Jan 12, 2012

PhD opportunity: The Economic Valuation of Flood Risk - University of Birmingham

ESRC PhD 'The Economic Valuation of Flood Risk'
University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Dept/School/ Faculty: Birmingham Business School

PhD Supervisor: Prof D J Maddison

Co-Supervisor: Prof R Elliot

Application Deadline: 15 January 2012

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Following events such as the summer 2007 floods in the UK and the publication of the Pitt Review there is great interest in the economics of flood prevention. In the UK insurance premiums are currently used to estimate the benefits of flood prevention schemes but studies in the US have found that the present value of insurance payments is less than the property price discount for living in an area prone to flooding. This PhD proposes to use nonmarket valuation techniques such as the hedonic price technique and choice experiments empirically to determine the economic benefits to households of protection from flood risk.

Applicants are required to have (or must anticipate having) an MSc in Economics and must have studied Environmental Economics and Advanced Quantitative Methods. Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems will be advantageous. Applicants should include a short 2-3 page explanation of how they would value flood risk using nonmarket valuation techniques.

Funding Notes:

Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide). Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Chinese students applying to the PhD Programme in Economics might be eligible for one of 6 scholarships awarded by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the China Scholarship Council. The University of Birmingham itself offers a number of DR Elite scholarships to PhD students through its University Graduate School.

For Home/EU: The Department has two ESRC scholarships. These offer full fees and maintenance grants of circa £16,500 per annum.

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Jan 11, 2012

CfP: Intl Conf. "Sociology and Social Work: Theory and Practice", Oslo, Norway

Call for abstracts
International conference
Sociology and Social Work: Theory and Practice

Oslo, Norway
May, 30-31 2012
The second conference on Sociology and Social Work will be held in Oslo, Norway, May 30 and 31, 2012. The location will be Oslo University College in the center of Oslo, Norway. The first conference on Sociology and Social work was in Lisbon, May 2011.

Sociology and social work are two disciplines concerned with social problems, social structure and how individuals respond to and live within cultural and structural constraints. Delinquency, inequality, deviation and social exclusion as well as childhood, family and care are other examples of themes addressed by both disciplines. Both sociology and social work deal with the relationship between theory and practice. Theory and practice are often understood as being
mutually exclusive. If one deals with theory, it might be interpreted as one cannot at the same time work practically. On the other hand, when we act in practical work, the theoretical background is often overlooked. We say: “This is theory “and the sentence: “that is not
practice” does not even have to be added. Contrary to this dichotomized view, the expression: “…there is nothing as practical as a good theory” from Kurt Lewin, 1944, shows the intertwined positions between the two. This expression has entered our everyday language but without really making a difference in how we in our professional and everyday lives understand the relationships between the two concepts. The concepts interact and are related in many different ways. To place them as two separated areas easily leads to an oversimplification.

How do theory and practice interplay within the disciplines of social work and sociology? Social work is often viewed as a practical profession without a theoretical basis for action. And sociology is in the same one dimensional way understood as just a theoretical discipline. The question to be asked is how theory and practice interrelate in different ways.

We invite scholars from different backgrounds to submit both qualitative and quantitative contributions. The abstracts may focus on theoretical, empirical or methodological aspects.

Submission of proposals:
Submissions for this conference are now invited. Abstracts (maximum 350 words) should be sent by email to Aurelie.Picot@hioa.no and/or Hege.nedberg@ hioa.no no later than the March, 1 2012.

Important dates:
March 1 2012: Deadline for submitting abstracts to organizers
March 15 2012: Notification of abstracts acceptance
April 1 2012: Deadline for payment for participation
May 1 2012: Deadline for sending full paper

Conference fee:
2000 NOK (ca $ 323) for participation without conference dinner
2500 NOK (ca $ 403) for participation including conference dinner
1800 NOK (ca $ 290) for student participation
The payment will be in NOK.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee:
Irene.Levin@ hioa.no
Hege.Nedberg@ hioa.no
Aurelie.Picot@ hioa.no

Local organizers:
Professor, PhD Irene Levin
PhD candidate, Aurelie Picot
Research advisor, Hege Nedberg

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CfP: 2012 CES Pre-dissertation research fellowships, Council for Europe

The Council for European Studies invites eligible graduate students to apply for the 2012 CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships. Each fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, travel support for attending and presenting at the CES International Conference for Europeanists, and the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a bi-yearly journal of the Council for European Studies.

Eligibility: CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships are intended to fund a student’s first major research project in Europe, thus, graduate students who have already engaged in extensive field work and study in Europe are not eligible. Likewise, applicants must be in the early, exploratory stage of their research; late-stage ABD students are not eligible. Also, applicants
are expected to have already finished the majority of their doctoral coursework and must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of the Council for European Studies’ Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium are welcome to apply, and every effort will be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility.

*Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before February 1, 2012. *

For more information and instructions about how to apply, visit
http://www.councilforeuropeanstudies.org/grants-and-awards/pre-dissertation-grants or contact the Council at ces@columbia. edu.


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CfA: Courses on qualitative research methods, 2012, Health Experience

The Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford is delighted to offer the following programme of qualitative research methods courses in 2012. Please pass the information on to anyone who might be interested and/or display it on your noticeboards.

For further details about each course or to make a booking, please go to
https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=165&modid=5&compid=1

Note that our courses are very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (EXTRA COURSE DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO OUR JANUARY ONE-WEEK COURSE)
28 May-1 June 2012
This one week course is aimed at health professionals, researchers and postgraduate students with little or no understanding of qualitative research methods. It aims to provide hands on practical experience of different qualitative methods including in-depth interviewing, focus
groups and ethnography. It is particularly suited for people who are starting work on a project with a qualitative dimension, doctoral students at the beginning of their projects or those who are thinking about using qualitative research methods. £995

INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA CONTENT ANALYSIS (NEW COURSE: FIRST TIME OFFERED)
16 March 2012
This one day course, presented by Dr Shona Hilton, is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of content analysis. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. The course aims to introduce researchers to the method of manifest and latent content analysis with step by step instruction on developing a coding frame, coding and analysing media stories. Although the course is primarily targeted at those with an interest in examining the media’s
influence on health using content analysis, the method can be used to analyse a variety of text. £225

INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWING (BOOK NOW)
22-23 March 2012
20-21 September 2012
This two-day course is aimed at researchers who have little or no experience of qualitative interviewing. Previous courses have attracted researchers from the health service, clinicians and social scientists. The only requirements are an interest in qualitative interviewing and the desire to conduct better interviews. The course aims to provide hands on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills. £395

INTRODUCTION TO FOCUS GROUPS (FILLING FAST)
30 March 2012
26 October 2011
This one day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers and postgraduate students who want to develop skills in organising and facilitating focus groups and in analysing focus group data. The course is suitable for those with little or no understanding of focus group method as well as those wishing to review and broaden existing skills. Practical exercises and small group work will be used throughout the course to develop competence in designing topic guides,
moderating focus groups and analysing data. £225

ANALYSING QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWS
26-27 April 2012 (FULLY BOOKED)
18-19 October 2012 (BOOK NOW)
This two day course is aimed at researchers who are planning to undertake or manage qualitative research using in-depth or semi structured interviews or those who have already collected qualitative interview data which they are unsure how to analyse. It aims to introduce the principles and practice of qualitative interview data analysis, with particular emphasis on thematic analysis techniques. It uses a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures. The course will also introduce participants to narrative analysis and discourse analysis. £440

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford on one or more of our courses in 2012.

Best wishes
Jenny
Dr Jenny Hislop
Senior Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group
Co-ordinator, Qualitative Research Methods Teaching Programme
Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
University of Oxford
23-38 Hythe Bridge Street
Oxford OX1 2ET
Telephone: 01865 289328
Direct telephone: 01865 289325
Fax: 01865 289287
Email: jenny.hislop@phc.ox.ac.uk
http://www.primarycare.ox.ac.uk/dept_staff/jennyhislop
www.healthtalkonline.org

For details about our teaching courses see
https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=165&modid=5&compid=1


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CfP: Intl Conf. "Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders"

6th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders
Department of Sociology – University of Warwick

CALL FOR PAPERS
In the age of globalisation, British mainstream academic research seems to pay too little attention to other parts of the world. In this context, Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders, the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference which will take place
at the University of Warwick on 28th April 2012, aims to offer an arena for research that deals with marginality, in all its senses. The Conference focuses on research that goes beyond traditional disciplinary, temporal or spatial boundaries. We welcome papers that go beyond perspectives, theoretical approaches or methodologies that frame current British mainstream research in the field of humanities, arts, education, cultural studies and social sciences in a broader sense.

The following streams on marginalized perspectives are intended as a (non-exclusive) guide of possible topics/clusters:
Theoretical perspectives on marginalised/ broadly overlooked topics
Methodological issues
Sensorial research, including visual research
Embodiment, emplacement, and cultural practices
Media research
Literature & art research
Gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity
Researching the past (e.g. memory studies, oral history)
Policy and politics
Religion and spirituality
Migration, citizenship
Education

The organising committee welcomes abstracts from postgraduates in any discipline, on issues that fit within and go beyond the focus and topics suggested above. Selected papers will be presented in a friendly and supportive academic environment, with each presentation lasting 20 minutes and 10 minutes for questions and answers.

Please send an abstract (under 300 words including your personal details - name, institution, phone number and e-mail address) to marginalcartographi es@gmail. com. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 12 February 2012. Notification of acceptance will be given by 16 March 2012, at the latest.

You are welcome to contact the Organising Committee at marginalcartographies@gmail.com if you have any further questions. We look forward to seeing you at the University of Warwick.

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ANCORA FOUNDATION Graduate Fellowship - S. Rajaratnam School

ANCORA FOUNDATION is inviting Indonesians to apply to Ancora Foundation Graduate Fellowship at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University for 2012-2013 academic year. One scholarship is offered each year for a one-year master’s program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The scholarship will cover the following:
· Tuition and other compulsory fees (as specified by NTU)
· Monthly stipend; and
· Return air-ticket (economy class)

More information about the program and the application process can be found in our website www.ancorafoundation.com, specifically on the Programs section of the website. (http://ancorafoundation.com/programs/ntu/). In brief, please submit our scholarship application form to us while applying to the university.


Please feel free to disseminate the above information to your friends and associates.

Thank you and best wishes,

Ancora Foundation
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T. +62 21 2903 5333
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Email : inquiry@ancorafound ation.com

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General Linguistics: PhD Student, Queen Mary, University of London

As a member of the ESRC-funded London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, The Department of Linguistics (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film) at Queen Mary, University of London invites applications from candidates wishing to Undertake a PhD within the Linguistics pathway of the London Social Science DTC. The DTC has 10 studentships to award for 2012 entry across all constituent Disciplines. Successful applicants will benefit from joint training provision by
Queen Mary and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Applications are accepted for either of the following PhD programmes:

1) PhD in Linguistics. This is a three-year (+3) programme for those who hold an MA or equivalent postgraduate qualification in linguistics or a related field.

2) MA/PhD in Linguistics. This is a four-year (1+3) programme for those without An MA or equivalent postgraduate qualification in linguistics or a related field.

We welcome proposals in all ESRC-fundable areas of Linguistics, but especially In sociolinguistics (both variationist and interactional) ; multilingualism; Sociophonetics; discourse analysis; and ethnography of communication.

Before applying, you should establish contact with an appropriate supervisor in The department, sending her/him full details of your academic background and Proposed topic
(http://www.sllf.qmul.ac.UK/linguistics/people/teaching/index.HTML). Once you Have secured an informal agreement to supervise, you should develop your PhD Proposal with the supervisor's guidance. For additional information about the Department, including details of postgraduate provision and departmental
events, See the department's website
(http://www.sllf.qmul.ac.UK/linguistics/postgraduate/index.HTML).

Interested applicants should submit an application for doctoral study to the Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary, University of London by 30 January 2012. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered for Acceptance to the departmental PhD programme but will be ineligible for ESRC Funding. Applications can be completed online or submitted via hard-copy.
Full Information on applying for a PhD in the Department of Linguistics is available On the School's website: http://www.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/#apply.

