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PhD Position, Germany
The junior research group
Theoretical & Computational Membrane Biology
at the Center for Bioinformatics in Saarbr¨ucken,
Germany, offers a PhD position
The project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) involves the development of a novel method for the prediction of binding affinities of peptidic ligands and drugs to proteins, including full flexibility for both the ligand and the receptor.
Work of the group for Theoretical & Computational Membrane Biology is focused on the prediction of structure, function and (nano)dynamics of membranes and proteins. Currently, the group consists of four PhD students and several Master and Bachelor students.
The applicants should have successfully completed their Masters or Diploma degree in physics or theoretical (bio)chemistry, be strongly motivated and team-oriented. Experience in 'Molecular Modeling' or structural biology is of advantage. The PhD fellowship is funded according to the German BAT IIa scale (66 - 75%, approx. 1300 Euro net income, depending on age, marital status,..).
The position is limited to three years.
The University of Saarbr¨ucken strives to increase the percentage of female employees in the field of science and encourages applications from female candidates. Handicapped applicants are welcome.
Saarbrücken (approx. 200,000 habitants) is the capital of the Saarland, located at the heart of Europe close to the French border (about one hour from Strasbourg, two from Paris).
Interested candidates should send their application letter + CV (including the names of one or two people who would be willing to send a letter of recommendation) by Email to:
Dr. Rainer Böckmann
Theoretical & Computational Membrane Biology
Center for Bioinformatics Saar, Universit¨at des Saarlandes
D-66041 Saarbr¨ucken, Germany
Phone: ++49 +681 302 64169
Ph.D. Opportunities in Evolutionary Genetics of Insects
Mullen Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University
We anticipate several academic openings (Fall '08) for highly
motivated graduate students interested in pursuing Ph.D. research
related to the evolutionary biology of insects. Current research in
the lab focuses on understanding the genetic basis of adaptation and
mimicry in butterflies. In addition, opportunities exist to
investigate 1) geographic patterns of genetic variation across
butterfly hybrid zones, 2) sexual isolation and hybridization in
damselflies, and 3) elytra color pattern genetics in lady beetles.
Funding is guaranteed via a combination of teaching assistantships
and research assistantships for highly qualified candidates.
Admission is through the Integrative Biology graduate program
(deadline, January 1st, 2008). However, all prospective students are
encouraged to contact Dr. Sean P. Mullen directly via email
(email@example.com) and to complete the graduate admission
application online at
Additional information about Lehigh's Biology department and the
graduate program are available at:
Sean P. Mullen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Genetics
Department of Biological Sciences
111 Research Drive, D216 Iacocca Hall
PhD position, CMPG, University of Bern, Switzerland
Genetic analysis of migration in bird flu vectors
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to work on the
genetic population structure of two potential vectors of avian influenza
- the tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) and the common pochard (Aythya
ferina). The project aims at determining the levels of genetic
differentiation among breeding populations throughout the range of the
two species and inferring the origin of ducks on European and Asian
wintering grounds. The first part of the project will include fieldwork
for sample collection and will involve travel in Europe and Asia. The
project will be mostly lab-based and involve sequencing and
We are seeking an independent candidate with excellent organizational
skills and the willingness to travel and carry out field work under
potentially difficult conditions. Good knowledge of written and spoken
English is essential, some knowledge of Russian (or related languages)
would be a plus. The ideal candidate has a background in evolutionary
biology, especially population genetics and phylogeography, and
experience with molecular lab work and data analysis. A degree
equivalent to a biology diploma or M.Sc. is required.
The student will be supervised by Gerald Heckel and Irene Keller. We
offer a stimulating research environment in the in the Computational and
Molecular Population Genetics lab (CMPG; head: Laurent Excoffier) with
excellent facilities for laboratory work and computational analyses. The
position is funded for three years, and the anticipated starting date is
December 1st 2007 or soon thereafter. For informal inquiries, please
Information on the research group, the University of Bern, or life in
Bern can be obtained from http://cmpg.unibe.ch/ and http://bern.ch/.
