TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowship Programme

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and TWAS have established a number of fellowships for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research toward a PhD in emerging areas of science and technology for which facilities are available in the laboratories and institutes of the CSIR.

Deadline: 31 July 2021

Partner Organizations: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India

Host country: India
Eligible nationalities: Developing countries in the South

Level: PhD

Minimum degree held: MSc

Duration: Up to 4 years

Field:

01-Agricultural Sciences
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
05-Chemical Sciences
06-Engineering Sciences
07-Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
09-Physics
Age limit: 35

Sandwich option: yes

Applications can only be submitted via online portal once the call is open.

Please use the “apply now” button at the bottom of this page to start your application once the call is open.

Opening date of this fellowship: 1 March 2021

Closing date of this fellowship: 31 July 2021

CSIR and TWAS will keep about 20% of 2021 awards for COVID-19 related research topics. These could be in the area of :I. Digital and Molecular Surveillance;II. Rapid and Economical Diagnostics;III. Repurposing of Drugs, Vaccine and Convalescent Plasma Therapy;IV. Hospital Assistive Devices and PPEs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same year as the year of application are eligible.

Programme Details

  • TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in CSIR research laboratories and institutes in India for a maximum period of four years.
  • Applicants may be registered for a PhD degree in their home country, or may enrol in a PhD course at any University in India.
  • Eligible CSIR institutions: Information on CSIR laboratories and institutes can be obtained by following the links from the CSIR homepage (www.csir.res.in). Alternatively, a list of eligible institutes is available here.
  • SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period to be decided by the host institute, but no greater than 3 years.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD): The Fellowship may be granted for up to a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • CSIR will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
  • The language of instruction for foreign scholars in CSIR laboratories/institutes is English.

Eligibility

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
  • Hold a Master’s degree in science and technology.
  • Be regularly employed in their home country and hold a research assignment there.
  • SANDWICH Fellowships: Be registered PhD students in their home country and provide the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” from the HOME university.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships: Be willing to register at a university in India within the first year, if agreed to by CSIR.
  • Be accepted at a CSIR laboratory/institution and provide an official acceptance letter from the host institution (see sample Acceptance Letter that can be downloaded below or included in the Application Form). NB: Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen CSIR host institution(s), with copy to the CSIR contact person.  This will allow CSIR to monitor requests and offer support or assistance in finding  suitable host institution(s), if necessary;
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Submitting your application

  • If already registered for a PhD in their home country, applicants should ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the HOME university signs a copy of the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” (see sample included in the Application Form), a copy of which should be sent to both CSIR and TWAS.
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from a CSIR institution to CSIR and TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Applications for the TWAS-CSIR Postgraduate Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal and copy of the submitted application must be sent to CSIR by email. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • Please be advised that applicants may apply for only one programme per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professorprogrammes. One exception: The head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.

Results of the fellowship selection should be available toward the end of 2021 or early 2022, and selected candidates will be able to start their fellowship NO earlier than beginning of 2022.
 

Contact Details

• TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 2240-689
E-mail: fellowships@twas.org

• Dr (Mrs) ANURADHA MADHUKAR
Sr. Principal Scientist
International S&T Affairs Directorate (ISTAD)
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Anusandhan Bhavan, 2, Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Tel:  +91-11-23316751; Fax: +91-11-23739041
E-mail: anuradha@csir.res.in
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TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowship Programme

TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India have agreed to offer fellowships to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in physical sciences.

Deadline: 31 May 2021

Partner Organizations: S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences

Host country: India
Eligible nationalities: Developing countries in the South

Level: PhD

Minimum degree held: MSc

Duration: 5 years 

Field:

05-Chemical Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
09-Physics
Age limit: 35

Sandwich option: yes

Please use the “apply now” button at the bottom of this page to start your application once the call is open.

Opening date of this fellowship: 1 March 2021

Closing date of this fellowship: 31 May 2021

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same year as the year of application are eligible.

