10 Авг

12 ISTplus Postdoctoral Positions for International Applicants in Austria, 2017

12 ISTplus Postdoctoral Positions for International Applicants in Austria, 2017

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria is inviting applications for up to 12 ISTplus Postdocs Positions in Austria. Applicants from all around the world are eligible to apply for these positions.The ISTplus postdoc program is funded through the Marie Sk?Sklodowska-Curie Actions, a type of co-funding for regional, national and international programs that finance fellowships involving mobility to or from another country.

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a young international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences, located in Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna.

Course Level: Positions are available to pursue Postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject: ISTplus is a coherently integrated program with strong monitoring, evaluation, and follow-up. It offers two-year fellowships for highly qualified, incoming postdocs with the following features:

  • Open, bottom-up international recruiting process
  • Truly interdisciplinary research options
  • Targeted Competence Building program
  • Secondment scheme with an intersectoral network of partners

Scholarship Award: Applications to the ISTplus program are welcome from all scientific fields currently represented at IST Austria. ISTplus fellows will receive two-year, full-time employment contracts with an internationally competitive salary and full social security coverage. Fellows will have access to career counseling and opportunities to take paid “intersectoral” internships with partners from non-academic institutions in the industry and the public sector.

Number of Scholarships: Approximately 12 per call.

Scholarship can be taken in Austria

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must fulfil the Marie Curie mobility requirements in order to be selected. Applicants must either be relocating to Austria. Candidates already located in Austria are only eligible if they have been in Austria for a total of fewer than 12 months during the 3 years previous to the deadline of the respective Call.
  • You must have formally completed all requirements of your PhD and provide a copy of your diploma prior to the start of your employment (which cannot be later than 5 months after the fellowship offer is issued).
  • Your proposed research must match with the research carried out on campus.
  • Postdocs who are already employed at IST Austria are not eligible to apply.
  • All applications must include the ethics self-assessment form to be considered eligible.
  • For additional requirements related specifically to the requirements of the application please carefully review the Guide for Applicants.

Nationality: Applicants from all around the world are eligible to apply for these positions.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have their previous degree.

English Language Requirements: The official language of the institute is English. In order to help fellows integrate into the host country, IST offers German-language courses on campus.

International Scholarships

How to Apply: All application documents, including reference letters, must be submitted no later than 23:59 on the application deadline (March 15th or September 15th).  All applications which are incomplete at the application deadline will be considered ineligible and no exceptions will be made for providing reference letters or other application materials after the deadline.

This is the section for uploading documents. For your application to be considered complete and eligible you must upload the following:

  • Career motivation letter
  • CV
  • Research statement/proposal (preferably 2-3 pages)
  • Completed Ethical Issues Table (available here).
  • The ethical issues table must be fully completed. If it is determined that you have uploaded an incomplete ethical issues table, you will be asked to re-submit a completed table, provided your application was otherwise complete and submitted by the deadline. *All documents must be in pdf format.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Application deadline is September 15, 2017.

http://ist.ac.at/research/postdoctoral-research/istplus/

10 Авг

Rotary Yoneyama Scholarships for International Students in Japan, 2018

Rotary Yoneyama Scholarships for International Students in Japan, 2018

Applications are invited for Rotary Yoneyama Scholarships available for international students to undertake studies at a Japanese university or graduate school in Japan. International applicants can apply.The Foundation awards scholarships to overseas students who aspire to study or conduct research in Japanese universities or graduate schools. Its scholarship fund is supported by the contributions of Rotarians throughout Japan.The Foundation is Japan’s largest private scholarship organization, both in terms of program scale and number of scholarships awarded.

There are several conditions requiring Japanese language ability depend on the Rotary District where applicants’ targeted the university/graduate school is located. In either case, after arriving Japan, scholars are expected to make an effort to communicate in Japanese so as to better create and strengthen friendship ties with Japanese Rotarians.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing undergraduate, master and PhD degree programs at Japanese University or Graduate School.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all disciplines.

