Two PhD Studentships - The Carbon Footprint of UK Cities

Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Applications are invited for two 3 1/2 year PhD studentships within the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. The research will be part of the EPRSC funded 4M project: Modelling, measurement, mapping and management: an evidence based methodology for understanding and shrinking the urban carbon footprint. The project is a collaboration between Loughborough, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Leeds Universities and investigates the carbon emissions from travel and buildings, and the carbon sequestration potential of green spaces. The city of Leicester is the case-study area.

The two studentships will investigate the willingness of householders to embark on actions to reduce their carbon emissions and the reduction in emissions that district, and other community energy schemes, might yield. The city wide face-to-face survey of households offers numerous other opportunities for exciting studies based on primary data collection and analysis.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in energy and climate change, a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in either a relevant engineering/science or social science field and good written and verbal communication skills. Fees at the UK/EU rate are offered together with a tax free stipend of, initially, £12,940 for 3 1/2 years.

For informal discussions, please contact Dr Steven Firth by email [email protected] or on 01509 228546 or Prof. Kevin Lomas [email protected].

Applications can be accessed on line at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/essential/apply/index.htm

Closing date: 10th July 2009.

Further information can be obtained from:
Ms Helen Newbold
Research Administrator
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University

E-mail: [email protected]

PhD scholarship - Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI)

Research Scholarships

This is the print-friendly version of the following page:
http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/study/scholarships/research.jsp

To assit BEE Research postgraduate students in their studies, BEE offers scholarships that provide support and for commencing and continuing students. International and Research Students Centre also offer scholarships which can be found on the links provided at the bottom of this page.

BEE Out of Round
A number of ‘Out of Round’ Scholarships are available and are offered all year round on an ad hoc basis to all commencing and continuing higher research degree students. Students need to be nominated by their supervisors AND FACULTY in order to be considered for an ‘Out of Round’ Scholarship.

BEE Living Allowances
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering offers a number of Living Allowance Scholarship to International Higher Degree Research Students. In 2009 International students who have been offered a BEE Living Allowance will also be entitled to receive a Fee Waiver. For further information see the guidelines below.

BEE Indigenous Focused PhD Scholarship $20,427 pa tax free

Summary
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering is seeking either an identified Indigenous student wishing to undertake a research project in the area of Built Environment and Engineering or a non-Indigenous student whose research project focuses on Indigenous Issues in relation to Built Environment and Engineering.

The successful applicant can expect to receive a tax free stipend of $20,427 pa. For further information contact David Kabelele, the Scholarships Officer, on:
Phone: +61 7 3138 8033
Email: [email protected]

BEE Top-Up Awards
The Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering offers Top-Up Awards to the best applicants in the built environment and engineering disciplines who are offered an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent and who have an undergraduate course GPA of 6 or above.

Extensions
The Faculty will approve extension only under very special circumstances.

Aim
The aim of this scholarship is to support:
Preparation and submission of refereed publications by domestic and International Postgraduate Research Students after the submission of their thesis for external examination. This scholarship will be tax exempt for students. This scholarship will be awarded based on the nomination of the principal supervisor with 50% funding provided by the supervisor or theme and the remaining 50% funding will be provided by the University. Funding will support up to a three month period of full-time writing.

Eligibility
This award is available to Australian Citizens and permanent residents and International students.

Refereed Publication Write-Up Scholarship

Applicant must:
  • Have recently submitted for external examination, or completed a Masters by Engineering/ Masters of Applied Science (Research)/ Doctor of Philosophy; and
  • Provide a project plan outlining the title of the article, publication to be targeted and a timeline featuring milestones to be met in preparing the article.
  • The Chair of the BEE Faculty requires that the applicant will write a journal paper which will be published in scholarly journals
  • Be able to write full-time, or demonstrate that they can only write part-time due to heavy care commitments or a medical condition precluding full-time writing. International student visa conditions do not normally allow for part-time candidature.
Student Feedback
Domestic PhD Student within the Medical Engineering theme

Having spent more than a year working in Canada, I was keen to pursue a PhD that allowed me to work in a field I love, with the international opportunities it brings. I applied for every scholarship imaginable, which was a little bit of work, but in the end so rewarding. In fact, some of the applications forced me to really think about the topic I was embarking on, and so made the commencement a fairly easy transition. With the award of my scholarships(QUT APA and a top up from Smart Futures), I essentially have a payed research job, with travel opportunities, terrific support, flexibility, and as an added bonus, I receive a great degree at the end of three years.