Programme details

  • TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India for studies leading towards a PhD degree in the physical sciences for four years with the possibility of a one-year extension.
  • The Centre carries out the following research activities:
    – Linear and Non-linear spectroscopy, Ultrafast molecular processes and spectroscopy, Ultrafast dynamics in biological macromolecules and magnetization, Ultrafast laser induced processes, Soft condensed matter systems of chemical and biological interests, mesocopic physics, ionic liquids, multi-component liquid mixtures, supercooled melts, supercritical fluids, bio-nano interface, nano-magnetism, magnonic crystals, micromagnetic simulations, Nanomaterials in general, and Physics of Correlated oxides, low dimensional systems, magnetic shape memory alloys, dilute magnetic semi-conductors, multi-ferroic materials, thin films of metals and oxides, electronic, magnetic and structural properties of complex materials, superconductivity,  strongly correlated electronic systems, quantum many-body physics, micromagnetic and monte carlo simulation of static  and dynamic properties of nanomagnets, theoretical study of thermalconductivity, Ab initio plane wave pseudo-potential calculation, strongly correlated electron systems, electronic structure and transport through nano-materials.
    – Quantum field theory, mathematical physics, cognitive science, granular physics, non-commutative quantum mechanics, statistical physics, non-linear dynamics, turbulences, lattice gauge theories, representation theory of lie groups and coherent states, quantum optics, black holes, constrained dynamics, quantum gravity, quantum spin systems, collective behaviour and emergent phenomena, explosive percolation, complex networks and critical phenomena.
    – Cosmology, Relativistic Astrophysics, ionospheric science, Astrochemistry.
  • Applicants may be registered for a PhD degree in their home country (SANDWICH option), or may enrol in a PhD course at the S.N. Bose National Centre (FULL-TIME option). In both cases, the programme entails only one journey to the host country.
  • Admission to the PhD programme at the S.N. Bose National Centre will depend on the successful completion of coursework (about one year’s duration).
  • S.N. Bose will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs and food. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. Free on-campus accommodation will be provided. The monthly stipend does not cover comprehensive health insurance.  The Centre does however deduct a small contribution towards a Contributory Medical Scheme. The benefits are partial reimbursement of Doctor’s fees, medicines and/or hospitalization costs, if any, and only for costs incurred in Kolkata. The reimbursement structure is along the lines of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) of the Government of India.
  • The S.N. Bose Centre  does not provide comprehensive health or medical insurance to its staff or students. All SN Bose-TWAS fellows must have their own “Medical Insurance” before joining the programme to cover medical emergencies.
  • The language of instruction is English.

Eligibility

Candidates for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year;
  • be nationals of a developing country (other than India);
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country;
  • hold a Masters Degree in physics, mathematics or physical chemistry. S/He must have completed at least a total 5 years of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in a recognized university or institute.
  • be accepted by a department of the S.N. Bose National Centre. Prospective applicants are advised to visit the S.N. Bose National Centre’s website www.bose.res.in and seek to find a potential supervisor under whom they would like to pursue their research and contact them. However, requests for acceptance must be directed to the Dean (Academic Programme), S.N. Bose National Centre for Sciences by e-mail (deanap@bose.res.in) or fax: (+91) 33 2335 3477. In contacting the Dean (Academic Programme), applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their CV, a research proposal outline and two reference letters. See sample preliminary acceptance letter that can be downloaded below or included in the application form.
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Submitting your application

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 May 2021.
  • Applicants must submit an Acceptance Letter from a department of the S.N. Bose National Centre when applying, or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Applications for the TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted via the online portal. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • Please be advised that applicants may apply for only one programme per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professorprogrammes. One exception: The head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.

Are you a potential applicant for a full-time PhD in a field related to atmospheric science, climate and climate change, hydrology, multi-hazard early-warning or disaster-risk reduction? If so, you may be interested in applying for a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) travel grant as a complement to the PhD fellowship.

Contact Details

• TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240687
Fax: +39 040 2240689
E-mail: fellowships@twas.org

• S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
Dean (Academic Programme)
JD Block, Sector 3, Salt Lake City
Kolkata 700098, India
Tel: +91 33 2335 5706
Fax: +91 33 2335 3477
E-mail: deanap@bose.res.in, studentsprogramme@boson.bose.res.inDownload(s): 

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12 x 0,65 Doctoral Positions “Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society” (Univ. Augsburg)

Doctoral Position at the University of Augsburg

Employer: University of Augsburg and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Funded by: Elite Network of Bavaria

Zipcode: 86159

Place of work: Augsburg

Country: Germany 

From – Until: 01.10.2021 – 01.10.2024

Deadline: 15.04.2021

By Marita Krauss, Wissenschaftszentrum Umwelt der Universität Augsburg

The University of Augsburg and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich invite applications for 12 Doctoral Positions in their new International Doctorate Program (IDK) funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria.

Doctoral Position at the University of Augsburg

Based at the Environmental Science Center WZU (Augsburg) and the Rachel Carson Center (Munich), the program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a PhD degree under the supervision of faculty from both universities: each doctoral student will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team. Participating disciplines include American Studies, Anthropology, Didactics of Geography, Economics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Philosophy, History, Human Geography, Iberian & Latin American Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Theology. Languages are English and German. The program is continuously supported by international guest professors, experienced practitioners, and creative artists/writers whose work focuses on environmental topics.

We offer positions (65%, TVL-13) to twelve doctoral students for a period of three years who want to explore the topic of the IDK from an interdisciplinary perspective. Possible topics can be found on the IDK website. In addition to these funded positions, there is a limited number of non-funded doctoral affiliations (“Promotionsplätze”) available for candidates who have already obtained external PhD funding. The IDK starts on October 1, 2021.

We welcome applications from all participating disciplines and particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals. Applicants must have a completed degree (M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) with above average grades in one of the participating disciplines. Submissions should include the online application form (available from our website), a letter of motivation (400 words max.), a short CV (max. 2 pages), a PhD proposal (max. 1800 words, including abstract and timeline), copies of your university degree(s), a recent publication (e.g. peerreviewed article, book chapter), or your final thesis if applicable. The application may be written in either English or German. Please make sure to send all documents and certificates electronically as a single pdf file (up to 8 MB).

Applicants are expected to speak either German or English fluently upon entering the program. If you have no knowledge of one of them, you are expected to acquire basic skills in that language during the first year of the program (both universities offer language courses).

Reflecting the participating universities’ commitment to excellence, we seek to increase the diversity of our doctoral student body to support this objective and particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups and regions. We especially welcome applications from qualified women. Our Universities stand up for compatibility of family and professional life. For more information, please contact our women’s representative offices This position is suitable for the severely disabled. In the case of equally qualified candidates, applicants with disabilities will be given preference.

Please upload your application (in one PDF file) by April 15, 2021 via our application form at
https://www.uniaugsburg.de/en/forschung/einrichtungen/institute/wzu/studium/idk/application/

After a first round of review, preselected candidates will be invited for individual interviews.
Given Corona-restrictions, these may or may not happen in person.

Further information on the application process and our doctoral program can be obtained at
https://www.uni-augsburg.de/de/forschung/einrichtungen/institute/wzu/studium/idk/

https://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/graduate_programms/idk/index.html

Contact (announcement)

PD Dr. Kirsten Twelbeck (twelbeck.idk@wzu.uni-augsburg.de)
or Dr. Hanna Straß-Senol (hanna.strass-senol@rcc.lmu.de)https://www.uni-augsburg.de/de/forschung/einrichtungen/institute/wzu/studium/idk/ausschreibung/


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OWSD PhD fellowships for women scientists

Fellowships for women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to pursue their PhD in the sciences in another country in the South. The call for applications is open. Deadline for submission: 15 April 2021. 

Deadline: 15 April 2021

Partner Organizations: Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

Host country: Eligible nationalities Science- and technology-lagging countries

Level: PhD

Minimum degree held: MSc

Duration: Up to 4 years

Field:

01-Agricultural Sciences
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
05-Chemical Sciences
06-Engineering Sciences
07-Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
09-Physics
Age limit: None

Sandwich option: yes

The PhD fellowship for women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) supports them to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South. The fellowships are to be held at a centre of excellence in a developing country outside the applicant’s own country.

