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16 Авг

8 funded PhD positions available within the ICFOstepstone fellowship program

8 funded PhD positions available within the ICFOstepstone fellowship program

The Institute o Photonics Science ICFO is offering 8 PhD positions to well-qualified graduate students, who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in any of the research fields covered at ICFO.

The positions are offered in the scope of the ICFOstepstone Program, a MSCA-COFUND action of the European Commission, awarding INCOMING Fellowships to outstanding graduate students. The program will bring together top-level training and teaching for young scientists in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. It will offer the possibility of mobility within a network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field.

PhD students at ICFO benefit from the extensive course offerings of local universities and focused instruction by ICFO professors. Research is carried out at ICFO.

Fellowships will be offered across all ICFO research groups in the following research areas:

  • Biophysics & Biomedical Optics
  • Optical Sensing, Optoelectronics & Photovoltaics
  • Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Optics & Atto-Physics
  • Nanophotonics, Optomechanics & Nanomechanics
  • Experimental Quantum Optics & Quantum Information
  • Theoretical Nanophotonics, Quantum Optics & Quantum Information

For information about our research groups and teams, please see the website.

Note that in addition to the ICFOstepstone COFUND positions, additional internal ICFO PhD group positions might become available, for which we may retain candidates applying to this present opening.

Further information about our PhD- and Fellowship program is : available http://phd.icfo.eu/

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15 Авг

PhD Studentship in AL-alloys for Automotive Applications

PhD Studentship in AL-alloys for Automotive Applications

       
  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a number of full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships in research associated with the development of high strength Al-alloys in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the National Centre of Excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing.

The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on one of the following topics based on their experience and interest:
1.Understanding manufacturing induced mechanical properties through computer modelling and simulation of both materials and processes.
2.Understanding the formation mechanisms and developing effective approaches to control secondary phase particles during the melt conditioned direct chill (MC-DC) casting process developed by BCAST.
3.Understanding the interactions between heat treatment and deformation processing aiming to achieve significant improvement of mechanical performance.
4.Understanding the interactions between precipitates and dislocations using advanced electronic microscopy techniques.

Funding Notes

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. The successful candidates are expected to commence at the latest in October 2017

References

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 1 September 2017:
•An up to date CV;
•A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
•Names and contact details of 3 referees;
•A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
•Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=85993&Email=1
07 Авг

PhD Scholarship in Physics: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Topological Nanostructures

PhD Scholarship in Physics: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Topological Nanostructures

  • Sunday, September 03, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury

Project Description

Topological insulators (TIs) are a newly-discovered class of solid-state materials with remarkable properties and vast potential for exciting and novel applications.

A 3-year PhD Scholarship is available to work on fundamental properties of nanoscale topological insulators in New Zealand. The successful applicant will undertake research into the growth of nanostructures of topologically insulating materials, and investigate their topological properties. The atomic scale structure and electronic properties of the nanostructures will be studied primarily using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope. This work will be supplemented by additional experiments and calculations with international collaborators.

This work builds on ten years of experience in growing related nanostructures and is part of a project that has recently been funded by New Zealand’s most prestigious science funding agency, the Marsden Fund. The project also aligns closely with the objectives of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence, and the successful applicant will enjoy access to the facilities and programs of the Institute. The scholarship is worth $27,000 per annum and includes all student fees.

The successful candidate will have enthusiasm, a good honours or masters degree in physics (or related subject), and a desire to work in a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment.

Please note that all applications must include:
— A full Curriculum Vitae, INCLUDING your University transcript (i.e. the list of grades awarded).
— The names of at least two people who are prepared to act as referees.
— Evidence of your English language ability.
— A clear statement about when you would expect to be able to come to NZ.

Only applications received before the deadline of 3 September 2017 will be considered.

All applications should be emailed to .