In order to be considered for an ESRC award, applicants must also complete a Separate Funding Application Form and submit it along with their PhD application By the 30 January 2012 deadline. Full details on applying for ESRC awards is Available on the London Social Science website:
http://londonsocialscience.org.uk/index.html.

ESRC studentships may be awarded to cover tuition fees and a maintenance grant For UK residents (both UK citizens and EU nationals). EU nationals not resident In the UK are eligible for a fees only award. Non-EU nationals are not eligible For ESRC awards, with the exception of persons who have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and who can demonstrate a relevant connection to the UK. For More information, see http://www.esrc.ac.uk.

Application Deadline: 30-Jan-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/courses/coursesphp?course_id=310&dept_id=19&pgcourses=1&course_level=1

Contact Information:
Sharon Bernor
Sllf-pg@qmul. ac.UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 8332

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Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, University of Kansas

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas invites applications For a MA/PhD level Research Assistant beginning August 2012 for a project on Neurolinguistics and second language acquisition.

The RA will participate in a project funded by the National Science Foundation That investigates the processing of gender and number agreement by English-speaking learners of Spanish using event-related potentials. The project Includes both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies and examines a range of Linguistic and cognitive factors that may impact second language processing
and Development. The RA is expected to fully participate in all aspects of the Project, including literature review, experimental design, data collection and Analyses, and presentation of the results at conferences and in manuscripts.

The RA will also be responsible for supervising undergraduate research assistants. The RA position is contingent upon being admitted to the MA or PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Kansas. The position provides a competitive Monthly stipend including the summer and full waiver of tuition and fees for one Year. There will also be opportunities for other teaching and research Assistantships and fellowships for the remaining years of the successful
Applicant's' graduate studies.

The applicant should have a strong background in either linguistics, psychology, Or cognitive neuroscience. Previous experience with EEG, MEG, or other cognitive Neuroscience methods is highly preferred. Familiarity with statistics is a plus. Interested parties should apply to the MA/PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Kansas. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in and Your qualifications for this specific position.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Robert Fiorentino at fiorentino@ku. edu.

Application Deadline: 01-Jan-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Linguistics
The University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, Blake Hall Room 427
Lawrence KS 66045-3129
USA

Web Address for Applications: http://www.linguistics.ku.edu/doctoral/admission.shtml

Contact Information:
Robert Fiorentino
Fiorentino@Ku. edu


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General Linguistics: PhD Student, University of York

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York is Delighted to be able to offer a number of awards for students embarking on a PhD Programme starting in September 2012. There are four main awards for which Candidates working on research topics supervised within our department are Eligible to apply.

Within the context of the White Rose Doctoral Training Center the department is Able to offer two ESRC funded studentships, which comprise a fee waiver and a Maintenance grant. These awards can be held on a 1+3 years (Masters+PhD) or +3 Years (PhD) basis.

One AHRC studentship is available, which also comprises a fee waiver and a Maintenance grant, for 3 years.

The fourth studentship is generously provided by the Wolfson Foundation and Consists of an award of £25000 per year for 3 years.

For full details on these awards including eligibility criteria and the Application procedure, please visit:
http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/postgraduate/

York is a major international centre for linguistics. The department's research Is organised around a number of research groups including Syntax and Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology, Language Variation and Change, First and Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics, and Forensic Speech Science. For Further information please visit:
http://www.york.ac.uk/language/

In the last RAE the department was ranked second in the UK with two-thirds of Our research judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Successful candidates will be joining a vibrant research community consisting (in September 2012) of over 20 research active staff and over 45 postgraduate Students, and will be expected to take an active part in the research life of The department.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

ESRC studentships: 3 February 2012
AHRC studentship: 2 March 2012
Wolfson Foundation scholarship: 2 March 2012

Application Deadline: 03-Feb-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/postgraduate/

Contact Information:
Dr George Tsoulas
George.tsoulas@York.ac.UK

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Jan 10, 2012

Ph.D General Linguistics, University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is offering a range of awards for students starting On PhD research in September 2012 to which candidates working on topics in Linguistics and English Language are eligible to apply. The three main awards, Which comprise a fee-bursary and a maintenance grant, are ESRC studentships in Linguistics, an AHRC studentship in Linguistics or English Language, and the University-funded President's Doctoral Scholar Awards. In addition, the School
Of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures will offer a number of PhD fee bursaries.

Please visit http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/ for details On these awards.

Manchester is an international centre for Linguistics and English Language. The Department is virtually unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject Areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are Internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. The Department of Linguistics and English Language is expected to consist of 16 full-time members Of staff in September 2012, and approximately 25 postgraduate research
students.

The Research Assessment Exercise 2008 has judged more than half of Linguistics And English Language work to be in the top two research categories of 4* ('world-leading' ) and 3* ('internationally excellent'). Our research page at http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/lel/research/ provides information on The specific research interests of academic staff and links to their individual Pages.

For informal inquiries about the academic side of the application process, Please contact
Dr Martina Faller at m.faller@manchester .ac.uk

For questions about the administrative side of the application process, please Contact
Ms Rachel Corbishley at Rachel.Corbishley@ manchester. ac.uk

Application Deadline: 15-Feb-2012

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Ms Rachel Corbishley
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Web Address for Applications: http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/

Contact Information:
Dr Martina Faller
m.faller@Manchester .ac.UK

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Fully funded PhD Position at Technical University Hamburg, Germany

We are looking for a PhD candidate to do research in the area of fault tolerant distributed systems. We are a highly motivated international team of researchers situated in the south of Hamburg. We offer ideal working conditions, a beautiful campus, and a competitive salary. The
team is interested in a variety of topics in the field of distributed computing (see http://www.ti5.tu-harburg.de/research/).

Requirements:
-- excellent M.S. in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, physics or related studies
-- strong interest in design and analysis of distributed algorithms
-- skills in creative problem solving

The use of the English language is mandatory. The candidate will work on the following topics:

-- distributed algorithms and self-stabilizing data structures
-- fault detectors in distributed systems
-- algorithms for self-organizing group communication
-- fault tolerant wireless sensor networks

The position will be filled starting February 2012 (exact date is negotiable). Deadline for applications is January 2nd, 2012. More details and information about applications (including the identifier D-11-130) are published at http://www.ti5.tu-harburg.de/jobs/

For more information contact:
Prof. Volker Turau (turau at tuhh.de)

Further information about the Institute of Telematics can be found on
http://www.ti5.tu-harburg.de/. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The position is in the first instance limited to two years with the possibility of extending for another year. Applications should include a detailed CV, a motivation letter, a list of your M.SC. courses and grades, and a copy of your master thesis. Applications can be send by email to telematik at tuhh.de

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Scholarships at Central European University (CEU)

Apply by January 25, 2012!

