Cơ hội/Trao đổi: Hà lan/Holland/Netherlands

Discussion in 'Thông tin học bổng' started by VietPhD, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. vanhoivanbinh

    vanhoivanbinh Kẻ lữ hành đơn độc

    Tớ vừa bị TUE reject chiều nay, hic hic
  2. swordsman

    swordsman Thèm thuồng

    Xin chia buồn.Cậu thử chọn nước khác thử coi như Đức, Nauy, Dan Mach... nạp online mà đâu sợ tốn tiền.
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  3. rosemary

    rosemary Thèm thuồng

    em cũng yêu đất nước Hà Lan nên cũng muốn học.
    Huygens thì nguy cơ em apply trường Hague University rank thấp quá, khả năng giành Huygens hơi khó. Đến tháng 5 mới bít kết quả.
    Còn bác Nuffic thì em làm ở công ty liên doanh nên cũng chẳng được chấp nhận.
    Vào góp vui cùng các pác
  4. VietPhD

    VietPhD Because of me, you'll never walk alone

    So, you want to do a PhD...

    By: Christof Monz
    Assistant Professor
    Informatics Institute
    Information and Language Processing Systems
    University of Amsterdam
    Science Park 107
    1098 XG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Office: F0.41
    E-mail: "initial of first name" . "last name" at uva.nl
    Phone: +39 (0)20-525-8676
    Fax: +39 (0)20-525-7490



    So, you want to do a PhD...

    Disclaimer: These words of wisdom are purely based on my personal experience and interactions with other academics and PhD students over the years. They do not represent any official policy of any institution nor should they be considered as one-size-fits-all guidelines. In the end, so much depends on the individual circumstances. But anyway I hope you'll find some of it useful.
    Doing a PhD can be a great experience. You learn as much about a subject as you learn about yourself throughout your PhD. And if this wasn't rewarding enough, you even get called 'Doctor' at the end of it, but that's just the cherry on top. As a PhD is about exploring a research area that nobody else has explored to the degree you are about to, doing a PhD is inherently about overcoming obstacles while covering new ground. Inevitably this means that there are times when you struggle, but winning these little battles can be a very rewarding experience. As the saying goes: 'no pain, no gain'.


    Before you enroll or sign any contract (i.e. your life away)
    Spend some time reflecting on what it is you'd like to do. What subject keeps you up 'til 3 in the morning fiddling with it until you've solved it? Whether you choose your subject or your supervisor (or most likely a combination of both), make sure that you pick a subject for your PhD you find truly intriguing. Motivation is key to a successful PhD (this cannot be emphasized enough!).

    Who's your potential supervisor? Do you think you will get along with him or her? If your supervisor is stellar in his or her subject, but otherwise rather unpleasant your PhD is likely to turn into a nightmare. Of course, the reverse applies as well. Try to strike the right balance and choose your supervisor carefully!


    In the beginning of your PhD (oh, early days...)

    So, you've chosen a supervisor and a topic for your PhD. Now that you're about to embark on this journey it's important to clarify a number of things that will help you make sure you know where you're going.
    Discuss with your supervisor what is expected from your PhD:
    What are the main expected outcomes of your PhD? Together with your supervisor put together a plan for the rest of your PhD that states exactly what is expected when. Learn to stick to these deadlines. Obviously there will be situations where you miss deadlines, but having a clear plan for your PhD gives you a better picture of how far away you are from your 'ideal' PhD. If you have to revise parts of your plan, do so carefully and always after discussing it with your supervisor.
    What are the key conferences and journals you are supposed to publish in? This differs from area to area and your supervisor can provide you with this information.
    How many key publications are enough? Again this differs from area to area. As a rule of thumb: 2-3 conference publications, one or two of which are extended into journal publications. These publications are essential. They feed directly into your PhD thesis later on, you get peer feedback on them giving you a good idea how your work compares to the state of the art in your area, and last but not least, they keep your supervisor happy.
    Agree on a slot for regular meetings with your supervisor. These meetings can be held weekly or bi-weekly. Personally, I prefer to meet with my students weekly, but in any case, make sure you meet with your supervisor frequently and on a regular basis. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss your progress, new ideas, technical problems, etc.

    Estimate your financial situation. PhD stipends or salaries are certainly not known to be generous anywhere in the world. Normally, it should be enough though to allow you an okay standard of living. If you don't get a stipend or have an expensive fine wine habit to feed, and you don't come from a well-heeled family, you probably have to earn some money on the side. Most PhD students do so by working as teaching assistants (TAs). Although TA-ing in moderate amounts does not interfere too much with your PhD, don't overdo it as this can hinder progress with your PhD. Start with as little TA-ing as you think will give you enough money to survive. Remember, a PhD is a full-time job, and your supervisor will expect you to treat it like one. Despite its flexible working hours, you should expect to put in at least 8 hours a day.

    Read, read, and read. It's important that you get a good understanding of the research problems in your area early on. You don't want to find out half-way through your PhD that somebody else has already tried out your idea. Your supervisor should of course know the area very well, but unlike what some of them like you to believe, they are not infallible. I initially point my students to the most important and relevant publications in the area which are a good starting point for their own literature research. We then discuss regularly the other approaches, and how the PhD student's approach differs from them, either in one-on-one meetings or in our reading group. In addition to just reading it's also a good idea to write short summaries of the most relevant papers. All PhD theses I'm aware of include a literature review or background chapter, which should be written early in your PhD. Of course, you have to revise this chapter later on, as the world around you does not stand still, but having a first version of a literature review early on is yet another thing you can tick off on your to-do list. Do not only read papers but also one or two PhD theses by others. You can ask your supervisor which ones he or she recommends. You might not understand all the details at this point, but you get an idea what a good PhD thesis looks like.

    Try to write your first paper within a year after you've picked your supervisor and PhD topic. Since conference submission deadlines tend to be not during the summer, this could mean that you have to submit your paper before (preferably) or after the first year has passed. Getting your first publication out in time is important for two reasons: Firstly, your first publication will fill you with immense pride (and rightly so) and it's a huge motivational boost. Secondly, time is limited and getting things done in time will prevent you from being stressed later on.

    Talk to the other PhD students in your group, especially the ones that are a few years ahead. They have learned many of the lessons the hard way. Talking to them can help you avoid falling into the same traps. They also know the, lets say, peculiarities of your supervisor which will help you convince that it's actually your supervisor who's the weird one and not you. Talking regularly to your fellow PhD students about your research also allows you to bat around crazy ideas. Although these discussions should not replace the discussions with your supervisor during your regular meetings they are an important addition.

    Use any opportunity to present your work at group seminars. This is a friendly environment where you can present your ideas, your progress, and your results and get valuable feedback from a wider audience, including colleagues of your supervisor, you normally don't talk to on a regular basis. Plus, practicing talks is important. These dry-runs will improve your presentation skills considerably.


    Knee-deep into your PhD (in other words: 'being stuck!')