Scholarship Award
:

  • For April enrollment: Scholarship payment begins in April 2017 or For fall enrollment: Scholarship payment begins in October (or September) 2017
  • Undergraduates                     100,000 yen per month
  • Master’s students                  140,000 yen per month
  • Doctoral students                  140,000 yen per month
    *Research students are not eligible.
  • Supplemental?
    Only for the first year of the scholarship, a supplemental of ¥400,000 is provided upon arrival in Japan.

Number of Awards: About Fifteen

Scholarship can be taken in Japan

Eligibility: Overseas students meeting all of the following requirements are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

  • Citizenship & Place of Residence Not be a citizen of Japan or be residing in Japan.
  • Letter of Success or Permission for Pre-arrival Admission in Japanese University or Graduate School Have either obtained or be in the process of applying for pre-arrival admission approval or letter of success from the university or graduate school (under MEXT jurisdiction) to which you wish to enter as a degree student, and be scheduled for April 2017 or October (September) 2017 enrollment. If the applicants come to Japan to have the entrance examination (e.g., to take a written exam or interview), they must return to their residing country to apply for the scholarship. Those who enroll in undergraduates must submit a copy of admission, and those who enroll in graduate schools must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor/professor in Japanese graduate schools of their choice. If not submitted, their application will be rejected
  • Scholastic and Health Requirements- Have an enthusiasm for study and clear-cut future goals, an awareness of and respect for cultural differences, and ability to express oneself fluently and to communicate smoothly, and both the mental and physical health needed to sustain one’s life as an overseas exchange student.
  • Japanese Language Ability: As the page 6-7 shows, there are several conditions requiring Japanese language ability depend on the Rotary District where applicants’ targeted the university / graduate school is located. In either case, after arriving Japan, scholars are expected to make an effort to communicate in Japanese so as to better create and strengthen friendship ties with Japanese Rotarians.

Nationality: International students (Non-Japanese) are eligible for these Rotary Yoneyama Scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: 

  • Persons who already hold a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for an undergraduate scholarship.
  • Persons who already hold a master’s degree are not eligible for a master’s scholarship.
  • Persons who already hold a doctoral degree are not eligible for a doctoral scholarship.

Test Requirement:

English Language Requirements: There are several conditions requiring Japanese language ability depend on the Rotary District where applicants’ targeted the university/graduate school is located. In either case, after arriving Japan, scholars are expected to make an effort to communicate in Japanese so as to better create and strengthen friendship ties with Japanese Rotarians.

Japan Scholarships

How to Apply: The application and documents should be prepared in PDF format. After filling out the form, please save the file with your own name and the documents name like as follows. (example: applicant’s name Margaret King)

  • Application
  • The copy of the application for admission for the university/graduate school you are applying
  • Research plan (prescribed form)
  • Composition (purpose for studying in Japan)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of Letter of Acceptance
  • Document certifying Japanese language proficiency
    The Documents (5) and (6) can be sent to us directly from the university or schools you are applying by the deadline. Those who apply for Undergraduate don’t need to submit (3). Those who haven’t taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test don’t need to submit (7).
  • Please email them as attached documents to the Foundation at the following address apply-at-rotary-yoneyama.or.jp

Application Deadline: Application must arrive by October 16, 2017 1:00P.M. Japan time for both April and fall (September/October) 2018 Enrollment.

http://www.rotary-yoneyama.or.jp/english/overseas

10 Авг

Swiss Government Scholarships for International Students, 2018-2019

Swiss Government Scholarships for International Students, 2018-2019

Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission, offers excellence scholarships for foreign scholars and artists in Switzerland. Scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral, research programs and fine arts at one of the public funded universities or recognized institution.The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D., postdoctoral and research programs and fine arts scholarships are for the Master program (according to the ECTS credits).

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.