Central European University (CEU) is an English-language graduate university located in Budapest, Hungary offering degree programs accredited in the US and Hungary. An international university with students from over 100 countries and faculty from more than 40, CEU offers small, seminar-style courses and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1.

CEU Departments and Programs (MA, MS, LLM, MBA, PhD, SJD)
Economics
Environmental Sciences and Policy
Gender Studies
History
International Relations and European Studies
Legal Studies
Mathematics and its Applications
Medieval Studies
Nationalism Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Policy
Sociology and Social Anthropology
Cognitive Science (PhD)
CEU Business School (MBA)
www.ceu.hu/academics/degrees

Application Deadline: January 25, 2012

Admissions Requirements
Detailed description of the general applications requirements: www.ceu.hu/admissions/requirements
For departmental-specific admissions requirements, visit the departmental websites.

Applying to CEU
To apply, complete and submit CEU’s online application form: www.ceu.hu/admissions/apply

Financial Aid and Scholarships
More than 80% of the students at CEU receive financial aid, and Master’s degree students are eligible to apply for a wide range of financial aid packages, ranging from partial tuition scholarships up to full tuition and a stipend for living expenses. Doctoral Fellowships support studies for up to three years include tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. US citizens are eligible to apply for US Federal Direct Student Loans. Additionally, CEU students may also apply for travel and research grants.
Financial aid: www.ceu.hu/admissions/financialaid
CEU Business School’s financial aid policy: www.business.ceu.hu/mba-tuition

General Inquiries
For questions, contact student-info@ceu.hu

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PhD Opportunities in Space Engineering, University of New Sou

*ACSER @ UNSW*

The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) was establishedat the University of New South Wales in Sydney to increase Australia's capabilities in the space industry. The centre builds on the well established UNSW strengths of satellite navigation, earth observation and hypersonics, and draws on the huge expertise of Australia's largest Engineering faculty.

*PhD OPPORTUNITIES AT ACSER*

The Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) project "SAR Formation Flying" is based at the centre. Working to user requirements, the project is developing the business case, design and technologies for a constellation of low cost and light-weight Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) spacecraft to image the earth at night and in any weather. These will monitor floods in Australia and have application to forest monitoring for carbon accounting, border protection, oil spill detection, agricultural monitoring and ocean surface current mapping.

We are currently looking for PhD students to assist in this and other projects. Current topics include:

- Deployable Antennas

- Ultracapacitor Power Supplies

- Image Processing

- GNSS Receiver Design

- GNSS/SAR Signals

- Radar Applications

For more information please go to www.acser.unsw.edu.au/phd.html

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Jan 9, 2012

Doctoral Positions in Mathematics

The International Research Training Group (IGDK 1754) "Optimization and Numerical Analysis for Partial Differential Equations with Nonsmooth Structures" funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) and Austrian Science Fund (FWF) associated with the four universities

Technische Universität München,
Universität der Bundeswehr München,
Karl-Franzens- Universitä t Graz, and
Technische Universität Graz

invites applications for

10 Doctoral positions (75% TV-L 13) in Munich and 5 Doctoral positions (75%) in Graz

for research projects concerned with numerical methods and optimization algorithms in the context of partial differential equations. See the list of projects for details.

The positions are awarded for up to 3 years, starting on March 1, 2012 or later.

Successful applicants hold a master degree (or Diplom degree) in Mathematics with a strong background in one of the fields of numerics, optimization, or analysis. A good command of the English language, mobility, and a strong interest in applied mathematics are necessary prerequisites.

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, copies of certifications of academic qualifications held, a copy of a degree thesis or of a peer-reviewed publication (if available) and two letters of recommendation. Additionally, the candidates are asked to inform themselves beforehand about the spectrum of the available PhD topics and to order them according to their interest, giving written explanations for their choice within the application letter.

The IGDK 1754 aims at increasing the proportion of female staff and especially encourages women to apply. This policy applies also to disabled persons.

To ensure full consideration, all information should preferably be received by January 31, 2012. Applications should be sent by email to both speakers Prof. Dr. Boris Vexler (vexlerematma. tum.de) and Prof. Dr. Karl Kunisch (karl.kunischematun i-graz.at) .

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PhD Position in Economics at the University of Konstanz, Germany

PhD Position in Economics

The new chair of "International and Monetary Macroeconomics" (Volker Hahn, http://www.cer.ethz.ch/mip/people/vhahn/) at the University of Konstanz invites applications for a position as a research assistant. Gross salary will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the regulations of German TV-L13.

The position is available from March, 2012, for an initial duration of three years (with a possible extension). The successful candidate will contribute to the chair's research and teaching responsibilities. She or he is expected to participate in the Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance at the University of Konstanz (http://www.wiwi.uni-konstanz.de/econdoc/).

Applicants should have excellent analytical and mathematical skills as well as an interest in the research questions addressed by the chair. A very good scientific graduate degree in economics, mathematics, physics, or related fields is mandatory. Fluency in English is required.

Please apply by sending your cover letter, academic transcripts, CV, and at least one letter of recommendation by e-mail to Volker Hahn, volker.hahn@ uni-konstanz. de. All applications received by February 1, 2012 are guaranteed to receive full consideration.

url: http://www.cer.ethz.ch/mip/people/vhahn/PhDPosition.pdf

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Jan 6, 2012

2 Postdoc positions in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - Kar

Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics invites applications for

2 Postdoc positions in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Area of responsibilities/ description of the work
Applications are invited for postdoctoral research positions in biostatistics and bioinformatics to work in the development and application of statistical methods for large cohort studies, family data and high-throughput omics data analyses in cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Qualifications
Applicants should have a PhD degree in statistics, biostatistics or related discipline, and have strong interest in medical and biological problems. Previous experience in computational methods is an advantage. Successful candidates will have ample opportunities to work on both methodological as well as applied collaborative projects.

