues affecting the East European and Post-Soviet Space. Its goal is to bring together scholars and students of East European and Eurasian Studies, and to provide them with an intellectual platform for a substantial and meaningful exchange of ideas.

Given the rising importance of Romania as an actor on the European stage, and its key strategic location at the border of the Euro-Atlantic community, we believe this Journal is a welcome contribution to the academic field, helping to strengthen the role of Bucharest as a policy as well as academic focal point in the East European and Asian space.

The Journal aims to support both established scholars in the field of East European and Asian Studies, as well as advanced students in the field. It is therefore an opportunity for new scholars to become known and gain a reputation in academia.

Topics:

The first issue will include two major sections:

1) Security threats in the wider Black Sea Region. This section is specific to the first issue, and aims to present various approaches towards security issues in the wider Black Sea Region.

2) Security and Political Issues in Eastern Europe and Asia. This section will be a permanent one. Any articles discussing topics of interest to the region of Eastern Europe, Russia and the post-Soviet republics, including their relations with Europe, East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, or the Middle East, are appropriate for this section.

Submission deadlines:

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, November 3rd. Contributors are invited to submit a 200-word abstract outlining the main thesis as well as structure of the proposed paper.

When submitting the abstract, please make sure to include the following information:

Name:
Institution:
Status (i.e. graduate student; lecturer; professor):
E-mail Address:

The deadline for submission of the first draft is Monday, November 17.

Given the very tight deadline, authors who already have unpublished papers pertaining to the proposed topics, or are in the process of researching/ drafting an appropriate paper, are particularly encouraged to submit.

Abstracts and papers should be submitted by e-mail, at the following address: contact@cseea. ro

Working Languages

The main working language of JEEAS is English. However, we will also accept submissions in Romanian and Russian (if you are submitting a paper in Romanian or Russian, make sure you include an abstract in English).

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Job: Research Assistant, Transnational Communities and Conflict, University of Kent

University of Kent

Research Assistant

Transnational Communities and Conflict under the supervision of Professor Hugh Miall

Politics and International Relations

Ref SS0114

Salary (£) 24877 - 28839

Closing date: Monday 27 October 2008

The Department of Politics and International Relations seeks to appoint a Research Associate for 12 months, from January 2009 to December 2009, on a project on Transnational Communities and Conflict under the supervision of Professor Hugh Miall. The project is carried out in partnership with a European consortium and is funded by the EC under its Framework Programme 7. The project is described at
http://www.infocon- project.org/ project

The University of Kent is responsible for research on transnational communities from Kosovo, Turkey/Kurds, and the Great Lakes (Hutus/Tutsis) in London, and also for research on the Kosovo conflict. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to this research, writing reports surveying the transnational communities in London, identifying their organizations and leaders, interviewing, and gathering information about the roles they play in conflicts and efforts to mitigate conflicts in the homeland and hostland.

Applicants should have a background in politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, conflict and peace studies or a similar discipline. A familiarity with the situation of diasporas, with the literature on their role in conflict, and with sources of information about transnational communities in London would be an advantage. Experience of interviewing, surveys and qualitative research would also be an advantage.

The successful candidate should be computer literate and a confident and presentable self-starter. The appointee will be capable of effective research, independent initiative in carrying forward the project, working to high standards and tight deadlines. The post will require effective liaison with other consortium members and good communications with members of transnational communities and civil society organizations.

The Department of Politics and International Relations is based in Rutherford College. The Department dates from the foundation of the University but has been rejuvenated in recent years with a young, dynamic and rapidly growing staff. The Department has a long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and we aim to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.

Our research profile cuts across traditional divisions in the discipline of Politics, International Relations, European Studies and Area Studies. The Department has research strengths and teaches in the politics and international relations of Britain, Europe and the EU, Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Twenty-three members of academic staff work at the Canterbury campus and three in Brussels.