For further information go to: http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/research/nano/

07 Авг

Testing and Modelling of Mechanical Performance of 3D-Printed Shape-Memory-Alloy Stents

Testing and Modelling of Mechanical Performance of 3D-Printed Shape-Memory-Alloy Stents
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Project Description
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project Detail:
Peripheral arterial disease refers to partial or total block of peripheral arteries due to the accumulation of fatty deposits on the vessel wall. The disease imposes a progressive damage to patients’ health and wellbeing due to the restriction of blood supply to leg muscles. Typical symptoms include pain when walking and dying of leg tissue. The disease can be effectively treated by vascular stents which are essentially meshes of synthetic materials used to reopen the blocked blood vessels. However, stenting in peripheral arteries has proved problematic, given the complexity of the disease and constant exposure to severe biomechanical forces.

This research aims to develop smart stents for treatment of complex periphery artery stenosis in the lower limbs. Superelastic shape memory alloy, Nitinol, will be used in this study, as the material is extremely flexible and can automatically recover its original shape even after very large deformation (smart nature). Stents made of Nitinol demonstrate high conformability to the complex vessel geometry in diseased regions.

The candidate will join the vibrant Mechanics of Advanced Materials research group at Loughborough University, and also collaborate with University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University. Mechanical behaviour of Nitinol samples and stents, produced by additive manufacturing (3D printing) at University of Birmingham, will be tested at Loughborough using a stent crimper and a microtester fitted with an environmental bath. Samples and stents, both as-received and tested, will undergo SEM/TEM/EBSD characterisation to gain further insights of the material behaviour. In addition, finite element simulations of stent deformation will be carried out, including in-vitro and in-silico modelling of local deformation of the stent-artery system. Simulation results will be compared with in-vitro experimental results obtained by Manchester Metropolitan University.

The research outcome will serve as a driving force to boost the development of advanced endovascular therapies, especially for complex and critical diseases in vulnerable patients such as ageing populations.

Funding information:
Please note that up to 4 studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: NM180717, LZ190717, CL270717, PK200717, RM280717, TB281707 & SM280717.
If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,553 p.a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 15/11/2017.

Find out more about the research group:
MoAMRG.co.uk

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science, Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in 1 or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science, Physics.

Contact details:
Name: Liguo Zhao
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227799

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under Mechanical Engineering , Wolfson School
Please quote reference number: LZ190717

Application details:
Reference number: LZ190717
Preferred Start date: October 2017 or January 2018
Closing date: 15 October 2017

Supervisors:
Primary supervisor:
Secondary supervisor: Prof Vadim Silberschmidt

Funding Notes

Please note that up to 4 studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: NM180717, LZ190717, CL270717, PK200717, RM280717, TB281707 & SM280717.
If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,553 p.a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,195 p.a).

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88273&Email=1

07 Авг

In-Vehicle Touchscreen User Interfaces

In-Vehicle Touchscreen User Interfaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This project will develop new fundamental understanding of touchscreen interaction during vibration, and it will develop methods that improve interaction with touchscreens in vibrating environments. At least two novel methods for achieving these improvements will be investigated: 1) use of the finger force-sensing capabilities that have recently become available on touchscreens; 2) use of transparent overlays (including 3D printed physical elements such as buttons and sliders) that rest on top of the touchscreen. These physical artifacts will assist the user in controlling the underlying touchscreen by feel, and they will assist mechanical limb stabilization.

The Candidate 
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in computer science, human factors, or mechanical engineering. Good programming skills are essential. Knowledge of experimental design and data analysis are advantageous.

About the HCI Lab, Christchurch, and New Zealand
The HCI Lab at Canterbury has an excellent track record of research impact in HCI. Review our publications at: http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/research/RG/HCI/HCIlab/Publications/

Christchurch is the main city in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. It offers outstanding access to outdoor activities, and it is possible to ski, surf, climb and mountain-bike all in the same day.

Requirements
International applicants will be required to arrange for their NZ student visa after an offer of a place. Please check http://www.immigration.govt.nz for information about what type of visa might be most suitable and the process of acquiring it. The university has various types of accommodation available on campus. Please check http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/future-students/accommodation/ for information about the options and prices. International students should also consult the International Student website at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/international/ to learn about the cost of living, fees, and insurances.

