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9 PhD Studentships in Dynamic Molecular Nanostructures, University of Cambridge, UK

Nine Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions are offered in the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) DYNAMOL – Dynamic Molecular Structures. The DYNAMOL ITN is a research-training European network involving institutions across Europe (9 from the academic sector and 2 from the private sector) which aims to train a new generation of highly skilled chemists in dynamic covalent chemistry and push this emerging field of research into applications at the cutting-edge of nanotechnology. Expertise of all partners encompasses the general areas of supramolecular chemistry and dynamic covalent chemistry, but individual research competences are quite diverse focussing on molecularly defined nanostructures, analysis of nanostructures, and novel applications.
The ITN DYNAMOL will establish a powerful new approach for the preparation of nanostructures based on dynamic covalent chemistry. Dynamic covalent chemistry combines the advantages of covalent synthesis (robustness of the bonds) with those of non-covalent synthesis (error correction, responsiveness) without any of the disadvantages (lability in the case of non-covalent chemistry and synthetic difficulty in accessing large structures through traditional covalent synthesis). This method therefore has the potential to provide unique solutions for several important challenges in the preparation of molecular nanostructures that still need to be addressed, such as the creation of low symmetry nano-sized assemblies and molecular nanostructures with specific functions or the use of orthogonal chemical reactions to increase structural complexity. The training program aims to improve theoretical, practical and complementary skills of the recruited ESRs. To this end, it includes state-of-the-art local training activities and network-wide courses and workshops as well as secondments in partner laboratories.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 April 2011

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PhD Studentships in the Cell Biology of Cancer, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK

We are currently re-advertising three of our PhD Studentships (project supervisors: Owen Sansom,  Robert White and Sara Zanivan) Details of each project can be found below. If you have not previously applied and would like to do so, please complete the PhD Application Form. Remember to rename the document with your last name and initials only. We do not accept paper applications, CVs, university transcripts or letters of reference. We will contact your referees separately via email so remember to include their email addresses on your application form. Interviews are likely to be held in March. Students will be selected for interview based on their academic qualifications, research/lab experience and letters of reference. Each candidate will be asked to give a brief 10-minute talk about a research project they have been involved with. This will be followed by one-to-one meetings with selected group leaders as well as lunch with some of our current students. Only reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Institute.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2011

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CEDAR Public Health Research PhD Studentships 2011, UK

Applications for PhD studentships in public health research within the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a UKCRC funded Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research. The Centre is a collaboration between Medical Research Council Units in Cambridge and the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia and is hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Cambridge.

We particularly seek candidates interested in the social and environmental determinants of physical activity and dietary behaviour and in population-based, interdisciplinary intervention research in this field. Students will be registered at the University of Cambridge or the University of East Anglia depending on their interests. The studentships within this multidisciplinary collaboration provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research and encourage the development of transferable academic and generic skills.

A number of three-year (‘+3′) studentships are available to commence in October 2011. These are for students who already have a Masters degree in epidemiology, public health or another relevant health or social science. It is possible that four-year (’1+3′) studentship(s) may also be available. If so, this would be for those without an appropriate Masters degree who will undertake the MPhil in Epidemiology or Public Health in Cambridge or the MRes in Environmental Social Science in Norwich during the first year of their studentship.

The minimum academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent. The studentships include college and university fees and a stipend. Full funding is available to UK nationals and UK residents. Partial funding is available to applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA).

Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 January 2011

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