Please send your application including CV, list of publications (if
available), a letter outlining your past research and motivation for
this position (max. 2 pages), and contact details of 2-3 referees in a
single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a re-advertisement. There is no need to re-apply if you have
sent your application already.
Dr. Gerald Heckel
Computational and Molecular Population Genetics (CMPG)
Tel.: +41 (0)31 631 30 29
Fax: +41 (0)31 631 31 88
PHD POSITION AT THE INTERSECTION OF CONSERVATION AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY -
DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA.
We seek a PhD student to study the fitness consequences of hybridization between divergent Atlantic salmon
populations through an ongoing, collaborative project with the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada. One aspect of the project will focus on the factors that control the duration of outbreeding depression between farmed and wild salmon in the Northwest Atlantic. A second aspect of the project will examine the relationship between hybrid fitness and parental divergence across wild salmon populations that straddle a large geographic area in the Northwest Atlantic. The student will benefit from exceptional aquatic, laboratory and molecular genetic facilities at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), field support from DFO, and the availability of an F3 generation of hybrid crosses between three populations, including the primary source of salmon used in
aquaculture facilities in eastern Canada. Previous experience involving
experimental research, quantitative or molecular genetics and/or fishes are
assets for this position. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of
research interests, and the names and contact information for three references.
Please submit applications either to: Dr. Dylan Fraser, Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4J1; Phone (902) 494-6279; Fax (902) 494-3736; email@example.com; or Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings, Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4J1; Phone (902) 494-2687; Fax (902) 494-3736;
Deadline: December 15, 2007. Start date: May or September 2008.
Ph.D. Position at Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University, Sweden
I am seeking a motivated and independent student to study the molecular
evolution of plant defense genes in Populus tremula. This work involves
a combination of lab and field studies, and is part of a study funded by
the Swedish Research Council.The position require a B.Sc. degree (or
equivalent) in Biology or another relevant area of science, and
preferentially experience in, and enthusiasm for, population genetics
and evolutionary biology. Knowledge of standard molecular techniques
(PCR, DNA sequencing), and/or mathematics/statistics is considered
The positions carry a salary according to a current levels for graduate
students at the University of Umeå. Entry level salary is currently c.
20k SEK per month (equivalent to approx. 2100 Euro). Applications should
contain a CV, a cover letter with a brief statement of research
interest, and contact details (names, e-mail and postal addresses) of
two professional references. Review of applications will start October
15, and will continue until the position is filled. For further
information please contact Dr. Pär Ingvarsson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Umeå Plant Science Centre is one of the world leading centers for
research in forest biotechnology/genetics with a lot of international
collaborators and offers technical platforms of international top-class
quality. For more information please www.upsc.se
Ph.D. Position at McGill University, Montreal
I am seeking a motivated and independent student to study the
evolution and breakdown of self-incompatibility in the plant genus
Leavenworthia. This work involves a combination of lab and field
studies, and is part of a 5-year NSERC-funded study. Molecular lab
experience is an asset. The Biology Department at McGill University
is a vibrant and interactive group of staff, graduate students, and
post-docs with expertise is all aspects of ecology, evolution, and
conservation biology. Montreal is a safe, bilingual, and
cosmopolitan city. This position is open to students
from both inside and outside of Canada. Please contract me for
Daniel.Schoen@McGill.CA. Include in your e-mail message a short
description of your educational background and qualifications. I
will be happy to provide details about formal application procedures
for the graduate program at McGill.
2 PhD positions in Theoretical Biology
Two positions for PhD students are available at the Max-Planck
Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön in the newly established
junior research group for Theoretical Biology, funded by the Emmy-
Noether program of the DFG. The group develops mathematical models
for biological systems, ranging from the evolution of cooperation to
mathematical models for cancer development. Current research
interests include evolutionary game theory, group selection, general
aspects of evolutionary dynamics and mathematical models for blood
Successful applicants have a profound interest in biology and a
strong background in theoretical physics, mathematics, computer
science, computational biology, or a related field. They have
demonstrated experience in modeling biological systems. Salary is
based on TVöD 13/2.
The Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (former MPI for
Limnology) is located in Plön, a small town in a beautiful
postglacially shaped landscape with all the amenities of a
touristically active area. The Baltic sea and the major cities Kiel
and Lübeck are only 30 minutes away. The working language at the
institute is English. The independent junior research group will be
established in addition to the departments of Evolutionary Ecology
(Prof. Dr. Milinski) and Evolutionary Genetics (Prof. Dr. Tautz).
A list of related publication is available at http://
The usual application material, including a CV and at least one
letter of reference, should be sent in pdf format to traulsen@mpil-
ploen.mpg.de. Please feel free to contact me if you need additional
Dr. Arne Traulsen
Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Tel. ++49 4522 763 255
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped
individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck
Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where
they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women
PhD position Constitutional Foundation of Modern Democracies (0,9 fte)
Onderwijs en Onderzoek
Founded in 1614. One of the best universities in Europe and the world. A wide variety of disciplines. Internationally oriented. Rooted in the North of the Netherlands. Socially active. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics. Ambitious students. We respect the differences in talent, ambitions and performance of the 25.000 students and members of staff.
The University provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.
The University is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.
PhD project ?Constitutionalization in the United States and France? is a comparative research into the rhetoric of making and applying consitutions in the United States and France from the 18th century to the present.
The candidate will be expected to contribute actively to the advancement of the interdisciplinary research project as a whole.
Supervisor Prof. Dr . L.W. Gormley, Professor of European Law.
Co-supervisors Dr. P.A.J. van den Berg and Dr. R.G.P. Peters.
The successful candidate will hold a Master's degree in law, history, international relations, or political science or in a cognate academic discipline, with excellent grades. An interest in the research field of the PhD project and in modern history is required, preferably evidenced by the subject of the Master thesis and possibly other publications.
Terms and conditions of employment
The salary for a PhD position ranges from an initial € 1956,- to a maximum of € 2502,- is pro-rata (under review). The researcher will be offered an initial one-year contract. Subject to satisfactory performance, the contract will converted into a temporary post for a further 3 years. The University of Groningen offers a competitive benefits package.
Commencement of employment is December 1, 2007.
Conditions of employment
Employment type: Tijdelijk. Contract length: 4 years. Hours per week: 38.
Maximum salary: 2502.
For additional information, please contact:
Name: Dr. R.G.P. Peters
Additional information can be found through one of the following links:
Description of the research project
When applying for this job, please reference the application number in your letter, and please refer to the name and the medium where you found this job opening first.You can apply for this job until:31-10-2007, by sending your application to:
University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Department
P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen
In your application, please always include the job opening ID AT207181
IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca ITALY
The doctoral Program engages students in a systematic analysis of the functioning of markets and industries in a global context, with a specific focus on comparative institutional studies and competition policy, as well as the impact of macroeconomic policy on productivity and growth.
The Program also focuses on processes of institutional and regulatory reforms through political influences, market liberalizations, and instances of supra-national market integration.
The interaction between theory and practice is one of the main features of the Program. Analytical models and techniques are challenged through the systematic investigation of real world phenomena and case studies.
Graduates are qualified to analyze, design, and manage Programs within economic institutions, regulatory agencies, and multinational companies.
PhD position in electromagnetic modeling and impedance spectroscopy of cells
The goal of this project is the measurement of the dielectric properties of human cells, such as erythrocytes, using microelectrode based single cell impedance measuring techniques and microelectronic technologies. In order to further enhance measurement sensitivity and therefore minimize the risks in the development of non-invasive continuous glucose monitoring technology, we need to improve the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the response of the cells. The in vitro concepts have to be tested on in vivo data. These results can also lead to a technology for an early diagnostic tool in providing further insights into the multiple characteristics of metabolic syndrome, by measuring changes in the behavior of dielectric properties (for example in erythrocytes) in response to glucose exposure in vitro. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Microsystems Laboratory of EPFL in Lausanne, the Department of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital Zurich and industry. Therefore, it comprises various interdisciplinary aspects that have to be approached within the project team made up of different experts, both from the industry partner and from academia.