For more details of the department please see
http://www.kent. ac.uk/politics/

Further Information

Closing Date: Monday 27 October 2008
Interviews to be held: provisional date Tuesday 11 November 2008

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Hugh Miall;
A.H.Miall@kent. ac.uk or tel: 01227 823678

For further information and to apply on-line please visit the University of
Kent's website at

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PhD student in biomedical sciences, Belgium

PhD student in biomedical sciences (2x2 years) ¡Autoimmunity¢ : Biomarker research in Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
(mandate MBW/2008/021- HO)

Background
The Biomedical Research Institute (www.biomed. uhasselt. be) is a multidisciplinary research institute of the Hasselt University. 70 researchers and technical personnel perform molecular and cellular biomedical research. The research is focused on two main research domains: neuroinflammation and development of biosensors (in cooperation with the Institute for Material Research (IMO)).

Job description
The successful applicant will be involved in a research project entitled ¡New diagnostic and prognostic antibody biomarkers for multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)¢ of the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED) at Hasselt University. This project is aimed at identifying a panel of new molecular target antigens combined with existing target antigens selected on MS with diagnostic and prognostic potency by using technological platforms that allow for profiling the antibody reactivity to tissue antigens in these diseases. The first goal is aimed at identifying new serum markers for MS and RA by a systematic profiling of the humoral immune response using the powerful molecular SAS technology. A second goal is aimed at studying the functional relevance of the existing selected MS markers and new MS and RA serum markers in relation to disease by studying their expression in diseased tissue and by studying T cell reactivity to these antigens. A third goal is aimed at developing a high throughput and label free screening platform using phages expressing autoantigens or derived peptide fragments to efficiently validate candidate markers in a large number of patients. The candidate will work on the third goal of the project.

Profile and diploma
The applicant should hold a master degree in biomedical sciences, bioengineering, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemistry, or equal). Students in their last master year can also apply.

Further information
* Content job responsibilities:
* prof. dr. Piet Stinissen, +32-11-26 92 04, piet.stinissen@ uhasselt. be
* prof. dr. Veerle Somers, +32-11-26 92 02, veerle.somers@ uhasselt. be
* prof. dr. Luc Michiels, +32-11-26 92 31, luc.michiels@ uhasselt. be
* fax +32 11 26 92 09, website: www.biomed.uhasselt .be
* Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80, jef.vanvoorden@ uhasselt. be

Application
Applicants must use the official application forms
* which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03
* or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Wednesday, November 5th, 2008.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: jobs@uhasselt. be.


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English & Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Unversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , WI, USA

University or Organization: Unversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department: Health Sciences
Job Location: Wisconsin, USA
Web Address: http://www.biodisco urserelation. org/

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Natural Language Processing

Required Language(s): English (eng)

Description:

We are looking for a consultant or a research associate for participating in the Bio-Discourse Relation project. Bio-Discourse Relation is a project to annotate discourse connectivity in biomedical text, and to explore discourse connectivity for biomedical text-mining. This project explores discourse representation, annotation, parsing, and the applications (e.g., information retrieval and summarization) . 1-5 years of support.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a doctoral/research extensive university and Wisconsin's premier public urban institution, offering a comprehensive liberal arts, sciences and professional education at the undergraduate and graduate level to its 28,000 students.

UWM offers competitive salary and startup packages, commensurate with experience. Further information about UWM may be found at www.uwm.edu. UWM is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Employment will require a criminal background check. For the UWM Campus Security Report see http://www.cleryact .uwm.edu, or call the Office of Student Life at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

For those interested, please email or call Hong Yu.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: hongyu@uwm.edu
Contact Information:
Hong Yu
Email: hongyu@uwm.edu
Phone: (414)229-3344


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PhD research position in Bioinformatics & Machine Learning

PhD research position in Bioinformatics & Machine Learning

Functional Genomics Unit, IJB & Machine Learning Group, ULB

Brussels, Belgium

*Position description

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research position at the Functional Genomics Unit (FGU), Medicine Department, Institut jules Bordet (IJB), Belgium. The researcher will get his/her PhD in the Machine Learning Group (MLG), Computer Science Department, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

The vacancy available to be filled in soon offers tenure of four years. The researcher is expected to carry out fundamental research in Machine Learning (MLG) and to take an active role in the applied research projects of the FGU, which is funding the position.

The Functional Genomics Unit is a research group that carries out applied research on genomics in breast cancer. Cutting-edge bio- technologies are used to bring new insights in breast cancer biology.
These new discoveries are then brought to clinic (translational
research) in order to improve the management of breast cancer patients.