Each fellowship will be offered for up to four years and will cover the following:

  • A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country
  • A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship
  • A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
  • Visa expenses
  • Annual medical insurance contribution
  • The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
  • Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute
  • Travel expenses to and from the host institute

For details, please go to the relevant OWSD website: http://owsd.net/career-development/phd-fellowship

Please note that an applicant, at the time of application, must NOT have an active research grant or fellowship with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) or have already submitted an application for a TWAS programme within the same given year. Only one application per year is possible across all TWAS and OWSD programmes. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes. An exception is made for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation awards (since applications are submitted by a nominator). In addition, the head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.Download(s): 

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Postdocs in history / social sciences – three positions and one Ph.D. student in sociology

Department

Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies

Deadline

15 Apr 2021

Start date

1 July 2021 

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

The Dean of Faculty of Social Studies

OPENS 4 POSITIONS 

3 Postdocs in history / social sciences

1 Ph.D. student in sociology

Working time:                     full time 

Start date:                            1 July 2021 

Application deadline:       15 April 2021

We seek highly motivated researchers for three postdoctoral and one doctoral positions in ExpertTurn, a research project “Expertise in authoritarian societies. Human sciences in the socialist countries of East-Central Europe” (principal investigator Kateřina Lišková, supported by EXPRO of the Czech Science Foundation). More information at https://ExpertTurn.fss.muni.cz

You will 

  • Conduct research on human science expertise during state socialism in one of the four East-Central European countries (Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia), discuss your findings within our team and analyze data, write papers for peer-reviewed journals, disseminate the results to the general public, present your research at international conferences

Each postdoc is expected to

  • Have successfully completed their Ph.D., preferably in history (previous research in the areas of the history of the family, gender, science, health, or youth during the 20th century in Europe is an advantage)
  • Have published in English in respected journals or with recognized publishers
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Polish, Hungarian or German
  • Work flexibly in an international team (ability to combine research in local archives with attending both in-person team workshops and regular online meetings)

A prospective doctoral student is expected to

  • Demonstrate interest in the topic and their research skills
  • Have successfully completed an MA in history or a social science discipline
  • Speak and read with native fluency in either Czech or Slovak
  • Speak and write in English on a C1 level

We offer

  • Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno
  • Flexibility in working hours, home office
  • 50 000 – 55 000 CZK/month gross salary for a postdoc, 35 000 – 38 000 CZK/month gross salary for a doctoral student (median wage in the Czech Republic: 29 123 CZK)
  • Job offer for one year with an expected extension: for postdocs until June 2024 and for a doctoral student until June 2025, upon mutual satisfaction with the first year
  • Working in an international team on exciting new research
  • Close cooperation with accomplished teams and researchers in Europe and beyond
  • Active support for professional and personal development (knowledge and experience sharing in the team, summer schools or workshops, support in grant applications, a wide range of activities supported by the university – language courses, sports activities, etc.)
  • Six weeks (30 working days) of vacation

Necessary documents

  • Professional CV with detailed descriptions of your previous work on research projects
  • A writing sample
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please use the electronic application form to apply for your position.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15 April 2021.

Fachbereich Geowissenschaften – Institut für Geographische / Research Associate/PhD Researcher (m/f/d) 1/2-part-time job Limited to 4 years Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Reference code: Research Associate/PhD Researcher

Bewerbungsende: 15.03.2021

The paradigm of the developed Global North and the developing/underdeveloped Global South has been fundamentally challenged over the last decades: by geopolitical shifts and by a destabilisation of the idea of an industrialised modernity through climate change and the decline in resources. Further, decolonial movements have been questioning existing hierarchies in development and the epistemological models that underwrites them. On the other hand, global inequalities are deepening and many contemporary challenges can only be meaningfully addressed through global cooperation and critical engagement with development debates and practices. The research group is concerned with the spatialisation of global inequalities and the conditions of social transformation, especially in the thematic areas of naturecultures, planetary health and environmental justice. Our work is located in the interdisciplinary field of feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, more-than-human geography/multispecies ethnography and global health. As a working group, we value collaboration, exchange and are committed to a caring academic environment.

