material science | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans - Part 2

University of Bremen- Research Scholarship, Germany: Ocean and Climate Research, Material Science, Information-Cognition-Communication, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Logistics.

The University of Bremen is a young and dynamic university with top league research programs. Interdisciplinary research at the University of Bremen transcends the borders of traditional disciplines and is structured into six high-profile areas: Ocean and Climate Research, Material Science, Information-Cognition-Communication, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Logistics.

The Bremen Research Scholarship supports students and young academics from abroad to engage in a research visit to the University of Bremen. The scholarship is for carrying out an ambitious and innovative project in one of the research areas of the university. The aim is to develop and maintain international research connections through sharing innovative and excellent scientific expertise. The scholarship amounts to 625 € per month for Bachelor and Master students (maximum duration: 6 months) and 1024 € per month for doctoral students (maximum duration: 4 months). In addition, a flat rate will be provided to cover travel expenses to and from Bremen based on the DAAD rates.

We welcome proposals for funding research visits to the University of Bremen. The call is open to candidates of all disciplines who have completed basic college studies (usually Bachelor level). Female students or researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are requested to obtain a letter of endorsement from a scientist of the University of Bremen prior to the application. In this letter, the scientist should state that she or he is willing to host and advise the applicant during her or his research visit to Bremen and comment on the proposed project.

Scholarship Application Deadline:15 May 2011

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PhD Studentship: Multiphoton Nano Markers, JSMC, Germany

his project will study novel nanomaterials with outstanding properties for enlarging the imaging and
sensing tool?box of life sciences. These nanoparticles/wires are made of niobate crystals and emit light through second?harmonic generation (SHG) rather than fluorescence. The interdisciplinary tasks of the project range from the synthesis and the optical characterization of the nanomaterials to their
combination with plasmonics effects and the applications in optofluidics devices.

We expect:
• a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (ideally physics, material sciences or
biotechnology). Candidates about to obtain their degree are welcome to apply.
• strong interests for optics, nanotechnology and biotechnology.
• high motivation and interest in joining one of the interdisciplinary research areas of the JSMC
• creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
• an integrative and cooperative personality
• very good communication skills in English (the language of instruction at the JSMC)

We offer:
• a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top?level research
• a PhD stipend paid for three years according to the rules of the DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as generous research funding
• a comprehensive mentoring program with efficient supervision by a team of supervisors
• a top?level PhD training program with courses in state?of?the?art research technologies and soft skills
• Jena – the German City of Science 2008: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University

Scholarship Application Deadline:Deadline for applicants who will require a visa to enter Germany and attend the recruitment meeting in June: April 6, 2011

For applicants who will not require a visa to enter Germany: Deadline April 29, 2011
(Please note: after April 29, applications from non-EU-nationals can only be considered if attendance at the recruitment meeting is possible within two weeks of receiving notice of acceptance. Please provide a brief explanatory statement together with your application)

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Fully Funded PhD Positions in Synthetic Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The following PhD position is available.
Detection of protein dynamics using single molecule fluorescence confocal microscopy.

The ability to detect the fluorescence of a single fluorophore has led to great advances in understanding of heterogeneity and dynamics at the nanoscale level in life and material sciences. The specific emission properties of fluorophores like its intensity, decay time, emission wavelength (spectrum) and anisotropy can be used to probe changes in the fluorophores surrounding. For example, fluorescence decay time changes can be used as a powerful tool to monitor quenching and energy transfer processes. A confocal microscope setup will be developed with multiple avalanche photodiodes and a spectrometer (polychromator/CCD camera) that can be used to monitor changes in multiple parameters of the single fluorophore´s emission at the same time, providing a wealth of information. In order to extract as much information as possible, it is important to choose fluorophores with a high absorption coefficient, high fluorescence, low triplet, and low photobleaching quantum yield. For this, organic fluorophores (with and without the presence of photostability enhancing additives, like e.g. ROXS) will be tested and compared with a new class of silver cluster based emitters, attached to proteins in order to determine their photo stability performance. As a test case we will investigate the conformational changes that occur during binding and transport of substrate within the neurotransmitter transporter homologue, LeuT.

A MSc or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the research project and good English skills are required.

Scholarship Application Deadline:1st of April 2011, 12 noon

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