Swiss Government Scholarship

Scholarship Award: Scholarships will comprise of

PhD Scholarships

  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1’920.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • There are no family allowances.
  • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.
  • PhD scholarship holders may request a supplementary allowance for fieldwork. For fieldtrips lasting longer than 2 months the scholarship amount will be reduced to 50%.

Postdoctoral scholarships:

  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 3’500.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • There are no family allowances.
  • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Research scholarships

  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • There are no family allowances.
  • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Fine Arts

  • The scholarship amounts to a monthly payment of CHF 1,920.
  • For non-EU and non-EFTA grantees only: mandatory Swiss health insurance is paid by the FCS.
  • There are no family allowances.
  • Scholarship holders from outside continental Europe receive a flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).
  • Special CHF 300 housing allowance (paid once at the beginning of the scholarship).
  • One-year half-fare public transportation card.
  • Support services and various trips, dinners and sightseeing tours organised for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship holders.

Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland

Eligibility:

PhD Criteria

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the scholarship next September. As a proof the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicant’s date of birth after 31 December 1982.
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the PhD studies/ research.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.

Postdoctoral Criteria

  • PhD degree
  • No more than five years may have passed between the award of the Ph.D. and the application deadline.
  • Applicants who are in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter (or email) from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that they are willing and entitled to supervise the postdoctoral research. Without such confirmation, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe (this is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it).
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the postdoctoral research.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship.

Research Criteria

  • Master’s degree or equivalent university degree recognised by the Swiss university. The applicant must have achieved this degree before the start of the scholarship next September. As a proof the degree has to be submitted to the Federal Commission for Scholarships before the start of the scholarship.
  • Applicants must be born after 31 December 1982
  • Applicants who have been in Switzerland for more than one year at the beginning of the scholarship in September are not eligible.
  • Applicants must provide a letter from a professor at the Swiss host institution stating that she/he is willing to support and supervise the research. Without such support, the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants must have a research proposal including a timeframe. This is the centrepiece of the application. The applicant must devote all required attention to it.
  • Applicants must be in command of the necessary language skills required for the research/studies.
  • Applicants who have already benefited from a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship are not eligible to apply for a second scholarship. Scholarship holders are expected to move to Switzerland during their grant period.

Nationality: International applicants are eligible to apply.College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have their previous degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Government Scholarships

How to Apply: The application package can be obtained by e-mail from the Swiss Embassy. Please submit 3 sets (=1 original + 2 copies) of application documents in exact order given below: The 1st set contains the original, signed documents plus the confidential letters of recommendation and if applicable the attested translations. The other two sets are the copies of the 1st set except for the confidential letters of recommendation (only 1st set).

  • Signed FCS application form (typed and printed) with photo.
  • A full CV with list of academic publications.
  • A motivation letter (max. 2 pages).
  • A complete research proposal (max. 5 pages, signed), using exclusively the FCS research proposal form.
  • A copy of the letter from an academic host professor (including her/his short CV) at the chosen Swiss university confirming why she/he is willing to supervise and support the PhD thesis.
  • For PhD scholarships at doctoral schools*: A proof that the applicant is being considered for admission. Except: EPFL: accepted admission required.
    *A support letter from a host professor is required in any case additionally.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from two different professors in the applicant’s field (use exclusively the FCS reference form – originals in sealed envelopes only for the 1st set).
  • Photocopies of certificates and grade sheets from previously attended universities/colleges and diplomas with grades, starting with the most recent. If not in English, French, Italian or German with attested certified translations.
  • Signed medical certificate (use only the FCS health certificate form).
  • Two copies of the applicant’s passport (main page with personal data). Dual nationals add copies of both passports.
  • Please do not put the documents into plastic folders or binders.