Job description:
The position is aimed at furthering the candidate’s academic qualification (doctorate). The topic of the dissertation is to be defined independently in cooperation with the academic supervisor. Research interests in the areas of Planetary and Global Health, NatureCultures, Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice, Degrowth, Geographies of Care, and Technology and Society Realtions are particularly welcome. 

Tasks include:
– Writing a scientific dissertation in the field of human geography
– Teaching of 2 LVS in the BSc Geography and MSc Geographical Development Studies programmes
– Empirical research and presentation of results at scientific conferences and workshops
– conference papers and publication activities (German/English)
– Active membership of the working group
– Support of the acquisition of third-party funding 

Applications from marginalised applicants are particularly welcome. We explicitly invite BPoC and people from non-academic social backgrounds to apply. The contract is a fixed-term contract for 3. years with the possibility to renew.

Requirements:
Completed academic degree in humanities and/or social science. University degree (preferably a Master’s degree in human geography or a related discipline)

(Professional) Experience:
Experience in planning, designing and conducting empirical studies, e.g. in the context of student assistant activities, is an advantage; willingness to travel.

Desirable:
Application material: candidates are asked to submit an academic CV (including the name of a reference), a letter of motivation and one page about their research interests for a PhD dissertation (can be tentative).

Weitere Informationen

All application quoting the reference code should be addressed as an e-mail to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel: uli.beisel@uni-bayreuth.de.

On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by e-mail. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften

Mrs. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Beisel

Malteserstr. 74-100

Haus K, 12249 Berlin (Lankwitz)

With an electronic application, you acknowledge that FU Berlin saves and processes your data. FU Berlin cannot guarantee the security of your personal data if you send your application over an unencrypted connection.

Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung / Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in social anthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality. 

Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is offering

1 PhD position (starting date June 2021 – to be confirmed) 

The position is offered within the Minerva Research Group “The Ethics of Exchange” which will focus on how the law’s boundaries are shaped in decision-making processes in organ donation and transplantation in the UK and Germany.

Project Description
The Ethics of Exchange: the regulation of Organ Donation and Transplantation is an exciting new research project led by Dr. Farrah Raza that combines doctrinal legal methods and medical anthropology to uncover how the law on organ donation and transplantation is negotiated in practice in two jurisdictions with different regulations. The guiding question of the project is how various actors make decisions about organ donation and transplantation in different sets of cases. This includes how hospitals and specialist ethics committees devise policies and procedures, how clinicians engage with patients and their families in decision-making and understanding the role of religious and cultural norms in obtaining consent. The aim of the project is to provide a detailed account of how the different layers of decision-making in organ donation and transplantation intermesh within the clinical setting. The project will consist of two key inter-related workstreams. The first workstream The Procedures and Substance of Hospital Ethics Committees and decision-making in Organ Donation and Transplantation will focus on the emergence and application of ethical frameworks and norms in practice. The second workstream Religion, Culture and Minority Rights in Organ Donation and Transplantation will focus on how religious and cultural diversity is accommodated in clinical decision-making. (for further information see: https://www.eth.mpg.de/raza)

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The essential duty of the PhD student will be to develop, write and submit a PhD dissertation on a subject of relevance to the research group project. This should include a substantial period of ethnographic fieldwork in the UK or Germany at relevant hospitals and/or appropriate research sites. The PhD student will be encouraged to develop his/her own project in collaboration with the Project Leader in order to achieve a coherent and comparative approach to the research questions. The PhD student will be expected to contribute to project outputs such as publications and conferences.

Your Profile
Applicants should hold an advanced degree in Law. Excellent academic writing and communication skills in English/German are essential. 
Prior field experience in the designated region and knowledge of additional relevant local languages are desirable. Brief research proposals (maximum 2 pages) should be attached; successful applicants are expected to be ready to modify details of their proposal when the research group is consolidated. The research proposal should outline how the proposed topic fits within either one or both of the workstreams.