Funding Notes

An annual scholarship of NZD27,500 plus fees (~NZD7,500) is available for three years. In addition, this funded project includes financial support for the student to travel to international conferences to present their work.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88283&Email=1

07 Авг

Photo-luminescent Sensors for Condition Monitoring in Extreme Environments

Photo-luminescent Sensors for Condition Monitoring in Extreme Environments

  •  Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Project Description

Fully funded project with the University of Strathclyde and the National Physics Laboratory

Extreme environments occur in many engineering devices and processes and monitoring components is critical to the design and safe operation of power stations, chemical plant, gas turbines etc. and in manufacturing processes such as welding, forming and forging. Sensors for these environments must first survive and secondly provide data of the right quality with temperature and heat flux being two of the most valuable measurands. Professor Heyes and co-workers have developed a range of sensors based on photo-luminescent ceramic phosphors targeted towards condition monitoring in gas turbines. The proposed project is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, The National Physics Laboratory and the Advanced Forming Research Centre. It concerns the development of new sensors for condition monitoring in manufacturing processes such as forging. This challenging application will require the development of a new type of fast response sensor utilising tailored transformation kinetics to make a permanent record of the temperature to which the sensor has been exposed that can be discerned later off-line by interrogation of the emission spectra under UV excitation.

The project will involve experimental characterisation of temperature dependent photo-luminescent properties of ce-ramic phosphors, the design of new bespoke sensors and their testing in a realistic production environment at the Ad-vanced Forming Research Centre.

The project is for 36 months, and available immediately . The funding will cover tuition fees and a stipend of approx £15000, for students from the UK/EU. Non EU students would receive partial fees, and stipend.

Supervisors: Dr A Heyes (University of Strathclyde), and Professor G Machin (National Physics Laboratory)

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88240&Email=1
07 Авг

Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer

Flexible microdevices for characterization of bionanomechanics in cancer

Project Description

There have been extensive efforts to study the role of gene mutations in cancer and an accumulation of mutations has been proposed as being necessary for cancer development. However, the results from gene-based drug treatments of cancers have been variable [1] and less satisfactory than desired [2], being much less than antibiotic effects on infectious diseases for example. Recently, evidence has accumulated that cancer is not only a disease of genetic mutations, but that the micro- and nano-environments of cells may be essential factors in triggering tumour growth [3]. Tumorigenic growth patterns can be induced by inappropriate mechanical forces [4-6]. For example, the dysfunctional collagen crosslinking in the cell extracellular matrix (ECM) of old individuals may be the trigger for cancer in old age [7-9]. Furthermore, the earlier onset of breast cancer, compared to cancers of other organs [10], is explained by accelerated aging of healthy breast tissue [11]. For cancer to spread, invade or metastasise, a cancer cell must exert physical forces [12]. Thus, we propose that a disrupted environment (a mutation-independent element) is necessary for the local condition to promote cancer development. However, there is no coherent quantitative data on the nature and level of mechanical forces that influence the interactions between the physical micro- and nano-environment and cancer cells [12].
Research work plan
We will develop a microfluidic platform to perform force measurements on three dimensional spheroid clusters [15]. Clusters of cells, often called ‘spheroids’, will be formed suspended in culture medium. We will place clusters of cells in arrays and cages of elastomeric and conductive polymer pillars to study spheroids in a 3D environment. Our collaborator Prof. Vieu recently demonstrated the measurement of interior forces in multi-cellular 3-D spheroid tumour models using high aspect ratio pillars made of PDMS [16]. During culturing, clusters increase in size by cell proliferation and gradually exert greater force on the pillars and on themselves.

In this work we will extend these experiments to endometrial cancer cells and add the ability to artificially impose mechanical forces on the spheroids. Cells being compressed will transfer force to adjacent pillars, allowing the magnitude to be quantified from the pillar deflection. For force sensing we will directly compare elastomeric and conductive polymer pillar arrays, thus adding functionality and producing more detailed and accurate force measurements. Our existing pillar arrays, developed for multi-point force measurement with nematodes [17], have recently been miniaturized. Elastomeric pillars 30 μm high and with diameters as small as 7 μm, were used for force sensing on fungal hyphae, demonstrating nano-Newton resolution [18]. We will use soft-lithography and replica moulding developed for this work to fabricate the elastomeric pillar arrays and direct writing [19] on prefabricated electrode arrays to produce the conductive polymer pillar arrays. The spheroids will be collected at selected time points and submitted to immunohistochemistry, which will identify differences between cells on the inside of the spheroid from those on the outside, noting for example changes to focal adhesion complexes and the cytoskeleton.

