Germany: Research Assistant Public International Law 2009

Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Public International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Research Assistant in project on development cooperation
Max Planck Institute for Public International Law, Heidelberg / Germany (Germany)

Type of Position: Economist / Analyst / Researcher
Type of Institution: Government
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Public International Law, Heidelberg / Germany

Date of appearance: June 2, 2009
Application Deadline: July 15, 2009

Contact: Dann, Philipp
Max Planck Institute for Public International Law, pdann[ at ]

The Max Planck Institute for Public International Law (Heidelberg) offers 2 research positions in the interdisciplinary research group on “Law and Governance of Development Cooperation”, starting from October 2009.

The research group under the guidance of Dr. Philipp Dann will be composed of lawyers, economists and other social scientists. It will study the normative framework of development cooperation and the process of institution building therein. The economist on the team should develop her own project in the field of institutional economics of foreign aid by focusing, for example, on the analysis of donor-recipient interactions or the role of evaluation systems in foreign aid programmes. The concrete topic should evolve in substantive discussion within the group and should allow for synergies with other
studies in the project.”

For further information see:
or contact: pdann[ at ]

Scholarship Description

A full-time post graduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a medical or health-related degree to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The candidate will be utilizing two existing database of approximately 16,000 emergency department visits in children under 5 years of age presenting with a febrile illness and followed until diagnosis of a serious bacterial illness or until fever resolution. Applicants should have experience in clinical care of children, an understanding of database structures, at least descriptive data analysis experience and some experience writing clinical focused research articles. Applicants will be expected to apply for NHMRC postgraduate research scholarship. Applications should be sent direct to Professor Craig and should include curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Reference Number: 4212
Study Subject: Public Health- Bacterial Infection
Provided By: The University of Sydney
To be undertaken at: The University of Sydney.
Level: Post Graduate

This scholarship is offered once only to one person. Open for applications until March 31, 2009.
Payment Information

The value of this scholarship is AUD30000 (per annum). This award is to be used for living expenses. This scholarship is paid fortnightly for the period of 3 years, reviewed annually.
Research Information

This scholarship is for one of the following fields of research: MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES or Public health and health services.

This scholarship is for study in Australia. Only citizens of Australia or permanent residents can apply.
Application Details

To apply for this scholarship you must refer to scholarship description. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Always confirm details with scholarship provider before applying.
Main Contact
Professor Jonathan Craig (Sub-Dean)
University of Sydney
Phone: 02 9845 0000
Web Site:
Centre for Kidney Research
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
NSW, Australia

UK; PhD Studentship Enzymes for Bioprocessing
Supervisor: Professor I Connerton

The proposed project is to create a process to produce a specific thermophilic xylosidase enzyme that has the capacity to act synergistically with other hydrolytic enzymes to efficiently breakdown plant cell wall materials. Plant cell wall carbohydrates are used to produce bulk hydrocolloids, release specific nutrients and value added chemicals for cosmetic purposes from natural plant sources, and are now the focus for the efficient conversion of feed stocks for biofuel production in the biorefining process. The project builds upon research carried out to establish the enzyme as a key component of an existing enzyme mixture marketed by Biocatalysts.

The aim of the project will be to clone the gene(s) encoding the xylosidase and express these in a compatible microorganism suitable for industrial fermentation. The source of the enzyme is a thermophillic fungus, isolates of which are available in our culture collection. The enzyme has been purified and demonstrated to be composed of two protein subunits. These subunits are either proteolytically cleaved from a single gene product or encoded on two separate genes. Protein sequences have been determined from within each subunit and constitute the starting point for the project, where the molecular cloning steps will be performed using equipment based at the University of Nottingham and the production phases (enzyme characterisation, fermentation and scale-up) will be centred at Biocatalysts.

Students should have a degree in life sciences (2:1 or equivalent). There will be period of industrial training at Biocatalysts Ltd near Cardiff.

This is a BBSRC Case studentship with Biocatalysts Ltd and is available for a period of three years from 1 October 2009 and provides funding for Home/EU students only (due to funding restrictions).

Applications, with a letter of application, detailed CV and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to Professor I Connerton, Division of Food Science, School of Biosciences, The University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, LE12 5RD. Email: Please quote ref. SCI/626. Closing date: 1 May 2009.

For all our vacancies and more about working at the University of Nottingham see:

Doctoral Scholarship at Victoria University : The Discourse of
Negotiation in Professional Workplace Contexts

The role of effective workplace communication skills for achieving
transactional objectives can be considered fundamental to workplace
success for most organisations.

While important in all aspects of workplace interaction, these skills
are crucial in the negotiation of complex and potentially conflictual
agreements which potentially carry far-reaching consequences (Norisada
2007, Prego-Vazquez 2007, Pavlenko and Blackledge 2004, Locher 2004).
The negotiation process is a communicative endeavour with discourse as
the tool by which participants achieve (or fail to achieve) their
intended outcomes. A detailed analysis of discourse in social
interaction can thus throw valuable light on the range of strategies
which may contribute to resolving disputes and disagreements in
problematic and challenging negotiations.

The research objective is to identify the discursive characteristics of
effective negotiators and negotiations in potentially conflictual
situations in professional workplaces. The specific workplace(s) to be
the focus of the research, including industry/sector, will be negotiated
with potential applicants.

The deadline for applications is *15 May, 2009*. Application forms are
available from


Further information is available from the contacts below.