Our Offer
The PhD positions are awarded for three years, with the possibility of two six-month extensions. PhD students are expected to complete six to twelve months of fieldwork as part of their studies. Employment will be on a full-time contractual basis. The workplace is Halle/Saale (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany).
The Max Planck Society strives to ensure gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to employ more persons with disabilities and explicitly encourages applications.

Contact
Please submit your application electronically by 31 March 2021 following the link for vacancies on our homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below. 

Applicants should send the following documentation: 

  • cover letter
  • CV including a list of publications
  • two-page summary of the proposed research, which should demonstrate clear links to the applicant’s previous work and qualifications and to the respective research field
  • copies of university degrees
  • names of two or three referees whom we may contact

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology 
Personnel Administration 
Janka Diallo (jdiallo@eth.mpg.de) 

Informal enquiries concerning the position may be directed to Dr. Farrah Raza (raza@eth.mpg.de).

We look forward to receiving your completed online application

PhD positions in Biomolecular Sciences (5.0 FTE)

University of GroningenNetherlands

Deadline: 01 Apr 2021

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with great success: the University is in the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, Faculty of Science & Engineering

The Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute is a centre for top-noted research and teaching in biomolecular sciences, hosting the subdisciplines biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysical chemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, enzymology, genetics, microbiology, computational modeling, and systems biology. The focus is on curiosity-driven science, with application outlets into (industrial) biotechnology and biomedicine.

The 5 PhD students with backgrounds in (bio)physics, (bio)chemistry, systems-, computational- or molecular biology will conduct curiosity-driven biomolecular research to investigate a bold hypothesis, which has potential to radically change our view on the inner working of a cell. The research will be performed in one of five different research groups of the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute. There will be significant interactions and collaborations between the five PhD students and all of the involved research groups. In addition to conducting research, there will be some teaching duties (~10% of your time).

Project

Recent data suggest that there is an upper limit for the amount of work a cell can sustain. In other words: we have indications that during catalysis enzymes start moving in space, that this movement stirs up the cellular content and that too much of such stirring perturbs biomolecular processes. If we can show that this is true, this would radically change how we understand the inner working of a cell and as such, it would have wide-ranging implications for our understanding of a number of diseases and also for applications in industrial biotechnology.

The five PhD students will form an interdisciplinary team, spread across five labs, and will exploit some of the latest state-of-the-art methods comprising both experimental and computational approaches to investigate this hypothesis, with lots of opportunities for excellent and groundbreaking science, and a great learning experience in a very nice team. The individual projects and the respective advisors are:

• Project 1 investigates the in vitro diffusion of purified (engineered) enzymes with two different experimental methods (TIRF microscopy, mass photometry) as a function of various conditions, in presence or absence of substrate (Profs. Dirk-Jan Slotboom/Marco Fraaije, https://www.membraneenzymology.com and https://www.fraaije.info ).
• Project 2 investigates the mechanisms which lead to enhanced diffusion or self-propulsion of the enzyme using optical tweezers; this will involve single-molecule dynamic force measurements of enzyme domain movements during catalysis (Dr. Kasia Tych, http://www.ktsinglemolecule.com ).
• Project 3 determines condition-dependent cytoplasmic diffusivity of macromolecules, for which single-molecule displacement mapping and super-resolution imaging will be used, with the aim of assessing the correlation between the mobility and the cellular Gibbs energy dissipation rates (Prof. Bert Poolman, https://www.membraneenzymology.com ).
• Project 4 uses coarse-grain multi-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate enzyme motion over long time scales (>milliseconds) and to probe the effect of agitation on crowded solutions of proteins mimicking the cytoplasm (Prof. Siewert-Jan Marrink).
• Project 5 assesses the consequences of enhanced cytoplasmic agitation on various cellular regulatory processes, with genetic perturbation experiments, microscopic experiments, proteomics, and RNA structural analyses (Prof. Heinemann/Dr. Danny Incarnato, https://www.heinemannlab.eu , http://incarnatolab.com ).