We are looking for a self-motivated individual with an excellent university degree in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, biophysics or physics interested in obtaining a PhD degree within 3 years. Autonomous and organized working style as well as a high ability to collaborate with other people from other disciplines will be required. Your educational background should cover one or more of the following areas: numerical simulations, electrodynamics, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, cell biology.
Contact address: Dr. Jürg Fröhlich; Lab. for Electromagnetic Fields and Microwave Electronics (IFH), ETH Zurich; Gloriastrasse 35, ETZ K95; 8092 Zurich; e-mail: email@example.com; www.ifh.ee.ethz.ch
Herr André Schmid
Two PhD Positions in Primatology
We look for two ambitious, highly motivated applicants for three-year PhD positions to work on a comparative study of the energetic aspects of brain size evolution at the Anthropological Institute and Museum (University of Zürich).
In the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project "The Expensive Brain: Comparative Analyses of
Variation in Relative Brain Size" by K. Isler and C. van Schaik we examine brain size evolution from
an energy-cost perspective. To allow an increase in brain size, either total energy metabolism
must be increased, or the organism reduces energy allocation to other functions such as
production, digestion or locomotion.
The first PhD project will be focused on trade-offs between brain tissue and the digestive tract or
other expensive organs by applying the comparative method on primates or mammals in general.
You will start by compiling published quantitative data and collect complementary data from
dissections of various mammalian species.
The second PhD project investigates the implication of the energy-cost perspective that a
population's brain size is negatively correlated with the frequency of exposure to periods of
unavoidable starvation, as suggested by recent work on orangutans. In addition to a comparative
analysis of published data, you will also collect endocranial capacities from primate genera or
species inhabiting a broad range of habitats with documented seasonal food shortages.
You will be working in an international, multidisciplinary team of primatologists and
paleoanthropologists at one of Europe's leading institutions in this field. Salaries rise from CHF
34000 in the first year to CHF 40000 in the third year.
Interested applicants should have a strong interest in zoology and primatology, a good
background in evolutionary biology, a very good academic track record, be fluent in written and
spoken English and hold the equivalent of a Master's degree. Advanced skills in statistical data
analysis and, for the first project, previous experience with dissections are required.
Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a transcript of the university
diplomas, contact information for three references, and a summary of the Master's thesis (all
combined to a single PDFs) to Karin Isler at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 31, 2007.
Start of the project is planned for February 1, 2008.
For further information, please contact Karin Isler (email@example.com).
Dr. Karin Isler
Anthropologisches Institut und Museum
Two PhD Positions in Primatology
We look for two ambitious, highly motivated applicants for three-year
PhD positions to work on a comparative study of the energetic aspects
of brain size evolution at the Anthropological Institute and Museum
(University of Zurich).
In the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project â€žThe Expensive Brain:
Comparative Analyses of Variation in Relative Brain Sizeâ€œ by K. Isler
and C. van Schaik we examine brain size evolution from an energy-cost
perspective. To allow an increase in brain size, either total energy
metabolism must be increased, or the organism reduces energy
allocation to other functions such as production, digestion or
The first PhD project will be focused on trade-offs between brain
tissue and the digestive tract or other expensive organs by applying
the comparative method on primates or mammals in general. You will
start by compiling published quantitative data and collect
complementary data from dissections of various mammalian species.
The second PhD project investigates the implication of the energy-
cost perspective that a populationâ€™s brain size is negatively
correlated with the frequency of exposure to periods of unavoidable
starvation, as suggested by recent work on orangutans. In addition to
a comparative analysis of published data, you will also collect
endocranial capacities from primate genera or species inhabiting a
broad range of habitats with documented seasonal food shortages.
You will be working in an international, multidisciplinary team of
primatologists and paleoanthropologists at one of Europeâ€™s leading
institutions in this field. Salaries rise from CHF 34000 in the first
year to CHF 40000 in the third year.
Interested applicants should have a strong interest in zoology and
primatology, a good background in evolutionary biology, a very good
academic track record, be fluent in written and spoken English and
hold the equivalent of a Masterâ€™s degree. Advanced skills in
statistical data analysis and, for the first project, previous
experience with dissections are required.
Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a
transcript of the university diplomas, contact information for three
references, and a summary of the Masterâ€™s thesis (all combined to a
single PDF) to Karin Isler at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October
31, 2007. Start of the project is planned for February 1, 2008.
For further information, please contact Karin Isler (email@example.com).
Dr. Karin Isler
Anthropologisches Institut und Museum
Dr. Karin Isler
Anthropologisches Institut und Museum
Phone: 0041 44 635 54 33
Fax: 0041 44 635 68 04
The PhD position is funded by The Research Council for Technology and Production Sciences in relation to the large international research project Soil-it-is (http://www.agrsci.dk/soil-it-is/) and the aim is to study soil architecture.
Title: Understanding and quantifying the spatial and temporal dynamics in structural stabilization and the characteristics of soil pore space.
A main background for the study is the growing concern that architecture of soils is challenged by modern management in agriculture. Another is the recognition that structural stability and characteristics of the pore system have crucial impacts on important processes in soil inner space. Healthy soils react as self-organizing systems, optimizing a range of important soil functions. It is hypothesized that this organization breaks down below a lower threshold of organic matter concentration and/or quality of the organic fraction. The study will focus on this dynamic organization and its impact on processes at the surfaces and volumes of soil inner space. Investigations will include a range of tests with quantitative assessment of system behaviour following interference by e.g. mechanical impact. The mechanical behaviour of soils as well as the morphology – and hence functions - of the soil pore system is believed highly affected by the (lack of) interaction between organic matter and dispersed clay particles. The study will focus on soils in their natural three-dimensional appearance by applying a range of tests including gas- and water transport methodologies for describing the pore system. Links to colloid mobilization and transport, soil-water repellence and gaseous phase transport need to be understood and quantified.
The PhD study will be a three-year position based at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Senior scientist Per Schjoenning ( University of Aarhus ) will be the main supervisor for the PhD student. Co-supervisors will be Professor Iain Young , Professor Per Moldrup, and senior scientist Lis Wollesen de Jonge. The PhD study will be in close collaboration with Aalborg University (Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine) and with international research partners in Scotland . Specifically, a period of the PhD study is tentatively planned to take place in collaboration with Professor Iain Young at the SIMBIOS Centre at the University of Abertay , Dundee , Scotland .
For more information on the PhD study, application procedure and the overall Soil-it-is project, please visit:
Terms of employment
The position will be filled in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations as well as the appointment structure of 2007 for scientific personnel at universities.
You can obtain further information about the scientific content of the PhD study from senior scientist Per Schjoenning at Per.Schjonning@agrsci.dk or senior scientist Lis Wollesen de Jonge at Lis.W.firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application should include a full CV (including information about language and computer skills), publications, documentation for academic degrees and other material, which you wish to include in the evaluation.
Please send a written application in 4 copies and marked "JPM/JFK-PhD" to:
University of Aarhus
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 50
Closing date for applications is 1 November 2007 at 12.00.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences encourages all, irrespective of personal background, to apply.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences is a faculty at Aarhus University. The faculty employs approx. 900 staff members. The activities at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences are primarily carried out at Foulum (near Viborg), Bygholm (near Horsens), Aarslev (near Odense), Flakkebjerg (near Slagelse) and Sorgenfri (near Kgs. Lyngby). For further information: www.agrsci.org
Ph.D. scholarships at the IT University of Copenhagen (Deadline for applications: October 22nd)
The IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark, has announced a number of
state-financed Ph.D. scholarships and applicants from all over the world are
welcome to apply. We call for applications within the area of innovative
communication (including internet communication and culture) and within the
area of computer games research (as well as for applications within more
traditional computer science areas). Deadline for applications is October
The formal call, see: http://www1.itu.dk/sw66047.asp
To see suggestions for proposals in the area of Innovative Communication,
(where you also find more detailed information on whom to contact if
For information about applications within the Computer Games Research Group,
please contact Espen Aarseth (aarseth@...) or T.L.Taylor
Innovative Communication Research Group &
Center for Computer Games Research
IT University of Copenhagen
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