About the Department and the biostatistics group
The Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics presently employ approximately
250 staff with 15 full professors and over 40 graduate students. The department is one of the biggest departments of epidemiology in Europe. Unique data resources – such as the Swedish Twin Registry, several large prospective studies, ongoing nation-wide case-control studies, access to clinical data, biological material and high-throughput genotype, expression, proteins/metabolite s and sequence data – are effectively explored at the department. Further information can be found at: www.ki.se/meb

The biostatistics group comprises 3 professors, 8 PhD-level statisticians, 4 masters-level statisticians, and 7 doctoral students. The group is involved in a wide variety of research projects, including population-based cohort and case-control studies, twin and family studies, survival analyses, predictive modeling, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics.

Contact:
For further information regarding these positions, please contact Professor Erik Ingelsson,
e-mail Erik.Ingelsson@ ki.se or Professor Yudi Pawitan, e-mail Yudi.Pawitan@ ki.se

Union representatives:
Ulrika Zagai (SACO), e-mail ulrika.zagai@ki.se Tel: 08-524 871 84
Ann Almqvist (OFR/ST-AT), e-mail ann.almqvist@ki.se Tel: 08-524 861 99
Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), e-mail gunnar.stenberg@ki.se Tel: 08-524 880 75.

Application material and deadline:
Please send your application, marked with reference number 7595/2011, to jobb@meb.ki. se or Karolinska Institutet, Ã…sa Misic, Box 281, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden. Applicants should send (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae and (iii) statement of research interest (one page) and (iv) transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate studies, showing all courses taken and their grades. The application should reach us by no later than 2012-01-16


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PhD Position at Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Bremen GmbH seeks, at the earliest possible date, to fill a position of
Research Assistant (50%)
for three years. The appointee will be expected to work towards completion of a Ph.D.

Employment terms and conditions are governed by the provisions of the German TV-L, EG 13 for a part-time position. Salary is according to salary grade 13; the working week is 50% of full-time load (currently 19.6 hours).

We are looking for someone with appropriate qualifications in anthropology to conduct one year of field research in the Pacific within an interdisciplinary research project on perceptions of environmental change in the context of debates about global warming.
The field research will be conducted in cooperation with a geologist / sedimentologist; it will be supervised by the recently appointed Leibniz Professor at the ZMT, Prof. Dr. Bettina Beer (University of Lucerne).

Applicants should have completed a university degree (Master) in anthropology with a science minor. Other prerequisites are familiarity with anthropological field methods, knowledge of the Pacific and a special interest in either Psychological / Cognitive Anthropology or the anthropology of human-environment relationships. In addition to a commitment to teamwork and an interest in interdisciplinary research the applicant should have good English skills. The appointee will work with an enthusiastic international team of scientists, offering collegial patterns of work, a cooperative spirit and the opportunity to pursue new ideas.

All other things being equal, preference will be given to female. Disabled applicants whose personal and educational qualifications are the equal of those of others will also be given preference.

Applications (in German or English) should include a complete CV, a short description of your research interests and experience and two letters of reference; it should be sent, by February 1, 2012, as a PDF file to isabel.sanz. jannke@zmt- bremen.de
or in written form to:
Mrs. I. Sanz Jannke
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH.
Fahrenheit Straße 6,
28359 Bremen,
Germany.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Bettina Beer (Bettina.Beer@ unilu.ch) or
Mrs. I. Sanz Jannke.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or to pay for the return of materials submitted (which will therefore be destroyed). We therefore ask that you do not send the originals of documents with your application.

url: http://www.zmt-bremen.de/Binaries/Binary2883/2011_Ausschreibung_Doktorandenstelle_EN.pdf

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PhD position in Economics, Ghent Univ., Belgium

Ghent University
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
has a vacancy for
a MOTIVATED DOCTORAL RESEACHER (M/F)
In the field of Micro-Econometrics Applied to Labour Economics

Project title: "EVALUATING ACTIVE LABOUR MARKET POLICIES IN FLANDERS"
To start in January 2012

Job Description
• The candidate writes a doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Bart Cockx on the research project entitled "Evaluating Active Labour Market Policies in Flanders". This project will be realized within the Policy Research Centre Work and Social Economy ("Steunpunt Werk en Sociale Economie") financed by the Flemish Government. The project consists in two main research topics:
(i) A Simple Monitoring Instrument for the Effectiveness of Active Labor Market Policies;
(ii) Public Procurement of Employment Services: Long-Run Effectiveness and the Role of the Service Provider.

The description of the research project can be downloaded from http://users.ugent.be/~bcockx/PhDproject_Werk.pdf.
• The competencies and research interests of the promoter are described on http://users. ugent.be/~bcockx/.
• In addition to performing the tasks described in the research project, the PhD candidate will improve his/her research skills by completing a doctoral training programme. This includes advanced courses within the Belgian Graduate School in Economics, and attending and presenting research in seminars and international conferences. A description of the rules of the PhD programme are downloadable from http://www.feb.ugent.be/en/Res/doctoraatsreglement_2011.pdf

Profile
• You are holder of a Master degree in Economics, which you should have completed with honours.
• You can work independently, accurately and systematically
• You have an interest in quantitative methods

Offer
• A doctoral research fellowship for up to 4 years.
• A dynamic research environment with interactions with other research centres, in particular with IRES at UCLouvain and also IZA and CESifo, research centres to which Bart Cockx is affiliated.

Interested?
Send a letter of motivation and your CV to prof. Bart Cockx bart.cockx@ugent. be as soon as possible and not later than December 15, 2011. Do not hesitate to send a mail for more info.

url: http://users.ugent.be/~bcockx/vacature2011.pdf

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PhD or MD-PhD student in the field of paediatric pulmonology and paediatric epidemiology / biostatistics

The PhD project will focus on the epidemiology of recurrent cough in childhood. Cough is common in children and contributes significantly to burden of disease, reduced quality of life and healthcare use. There is evidence that children with recurrent cough belong to more than one disease groups or phenotypes, some with life-long consequences leading to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adulthood. Yet, epidemiological data on cough in children are scarce.