And, as an added benefit, this overall project also aims to establish novel ways to communicate our fundamental research to the general public, with the help of a dedicated team from the HKU University of Arts in Utrecht.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,395 (salary scale PhD candidates) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that you will successfully complete your PhD thesis within the next three years. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement.

The preferred starting date should be between July and September 2021.

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15 PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “ADAPTED”

  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY: Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Boğaziçi University (Turkey), Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in partnership with Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France) 
  • RESEARCH FIELD: Economics, Juridical sciences, Political sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1) 
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31/03/2021 23:00 – Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION: Multiple locations, see work locations below. 
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT: Temporary 
  • JOB STATUS: Full-time 
  • HOURS PER WEEK: 35-40 
  • OFFER STARTING DATE: 01/09/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 956909

OFFER DESCRIPTION 

The ADAPTED consortium:

The European Joint Doctorate ADAPTED is a consortium of European Universities, important internationally active European development organisations and think tanks and six African partner universities. Within ADAPTED,

  • the European universities – including Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (coordinator), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in partnership with Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France – will host the ESRs, direct their research, organise training and implement the European Joint Doctorate based on project-specific binational agreements (cotutelles de these),
  • the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungs GmbH (DEG) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) host selected ESRs during non-academic secondments and add to the intersectoral relevance of the research done within the consortium while the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) provides ESRs with advice and training on the dissemination of research output and acts as a global dissemination platform for the ESRs,
  • researchers from six cooperating African partner universities, including the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia), University of Development Studies (Ghana), Moi University (Kenya), and University of Douala (Cameroon), will supervise ESRs during field work, provide them with access to local actors and to locally available data sets and link them to the non-academic sector in the fieldwork countries.

The ADAPTED research and training programme:
The Overarching Aim of the EJD ADAPTED is to deliver high-level training with intersectoral relevance in

  • validating pathways towards poverty eradication,
  • analysing interactions between poverty reduction and other policy areas
  • and optimising the impact of poverty reduction policies

to high achieving early stage researchers (ESRs) to bridge the existing knowledge gap in understanding poverty dynamics and by equipping the ESRs with a unique skills portfolio that is equally attractive for research institutions, development organisations and internationally active firms.

ADAPTED will implement the empirical components of its research programme with a clear but non-exclusive focus on countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. The EJD’s research programme is organised in three work packages (WP) that address the following broad research areas:

  • WP 1: Validating Pathways: We want to investigate how effective different growth- and social protection-oriented policies are in improving poverty-related outcomes, given the large heterogeneity of low- and middle-income countries and the differences in the target groups that these policies are able to reach. (5 PhD positions).
  • WP 2: Analysing Interactions: Poverty reduction-related policies are not implemented in a policy vacuum. Usually they are implemented side by side in settings, which are characterised by the existence of a multitude of other policies, which serve purposes other than poverty reduction. We therefore want to study poverty-related trade-offs and co-benefits within different growth- and social protection-oriented policy frameworks on the one hand, and between them and other policies on the other hand for deriving recommendations towards a policy mix responsive to poverty reduction. (5 PhD positions).
  • WP 3: Optimising Impact: We want to identify mechanisms that increase the relevance and the quality of delivery of social protection schemes, which allow for an improved coordination of fragmented social policies, and support the design and implementation of poverty reduction-related policies in neopatrimonial environments. (5 PhD positions).

The ADAPTED training programme combines local doctoral training offers at the beneficiary organisations with high-level network-wide training and training through secondments. The programme includes the training of core research skills acquired via the individual research project, modules on advanced research skills delivered by the consortium and transferable skills training offered by local graduate schools and during secondments with practice partners.