    So, you have survived the first 1-2 years of your PhD, you've had your first publication(s) (congrats!), and you still haven't given up. Now it's time to face the most testing period of your PhD.
    It's not that you're being lazy, you want to work, but not on your PhD, just not right now. You can't face looking at the same problem for the n-th time from the m-th angle in order to get those darn results you were certain to get from your ingenious, intricate approach. This is the time you discover many of your interests that were unbeknownst to you before. It's amazing how fascinating it is to write little java applets that do lots of cute things for every possible scenario. Or, learn a new language. How about Waray-Waray? That surely sounds fascinating. That's all great, but unfortunately completely unrelated to your PhD. There's a term for it: escapism. (Hmm, you probably wonder what I'm escaping from while writing this page...) Anyway, the most important thing is not to give in to the temptations of trivial distraction and stay on the ball.

    Many a PhD student is baffled by the fact that there comes a point when their supervisor doesn't have the answers to all their technical questions anymore. Actually, this is not surprising at all. Remember, your PhD is about exploring a research area that nobody else (and this includes your supervisor) has explored to the degree you are doing. One way to look at it is to say that you're beyond help, which itself isn't very helpful. A less demotivating way to look at it is to say that you're becoming the leading world authority on the specific area of your PhD. Now, this doesn't mean that your supervisor can't be helpful anymore, he or she can still provide you with lots of advice on many aspects of your research. At the same time it's also important to talk to other people in the research community. Talk to other researchers and PhD students at conferences. You are now at a stage where you have to take your research global. Building up connections with other researchers in the community is essential for another reason: You're not gonna be a PhD student forever, and although it might be hard for you to believe at this point, but there is a life after your PhD, and a job that needs to be found! (Some of the aspects of landing your next job are discussed below.)

    When you're in the middle of your PhD it's also important not to get lost in the details of your approach and to step back for a moment and check whether things are going according to plan. Plan? What plan? Well, remember, the plan you've put together with your supervisor at the beginning of your PhD (see above). Sticking to this plan (or a version you've revised together with your supervisor) is important because this plan should have set out a coherent research agenda, i.e. it tells a good story. You will notice how important coherence is when you're writing up. Although your research publications will feed directly into your PhD thesis, a PhD thesis is more than just a bunch of papers held together by a spiral binding. So now is the time to make sure that you do tell a good, coherent research story, and if you don't, do make the appropriate adjustments now. Neglecting any incoherences at this point is the single most depressing source of grief during the write-up stage, when it is too late to run any extensive experiments or any other detailed explorations.

    Scientists are notorious for being utterly incapable of getting their ideas across to people who don't belong to that elite club---consisting of five members---of researchers who work on exactly the same problem, which in their mind is of course the most important scientific problem there is. Since you're by now half on your way to become one of these scientists (but you are not there yet), it's not too late to do things a bit differently. Work on your presentation skills and learn how to describe your approach in a way that can be understood by a non-expert (parents and friends are perfect guinea pigs for this). Many scientists snub at the idea of lowering themselves to the level of the common people (i.e., other researchers working on slightly different problems), but the benefits of being able to describe your work and its impact on science to a wider audience can't be emphasized enough. (a) You will actually get questions after your conference talks and not just blank stares, which can be a horrible experience. (b) Being able to talk to other researchers and them understanding your approach means that they can provide you with potentially very useful feedback. (c) Being able to tell a good story will also come in handy when it comes to writing up. After all, that's the time when you have to motivate why you're doing it this way and how each of your approaches (i.e. chapters in your thesis) contributes to that bigger picture. (d) You have to find a job after your PhD. Most likely you want to apply at places where some of the researchers that have seen you give a presentation work. If they understand your work and therefore can appreciate it much better, it increases your chances of landing a job with them immensely.


    So near and yet so far (writing up)

    There comes a time when everything has to end and this applies to your PhD as well. Typically, this is when funding for your PhD runs out. Many universities are also under pressure to have their PhD students finish within a certain time limit. Regardless of the exact reasons, at some point your supervisor will ask you to start writing up, i.e. write the actual PhD thesis. It's difficult to predict how long it will take you to write up, and this of course depends on the individual circumstances, but something like 6 months is not a bad estimate. Like any of the other stages of your PhD, the write-up stage has it's own charm (i.e. things that drive you insane).
    Never mind how often you've thought your PhD could not end soon enough. When it actually comes to finishing, you can't let go. The main reason for this is that you suddenly realize how much is missing and not done properly. All these experiments you were planning to run but didn't get around to at the time. And the fact that you can't remember exactly how the code was working doesn't help either. You have a bunch of approaches and papers describing them, but how does it all fit together? This is the time when that by now obscure, but finely crafted research plan (see above), will haunt you. You realize now that you should have stuck to it earlier on when the material was still fresh in your mind and you actually knew all the details, including how to run your code. Together with your supervisor, who is probably better in grasping the bigger picture than most PhD students (no offense, this comes with experience and you will get there as well), prioritize the things that need to be addressed to connect your approaches so they tell a coherent story again. This effort of connecting the dots is one of the main reasons why it takes 6 months or so to write up.

    Another reason why you can't let go is because you have become a perfectionist. You know your work and the research area like nobody else, and you know all the shortcomings and imperfections of your approach. You'd be embarrassed to let anybody else see your PhD thesis before all the kinks have been ironed out. Don't worry. Science by definition is incomplete and nobody really solves a problem to the last tiny detail. If researchers did, what would happen to all the poor PhD students of the next generation? There wouldn't be anything left for them to do. In other words see the imperfections in your PhD thesis as a contribution to science that helps keep the scientific world go round. On the other hand do point out any shortcomings of your approach (you can even sketch a solution). This shows the PhD committee that you have thought about it and that you know what you're talking about. Every PhD committee member is sympathetic to the fact that you can't solve every little detail in the limited time you've had to do your PhD.

    Finishing your PhD thesis is surely the most important thing at this stage, but don't forget, you also have to defend your thesis in front of a PhD committee. The exact constellation of a PhD committee depends on the regulations of your university. Common to most requirements I've seen is the fact that your supervisor doesn't play much of a role in the committee itself, after all he or she is not really an objective party in this. Also most committees are required to have an external member, i.e., a member from a different university. Check these details with your supervisor who should invite people to the committee well in advance of your defense. It's worth the effort to think who both of you want to have on the committee. On the one hand it's nice to have big names on it as this is a nice opportunity to present your work to them and get their detailed feedback. At the same time you don't want to invite somebody who's known to be particularly nasty. Again, try to find the right balance. Trust your supervisor's judgment who should know many of these people for a long time.