Contact
Scholarship Officer

Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Phone: +61 7 3138 8033
Email: [email protected]

Related Faculty Scholarships
Centre for Subtropical Design 2009 Scholarships

CSD scholarships are available for postgraduate student at QUT in 2008 on the following themes:
typologies for compact urbanisation in warm climates, integrating biophysical concerns (passive climatic design which minimises waste, energy use and water use) with strategies that maintain or strengthen subtropical character and identity.
the relationship between Urban Density, Climate, and Rooftop Gardens/Green walls in Brisbane. Tackle global environmental issues in a way not yet attempted in Australia. So far studies of the benefits of rooftop greening have been carried out under social and climatic conditions different from those in Australia. Test overseas conclusions in the Australian context, by research and practical demonstration.

Eligibility: Available to students undertaking a full time PhD or Masters research project.

Amount: $15,000 for one year (applicant may re-apply in subsequent years)

Contact: Potential applicants should email their expression of interest, full contact details and a short description of their research project. email us.

APAI Scholarships
Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for one of the four Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) PhD Scholarships in a landmark project.

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for one of the four Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) PhD Scholarships in the Australian Infrastructure Procurement Reform project.. Further information is available below.

Please refer the following link for further information: http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/study/scholarships/research.jsp


See Also University Scholarships:
  1. Domestic
  2. International

Phd studentships on system analysis -- Amsterdam. The Netherlands

Phd studentships on system analysis of rodent animalmodels on human disease, Academic medical centre,Bioinformatics Laboratory, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

Description:
Model organisms have been essential for improving our knowledge of human disease. Especially rodents, mainly mouse and rat, are often used for this purpose, as well as for pre-clinical trials of new drugs and toxicology screens. However, often animal models fail to mimic human disease adequately. As a consequence drugs successfully tested in animal models fail in costly clinical trials or are falsely discarded.
Goal of this project is to explore the suitability of rodents as a model organism for human disease, specifically metabolic syndrome. Since metabolic syndrome is a complex multifactorial group of metabolic conditions, a systems approach will be taken to uncover the molecular networks perturbed by disease. Specifically, we aim to validate the similarity of a large number of rodent models for metabolic syndrome to their human counterparts. The project is tightly linked to ongoing projects in biological and clinical groups at the AMC. This project is part of the second round of the BioRange programme of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC; www.nbic.nl).

Tasks
The successful candidate will work towards a PhD degree in bioinformatics. We will build a compendium of rodent and human metabolic syndrome related gene expression datasets. We develop module-based joint analysis methods that search for conserved patterns consisting of sets of genes and sets of conditions in both rodent model and human under which they are co-expressed. These patterns are used to evaluate the molecular similarity of rodent models and their human counterpart. Conserved patterns will be further interpreted by constructing functional networks for metabolic syndrome in rodents and human. We expect methods developed and resulting conserved patterns and functional networks to be useful for elucidating the model mismatch and for increasing the predictive value of preclinical trials and toxicity screens.

Requirements
We are looking for an enthusiastic communicative team player with
  • a MSc in one of the following areas: bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, statistics, physics, plus a proven interest in biology
  • strong background in computer science (machine learning, graph algorithms, relational databases)
  • good programming knowledge (R, C/Java/C++, SQL)
  • Additional conditions of employment: The appointment will be on temporary basis for a maximum period of four years. Based on a full-time appointment (36 hours per week), compensation will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2046,- with a yearly growth to € 2622,- gross a month. The collective employment agreement of the AMC is applicable.
Deadline: July 15

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Dr. ir. P.D. Moerland
Bioinformatics Laboratory
Telephone number: +31 (0) 20 566 4660
E-mail address: [email protected]

Contact:
Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation, and be sent to:
AMC Medical Research BV.
Mevrouw M.J.Scholtemeijer
Personeel & Organisatie, J1A-229
Postbus 22660
1100 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowships

These research fellowships, for a maximum period of nine months, are designed for scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution and also for professionals with significant work experience and accomplishments.

