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Postdoctoral and PhD Position in Mechatronics, Poland

We are one of Poland’s leading Universities committed to maintaining our position at the forefront of our field in research. We are delighted to invite applications for eight unique and prestigious positions sponsored by the Foundation for Polish Science under the WELCOME programme and financed from the European Funds. The offer is directed to outstanding individuals willing to perform multidisciplinary research in collaboration with leading research groups across the world. The WELCOME programme supports research projects carried by outstanding scientists from abroad establishing research teams in Polish Scientific institutions. The project “Universality of Non-classical Approaches in Mechatronics” will be carried in our laboratories in 2011-2015.

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2011 The University of Kent Graduate School Scholarships, UK

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University’s Graduate School. This successful scheme has been renewed annually since then; it provides a £1000 scholarship to University of Kent 2011 graduates who earn a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2011. There is no need to make a separate application. The funding will be provided to all eligible 2011 graduates on registration. The University of Kent offers a broad variety of postgraduate study and research opportunities across a range of superb locations in Canterbury, Medway, Brussels and Paris. Our postgraduates benefit from teaching and supervision by world-leading researchers and have access to excellent facilities and training opportunities.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 October 2011

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PhD Studentships in EGFR and Related Therapeutic Targets in Mesothelioma, UK

PhD studentship – EGFR and related therapeutic targets in mesothelioma. Applications are sought from suitably-qualified people wishing to pursue research leading to PhD status under the supervision of leading researchers. Applicants will be expected to hold a minimum of a UK upper second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU’ student rate and maintenance (£13,490 in 2010/11, subject to final confirmation) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress. Supervisors:- Dr Lynn Cawkwell, Prof Michael Lind Median survival for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is extremely poor and there is a need for effective treatment modalities. EGFR is overexpressed in MPM and in vitro studies show that EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy can induce cytotoxicity in MPM cells. However two small trials show that EGFR TKi’s may not be effective in MPM. The mechanisms of resistance to EGFR TKI therapy may be associated with absence of activating mutations in the EGFR TK domain. Other mechanisms may include loss of PTEN protein (with activation of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway) or transactivation of EGFR by PGE2. There are no published studies assessing anti-EGFR mAbs in MPM; these are not dependent on the presence of activating mutations at the TK domain. The PTEN, PI3K/AKT/mTOR and PGE2 pathways must be fully investigated in MPM. For example, novel combination therapy using an anti-EGFR mAb with a PGE2 or AKT/mTOR inhibitor may show enhanced therapeutic potential for these patients.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 18 March 2011

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