    As if by writing up you don't have enough on your plate, you should also start thinking about what you want to do after your PhD. It can easily take 6 months between applying for and starting a job. Unless you're planning to take a very long break after your PhD and have the financial means to support yourself, you need to think about this, and indeed apply for a job, before you actually finish. Quite a few supervisors discourage their students from applying before finishing, as their main concern is to get them finish in time. Personally, I disagree with that. I think not knowing what you're gonna do afterwards can be yet another stress factor, and additional stress is the last thing you need right now. I'm not gonna go into the details of job hunting here, as this would take up too much space, but here's some common sense advice: (a) Networking is the single most promising strategy to land a job. Talk to people at conferences, and 'drop' the fact that you're about to finish. (b) Talk to other senior people in the department about their advice. (c) Subscribe to the relevant email lists that frequently post job announcements.


    Done! (the big anti-climax)

    You have submitted your thesis (congrats!). Now you only have to defend it. Don't worry about the defense. This is just another conference talk with an excruciatingly long question slot.
    Re-read your thesis a couple of times before your defense. I know, by this time you rather pull out your own fingernails that read that thing again, but you want to make sure that everything is fresh in your mind when you defend it. Nothing is more embarrassing than the committee members knowing your PhD thesis better than you do.
    Free at last! No more pages to write, no more debugging. But what next? Being rid of the stress of your PhD thesis can leave a weird emptiness. After all, this thing has dominated your daily life for the last few years, and of course the fact that you now have a PhD doesn't live up to the anticipation that has built up over the years. Nevertheless you should feel a strong sense of relief that it's over.
    Treat yourself to a long holiday or do whatever you like for a few weeks (or even months). Spoil yourself, and celebrate the fact that you have survived your PhD with hopefully not too much mental scarring.

    I hope you've find this advice somewhat helpful. If you have any other suggestions, I'd be curious to hear them. Just drop me an email.
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  5. VietPhD

    VietPhD Because of me, you'll never walk alone

    Civil Engineering and Geosciences: Waste Stream Sensor Technology

    PhD Candidate: Waste Stream Sensor Technology
    Department/faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Level: Master degree
    Working hours: 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
    Contract: Four years
    Salary: Maximum of €2612 per month gross
    Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences provides leading, international research and education in road and water engineering, earth sciences, traffic and transport control, and delta technology. Innovation and sustainability are central themes. The research addresses global social issues and is closely interwoven with education as well as with the work carried out by a broad spectrum of knowledge institutions. The faculty consists of 17 sections distributed among the Departments of Design & Construction, Hydraulic Engineering, Transport & Planning, Water Management and Geotechnology.
    The Materials and Environment section (M&E) focuses on all aspects of materials research and specifically the relation with the environment. The section specializes in materials science, recycling, durability and sustainability.

    Job description
    Background: Concrete and demolition waste (CDW) forms by far the majority of the waste produced annually in the Netherlands (26 million tons), followed by shredder residue and household waste. A big challenge in recycling is to liberate high quality materials from the waste streams. This will improve the recycling yield, reduce the need for landfill capacity, lessen the burden on the environment and generate a valuable secondary source of raw materials. Moreover, it will add significant economic value to the waste materials.
    Targeted waste streams for this project are CDW, bottom ash residue from incinerated household waste, and shredder output. The materials focus is on non-ferrous metals and minerals from CDW. Innovative solutions are required to sort the valuable materials into clean and pure streams that are fit for recycling into high-quality products. Physical sorting techniques are quite suitable for dealing with bulk streams, whereas quality inspection and high-quality sorting is a field reserved for sensor techniques. The special feature of the sensor technology is that it should operate on-line and have an economic value to the recycling industry. This is a major challenge that has inspired a new field of sensor research.
    The project: The objective of this project is research into sensor techniques to obtain information on-line from a waste stream in order to add value to waste materials. This information concerns the chemical-physical composition of the stream, but also the variations of bulk properties that will provide valuable feedback to the recycling process. This part of the research involves sensor techniques that can operate at stand-off distance from (moving) materials. Optimum sensor efficiency may require that the inspected waste particles must lie within defined ranges of size and cleanliness, but above all they must be led to the sensor in an ordered fashion. This part of the research involves techniques closely related to minerals processing (mining).
    The eligible candidate has a sound background in physics or materials, and more specifically in sensor physics and technology. Experience with laser, spectral techniques and/or NMR is highly appreciated. The candidate should have an affinity for materials processing.
    Conditions of employment
    TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customized compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
    Information and application
    For more information about this position, please contact M.C.M. Bakker, phone: +31 (0)15-2785219, e-mail: m.c.m.bakker@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and a letter of application by 15 July 2009 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.
    When applying for this position, make sure to mention vacancy number CITG09-08.
    Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated
  6. VietPhD

    VietPhD Because of me, you'll never walk alone

  7. VietPhD

    VietPhD Because of me, you'll never walk alone

  8. dinhcongbang

    dinhcongbang Bạn của mọi người

    PhD in IT/CS: Top-class researchers from Third Countries are welcome

    To advance science and technology the commercial research company
    Almende BV (almende.com | Almende Self-organizing Networks) and the Learning Agents Research Group of
    Erasmus University (LARGE -- Redirecting to the proper page) strongly foster
    close collaboration with universities, knowledge institutes, large
    industrial R&D groups and other SMEs in the Netherlands, Europe and
    China in large European Programmes. In respect to the Marie Curie
    Actions - International Dimension; International Incoming Fellowships

    European Commission: CORDIS: FP7: People: Marie Curie Actions : IIF : HOME

    Almende and LARGE are offering to host experienced researchers as IIF
    fellows for 12-24 months in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    For the International Incoming Fellowships Programme, Almende is
    inviting experienced research candidates to set up in liaison an
    application on either of the following subjects:

    * Emerging self-organized agent-based management of evolving
    supply networks
    * Agent-assisted human decision-making through preference
    modeling, decision recommendation, and feedback in electronic markets

    Eligible candidates are requested to write an application and send their
    CV by July 1 2009 to the contact persons below. For eligibility
    conditions please download and check the conditions in the Information

    CORDIS: FP7: Find a Call

    In the application letter attention should be paid to the topic that the
    candidate would like to work on. In particular, the research problem /
    question, approach, methods and techniques should be mentioned and
    related to the current or past work experiences - it should be evident
    how the state of the art in the specific research field is advanced.

    Upon an internal selection procedure Dr. Alfons H. Salden and Dr. Wolf
    Ketter will notify by July 14 2009 all the candidates about the
    outcomes. They will then also contact the successful candidates to help
    further define, set up and submit their proposals (Deadline August 18

    Please send your applications to

    Dr. Alfons H. Salden
    Senior Researcher
    Almende BV
    Westerstraat 50
    3016 DJ Rotterdam
    The Netherlands



    Dr. Wolf Ketter
    Rotterdam School of Management
    Erasmus University
    Department of Decision and Information Sciences, T9-12
    P.O. Box 1738
    3000 DR Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

    Wolfgang Ketter - Home Page


    International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)

    Top-class researchers from Third Countries are welcome to work on projects in Europe. This helps to develop research cooperation between Europe and other parts of the world – to everybody’s benefit.
    Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships are specially designed to encourage these moves.
    Who can apply?