Open ESR positions: 
ESR 1: The Effect of Foreign Direct Investment and Official Development Assistance on Job Creation and Poverty Reduction

ESR 2: Mining and Poverty – A focus on artisanal mining and on CSR in industrial mining

ESR 3: Effectiveness of social protection in fighting poverty

ESR 4: Labour regulation and economic performance in SSA

ESR 5: Universal health coverage in West Africa

ESR 6: A political ecology approach in evaluating the development agenda: The cases of Ghana and Kenya

ESR 7: Costs/benefits of climate policies in the context of informal economies

ESR 8: An analysis of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of African countries under the Paris climate agreement and how these NDCs relate to SDG1

ESR 9: Mobilising international law for cross-border tax justice

ESR 10: The effects of governmentally enforced minimum wages on formal sector employment

ESR 11: Rights-based social assistance schemes

ESR 12: Building coherent social protection systems

ESR 13: Demand for good governance and policy access for the poor

ESR 14: Neopatrimonialism, pockets of effectiveness and policy making for the poor

ESR 15: Coalition-building and pro-poor governance reform

Postdoctoral Research Fellows + PhD Students at University of Cape Town

Attendance

Partially Remote (some attendance required)

Posted on

14 February 2021

 Application Deadline

30 April 2021

Type

Postdoc

The University of Cape Town offers several positions for Postdocs and PhD students in the broad areas of data ownership, privacy, and financial innovation. 

Students and recent graduates with a background in economics, computer science, mathematics, finance, and related disciplines are invited to apply. Successful applicants will work within a research group that strives for academic excellence and is interested in various aspects of data ownership, from analyzing its theoretical foundation in the economics of property rights and privacy, to developing practical tools and studying existing applications. In this context, open source software, artistic work, and scholarly research are relevant applications. For the financial innovation focus, the group is interested in all aspects of central bank digital currencies (including financial stability, privacy, interoperability, and inclusivity), as well as all aspects of cybersecurity (in particular economic and network models of cybersecurity).

UCT is the leading research university in Africa. The salary provides a comfortable lifestyle in Cape Town, which offers an exceptional quality of life.

The School of Economics in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town is inviting applications for PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows. There are two overarching themes for the fellowships: the data economy and financial innovation. Students and recent graduates with a background in economics, computer science, mathematics, finance, and related disciplines are invited to apply.

Any of the following research areas is of particular interest for the Data Economy focus:

  • The economics of privacy
  • Privacy-preserving technology
  • Data marketplaces
  • The economics of innovation

And for the Financial Innovation focus:

  • Central bank digital currencies
  • Financial interconnectedness
  • Cybersecurity

About the Position

Applications open now and are considered on a rolling basis until 30 April or until the positions are filled. Appointments are for as soon as is feasible. The tenure of the Postdoctoral fellowship is for up to three years, while the tenure for PhD positions is usually three years, but can be extended for up to five years. Due to the ongoing pandemic, successful applicants can choose to work remotely in 2021.

Postdoctoral fellows receive a fellowship of R350,000 per annum and no benefits are included in the value of the fellowship. An additional travel allowance of R30,000 p.a. is available for successful applicants. The successful applicant will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.

PhD students receive a fellowship of R210,000 p.a. and an additional travel allowance of R20,000 p.a. in addition to access to university-wide funding for conference travel. We typically arrange for PhD students to spend at least one semester at a leading international university and help organize an internship at a leading international policy institution or fintech company. PhD students are expected to have extremely strong quantitative, and in particular strong coding skills.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send your complete application package, including:

  • For applicants as Postdoctoral Research Fellow: At least two pieces of original research
  • A letter of application, including areas of expertise, research interests, and experience
  • A complete CV including the names and contact details of at least two references
  • Copies of academic transcripts

to: A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg (co-pierre.georg@uct.ac.za).

About the University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all. Applicants may not have previously held a full-time professional or academic post.

The University of Cape Town is the leading research university on the African continent and ranked155th globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The School of Economics is home to about 100 Postgraduate students and 40 faculty members who regularly publish in leading international journals. Of particular interest for this post is that the School of Economics houses the MPhil in Financial Technology, the only dedicated fintech master’s program in Africa. Cape Town offers an outstanding quality of life and has a vibrant technology and financial services sector. Home to numerous startups, incubators, and five universities in close proximity, Cape Town is one of the tech hubs on the African continent.

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