The Machine Learning Group is a research group that carries out theoretical research on statistical machine learning, predictive modeling and computational statistics, and takes part in several applied research projects in domains as diverse as data mining, bioinformatics to biomedical engineering and wireless sensor networks.

This inter-disciplinary position provides unique opportunities in bioinformatics. Previous studies involving microarray and survival data in breast cancer led to high impact publications (see http://www.ulb. ac.be/di/ map/bhaibeka/ research. html
for an overview). The machine learning methods introduced in these articles deal specifically with the high dimensionality of the microarray data and the fitting/validation of models for survival prediction of the patients.

*Qualifications

Candidates are expected to attach their transcripts and a letter of recommendation from their MSc supervisor or any other relevant person.

Applicants are expected to have strong programming skills, the ability to work independently, strong interpersonal skills, good writing and oral communication. Any research experience on data mining, machine learning, and statistical analysis will be an asset as well as an experience in microarray data analysis.

Upon offer of a position, the candidates who are non-EU citizens are required to obtain an appropriate long-term Schengen visa; further information is available from their nearest Belgian embassy.

*Deadline

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as positions will remain open until filled in by a suitable candidate.

*Contact

Candidates are invited to send their CV with the detailed list of publications and a research statement in .pdf format by email to gbonte@ulb.ac. be

The subject field of your email must include MLG-JOB: research position.

*Equal Opportunity Employer

ULB is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.
ULB wishes to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are under-represented. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pr. Gianluca Bontempi
Head of the Computer Science Department - Département d'Informatique Head of the Machine Learning Group

Université Libre de Bruxelles
Boulevard du Triomphe - CP212
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
email: gbonte@ulb.ac. be
Office Phone: +32-2-650 55 91
Fax: +32 2 650.56.09
web: http://www.ulb. ac.be/di/ mlg


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PhD positions in Molecular Life Science, Vienna, Austria

Requirements:

Highly qualified applicants from all over the world are invited to apply, provided that they are not older than 30 years. All applicants must hold or anticipate receiving a university degree within the first half of 2009. This university degree should qualify for the start of a doctorate thesis in their home country and ideally should be equivalent to a European university diploma / degree.

Reapplications will not be considered

Application:
Application forms can be downloaded directly from this website or are available together with the relevant brochures from the address below. Please complete the application form carefully and return it as soon as possible to:
Prof. Dr. Andrea Barta
Vienna Biocenter
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 9/3
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
Fax: +43-1-4277-9616
or send an email to: PhD office

Online Submission:
You can send us an online form by clicking here!
http://www.univie. ac.at/vbc/ PhD/registration .htm
Note: Therefore you will need a letter of recommendation, which can be downloaded here.

Deadline:
Deadline for receipt of completed application is November 30, 2008.

Letter of recommendation:
In addition, we request letters of recommendation from two scientists who are familiar with your academic work and who can judge your potential as a PhD student. Please forward the enclosed letters to the referees and ask them to send their letters of recommendation directly to the dean of the PhD Programme. We can only accept recommendation letters printed on the referee´s official paper and signed by the referee. You can either send the letters directly to the dean´s address above or email a scanned copy to the phd-office@mfpl. ac.at. The student himself / herself is responsible for obtaining the letters and should actively inquire with the respective referees whether the letters have been sent. Please note that we will be unable to process your application without letters of recommendation. These letters are therefore an essential part of your application, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the referees write to us before November 30, 2008.

Selection procedure and admission:
Complete applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of group leaders of the Vienna Biocenter. The short-listed candidates will receive invitations to visit the Vienna Biocenter for a five-day period of interviews and information exchange. These interviews will take place in January 2009. Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and free accommodation will be provided. Offers of admission will be made to the successful candidates at the end of the interview period.

Click here to download the application package in RTF-Format (will open with Microsoft Word) which includes the "covering letter", the "application form" and the "letter to referee".

Note:
If you want to send the application form via e-mail to the PhD office, make sure that your e-mail attachment is not larger than 1MByte! Please do not forget to add your (own) e-mail address for replying you!

http://www.univie. ac.at/vbc/ PhD

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