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*Application contact:*

Philippa Hay

Scholarships Manager

Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600 Wellington

New Zealand

Telephone: +64 4 463 7493


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*Research contact details:*

Professor Janet Holmes

School of Linguistics and Applied

Language Studies

Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600 Wellington

New Zealand

Telephone: +64 4 463 5614


Vice Chan cellor’s Strategic Research Doctoral Scholarship

School of Linguistics and Applied Lan guage Studies

The link to these scholarships is currently
application forms etc .

Job Description:

* Two year fellowship available within the MossRehab Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive (neuro)science and (neuro)rehabilitation
* MRRI scientists, and their fellows, conduct federally funded research on treatments and outcomes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) ranging from recovery from minimally conscious/vegatative states to treatments for behavioral, emotional, and cognitive regulation: the cognitive neuroscience of action in healthy and stroke participants, including motor planning/motor learning, spatial representation, and selection of objects for action; mechanisms of cognitive impairment after stroke and TBI: and the behavioral and neural impact of training and grug-based treatment
* Available research mentors include John Whyte, Laurel Buxbaum, Tessa Hart, and Steve Jax
* Collaborations at Penn allow training in neural imaging, voxelwise lesion-symptom mapping, and TMS


* Candidates should have a doctorate in clinical/neuropsychology; rehabilitation psychology, experimental psychology; rehabilitation sciences; rehabilitation medicine or related field, and must be interested in developing an independent research career

To apply: Please apply online at or email resume to

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway´s premier academic institution for technology and the natural sciences, with equally strong programmes in the social sciences, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.

The university´s cross-disciplinary research results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact.
PhD Research fellowship position
at the Department of Electric Power Engineering within “Transformer Insulation”

At The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Department of Electric Power Engineering, there is one vacant position as research fellow (PhD position). IME-009-2009

The project deals with pre-breakdown and breakdown phenomena in dielectric liquids for improvement of transformer designs and knowledge build up for next generation insulting liquids. The PhD work will mainly be of experimental nature focusing on breakdown in full scale oil gaps in a high voltage test cell utilizing advanced high speed camera technology. Molecular aspects and influence of additives in insulating oil model systems will be studied. The project will be run in collaboration with SINTEF Energy Research and it is part of a research network which includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Experience in high voltage engineering or physics is required. The project is funded by ABB and close interaction with the industry is scheduled.

Contact persons:
Prof. Hans Kr. Høidalen, Phone: +47 73594225, E-mail:

NTNU?s PhD-rules require a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The appointment is made for up to 4 years included 25% duties.

The appointment is at code 1017, salary level 45-61 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK. 353.000 ? 468.500 per annum, of which 2% is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations with supplementary rules for research fellowships. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. The successful applicant must agree to the conditions laid down for public employees. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work-related duties for award holders

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. It is therefore a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender and to recruit persons with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for this post. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application must contain information about education, examinations and previous experience. Certified copies of certificates and documents must be attached.

Copies of publications and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should also be enclosed. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to specify the input of the applicant in a joint work, a short summary should be attached outlining the applicant´s input.

Applications are to be sent to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, NO- 7491 Trondheim, Norway, or by e-mail to:
Applications should be marked Jnr. IME-009-2009. Closing date 9th of March 2009.

Three PhD Studentships
Innovative Manufacturing Technology for a Low Carbon Future
Department of Engineering

Limit of tenure: 31 March 2013

Three positions exist for PhD students with UK or EU nationality to join a seven person team working to demonstrate the technological and business changes required to meet the 2050 carbon target for steel and aluminium.

The project is funded by a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship awarded to Dr Julian Allwood, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, who has an international reputation for leadership in innovative metal forming and sustainable manufacture. The project is in collaboration with a large consortium of committed industrial partners including Boeing, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Corus, Alcoa, Novelis, Siemens, Arups and many others. The project has two major aims: to develop and demonstrate the technologies required to support a low carbon metals economy; to identify the barriers to achieving the carbon targets in the sector and identify the mechanisms of change required by required business and government.

The PhD students will work on three areas of technology that will become vital as we move to a low carbon economy:
- Lightweight design and manufacturing technology: the theory of structural optimization is mature, but has had little practical application as it leads to designs that are difficult to manufacture. This PhD will expand the theory of structural optimization to apply to real manufacturing processes, and show the possibility of reducing the amount of metal in use through design and construction of physical demonstrators including variable section I-beams for construction, and ribbed body parts in car manufacture.
- Minimising energy in forming and fabrication: a low carbon economy will mainly use recycled materials, and once this is established the energy required to form parts from stock will be a large part of the ‘embedded energy’ in a product. This area has to date received very little attention, so this PhD will develop the basic theory to allow design of minimum energy forming, and will design, construct and evaluate physical demonstrators of novel low energy forming processes.
- Reusing metal without melting: If metal demand doubles by 2050, as anticipated, there will not be enough energy available in a low carbon economy to meet requirements by conventional recycling via melting. Up to half of metal must be recycled without melting, but this area has received little attention.

This PhD will identify the requirements for product design, joining techniques, in-service monitoring, deconstruction, post-service assessment, geometry and property adjustment and certification required to re-use metal. The project will include the design and construction of demonstrators related to construction, and extension of existing work on recycling by cold-bonding.

Candidates for these positions should have a good first degree in engineering, materials sciences or applied maths from a top university. Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for problem-solving, a curiosity about basic principles and the ability to communicate professionally with the industrial partners.

These positions are fully funded by the UK government through EPSRC, including a tax-free grant at normal EPSRC rates, and are open only to UK and EU nationals. Please do not apply if you do not meet this nationality restriction.

To apply for one of these positions, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Julian Allwood, Department of Engineering, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX. Email:

Quote Reference: NA04710, Closing Date: 20 March 2009

Interview Date(s): Selected candidates will be interviewed during March and April 09.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.