Application Deadline: Varies from country to country.  (September to December)

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
PhD Scholarships
Academic year: 2018-2019
Country: Russia
Opening of the call: 02 August 2017
Submission deadline: 31 October 2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Postdoctoral Scholarships
Academic year: 2018-2019
Country: Russia
Opening of the call: 02 August 2017
Submission deadline: 31 October 2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Research Fellowship
Academic year: 2018-2019
Country: Russia
Opening of the call: 02 August 2017
Submission deadline: 31 October 2017

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/home/bildung/scholarships-and-grants/swiss-government-excellence-scholarships-for-foreign-scholars-an.html#293613175

 

07 Авг

International Research Agendas Programme in Poland, 2017

International Research Agendas Programme in Poland, 2017

The International Research Agendas Programme is open for the applicants from all over the world. The programme is available in diverse fields of research.The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for young researchers from all over the world.

The Foundation for Polish Science has been in operation since 1991. It is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit institution which pursues the mission of supporting science.

Course Level: The programme is available to pursue research.

Study Subject: The programme is awarded in the following fields:

  • Medical engineering technologies, including biotechnologies
  • Medical diagnostics and treatment of lifestyle diseases and personalized medicine
  • Production of medicinal products
  • Innovative technologies, processes and products of the agrifood and forestry-wood sectors
  • High-quality food
  • Biotechnological processes and products of specialised chemistry and environmental engineering
  • High efficiency, low-emission and integrated manufacturing, storage, transmission and distribution of energy systems
  • Smart and energy efficient construction
  • Environmentally friendly transport solutions
  • Modern technologies of sourcing, processing and use of natural resources and the production of substitutes
  • Minimizing waste including unfit for processing and use of materials and energy waste (recycling and other recovery methods)
  • Innovative solutions and technologies in water and waste management
  • Multifunctional materials and composites with advanced properties, including nano processes and nanoproducts
  • Sensors (including biosensors) and smart sensor networks
  • Smart networks and geo-information technologies
  • Printed, organic and flexible electronics
  • Automation and robotics of technological processes
  • Photonics
  • Smart creative technologies
  • Innovative maritime technologies pertaining to specialist vessels, maritime and offshore structures and Logistics based on maritime and inland waterway transport

Scholarship Award: The programme will cover the followings:

  • The Foundation will provide support and assistance throughout the application and implementation period.
  • We anticipate that each project will receive a minimum of 35 million PLN for the first five years.
  • Project funding will include costs of R&D work conducted by the unit implementing the IRAP, costs connected with the efficient functioning of the unit, costs of operating existing infrastructure, cooperation between partners, and knowledge transfer. However, support for new infrastructure will be limited to the purchase of essential laboratory equipment and fit-out. Funding will also cover the costs of research staff development related to project implementation.
  • No significant funding is provided for infrastructure or large-scale equipment.

Numbers of Scholarships: Not known

Scholarship can be taken in Poland

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applications should be submitted by renowned researchers with significant scientific achievements complemented by considerable managerial experience. The applicant can be a citizen of Poland or any other country, including from outside the European Union.
  • Where required, e.g. if the application covers interdisciplinary research, the application may be submitted by two researchers. However, it should be clearly indicated in the application form which of the researchers is the principal applicant. The application can also be submitted by two researchers if the secondary applicant will be applying to take on the role of Scientific Affairs Director.
  • The applicant applies to be the director of the new institution. Therefore, all the applicants have to be fully committed to implementing the IRAP and therefore be based at the institution for at least 0.5 FTE.

Nationality:  Applicants of all nationalities can apply for the programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous year degree.

English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command over the English language.

Research Scholarship

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via online mode.

  • Documents confirming the profile of the applicant (incl. downloadable templates for list of achievements and list of invited talks and list of funded projects)
  • An outline of the international research agenda (as per downloadable form)
  • A letter of intent from the foreign partner (the competition documentation lists the minimum content requirements)
  • A short description of the legal status and organizational structure of the IRAP centre
  • Letters of intent from local partner institutions – if applicable (no more than 2)
  • Description of socioeconomic impact
  • IRA site information (as per downloadable form)
  • Optional – letters of intent from economic partners (no more than 2)

Application Deadline: The application deadlines are December 20, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

http://www.fnp.org.pl/en/guide/

07 Авг

Researcher Modelling, Simulation and Optimization for Smart Machines and Vehicles

 Flanders Make

 

Researcher Modelling, Simulation and Optimization for Smart Machines and Vehicles

Flanders Make, Leuven, Belgium

You develop and simulate multi-physical models for the design of smart machines and vehicles, and choose optimal parameters in a concept design.

  • Will you help us to define the optimal set of situations in which a harvesting machine could be tested?
  • Will you help us to determine the optimal drive train for a weaving machine?
  • Will you help us to determine the optimal configuration of a compressor?

Function

Mechatronic systems are becoming increasingly complex, we demand more features and better performances and impose more and more requirements onto systems.

Consequently it is becoming more and more important to use intelligent model-based development methods. That is why we need to develop and apply tools to support optimal decision making already in the design phase of a mechatronic system.

On real-life industry motion and assembly applications, you will:

  • work together in a small research team which combines expertise in control, machine dynamics modelling, and signal processing;
  • play a key role in optimizing the design configuration and parameters for the system;
  • work with different machines and/or vehicles;
  • work in close collaboration with experts from our industrial partners and have regular contacts with experts from knowledge centres in Belgium and abroad;
  • trace and present industrial challenges and new research opportunities.

More concretely, you will contribute in your team by:

  • defining the adequate virtual models to be used to capture the essence of the machine of vehicle behavior;
  • performing functional analyses using these models;
  • figuring out how to get more information of the system behavior using only a limited selection of tests;
  • developing and implementing multi-physical predictive models as well as optimization algorithms and optimize the configuration and parameters of the system in several scenario’s (robust optimization);
  • validating the optimized designs in real-life test conditions.

Profile

You have:

  • A Phd in Engineering (Mechanical, Electronical, Electrical);
  • A track record in the field of optimization;
  • A keen interest to apply theoretical concepts on practical case problems. Any experience with applications on machines and/or vehicles is a plus;
  • Experience with modelling software (Simscape, Amesim, Matlab, Simulink) and optimization toolboxes (Matlab, Cplex).

You are:

  • Passionate about research and new technologies;
  • A good conceptual thinker;
  • Result oriented, responsible, self directing and team player;
  • A good communicator;
  • Eager to learn.

Offer

  • Flanders Make gives you the opportunity to develop yourself in the network of top industry and universities and research institutes;
  • An open-minded, flexible and challenging working environment;
  • A warm atmosphere and top colleagues;
  • An attractive salary with fringe benefits.

Flanders Make colleagues work together on projects in Belgium at site Lommel and at site Leuven (flexible workplace policy). For this position, test set-ups will be situated in Flanders Make, site Leuven.

Flanders Make

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. Our mission is to strengthen the long-term international competitiveness of the Flemish manufacturing industry. That’s why we work together with SMEs and large companies on pre-competitive, industry-driven technological research, resulting in concrete product and production innovation in the vehicle industry, the manufacturing industry, and production environments.

Because of our unique position between industry and research, our teams combine application and system proficiency with technological and scientific knowledge. We focus on 4 key competences, all based on modelling and virtualization:

  1. Sensing, monitoring, control and decision-making for products and production;
  2. (Co)design and optimization of products and production;
  3. Motion product specification, architecture, and validation;
  4. Flexible assembly specification, architecture, and validation.

We operate from our offices in Leuven and Lommel and from research facilities at the Flemish universities. Learn more about working at Flanders Make on www.flandersmake.be/jobs.

How to apply?

Do you feel you can contribute to our research with your expertise? Do you share our values and our mission? We are looking forward to reading about your story, your interest in Flanders Make and for this job in particular.

To apply, please send your motivation letter and cv to humanresources@flandersmake.be.

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).

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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.

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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)

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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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