The PhD student will study the literature and analyse original data from cohort studies of >10'000 children in Switzerland and the UK (www.leicestercohorts.org) to:
- summarise the scientific evidence on the natural history of non-specific cough in childhood in a systematic review;
- describe prevalence, risk factors and physiological traits of non-specific cough in children using original data from ongoing cohort studies;
- define different phenotypes of cough using various statistical approaches, and validate findings in independent cohorts.

During the PhD program, the student will:
- gain a broad understanding of the clinical epidemiology of cough and other respiratory problems in childhood;
- learn to use and interpret a variety of statistical techniques;
- write up results and get them published in peer-reviewed journals;
- communicate results at national and international meetings.

Requirements:
- a curious mind, with particular interests in child health, paediatric pulmonology, epidemiology and public health;
- finished studies in medicine (diploma or MD) or an MSc in biology, psychology, biostatistics or similar;
- interest in biostatistics, familiarity with statistical software welcome;
- excellent knowledge of English, additional German or French would be advantageous.

The position is available from February 2012. The salary is based on the Swiss National Science Foundation scales. Please address your application to Prof. Dr.med. Claudia Kuehni and send it electronically, including curriculum vitae, until 15.01.2012 to Aniña Pescatore: apescatore@ispm.unibe.ch.

url: http://www.ispm.ch/fileadmin/doc_download/Inserate/Inserat_IGU_PhD_Cough.pdf

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PhD position in Public Health, Univ of Bern, Switzerland

A PhD position
is now open in the field of Epidemiology of HIV related cancer in Southern Africa, Europe and North America in the Division of International & Environmental Health (for a period of 3 years).

Project outline.
The aim of the project is to examine the epidemiology of AIDS-defining cancer in HIVinfected persons in Southern Africa and compare results with incidence rates and outcomes in high-income countries in Europe and North America based on large data sets from prospective cohort studies. The study will be done in close collaboration with collaborators in Southern Africa, Europe and North America, as well as the HIV/AIDS and cancer research groups at ISPM Bern.

Responsibilities.
The PhD student will be responsible for the analysis of several large HIV cohorts in Europe, Northern America and Southern Africa.

Specifically the candidate will be involved in
‐ data cleaning
‐ statistical analysis of incidence and risk factors, survival and prognostic factors for HIV related cancer
‐ reporting, presentation and publication of results

Minimum qualification.
University degree in Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health, Biology, Statistics or related fields; interest in epidemiology of HIV related malignancies; intermediate biostatistics; working knowledge of statistical software, ideally STATA.

General requirements.
The candidate needs to be self-motivated with good organizational and communicational skills. S/he should bring critical thinking skills and ability to work in a team. Good knowledge in English is essential.

Salary is based on the salary scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation (www.snsf.ch) . Recruiting process starts immediately. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae including references and full contact details to Dr. Julia Bohlius (jbohlius@ispm. unibe.ch) until December 15th 2011.

url: http://www.ispm.ch/fileadmin/doc_download/Inserate/Inserat_IGU_Phd_epi.pdf

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PhD fellowships in Computational Biology, HU Berlin, Germany

Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
DFG Research Training Group "Computational Systems Biology"

Biology has developed into a quantitative, information- driven science. We are seeking doctoral students for the new Research Training Group "Computational Systems Biology" (CSB) which focuses on the system-level understanding of biological data using computational methods. CSB is embedded in the thriving Berlin life-science environment and involves high-ranking research institutions such as Humboldt-Universitä t zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Charité-Universitä tsmedizin Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch.

We offer 3 PhD fellowships for the following projects (supervised by the specified faculty members):

1. Characterization of the differential protein-mRNA interactome during C.elegans development (Rajewsky/Landthale r)

2. Characterization of protein-RNA interactions based on next-generation sequencing data (Landthaler/ Rajewsky)

3. Modelling and analysis of lipid droplet metabolism (Holzhütter)

We are looking for highly motivated students with a strong interest in systems biology and mathematical modelling. Successful applicants must hold a master's level degree in life sciences, mathematics, physics or computer sciences. The PhD fellowship comprises a monthly stipend which is initially granted for 2 years and which can be extended for another 12 months. We offer an excellent training program in computational systems biology, supervision by at least two experienced scientists, and multifarious opportunities for developing local and international collaboration.

For online application see here. Application deadline is 23 December, 2011.

Contact:
GRK Computational Systems Biology
c/o Dr. Cordelia Arndt-Sullivan,
Humboldt-Universitä t zu Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Theoretische Biophysik
Invalidenstr. 42
10115 Berlin
Germany
email: info@berlin- csb.de
Humboldt-Universitä t zu Berlin is an equal opportunities employer.

url: http://www.berlin-csb.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41:kurzmeldung-5&catid=3:kurzmeldungen


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PhD Positions, Lab. Comput. Methods & Num. Analysis, Catalunya

Open PhD positions

We are looking for six PhD candidates to join the Laboratory of Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona Tech in Spain.
The four-year PhD fellowships cover the full tuition, a monthly stipend, and health insurance.
Applicants should hold a degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related field. They will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record and credentials, their previous exposure to computational fluid or solid mechanics, numerical analysis, continuum mechanics, applied mathematics or scientific computing, a Master degree in a related field, previous research experience if any, and the English proficiency.

For further information about the specific projects listed here below, for general inquiries and for application to any of the positions, please use the address open.positions. lacan@gmail. com. The application should include a complete CV with the names and contact information of up to three referees, a short statement of purpose (max one page), the academic records (transcripts), and explicit mention of the position or positions the candidate is interested in.

Opening 1: Reliable and robust model reduction for real-time simulations
The field of research will be numerical methods for simulation-based engineering sciences. In particular, novel model reduction techniques allowing fast resolution of initial boundary value problems. The proposed research envisions contributions in the necessary mathematical framework (analysis, verification) upon which concrete algorithms are constructed (to solve practical applications) . The position requires sound understanding of numerical analysis, in particular a good knowledge of numerical methods for partial differential equations. Moreover, the candidate must be familiar with MATLAB and have some experience in implementing numerical methods.
Specific conditions: FPI fellowship funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. There is funding for international research stays of up to 6 months.