    Researchers from Third Countries are eligible for an IIF. That means countries that are neither EU Member States nor Associated Countries. To apply, you must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. But that is the minimum. The more experience you have, the better will be your chances of being accepted for this action.
    Your application for an IIF should be made in liaison with the organisation or institution that would be willing to host you in Europe. Host organisations can be universities, research centres or companies.
    What does the funding cover?

    IIF funding is provided for a research project which will transfer knowledge into your host organisation and building or enhancing collaborations between Europe and the rest of the world. The research project will also allow you to advance your career. Financial support is provided for 12-24 months (full-time equivalent).
    Funding allows you to:
    join a European research team that doesn't have your experience
    establish a collaboration through a research project with your lab or your country
    gain new knowledge in a European lab.
    Your IIF may also cover a return phase of up to one year. This will be spent back in your country of origin, applying the experience that you have gained. To qualify for a return phase, you must be from one of the International Cooperation Partner Countries. If you want a return phase, you must include details of it in your initial application. And you must specify the potential return host organization in your country of origin
    Which topics can be funded?

    All areas of scientific and technological research that are of interest to the EU may be eligible for IIF funding. But there is one exception: research areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty cannot be funded.
    Who decides?

    IIF proposals are selected in an open competition. Selection is through transparent, independent peer review, based on excellence using a series of predetermined criteria.
  9. iCyborg

    iCyborg i am a cyborg

    The Biomedical Engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) invites applications for a fully funded 4-years PhD position at the Biomedical Image Analysis Group.

    Topic of the project is full cardiac left atrium segmentation for guidance of ablation of atrial fibrillation.
    This project concerns the segmentation of the left atrium in 3D+time.

    The challenges in this project are:
    - The heart is a constantly beating organ, which is more difficult to segment than static organs
    - Atrial myocardium is very thin and therefore the borders may be hard to distinguish
    - There is little to no literature about LA epicardium segmentation
    - The segmentation result has to be very accurate, because it is the only source of wall thickness information for the electrophysiologist during an intervention.
    - Penetrating the pericardium and e.g. the esophagus can have disastrous consequences for the patient. On the other hand, ablating non-transmurally may not completely solve the problem.
    - The number of pulmonary veins is not constant over the population, i.e. anatomic variation has to be dealt with properly.

    This project will be performed in collaboration with Philips Healthcare in Best, The Netherlands and the University Medical Center in Utrecht.

    We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
    - You are a talented and enthusiastic researcher.
    - You have experience with and a strong background in mathematics and medical image analysis. Preferably you finished a master in (Applied) Mathematics, (Applied) Physics, Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.
    - You have good programming skills and experience (C++, Mathematica is an asset).
    - You have good communicative skills, and the attitude to partake successfully in a highly multidisciplinary team of physicians, physicists, mathematicians, electrical and biomedical engineers and computer scientists.

    Please send your application by email with extended curriculum vitae mentioning vacancy number V50.121 to pzbmt@tue.nl
    You can apply until 28-06-2009.

    For more information please see this website:
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven: Vacancies Biomedical Engineering
    and click through to vacancy V50.121

    Dr.ir. H.C. van Assen
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Biomedical Image Analysis
    Den Dolech 2, room Wh 3.106
    PO BOX 513 NL - 5600 MB
    Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Phone: +31-40-247 2516
    Fax: +31-40-247 2740
    Email: h.c.v.assen@tue.nl
    Web: bmia.bmt.tue.nl
  10. talata

    talata hola

    PhD: The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
    Contributed by: Erjen Lefeber, A.A.J.Lefeber@tue.nl

    The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy PhD student ''Observer design for networks and distributed control'' (V35.430) at Systems Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering considers as the core of its activities design, realization and analysis of new products, processes and materials. Besides the basis of (solid and fluid) mechanics, materials, control and thermodynamics, parts of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing science are important supporting tools. The field is explored by a combination of modeling using fundamental concepts and applied engineering and technology. Automotive Engineering Science and Micro- & Nano-Scale Engineering are important departmental themes. The Mechanical Engineering Department comprises about 1000 students and 250 staff members.

    The Systems Engineering group aims to develop quantitative methods for the analysis, design and implementation of (embedded) mechanical engineering systems exhibiting concurrent behavior, with particular focus on manufacturing machines and networks. The objectives are to generate theory, to develop techniques, to build computational tools, and to apply these in selected cases from industry. The group builds upon engineering mechanics, process algebras, control theory and (stochastic) operations research.

    The PhD position focuses on observer design for networks of switching servers and on distributed control. In a manufacturing system machines might require cleaning before a different type of job can be processed, in an urban road network some time passes after a direction has been turned red before another direction is turned green. Due to this setup time it is advantageous to serve more than one job once the server has been set up. We are interested in the control of these networks. Servers need to decide which type of jobs to serve and for how long. They need to decide when to switch to an other type of job. Our aim is to design tailor made policies for these servers such that desired feasible network behavior is achieved. These tailor made controllers are usually central controllers (or state-feedback controllers) which determine for each server when to switch to what job type, based on global state information. In a manufacturing setting this can be implemented relatively easily. However, for controlling urban road networks with traffic lights, implementing a central controller is almost infeasible.
    In the latter case, distributed controllers are needed, i.e. each intersection should have its own controller which, based on local information only, decides what to do. This relates to the concept of dynamic output feedback from control theory. In this project, observers are used for deriving distributed policies for switching networks.

    As PhD Student, you will
    * Perform scientific research
    * Present results on international conferences
    * Publish results in scientific journals
    * Spend a few months of your research abroad

    Within this project, we are looking for a candidate with:
    * A MSc-degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Electrical or Control Engineering, Stochastic Operations Research with an interest to work in an interdisciplinary project such as ''Controller design for flow networks of switched servers with setup times''.
    * He/she should have a strong interest in control theory and mathematics.
    * The candidate should have excellent communication skills in English and an attitude to collaborate in this cooperative project.

    Appointment and Salary
    We offer:
    * A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University
    * An appointment for four years
    * Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from EUR 2042 per month initially, to EUR 2612 in the fourth year.
    * An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, end of the year allowance and sport facilities)

    If you would like to have more information on the position, please:
    * Contact Dr. A.A.J. Lefeber and Prof.dr.ir. J.E. Rooda (A.A.J.Lefeber@tue.nl, +31 40 2475821)
    * Visit http://se.wtb.tue.nl for more information about the Systems Engineering group.
    * Visit http://se.wtb.tue.nl/sewiki/vidi for more information about the project.

    Attach with your application a detailed curriculum vitae, an explanation of your interest in the proposed research topic, a publication list, your course program and corresponding grades, references and all other information that might help us to select you for the position.

    Please send your written application mentioning vacancy number V35.430

    email: pzwtb@tue.nl
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    HR Services, W-hoog 1.05
    P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven
    The Netherlands

    You can apply for this job before 29-06-2009
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  11. dinhcongbang

    dinhcongbang Bạn của mọi người

    University of Groningen - 2 research positions in Distributed Computing

    2 research positions in Distributed Computing - University of Groningen,
    Informatica Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

    About the DS Group
    The Distributed Systems (DS) group at the University of Groningen is a
    growing group focusing on the exploitation of all the possibilities
    offered by Service-Oriented Computing by performing outstanding research
    in the areas of distributed systems, embedded systems, and artificial
    intelligence, all from the theoretical and the practical perspectives. The
    group currently consists of 2 staff members and 5 PhD students.

    The DS group offers the following vacancies for two Ph.D. candidates.

    Area: Peer to Peer Architectures for the Power Grid
    Vacancies: 1 PhD student

    Project description:
    The Energy sector is undergoing a radical transformation. The traditional
    distinction between producer and consumer is slowly disappearing. In fact,
    energy production by such diverse means as photovoltaic panels,
    cogeneration, or wind power is easily within reach of average households
    that are currently being equipped with smart meters (energy measuring
    devices with computational and communication capabilities). These new
    technologies strengthen the vision of the future energy market, where any
    node of the power grid will buy, produce and sell energy to any other node
    in an open, peer-to-peer, democratic market. In this future scenario,
    energy exchange is
    more efficient, has higher availability guarantees and is cheaper.

    To accomplish the exciting vision of a democratic energy market, we
    propose to investigate two crucial scientific and technological aspects.
    On the one hand,
    we shall perform a complex network analysis to identify the topological
    and structural needs of the power grid. On the other hand, we shall
    design, test, and showcase an innovative software layer (middleware) for
    smart meters. These two research initiatives are geared towards
    understanding and designing the infrastructure of the future
    peer-to-peer democratic energy market.

    We propose a radical new view on power grid analysis and design by looking
    at the energy arena from a complex network/software point of view, rather
    than the traditional Electrical Engineering perspective. The research is
    strengthen by the collaboration with the energy companies active in the

    We are offering a PhD position in accordance to this vision in one or more
    of the following areas: Complex network analysis of Power Grids,
    Simulation, Diagnostics and Diagnosability of failures, Peer-to-Peer
    architectures, Pervasive computing.

    Area: Managing Complex Cloud Systems
    Vacancies: 1 PhD student

    Project description:
    Cloud computing is a novel paradigm where services and resources
    availability scales dynamically on demand. Due to reduced maintenance
    costs, more and more software solutions are provided as services within
    cloud systems, and first adoption of cloud concepts is proving successful,
    e.g., Google App Engine or Amazon S3. Still, there is a lot of space for
    improvement. For example, consider complex software systems, with
    sophisticated user interfaces, possibly built on top of legacy systems.
    And one notices that cloud computing does not provide necessary support.
    This is even more evident if we consider applications within highly
    dynamic environments with changing requirements on-the-fly, unpredictable
    failures, with limited or no control over execution. This is especially
    important in the domains where maintaining single version of the software
    system satisfying all potential customers is either unfeasible or

    One of the possible solutions is to apply intentional aspects to the
    development and deployment of services in the cloud. Intentions represent
    goals and expectations of different parties involved in the cloud:
    software providers, customers, cloud infrastructure vendors, etc.
    Intentions are inherently declarative, leaving a complete freedom for the
    execution environment to decide how to execute the program, and how to
    achieve (or not to violate) given declarative definitions. Having
    intentions attached to individual services (in form of service level
    agreements), to software systems, to cloud infrastructure would result in
    better cloud solutions, giving more control to individual participants yet
    maintaining traditional cloud computing benefits.

    We offer a PhD position in the area of service oriented architecture
    considering one or more of the following topics: Cloud computing
    infrastructure, Software as a service scenarios, Automatic composition of
    services, Domain-specific languages for cloud systems.

    Required profile (for both positions):
    - You should have a M.Sc. or equivalent in computer science, engineering,
    mathematics, or a related discipline.
    - You are expected to have an excellent academic record (list of
    examination marks from your university degree) and be curious, creative
    and ambitious.
    - You should be able to write scientific articles and reports (proven by
    your graduation thesis or another comparable report) and be fluent in
    - Ability and desire to design, implement and manage information systems
    is a strong plus.
    - Knowledge in Distributed systems and Web services is considered a plus

    Conditions of employment
    The University of Groningen offers outstanding candidates a Ph.D.
    fellowship and an accompanying stipend. The fellowship is for a period of
    four years which should result in the Ph.D. defense of the candidate. The
    stipend starts from about 1400 euros (the candidate has to take care for
    tax - about 3% - and health insurance) per month in the first year and
    will be adjusted to general price movements once a year. After one year,
    the performance of the candidate will be evaluated to decide whether there
    is sufficient progress to expect a successful completion of the Ph.D.
    thesis within the remaining three years.
    A training program is part of the agreement to support the Ph.D.
    candidates in their professional and personal development as well as their
    career planning. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the
    additional education and supervising that you specifically need. The
    University of Groningen strives to offer an inspiring environment for
    research providing generous technical and financial support in order to
    motivate young researchers. The positions are immediately available and
    applications should be sent by August 1st, 2009. The positions will remain
    open until suitable candidates are found.

    How to apply
    Applications for the position should include a Curriculum Vitae (name,
    address, degree(s), date, etc.) and the names and (email) addresses of at
    least two references. Please send your application indicating in the
    subject the code of the position(s) you apply for to Alexander Lazovik -
    Tel: +31 50 363 5172 - E-mail: a.lazovik@rug.nl.
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  12. dinhcongbang

    dinhcongbang Bạn của mọi người

    Eindhoven: Giải bóng đá sinh viên Việt Nam toàn Châu Âu 2009

    Đơn vị tổ chức: Hội sinh viên Việt Nam tại Hà Lan
    Địa điểm:Tu/e Sportcenter Eindhoven, Hà Lan
    Thời gian: ngày 28, 29 và 30 tháng 8 năm 2009

    Hội sinh viên Việt Nam tại Hà Lan
    Được thành lập vào ngày 18 tháng 10 năm 2007, hội sinh viên Việt Nam đóng một vai trò tích cực trong việc thắt chặt tình đoàn kết của sinh viên Việt Nam đã và đang theo học tại Hà Lan, đồng thời là một cầu nối giữa sinh viên với các tổ chức, đoàn thể. Là một tổ chức non trẻ, hội sinh viên Việt Nam tại Hà Lan đang tiếp tục cố gắng hơn nữa để có thể trở thành một chỗ dựa uy tín, vững chắc cho các bạn du học sinh.



    Nếu bạn đang sống, học tập và làm việc tại Châu Âu và bạn là fan hâm mộ của trái bóng tròn. Đồng thời bạn muốn có muốn chuyến du lịch ngắn ngày để giao lưu, gặp gỡ, kết bạn với mọi người, và thưởng thức bữa tiệc ngoài trời cùng tất cả bạn bè.