Applications from all disciplines will be considered. Preferred fields are: Agricultural Sciences; Business Studies, Management and Leadership Development; Economics; Education; Energy, especially alternative and renewable energy; Environment; Governance and Democracy; Law and Civic Engagement; Media and Communications; Public Administration; Public Health; Science and Technology; Society and Development; Study of India; and Study of the United States. For Study of India or the Study of the United States (American Studies) the areas could include: language and literature, history, government, economics, society and culture, religion, international relations, and film studies.

Grant Benefits
These fellowships provide a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per US Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the US. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants:
  • who are working on their Ph.D.s should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the US. They should be registered for their Ph.D.s at an Indian institution at least one year prior to the date of application and should enclose a certificate from their Ph.D. supervisor commenting on their research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicating the Ph.D. registration date;
  • who are professionals should have a master's degree and substantive professional experience in the proposed field;
  • should apply through proper channel, if employed;
  • should enclose a 'writing sample' which could be a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the M.Phil. thesis; and
  • should preferably be 45 years of age or under.
Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applications from scholars/professionals with Ph.D. degrees or at the final stage of thesis submission will not be considered.

How to Apply
Please refer to Application Procedure and Guidelines and download Application Material.

Application Due Date: July 15, 2009.

Link: http://www.usief.org.in/Fulbright-NehruDoctoralandProfessionalResearch.aspx

Posdoc/PhD Open Positions - Zurich, Switzerland

Bio-Inspired Robotics Laboratory
Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
(ETH Zurich) Switzerland

http://www.iris.ethz.ch/


Posdoc/PhD positions will be available from August 2009 at my new research group, Bio-Inspired Robotics Laboraotory, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland.

The research interests of the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab lie at the intersection of robotics and biology. Through abstraction of the design principles of biological systems, we develop core competences which are the design and control of dynamic mechatronics systems, bionic sensor technologies, and computational optimization techniques. Our main goals are to contribute to a deeper understanding of adaptivity and autonomy of animals through the investigation of dynamic robots, and to engineer novel robotic applications which are more adaptive, resilient, and energy efficient.

These positions belong to a new government funded research project, "Bio-Inspired Motor Control for Underactuated Robotic Systems", in which we tackle with the problems of design optimization in underactuated systems, control optimization of "dynamics programmability", and dynamic embodied cognition. For more information about the background of this project, please visit my website: http://people.csail.mit.edu/iida/

(1) Requirements
Applicants should have diploma/master degrees in one of the following disciplines, but degrees from the other areas are also considered if relevant.
* Mechanical, Electronic, Control Engineering, Robotics
* Physics, Biology, Biomechanics
* Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

(2) Conditions
* Main duty includes research activities, lab organization, and teaching assistant
* Starting August 2009 or at your earliest convenience
* These positions will be fully funded based on the SNF/ETHZ regulations

(3) To Apply
Please send an email to Fumiya Iida (iida at csail.mit.edu) with your cv and a brief introduction of your research interests and plans. The selection process will be closed as soon as the positions are filled.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/iida/JobAdvert.txt

Job opp. Expert (category I) in the fields of capacity building - Botswana

Expert (category I) in the fields of capacity building, institutional assessment, or regional integration are required

Organization(s):CCM CONSULTING
Country/Region:Botswana
Contract Length:Long-term consulting assignment
Apply by:01 July 2009
Reference No:sadc
Please email [email protected]

Technical Assistance to identify and formulate the programming areas for SADC under the 10th European Development Fund Regional Strategy Paper/Regional Indicative Programm.
The expert should hold a degree or degrees of at least four (4) years in economics, politics, law, social sciences or a similar field . A minimum of fifteen (15) years prior experience at middle levels of administration, of which (10) years professional experience within the fields of capacity building, institutional assessment, or regional integration are required. The expert should have had previous practical experience with international organisations in planning, programming and delivering development cooperation (European Commission, World Bank, ADB, IFAD, DfID, etc). Previous practical experience of the EDF or other EU funding mechanisms would be considered an advantage.

