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2011 PhD Position in Human-Computer Interaction at Uppsala University, Sweden

The candidate is supposed to participate in the department’s ongoing research in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). More specifically, we seek a PhD candidate oriented towards research on post-representational HCI/interaction design, open innovation, and new and emerging digital practices. We seek a PhD candidate interested in doing empirical, theoretical and design-oriented research contributing to the area of HCI. We are also interested in a PhD candidate who seeks to combine areas such as architecture, cultural- and historical studies and design for the purpose of advancing the field of human-computer interaction.

Qualifications: master’s degree (candidates with any suited disciplinary and interdisciplinary background are welcome to apply), excellent command of written and spoken English.

Scholarship Application Deadline:1 June, 2011

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Studentship in Science Communication and Promotion of High-Energy Physics, UK

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year studentship in the field of science communication, specifically to study the promotion of the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern).
This project will explore and evaluate communication associated with the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over a six-year period, including communication produced by media professionals and citizen scientists. It is envisaged that the research undertaken within this studentship will contribute to debates about digital scholarship, public engagement and science communication, making valuable contributions to these related fields in terms of both theory and practice.You should have, or expect to gain, a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree or Masters degree in a related subject area (e.g. science communication, media, journalism or communication studies, history, philosophy or sociology of science, or other appropriate discipline).

The Open University is one of the UK’s leading Research Institutions. In the 2008 RAE over 50% of its research was rated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.The Open University provides excellent support and offers training in computer, library and presentation skills. Students normally live in, or within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. The studentship may involve opportunities to visit and conduct research at Cern.

Scholarship Application Deadline:15 April 2011

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Postdoctoral in Centre for Plasma Astrophysics at K.U.Leuven, Netherlands

The Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (CPA) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) accepts applications for one postodoctoral position within the framework of the SWIFF consortium funded by the European Commission within the FP7 program ( SWIFF encompasses 7 centers in 5 European countries.
The activities will focus on the development of physical-mathematical models, algorithm and software to study multiple scale processes in the solar corona (flares, CMEs), the propagation of the solar wind and its disturbances and the study of the magnetosphere and its connection with solar activity. The work will be theoretical, focusing on linking different fluid models (e.g. Hall MHD or twi fluid with MHD) and fluid with kinetic models. The work will be based on the extensive previous expertise in the field of high performance computing, space science and its application to space weather at the CPA and within the SWIFF consortium.
The selected candidates will have expertise in at least one of the following areas:
Solar physics, Magnetospheric physics,Solar wind,Expertise on computer programming with C, C++ or Fortran,Plasma physics, astrophysics or space physics, Numerical methods for fluid dynamics, MHD and kinetic physics particle in cell methods.

The researchers will have access to large parallel computer facilities and to a stimulating research environment within the CPA and the SWIFF consortium. The researchers will be employed by the K.U.Leuven, but collaborations with other centers of SWIFF are encouraged. The work place is Leuven, a historic university town (our university is one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1425) located just 20 minutes from the center of Brussel and 15 minutes from the Brussel airport, making it easily reachable to international travelers. Leuven is an international city located in the Flemish (Dutch speaking) part of Belgium where English and French are spoken routinely in all places (from University and public offices to shops and entertainment venues).

Scholarship Application Deadline:2011-05-28

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