    Vậy thì hãy chuẩn bị ngay từ bây giờ cho chuyến đi đến đất nước Hà Lan xinh đẹp trong 3 ngày 28,29 và 30 tháng 8 và cùng tham dự : “ Giải bóng đá sinh viên Việt Nam toàn Châu Âu ” tổ chức tại thành phố Eindhoven.

    Giải bóng đá được tổ chức nhằm mục đích tạo cơ hội để sinh viên Việt Nam trên toàn Châu Âu có cơ hội được gặp gỡ, giao lưu , tăng cường hơn nữa mối quan hệ, tình đoàn kết của sinh viên Việt Nam giữa các quốc gia trong Châu Âu.

    Thật thú vị khi những ngày cuối cùng của mùa hè, bạn được thả mình trong những hoạt động vui chơi khác nhau. Hãy thể hiện hết mình trong những trận bóng sôi động, những buổi tiệc disco, những bữa ăn ngoài trời và gặp gỡ gần 500 sinh viên đến từ 32 đội bóng trên toàn Châu Âu.

    Hãy tận hưởng những ngày cuối hè sôi động ở Hà Lan. Chúng tớ sẽ thường xuyên thông tin ,cập nhật cho bạn về giải đấu và bữa tiệc này.

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  13. monster55

    monster55 Thèm thuồng

    Postdoc and PhD positions on PROCESS MINING - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e

    [FONT=&quot] Học bổng này được làm việc với GS.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Wil van der Aalst, đang là một ngôi sao rất sáng trong làng Information System :D[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Postdoc and PhD positions on PROCESS MINING[/FONT] - [FONT=&quot]Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)[/FONT]
    The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) has two vacancies for a Postdoc and PhD on PROCESS MINING within the expertise group Architecture of Information Systems (AIS).

    The goal of process mining is to extract process-related information from event logs, e.g., to automatically discover a process model by observing events recorded by some information system. However, process mining is not limited to discovery and also includes conformance checking (investigating whether reality conforms to a given model and vice versa) and extension (augmenting an existing model with additional insights extracted from some event log).

    Process mining is currently seen as one of the main innovations in process analysis and business process management. This is reflected by the interest of practitioners in process mining (ideas are rapidly incorporated by vendors and triggered several startup companies) and emergence of a thriving new research field. Despite these remarkable successes, several challenging problems that require additional scientific and technological breakthroughs remain. From a scientific point of view, process mining can be seen as a marriage between data mining and machine learning on the one hand and process modeling and formal methods on the other.

    The AIS group is doing research in the area of process modeling and analysis and is the world-wide leading group on process mining. The ProM initiative (www.processmining.org) started at TU/e. This initiative promotes the further advancement and application of process mining through the development of the open source process mining tool ProM. ProM is the most widely used process mining tool and has been applied in hundreds of organizations.

    The Postdoc will be working on Poseidon project. The Poseidon project involves Thales, the Embedded Systems Institute, Noldus, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), and five other Dutch universities. Thales is a global electronics company delivering mission-critical information systems and services for the Aerospace, Defense, and Security markets and serves as the main industry partner in this project. The contribution of AIS in this project focuses on the interaction of system components. This involves issues such as process mining, process discovery, conformance, process compatibility, interface adaptation, and adapter generation. The Postdoc will focus on the discovery of protocols and non-conformance by actually observing the systems interact in their natural habitat. The project is already running for two years. The appointment will be until 1-6-2011.

    The PhD will be working on REPLAY (Replaying History on Process Models for Conformance Checking and Performance Analysis) project. This is an NWO project focusing on conformance checking and performance analysis by replaying history on the process model. The PhD will focus on the following questions: Can we quantify the degree of conformance?, Can we give suitable diagnostics and show non-conformance graphically?, Can we predict non-conformance?, and Can we predict sojourn times and paths based on historic information? The appointment will be for a four year period.

    We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
    - a solid background in Computer Science (demonstrated by a relevant MSc or PhD);
    - interested in process mining and a strong background in data mining and machine learning and/or process modeling and formal methods;
    - candidates from non-Dutch or non-English speaking countries should be prepared to prove their English language skills;
    - for the Postdoc project only candidates from NATO countries can apply;
    - good communicative skills in English, both in speaking and in writing;
    - moreover, candidates are expected to have affinity for research with an industrial focus and should be able to realize research ideas in terms of software.

    Appointment and salary:
    - full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years (PhD) or 1.75 years (Postdoc);
    - a gross salary conforming to the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities (see http://english.vsnu.nl/web/show/id=88914/langid=42 and http://w3.tue.nl/en/services/dpo/conditions_of_employment/formal_conditions_of_employment/ for more information);
    - a broad package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities);
    - the selected candidates will be supervised by Prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst and work together with several other process mining experts in AIS;
    - the selected candidates will be employed by TU/e, but the Postdoc (Poseidon project) will spend significant time working with people in the Embedded Systems Institute also located in Eindhoven.

    Interested candidates are requested to send an application (motivational letter, curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, as well as proof of English language skills) by e-mail to Ine van der Ligt (wsinfsys@tue.nl) with the reference "Application Process Mining Postdoc/PhD" in the subject field.
    Applications should be received by 31st July 2009.

    More information:
    - www.processmining.org
    - www.win.tue.nl/ais/
    - www.vdaalst.com
    - http://w3.tue.nl/en/services/dpo/conditions_of_employment/
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  14. giftdeath

    giftdeath Thèm thuồng

    Vacancy Octopus-PhD-03
    PhD Position: Embedded and networked control for adaptable systems
    Technical University of Eindhoven, Department of Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Group
    Requirements: An M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems and control or a related field. Some affinity with dynamical models in computer science, such as Finite State Machines, is a plus. Candidates should have good analytical, modeling and communication skills and appreciate doing fundamental research and making the results, with other team members, implementable for a real industrial product line.
    Research Topic: Adaptive control of the physical layer with emphasis on the embedded and networked phenomena in controlling adaptable mechatronic systems. For this research a professional printer is considered, especially the physical transport of both paper and toner including the final fussing of both and the high-level control software that control these processes. Define new techniques, tools and methods that help to design such adaptable systems. Such systems allow users to drive it beyond a specified and explicitly validated operating range, while keeping its performance, also during the transients, within acceptable specifications. The research will contribute to the projects goals and yield scientific publications and a PhD thesis.

    Employment for all Octopus positions
    You will be employed by one of the universities, depending on the position, but a significant part of your activities will take place at the Embedded Systems Institute premises in Eindhoven or at Océ in Venlo.
    Full-time employment for four years.
    A salary according to the standard university regulations.
    Support for your personal development and career planning.
    Attractive secondary labor conditions.

    Your application for all Octopus positions
    Please send your application (both motivational letter and curriculum vitae) by e-mail to officeesi.nl with "Octopus" and application number of the position(s) you apply for indicated in the subject field.
    Information about the Octopus project may be obtained via the ESI office: office@esi.nl.