Deadline for application: 15 February 2012 (early application is recommended).
Responsible: Antonio Huerta

Opening 2: Phase field modeling and simulation of fracture in active materials and of biomembranes

Phase field models represent moving interfaces with a continuous field that tracks and encodes the mechanics of a smeared interface. These models are gaining popularity because, contrary to sharp interface models, they treat the geometric tracking and the modeling of the interfacial phenomena in a unified way, with a nonlinear, often high order, partial differential equation. In the context of two applications, the project addresses two obstacles for the wide applicability of phase-field models: (1) encoding sharp interface models into the regularized phase-field framework and (2) the need for efficient, accurate and scalable numerical methods.
Specific conditions: FPI fellowship funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. There is funding for international research stays of up to 6 months.

Specific requirements: a solid background in continuum mechanics and differential equations, previous exposure to the finite element method and computer programming are desired.
Deadline for application: 15 February 2012 (early application is recommended).
Responsible: Irene Arias, Marino Arroyo

Opening 3: Numerical methods for coupling heterogeneous models

Heterogeneous multiphysics problems described by partial differential equations arise in many practical applications, for example, whenever different phenomena have to be taken into account in two or more subregions of the computational domain or when, for the description and simulation of complex physical phenomena, combinations of hierarchical mathematical models are set up with the aim of reducing the computational complexity. The project focuses on the development, analysis and implementation of effective mathematical and numerical methods for the simulation of such complex multiphysics problem.

Specific conditions: funded by the European Union through the Marie Curie CIG Action and by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Specific requirements: a solid background in partial differential equations, optimal control theory, finite elements method, and some experience in computer programming.
Deadline for application: review will begin immediately until the position is filled.
Responsible: Marco Discacciati

Opening 4: Computer simulation of hydraulic fracturing in three-dimensions

Hydraulic fracturing (using high-pressure water to generate cracks in the rock) is a technique applied to both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. The project aims to develop efficient simulation methods with the objective of accurately predicting the three-dimensional network of hydraulic fractures, taking into account rock self-contact, inhomogeneity, and poroelasticity, as well as to build methodologies to incorporate stratigraphic data obtained from field technologies.

Specific conditions: partially funded by the European Union through the Marie Curie CIG Action.
Specific requirements: previous exposure to the finite element method for either solid mechanics or fluid flow, flow in porous medium, and/or fracture mechanics is desired.
Deadline for application: applications received by 13 January 2012 will be given full consideration.

Responsible: Yongxing Shen

Opening 5: 2 PhD positions with teaching duties

The candidates, besides carrying out a PhD in one of the research areas of interest of LaCÃ N, will support the teaching activity of undergraduate courses on numerical methods for Civil, Construction and Geological Engineering.

Specific conditions: the positions are associated to the School of Civil Engineering of UPC. The teaching load is of about five hours per week.

Specific requirements: fluency in English (both spoken and written) is required. Knowledge of Spanish is not compulsory but will be appreciated.
Deadline for application: immediate

url: http://www.lacan.upc.edu/node/49

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PhD fellowship in Mathematics, Univ. of Bielefeld, Germany

In the framework of our International Graduate College (IGK) "Stochastics and Real World Models", supported by the German Research Council DFG, we offer several fellowships within our PhD program, starting April 1st, 2012, for up to 3 years duration.

The program is organized by the Bielefeld University Mathematics Department in cooperation with the Department of Economics and the Department of Physics, the research institutions IMW and BiBoS, and together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (partner institutions: IAM, AMSS, GUCAS). Doctorate degrees for fellows in Bielefeld will be awarded by one of the three Departments of Bielefeld University.

The interdisciplinary training and research program is oriented towards the study of modern methods in Stochastics and their application in Mathematical Physics and Mathematical Economics / Finance. A structured course program will enable students to undertake research projects without undue delay. Lectures and courses by visiting scientists, as well as the integrated student exchange program with our partners in China, will further contribute to a broad and internationally competitive education.

Graduates with an M.Sc. or equivalent degree from the aforementioned fields and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are aiming to increase the proportion of female researchers in the college; given parity with respect to all other relevant criteria, female applicants will receive preferential treatment in the fellowship awarding decisions.

Candidates with physical disabilities who fulfill the abovementioned criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.

Concerning application formalities, please consult the section Fellowships on our website. For informal inquiries, please contact the IGK Office, Email: .

Application Deadline is January 31, 2012.

("MATH" is short for "math.uni-bielefeld .de")

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MSc Scholarships in Computer Science 2012 - Venice (Italy)

Since 2010, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) has offered a two-year MSc program in "Informatica - Computer Science" (www.unive.it/msc-computer-science) taught in English, which is suitable for students with diverse academic backgrounds. The program unfolds into three semesters of full-time lectures and labs. During the last semester students work on an individual project and dissertation.

The program covers the theory and practice of a wide spectrum of fields in Computer Science and Information Technology, and allows students to pursue a minor in Statistics.
Three suggested sub-programs, resulting from selecting a specific group of elective courses, are the following: (1) Information Sciences and Intelligent Systems sub-program, (2) Software Dependability and IT Security sub-program, and (3) Information Systems and Statistical Analysis.

Candidates who hold a foreign degree, equivalent to a tree-year Bachelor degree or higher in Computer Science or related subject (Computer/Electroni c Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, etc.), and are proficient in English, can apply.

Candidates can ask for a pre-evaluation of their qualification and school career (www.unive.it/ evaluation) before starting the official enrolment procedure (the on-line pre-evaluation procedure is open from Jan 15th to May 15th, 2012).
Only students who complete successfully the pre-evaluation procedure by May 15th, 2012 can be awarded with the university international scholarships.

This pre-evaluation procedure is particularly important for non-EU citizens residing abroad, who have to apply as early as possible (we suggest long before the deadline of May 15th, 2012). These students, once received the acceptance letter, have to submit a further pre-enrolment application to an Italian Diplomatic Delegation in order to transmit us all the original documents, and to start as soon a possible a pretty long process to obtain an Italian Student Visa.

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4 PhD positions at ZMT Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) GmbH in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de). The Coral Reef Ecology Group (CORE) at ZMT has vacancies for 4 PhD students within the following 3 new projects:

1. CANCOR (Carbon and nitrogen fixation in coral reefs - 2 PhD opportunities):

Several key coral reef C-fixing primary producers (e.g. corals, other invertebrates, macro and turf algae) and substrates (e.g. reef sands, dead coral and rocky surfaces), exhibit internal or external association with N-fixing microbes like cyanobacteria. Such association potentially
facilitates primary production and growth, but there are no studies that address linkage of C- and N-fixation in coral reef organisms and their reefs and the controlling environmental factors.

Position A: C fixation in coral reefs

This new research project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), will quantify C- fixation of key reef primary producers, and how this contributes to overall reef C- fixation. Additionally, the influence of key environmental factors (e.g. light and inorganic nutrient availability, temperature, acidity) on these processes, both on the organism and ecosystem level, will be examined. This comprehensive dataset will help to gain new important insights in coral reef ecosystem functioning and resilience in a time of environmental change. The work
for this project will be carried out at the Red Sea and in the ZMT laboratories. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

Position B: N fixation in coral reefs

This research project will quantify N- fixation of key reef primary producers, and how this contributes to overall reef N- fixation and is linked to C-fixation. Additionally, the influence of key environmental factors (e.g. light and inorganic nutrient availability, temperature,
acidity) on these processes, both on the organism and ecosystem level, will be examined. This comprehensive dataset will help to gain new important insights in coral reef ecosystem functioning and resilience in a time of environmental change. The work for this project will be
carried out at the Red Sea and in the ZMT laboratories. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

2. Coral reef adaptation strategies to carbonate chemistry changes along the Costa Rican Pacific coast (1 PhD opportunity) :

This project addresses the issue of ocean acidification caused by anthropogenic emissions of CO_2 in the atmosphere. Many experiments have shown that calcification of scleractinian corals declines with increasing CO_2 concentration. The Costa Rican Pacific coast is partly affected by corrosive waters that well up along the coast and periodically expose reefs to pH values lower than usual and similar to those expected in a high CO_2 world of the future. With this project, we are interested to study the impact of upwelling on the metabolism of calcifying reef organisms and the adaptation of coral reefs to natural changes in seawater chemical composition. The work will be carried out in Costa Rica and in the ZMT laboratories in close cooperation with the Systems Ecology Group, the Carbon and Nutrient Cycle Group of the ZMT, and the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

3. BIOCORE (Biogeochemical Interactions Of Coral Reef Ecosystem engineers, 1 PhD opportunity) :

Scleractinian corals and reef sponges fulfill key ecosystem engineering functions in tropical coral reef ecosystems, not only due to their high benthic coverage on the exposed (corals) and cryptic (sponges) reef framework compartments, but especially by substantially influencing reef
biogeochemical element cycles. Corals continuously release large amounts of energy-rich organic matter into reef waters. However, our knowledge on the utilization of this energy source is largely limited to microbial degradation processes only. Reef sponges and their associated microbial community (i.e. sponge holobiont) take up large amounts of organic matter of still unknown origin and exhibit massive cell shedding, i.e. a constant release of particulate organic matter, suggesting the induction of a significant recycling ?sponge loop? for bulk and coral-derived organic matter within the reef ecosystem. BIOCORE will conduct integrated laboratory and in-situ stable isotope pulse-chase experiments to follow, in a qualitative and quantitative way, the cycling of coral-derived organic matter within coral reef biogeochemical element cycles and in particular the suggested ?sponge loop? induced by the sponge holobiont. The work for this project will be carried out at the Red Sea and in the ZMT laboratories. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

Starting Date:

March/April 2012 (all 4 positions)

Requirements:

Applicants should hold a Master or Diploma degree in marine biology, ecology, geobiology or related fields and should ideally have experience with coral reef ecology and physiology. They should also fluently speak English and possess good scientific writing skills. A SCUBA diving
license and the proven ability to successfully write scientific publications is an additional asset.

Application:

To apply, please send a motivation letter describing why you are the perfect candidate for the specific announcement and how your research concept looks like, a complete CV with list of publications and skills, and names with email addresses and phone numbers of two referees in a
single pdf-file to the address below. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Closing Date (all 4 positions):

January 31, 2012 or until qualified candidates are identified. The Leibniz-ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Christian Wild

Coral Reef Ecology Group (CORE),

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

Fahrenheitstr. 6, 28359 Bremen, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 421-23800-114

Email: christian.wild@ zmt-bremen. de


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PhD Vacancy “Numerical Modelling on Laminated Glass”, University of Ghent

A PhD vacancy is available in the Mechanics of Materials and Structures research group at Ghent University. The position is a 4-years full-time job with the main activity on numerical research on blast effect on laminated glass.

The aim of this project is to improve the fundamental knowledge on the mechanical response of glass facades to air blast loading and develop an experimental and numerical framework to assess the blast resistance of different concepts of glass facades without the need for many large-scale tests.

The objectives therefore are:

- experimental assessment of the blast response of laminated glass windows for use in large glass facades by widely instrumented small-scale air blast tests,
- numerical modelling of the elastic, breakage and post-failure response of the laminated glass window with advanced finite element techniques,
- large-scale experimental validation of the developed modelling framework for a realistic glass facade construction.

This is a PhD position for pure numerical research, the experimental testing will be done by the other PhD student. So, the PhD candidate should have a strong background in numerical modelling, fracture mechanics and finite elements (if possible cohesive zone methods and/or SPH methods).
Finally, it is important to remark that although the research group is mainly working on composite materials, this is a project on laminated glass (and not on composites).

Interested applicants should write a detailed Curriculum Vitae in Dutch or English, containing:

- personal details (name, address, date of birth, nationality,… );
- education, subject of master thesis and degrees;
- work experience (previous jobs);
- additional skills (finite element software, programming languages, communication skills, …);
- mastered languages (Dutch, English, French);
- references (previous projects in the domain, published papers,…).

Application should be sent by post or email to:

Prof. Wim Van Paepegem
Ghent University
Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Technologiepark- Zwijnaarde 903
9052 Zwijnaarde
Belgium
Tel. : +32-(0)9-331. 04.32
Fax : +32-(0)9-331. 04.65
Email: wim.vanpaepegem@ ugent.be

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