Building on the force measurement devices described above, we will extend the work further by developing a microfluidic platform capable of applying controlled forces to multi-cellular models. Current force application techniques designed to study single and 2-D cell behaviour under mechanical stress do not integrate force feedback or allow for active force modulation [20, 21]. The ability to dynamically alter forces to which cells are exposed [22] will provide more relevant information. Active force modulation with direct sensor feedback will allow us to test for a variety of compressive force levels to determine the effect on multi-cellular cancer models. PDMS membrane-based Quake-type [23] and side valve devices [24] capable of applying compressive force will be developed. A microfluidic cell handling platform will be developed that will allow for precise control of force level, duration and dynamics in a high throughput fashion. Integrated fluid handling will allow us to study gene and protein expression of the cancer cells during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

This PhD project has the following specific objectives:
1) Design and fabricate a microfluidic platform for cell-spheroid force application and measurement.
2) Characterize the bionanomechanics of tumour growth and effect of force stimuli.
3) Explore gene and protein expression during mechanobiologically relevant force profiles on-chip.

Funding Notes

This fully funded studentship includes a NZ$27,500 per annum stipend and is part of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national centre of research excellence. It will be based in the School of Engineering, with opportunity for close interaction with the Biomolecular Interaction Centre and the Otago School of Medicine. The ideal candidate will have a BEng/BSc honours or MEng/MSc in Microsystems, Bioengineering or Materials Engineering, with strong interest in cell-biology. This is a highly interdisciplinary project and candidates with experience in cell-biology are especially welcome. Previous experience in soft-lithography, microfluidics, and fluorescence microscopy, is essential.

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02 Авг

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Are you at the beginning of your academic career and did you complete your doctorate no more than four years ago? And now you would like to pursue a concrete research project? Then apply for a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables researchers to carry out their own long-term (6- to 24-month) research project in cooperation with an academic host of their own choice at a research institution in Germany.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • doctorate or comparable academic degree
  • academic publications in journals and/or by publishing houses which review according to international standards
  • confirmation of the availability of research facilities and of a mentoring agreement provided by an academic host at a research institution in Germany
  • depending on the academic discipline, a good knowledge of German and/or English is necessary

What form does funding take?

The Fellowship is worth 2,650 euros per month. This includes a mobility lump sum and a contribution towards health and liability insurance. Fellows can also apply for additional benefits, such as lump sums for travel expenses, language fellowships and allowances for accompanying family members.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here:
www.humboldt-foundation.de > Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

02 Авг

Emmy Noether Programme

Emmy Noether Programme

Dreaming of a university teaching career? Planning to continue your academic career in Germany even after your funding comes to an end? Through its Emmy Noether Programme, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) helps outstanding young researchers in all subject areas qualify as professors – without the need for the usual postdoctoral thesis qualification (“Habilitation” in Germany): stipend-holders head their own research group and assume teaching duties.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • rapidly completed academic training including doctoral degree
  • two to four years postdoc experience
  • international research experience
  • outstanding publications in high-ranking international journals
  • an excellent research project

What form does funding take?

Support is normally provided for five years (and for six years from 1 January 2018) and includes all funding necessary for the young research group and its research project. This includes in particular:

  • the project leader post
  • project-specific funding to cover project costs and staff, as well as investments for the research project
  • in the case of clinicians who are tied up in the research project: funding for staff to take over their regular duties

In addition, funding is available to support exchange with other researchers in Germany and abroad, project-specific workshops and presentation of research results to the general public.

When does the next round of applications begin?

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here:
www.dfg.de > Emmy Noether Programme

02 Авг

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships from the European Commission

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships from the European Commission

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship is designed to support promising young researchers from Germany and abroad.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time research experience
  • applicants must either come to Europe or conduct their research in another country within Europe

What form does funding take?

The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, funding for research and training purposes is provided. The Fellowship is paid via the host institution – usually a university, research centre or company in Europe. Funding is available for a maximum period of two years.

When is the closing date for applications?

Applications can be submitted at any time until 14 September 2017.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here:
www.ec.europa.eu > Individual Fellowships (IF)

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