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  15. VietPhD

    VietPhD Because of me, you'll never walk alone

    Eindhoven: PhD Position in End-User Development of Tangible Interaction

    The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy
    a PhD “End-User Development of Tangible Interaction”(V51.073)
    at the User Centered Engineering (UCE) research group of the Department of Industrial Design

    The department of Industrial Design of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a rapidly growing department with over 400 students, both Bachelor and Master, and around 80 staff members. With a strong emphasis on research the ID department focuses on the design of intelligent products, systems, services and networks. These innovative products enable people to interact with their environment in an optimal and flexible way. The TU/e ID engineer, who has developed a wide range of competencies during his/her education, is capable of integrating technology, user aspects, design and business/marketing insights. This MSc-program is practice oriented, capable to deal with and aware of relevant issues as formulated by industry and society at large. Ambient Intelligence and Ambient (health) Care draw special attention within the TU/e and ID particular, and is an important research and application field. ID encompasses four areas in the near future: Technology covered by the Designed Intelligent (DI) group, User aspects, covered by User Centered Engineering (UCE) group, Design and Business.

    The User Centered Engineering (UCE) research group studies human aspects of the interaction between people and intelligent systems, e.g., privacy, trust, persuasion, fun, aesthetics of the user experience, with the aim to create societal value by designing systems that match people’s needs, abilities and desires. UCE researchers have diverse backgrounds in computer science, engineering, psychology and design. UCE research focuses on two (broad) classes of intelligent systems:

    Awareness systems that support sustained interaction between individuals or groups and that aim to allow people to build up and maintain with little effort an understanding of the activities of each other. In this way, awareness systems can, for example, support coordination, social presence, connectedness, and persuasion.

    Systems that support Co-located Mediated Interaction, i.e., systems that support people who are in the same location to interact with each other and with physical artefacts, to work, play, or socialize.


    This PhD is part of a collaborative project called WikiTherapist which aims to enable therapists to develop technology-based therapy programs, on non conventional platforms like tangible user interfaces and robots. The project will be staffed by 2 PhD students and 2 Post-docs.

    This vacancy concerns the design, development and validation of an end-user development environment for tangible interfaces that is tailored to the needs and capabilities of therapists. The PhD student will be placed in the User Centred Engineering Group, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. The student will spend up to 24 months in placements at industry participating in the project.

    The project will follow a user centred design approach in which therapists will be involved in all stages. Particularly interesting for this project is to enable the operation of a community of innovation in which therapists and technology providers can pool resources and capabilities. The project will have a strong focus on validation of the concepts through field studies especially with a view to develop generalizable knowledge about how to structure and facilitate this type of co-development process.


    A Master in Computer Science, ideally in an area related to human-computer interaction. Affinity with the topics of end-user programming, graphical user interfaces, open/evolutionary development processes, or technology based rehabilitation are valued. Also valued is prior experience of the candidate with field studies and with setting up and executing user tests.

    Appointment and Salary

    The appointment is for 4 years. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions (including excellent sport facilities and child care). The research in this project must be concluded with writing a PhD thesis. A salary is offered starting at EUR 2,042 per month (gross) in the first year and increasing up to EUR 2,612 per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) and 8.3% bonus share (end-of-the-year allowance) are provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.


    Further information about the project, including a full project description, can be obtained from Dr. Panos Markopoulos, Dept of Industrial Design, phone +31 (0)40 247 5247,please mail:

    General information about the organization and the hiring process can be requested from Ms. Julma Braat, personnel department, Dept of Industrial Design, phone +31 (0)40 247 5883, e-mail:


    Applications are due by 1 September 2009. Please send a written application or e-mail, including a letter explaining your specific interest in the project and extensive curriculum vitae, to the following address:

    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
    Department of Industrial Design
    Attn. Ms. JA.C.L. Braat, room HG 3.93
    P.O. Box 513
    5600 MB Eindhoven
    The Netherlands

    Or by e-mail to:

    Please include vacancy code V51.073

    You can apply for this job before 01-09-2009

    Official announcement can be obtained at:
    TU/e Vacancies
  16. dinhcongbang

    dinhcongbang Bạn của mọi người

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2010

    Fellowships for: PhD studies, Refresher courses, Short courses, Master’s degree programmes

    Brochure The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2010

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demandoriented fellowship programmes initiated and fully funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The ministry has contracted the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) to administer this programme.

    The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This by offering fellowships to professionals to improve their capacity to contribute to the development of their employing organizations.

    PhD degrees can be pursued at 21 Dutch universities and institutes for international education. A list of these universities and institutes, together with their addresses and websites, can be found at the end of this section. The maximum NFP budget available for a PhD study programme is EUR 85,000. This amount is intended as a contribution towards the costs of living and to cover the costs of visas, travel, insurance, etc. as specified in the NFP booklet ‘Rules and regulations for fellowship holders’. This booklet can be downloaded from Nuffic - International organizations - Services - Capacity Building - NFP. PhD students are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding. The maximum duration of a PhD fellowship is four years.

    A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a PhD degree programme must:

    be a national of, and working in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (see annex 4);
    be a mid-career professional with at least three years work experience;
    have been unconditionally admitted to a Dutch institution as a PhD student. This means that the applicant must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch university or institute;
    have completed an NFP PhD Study application form and have submitted all the required documentation to the Netherlands embassy or consulate;
    not have received an NFP fellowship or any other fellowship in the three years prior to the start of the proposed PhD;
    offer proof that the PhD will be pursued according to a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in the candidate’s home country;
    be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to an equivalent position after the termination of the fellowship period. Partial payment of salary can sometimes be allowed as an exception to the rule. It is up to the Netherlands embassy to decide if an agreement between the employer and the candidate about partial continuation of payment of salary is acceptable. It should be realized, however, that the NFP allowances are not sufficient to support family members, either in the home country or in the Netherlands;
    not be employed by a large industrial, commercial, international or multinational organization, which can be assumed to have sufficient resources of their own to finance staff training;
    offer evidence that he or she is sufficiently skilled in speaking and writing in the language of communication during the PhD which may be English, French or Spanish. If this is English, candidates who have received their tertiary education in any language other than English must provide evidence in the form of a score in an internationally recognized test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper based test or 213 points on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test). An exception to this rule is made for candidates who have received their tertiary education in English, and for candidates who have previously attended a course or programme at a Dutch educational institution in this language, but no longer than two years ago;
    be available full–time to pursue the PhD without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
    declare that they will return to their home country immediately after the period of study and research in the Netherlands has ended;
    comply with country-specific rules and criteria set by the Netherlands embassy (for more information please contact the Netherlands Embassy or consulate in your home country).
    For further details about the application, selection procedure, courses, and deadlines please download the document below:

    Brochure The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2010



    The Netherlands’ higher education sector offers a large number of international master’s degree programmes. They cover almost every field of study, allowing candidates to receive a postgraduate education and to earn a Dutch Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree, or a ProfessionalMaster’s degree. AMaster of Arts or a Master of Science degree is an academic degree, usually awarded by traditional universities on completion of a postgraduate research-oriented course of one to two years in duration. A Professional Master’s degree is awarded by different types of institutes of higher education and focuses on more professionallyoriented teaching programmes. Professional Master’s degrees are usually of shorter duration than a research-oriented Master’s degree programme. The duration of the programmes varies between 9 and 24 months.