Drafting skills and the ability to work with the staff of an institution in the development of terms of reference are important, as are a good working knowledge of the standard Microsoft Office suite of programmes.
The working language for the assignment will be English. The expert must be fluent in both spoken and written English.

PhD Studentship and Post‐Doctoral Research Fellowship in Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Project Summary:
PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship positions are available in the UCD diffusion tensor imaging (UCDTI) research group. The research will focus on determining the relationship between myocardial fibre orientations and cardiac wall motion through registration of tagged Magnetic Resonancein-vivo data and ex-vivo Diffusion Tensor Imaging data. The goal of this work is to understand cardiac problems on a structural level by combining imaging techniques that reveal heart fibre orientation with techniques that reveal the broad spatio-temporal dynamics of the beating heart.

This project is part of a study funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is in collaboration with colleagues from the Eindhoven University of Technology, St. Vincentʼs University Hospital, UCD CASL and TCD. The PhD studentship funding is available for up to 4 years starting 1st October 2009 (earlier start date possible) and will include a stipend of €72,000 over 4 years, plus fees.

Qualifications / Background Required:
Candidates should have or should be about to obtain a degree in engineering, computer science or related areas. Previous experience in image processing and MRI, in particular DT-MRI, would be an advantage although training can be provided to suitable candidates.

Further Information:
Please send your CV and contact details for two referees to Dr. Kathleen Curran by e-mail: [email protected]

http://www.ucd.ie/personl/html/vacancies/

Beware of fake and malicious 'Michael Jackson' story links

It looks like the spam, junk and malicious internet industry celebrate with every big news (happy or sad) by releasing numerous links that direct people to sites that could harm their computers.
Just recently, there are links being sent over social network sites such as twitter.com and facebook.com and even as email messages. The malicious links are hidden under the URL shortening service sites such as tinyurl or shorturl etc. The most recent malicious links are suggesting you read more about Michael Jackson's last moment in the hospital before his death. Others go as far as encouraging people to 'download torrents containing Michael Jackson's 100 unreleased songs/albums'. That's a hoax. It came out on April fool's day.

The best advice for you:
  1. Dot click on any link from people you don't know.
  2. Treat junk and spam emails as junk and spam.
  3. Do not be tempted to open a link just because the heading/subject attracts you to read more.
  4. If you have doubts about a link, you probably are right, trust your instincts and prevent the urge to 'read more' on something that won't harm if left unread.
  5. If a suspicious link comes from a friend, send them an email to double check, it doesn't cost much asking for a proof but could cost you a computer if you are careless.

Photos: The Obama's at work - volunteering

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) delivers remarks with first lady Michelle Obama.

President Barack Obama speaks about his "United We Serve" initiative with his wife Michelle during a "United We Serve" Backpack Project at Fort McNair on June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about her husband's "United We Serve" initiative during a "United We Serve" Backpack Project at Fort McNair on June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC.

AFP OUT U.S. President Barack Obama (L) laughs as first lady Michelle Obama does a little dance while making remarks during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.

(AFP OUT) Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) (L) greets U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama (R) during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) delivers remarks with first lady Michelle Obama during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.

(AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (top), first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) and their daughters Malia (3rd L) and Sasha (R) help volunteers
U.S. President Barack Obama (top), first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) and their daughters Malia (3rd L) and Sasha (R).

(AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) and their daughter Malia (C) help stuff backpacks with books, food and photographs of their dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.

( AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughter Malia (L) help volunteers and members of Congress stuff backpacks with books, food and photographs of the first dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughter Malia (L).


(AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R), first lady Michelle Obama (3rd L) and their daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (R) help volunteers and members of Congress stuff backpacks with books, food and photographs of the first dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.

( AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha (R) help volunteers and members of Congress stuff backpacks with books, food and photographs of the first dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R), first lady Michelle Obama (3rd L) and their daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (R)

(AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R), first lady Michelle Obama (4th L) and their daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (R) help volunteers and members of Congress stuff backpacks with books, food and photographs of the first dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.

( AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (C) slides a box of backpacks across the floor before helping stuff them with books, food and photographs of the first dog Bo during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Helping to fill 10,000 backpacks for children of military servicemen and women, the first family stuffed copies of "The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall into backpacks along with food items and a personal letter from the president and the first lady.


(AFP OUT) (L-R) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama and family dog Bo arrive at a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. In a celebration of the president's home state, the South Lawn was decorated with tiki torches and palm huts and the meal prepared by famous Hawaiian chef Alan Wong.

(AFP OUT) Sporting leis, (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama and Vice President Joe Biden host a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. In a celebration of the president's home state, the South Lawn was decorated with tiki torches and palm huts and the meal prepared by famous Hawaiian chef Alan Wong.

(AFP OUT) President Barack Obama and his family Malia Obama, Michelle Obama and Sasha Obama host a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. In a celebration of the president's home state, the South Lawn was decorated with tiki torches and palm huts and the meal prepared by famous Hawaiian chef Alan Wong.
porting leis, (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama and Vice President Joe Biden host a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. In a celebration of the president's home state, the South Lawn was decorated with tiki torches and palm huts and the meal prepared by famous Hawaiian chef Alan Wong.
All Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America

Video: Mhe. M. Pinda akizungumza bungeni kuhusu vifo vinavyotokana na uzazi

Vifo vinavyotokana na uzazi vinaweza kuzuilika ikiwapo nia ya kuboresha miundombinu kama vile barabara, vyombo vya kusafiria na upatikanaji wa vitendea kazi katika zahanati, vituo vya afya na hospitali.
Waziri Mkuu, mhe. M.Pinda umezungumza kuwa suala hili la kupunguza na kutokomeza vifo hivi unalifahamu vyema na limekugusa. Langu moja, ninaomba (what the heck, ninaomba? nope) tunahitaji Serikali iwajibike kwa suala hili. Kauli zenu ndiyo shitaka lenu. Zitakuhukumuni.

Video hii ni kwa hisani ya Kennedy Kimaro wa blogu ya Magazeti ya Tanzania.

Video: Collapsing of a road and bridge in Freeport, Maine.

On Aug. 8th, 2008, heavy rains caused a road in Freeport, Maine to collapse. This is the video of the road and bridge collapsing as it was caught by News 8 chief photographer Kevyn Fowler. The extended version 5min can be see at Truveo - New, Extended Video Of Freeport Road.
Imagine: Driving at night in one of the upcountry roads in Tanzania night, and all of a sudden...
Imagine: In a car at 100km/hr, and all of a sudden...
God forbid.

PhD scholarship Citizenship, Volunteering and Organise Civil Society. A European Perspective

The PhD programme of Welfare, Governance and Citizenship within the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, hereby announces a PhD scholarship for a PhD project on a comparative study of ‘Citizenship, Volunteering and Organised Civil Society – A European perspective’. (The PhD project is described more in detail at the homepage of ISG: www.ruc.dk/isg/phd-programme). The scholarship will be available from 1st of September 2009 or soon after.

The scholarship
covers a period of three years. It is a condition for a successful project that the candidate is fluent in one of the Scandinavian languages. The successful applicant will be asked to contribute with 500 hours of work to the Department (teaching at one of the Department’s Master’s programmes and dissemination of research to a broader audience etc.). The annual salary is based on previous governmental employments and the general agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) (annually by October 1, 2008: 249.777 – 328.784 DKK + pension contribution). The successful candidate should also preferably stay six to twelve months abroad. For the purpose of this project the graduate school is cooperating with Centre for research on Civil Society and Voluntary Sector, Institute for Social Research (ISF), Oslo, Stockholm School of Economics, and Tilburg University (SCP), the Netherlands.

