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U.S. National Science Foundation – International Research Fellowships 2011: science and engineering

The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF.

Scholarship Application Deadline:September 13, 2011

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PhD Studentship in Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques for Food foam Research, UK

Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals.
Applications are invited for the above PhD studentship at the University of Cambridge in the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology. The centre is world renowned, focussing on the application of quantitative magnetic resonance methods and their application to problems encountered in process engineering research. The studentship is fully funded by Nestle Research Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland. The project will focus on the understanding of the physical properties of foams in terms of their stability and production. Foams are ubiquitous in food and impact many factors that are important to the consumer such as taste and texture. The project is aimed at increasing fundamental and practical knowledge to increase our ability to develop new foam food products.
This project will involve the development and implementation of advanced quantitative magnetic resonance techniques, such as fast pulsed field gradient magnetic resonance spectroscopy, multi-dimensional relaxation exchange spectroscopy and micro-fluidic micro-imaging, to gain new insights into the physics behind the ‘micro-fluidic’ generation of food foams and emulsions. In addition the successful candidate will also undertake research into the subsequent stability and ageing process of the foam/emulsion in terms of size and drainage and explore the possibilities of incorporating the new techniques, developed within the research project, into “low-field” online magnetic resonance measurements on the factory production floor. The project will involve regular travel to the research centre in Lausanne and continuous consultation with Nestle’s industrial process engineers and scientists.
The successful candidate should have a strong physics/mathematical background (preferably holding, or expecting to gain, a first class or upper 2:1 (honours) masters degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or physics) and should be able to demonstrate a high level of practical and communication skills.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 June 2011

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PhD Researcher: The Uncertainty Enabled Model Web, Netherland

The Department offers a BSc in Building Science (Bouwkunde) and MSc programmes in Architecture, Building and Planning, Building Services and Construction Management and Engineering. Research is design and application oriented, based on fundamental scientific insights and methods. The project is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission Theme FP7-ICT-2009-4: ICT for Environmental Services and Climate Change Adaptation. The DDSS research program has about 30 scientific staff (including 15 PhD researchers) of different disciplinary background from across the world. Project description: The project is part of the program UncertWeb. This project will implement an application to model activity-travel patterns of people in a city to demonstrate service chaining in the presence of uncertainty. In particular, the focus will be on a chain of models linking land-use change (or other policies) to changes in activity-travel patterns of individuals, which in turn will be linked to emission and exposure models. All these models involve uncertainties in terms of data and in the various models. The uncertainty-enabled model Web will be used to trace the propagation of uncertainty through this series of linked models. The core model is Albatross, a detailed model that has been developed by TUE for simulating how individuals use the environment. Albatross was developed for the Dutch Ministry of Transport and simulates activity-travel patterns of individuals in time and space at high resolution. Target variables include variables that are relevant from an air quality modelling perspective: the number of persons exposed to high air pollutant levels, classified by individual characteristics (gender, working/non-working, age) and activities (sporting, non-sporting) for a given area and a period of time, and variables that can be used as air quality model inputs: the number, speed and type of cars as a function of area and time. Time-activity simulations take place by representing the behaviour of a part of the population by agents in the computer, where this part is large enough to reflect variability in the population. The representation is used to predict time-activity patterns, and derived characteristics such as traffic congestion. Uncertainty in such predictions arrive from (a) limits due to limited representation of the target population, (b) limits due to incomplete and approximate modelling of behavioural decisions, and (c) when the model is used in predictive mode, from uncertainty in external factors in decision making, such as short-term weather conditions. Profile of the candidate: The candidate should possess a master degree and a good background in research methods, statistical analyses and computer programming. Further requirements: – Demonstrated interest in scientific research – Proficiency in English writing and speaking – Highly motivated to conduct academic research – Team spirit Salary: The duration of the project is for 3 years. The gross monthly salary increases from 2.042, – Euro in the first year to 2.492, – Euro in the third year. In addition, the TU/e has an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. Application Deadline 01-09-2010 Read more: