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PhD Studentship in the Institute of Physics, Technical University of Lodz, Poland: theoretical/computational chemistry

A PhD student position is available in the Institute of Physics, Technical University of Lodz, Poland in the group of Prof. Katarzyna Pernal position to carry out the project “Accurate description of intermolecular interaction energies from extended random phase approximation”.

The position is in the field of theoretical/computational chemistry. The project involves development and coding of new quantum chemistry methods.

The position is financed via the program “Pomost” founded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

The Stipend’s amount: 3 500 PLN / month.

The stipend is free of tax. Neither health nor pension insurance is provided.

Maximum period of stipend agreement: till 30 September 2013.

A successful candidate will join the PhD program at the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz. After the “Pomost” contract expires the candidate will continue working towards the PhD degree as the graduate student receiving the stipend from the Department of Chemistry (the amount is decided by the department).

Profile of candidates:

· Full university degree (Master Degree or equivalent) in Chemistry or Physics.

· Computational and programming skills.

· Strong mathematical background.

· Good knowledge of quantum chemistry methods.

· Fluent spoken and written English.

Scholarship Applocation Deadline:31 March 2011

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SRF Positions in Complex Systems at University of Oxford, UK

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow in Complex Systems who will join the research group based at the CABDyN Complexity Centre at the University of Oxford. The advertised post is funded through one of the CABDyN Complexity Centre’s new projects: “Forecasting Financial Crises: Measurements, Models and Predictions” is funded under the European Commission’s Framework 7, Future of Emerging Technologies Open Scheme. The project aims to address the very important challenge of improving our ability to detect early warning signals for potential instabilities and crises in financial markets, by developing novel network-based measures and software tools that can be applied to large-scale financial datasets on a real-time basis.

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a cognate discipline e.g. mathematical biology, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physics, or quantitative sociology (social network analysis) from a major research university, with postdoctoral training in complex systems and networks, and with a track record of serious interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement. Candidates will be expected to show evidence of substantial practical experience of managing and working with large-scale empirical data sets for research purposes, some familiarity more specifically with financial data sets, and an established interest in finance research literature. An appropriate track record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications on complex systems and networks, and good programming skills will be essential.The Senior Research Fellow will manage and analyse different large-scale financial datasets used in this project, will oversee the day-to-day management, will present research results at international workshops and conferences, and will co-author articles for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 8 March 2011

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University of Hamburg, Doctorate Programme 2011 in Germany: Neural Multimodal Integration & Neural Speech Localisation

The Knowledge Technology Research Group is looking to fill two fulltime PhD studentships funded by the DFG in the context of the International Research Training Group CINACS  . This project offers a 3-year doctoral programme based at the University of Hamburg and at Tsinghua University, Beijing. The dissertation projects will be carried out at the University of Hamburg. A part of the studies (a few months) can be performed at Tsinghua University. The interdisciplinary programme provides exciting research opportunities in multisensory perception and cross-modal information processing.
The candidate is expected to conduct research in the area of Knowledge Technology and Neural Network Robotics. In these two projects we are particularly focused on working to-wards a) neural multimodal integration based on the superior colliculus and b) neural sound localisation for speech processing based on the inferior colliculus. We use an attractive humanoid robot scenario where humanoid robots interact with humans based on multimodal information. This includes the integration of an ambient environment with new cognitive humanoid robots.
Academic degree preferably in computer science or related qualifying the holder to carry out the above-mentioned responsibilities. In particular, an MSc or equivalent in computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering or equivalent is essential. Knowledge of artificial intelligence, neural networks or robotics and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment will be important. The post involves international travel. We are looking for excellent programming skills, e.g. in C++, C, Python, Java etc. We are also looking for very good communication skills and teamwork, including very good knowledge of English. Knowledge of German would be desirable.
The PhD stipend is for three years (2 plus 1) and fulltime.
The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, if applicants are equally qualified, preference will be given to qualified female applicants or qualified disabled applicants.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 28.2.2011

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