We are looking for a candidate with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology, political science, public administration or a similar graduate background

The successful applicant
will be enrolled in the PhD Programme of Welfare, Governance and Citizenship and will have to comply with the rules of the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at Universities (14th of January 2008): http://www.ubst.dk/lovgivning/Ph%20d%20-bekendtgorelsen%20-%20engelsk%20oversettelse%20DOK462957.pdf

For further information
please contact the Head of Department: Dr Gorm Rye Olsen ([email protected]), the director of the PhD Programme: Prof Eva Sørensen ([email protected]), or the planned supervisor: Prof. Thomas P. Boje ([email protected]). For more information about the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, please see: www.ruc.dk/isg

The application
must be in English and include a CV, documentation (copies) of examinations passed and a project description of maximum 5 pages. The description should include an outline of the problem area to be studied – here the enclosed description of the project must be reflected - , the research questions raised, the theoretical approach taken and methodological considerations, as well as a work and time plan. The project description and other material should be forwarded in three hard copies to:

Roskilde University
Department of Society and Globalisation
Building 24.2
Postbox 260
DK-4000 Roskilde
Att.: Janni Villadsen

Deadline for applications is 14th of August 2009 at 12.00 noon.
Material received after this time will not be taken into account.

Source: http://www.ruc.dk/ruc_en/about/Positions/civilsociety0609/

Fully funded 3-year PhD Studentships in Intelligent Transport Systems

Oxford Brookes University Doctoral Training Programme

Stipend:
£14,000 tax-free per annum UK/EU students (plus fees paid)
£12,000 tax-free per annum non-UK/EU students (plus fees paid)

Start Date: Sept/October 2009

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Doctoral Training programme resides within the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes University. The School is situated in a new £8 million teaching and research facility. The School also has an international reputation in several research areas and performed well in the recent Research Assessment Exercise. For more details about our research please see http://tech.brookes.ac.uk/research.

The ITS programme focuses on the development of intelligent vehicle and traffic systems. The two main motivations for this research are: (a) the need for safe and environmentally sustainable transport systems, and (b) to develop technology for autonomous vehicles.

The programme invites applications for three fully funded PhD studentships in the following research areas:
  • Autonomous Vehicles: Control and integration of systems so that vehicles can operate independently under different working conditions.
  • Inter-vehicle Communication Networks: Devise vehicle broadband systems and ad hoc networks, to provide large bandwidth for video type applications and provide information about road conditions, vehicle locations and vehicle capabilities.
  • Vehicle Sustainability and Recyclability: Develop sustainable and recyclable vehicles through the use of novel materials and design.
  • In-vehicle systems for navigation, control and safety: Design appropriate vehicle interface control solutions. Improve safety, through air bag inflation, steering control and brake application, prior to impact. Integrate wireless sensors, to monitor vehicle performance and control autonomous vehicles.
  • Electric and hybrid propulsion: Develop zero emission propulsion and smart control systems for charging, storing and delivering electricity.
  • Vehicle awareness of road assets: Automate the analysis of road scenes, including identifying signs, road markings, obstacles, distances to other vehicles, pedestrians, etc.
Applicants should have or hope to obtain a first class degree or postgraduate degree in a engineering, mathematical, computer science or analytical subject. If you are interested in these studentships then please fill in the application form and obtain references as per instructions in the given form below.
  1. Application Form
  2. Application InstructionsReference Form
  3. Reference Form
Source: http://tech.brookes.ac.uk/research/intelligent-transport-systems

International Student Scholarship Package 2009/10

International students applying to study at Glyndŵr University in September 2009 may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Succesful scholarship students will have a reduction in their tuition fees as well as free accommodation for the 2009/10 academic year. Succesful candidates will be notified in writing in their conditional offer letters.

Download application form for the International Student Scholarship Package (pdf format).

Further details
If you would prefer a private bathroom (en-suite) as part of the free accommodation scholarship please choose Scholarship Package A on the application form.


Scholarship Package A
Foundation degree courses£6,400*
Undergraduate courses£6,400*
MSc, MRes & MA courses£8,150
MBA course£8,800
Postgraduate research courses£8,150*
If you would prefer a shared bathroom as part of the free accommodation scholarship please choose Scholarship Package B on the application form.
Scholarship Package B
Foundation degree courses£5,900*
Undergraduate courses£5,900*
MSc, MRes & MA courses£7,650
MBA course£8,300
Postgraduate research courses£7,650*
* These programmes last longer than one academic year; in subsequent years students will not be entitled to free accommodation.