    An NFP fellowship, which is granted for the duration of the programme, is intended to provide a contribution towards the costs of living, to cover the costs of tuition fees, and the cost of visas, travel, insurance, thesis research, etc. as specified in the NFP booklet ‘Rules and regulations for fellowship holders’. This booklet can be downloaded from Nuffic - International organizations - Services - Capacity Building - NFP.

    NFP fellowships can be obtained for a selected number of programmes. The list of eligible master’s degree programmes can be found at the end of this section. It should be noted that this list is a provisional list, based on a survey conducted among all potential Dutch institutions in 2009. Nuffic’s website should be consulted for the latest information, because information may be altered well into 2010.

    After a successful pilot with e-learning, these programmes and courses have also been added to the NFP Course List. These programmes can be found in paragraph 5.6 and are indicated with the term “e-learning”. Given that e-learning programmes are different than the regular programmes special conditions apply to these programmes. At the time of the publication of this brochure these special NFP conditions are not known yet. Please consult the Nuffic website for the latest information.

    A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a master’s degree programme must:

    be a national of, and working in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (see annex 4);
    be a mid-career professional with at least three years work experience;
    not have received an NFP fellowship or any other fellowship in the three years prior to the start of the proposed master’s degree;
    have been unconditionally admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the master’s degree programmes on the course list. This means that the applicant must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution;
    have completed an NFP Master’s Degree Programme application form and have submitted all the required documentation to the Netherlands embassy or consulate;
    be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate’s salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship period. Partial payment of salary can sometimes be allowed as an exception to the rule. It is up to the Netherlands embassy to decide if an agreement between the employer and the candidate about partial continuation of payment of salary is acceptable. It should be noted, however, that the NFP allowances are not sufficient to support family members, either in the home country or in the Netherlands;
    not be employed by a large industrial, commercial, international or multinational organization, which can be assumed to have sufficient resources of its own to finance staff training;
    offer evidence of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction. If this is English, candidates who have received their tertiary education in any language other than English must provide evidence in the form of a score in an internationally recognized test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper based test or 213 points on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test). An exception to this rule is made for candidates who have received their tertiary education in the English language, and for candidates who have previously attended a course or programme with a Dutch educational institution, but no longer than two years ago;
    be available for the entire period of the programme and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
    declare that they will return to their home country immediately after the study programme has ended;
    comply with country-specific rules and criteria set by the Netherlands embassy (for more information please contact the Netherlands Embassy or consulate in your home country).
    Joint or Double Degree Programmes
    A number of master’s degree programmes take place, either in its entirety or in part, in one of the NFP countries, for example as a “joint programme” or as a “double degree programme”. In these cases, the Dutch institution and the partner institution in an NFP country deliver the programme together. NFP fellowships will be available only for participants originating from the NFP country where the course (or part of the course) takes place and for participants originating from surrounding countries that are part of the same region as the country where the course takes place.

    For further details about the application, selection procedure, courses, and deadlines please download the document below:

    Brochure The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 2010
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    Researchers and PhD Positions 2009 at Center for Higher Education Policy Studies

    The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) is an interdisciplinary research institute located within the School of Management and Governance. CHEPS is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence and relevance in its field and has a strong international reputation. Its research, education and consultancy activities focus on higher education and research policy at the institutional, national and international levels. CHEPS has three vacancies: a Senior Researcher, a (Post doc) Researcher and a PhD-position.

    Senior Researcher (associate)
    Higher Education Policy Studies
    Full-time (09/160)


    CHEPS is active in research, in post-graduate education and in consultancy. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to contribute to this broad portfolio of activities and will be expected to participate in basic and applied research projects, in project acquisition, in the supervision of PhD candidates, in education and in consultancy activities.


    We are looking for a candidate with a strong track record of research in the social sciences and an interest in higher education and research policy. Research fields of particular relevance include governance and management; economics and finance; human resources; and quality assurance. We would also welcome applications from candidates whose primary experience has been in higher education policy work.

    (Post doc) Researcher
    Governance of the Sciences
    Full-time (09/161)


    The (Post doc) Researcher will be involved primarily in an international collaborative project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and other European Research Councils. The project focuses on `The consequences of changes in authority relations for the direction and organisation of research’. The aim of the project team is to find out how the changing governance of public science systems and higher education systems is altering key features of scientific innovation, particularly the selection of research goals and the evaluation and integration of results. The (Post doc) Researcher will contribute expertise on the impact of governance regimes on university research in Australia, The Netherlands and the UK and will undertake interview case studies in The Netherlands and the UK. The (Post doc) Researcher will also lead a comparative investigation of conditions at the research training and mid-career stages, and provide a framework for studying the role of these career phases in the emergence and diffusion of scientific innovations.

    Our (Post doc) researchers have opportunities to strengthen their profile by participating in further CHEPS research activities, in national and international conferences and workshops, and in an international research team.


    We are looking for a candidate with a strong track record of research in the social sciences and an interest in governance and science studies. Research fields of particular relevance include the economics, political science, public administration, or sociology of higher education and research. The successful candidate will possess a mix of research skills, good communication skills and fluency in English. We are interested in applications ranging from PhD-candidates who have recently completed their theses to experienced post-doctoral researchers.

    Organisational Change in Higher Education
    Full-time (09/162)


    The PhD-candidate will be involved primarily in an international collaborative project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and other European Research Councils. This project is studying `The organizational transformation of universities in Europe’. The aim of the project team is to clarify how steering and governance affect essential organisational characteristics of universities and in turn how this affects the differentiation of the European higher education landscape. The PhD-candidate will contribute expertise and empirical studies on a) policy and governance arrangements, steering instruments and basic characteristics of Dutch higher education; b) case studies of Dutch universities (analysis of available documents and websites, collection of data, site visits and interviews); and c) a questionnaire- based survey of all Dutch universities.

    Our PhD candidates have opportunities to broaden their knowledge by participating in a nationwide research school, by joining (inter)national doctoral schools, by attending national and international conferences and workshops, and by working as part of an international research team.


    We are looking for a candidate who holds a master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, political science, public administration or sociology with a specific interest in the study of governance, management and organisational change. The candidate will also possess a mix of research skills (incl. research methodology and empirical studies), good communication skills, fluency in English and the ability to read documents and reports written in Dutch (or to develop this ability within the first year) .

    Employment conditions

    We offer these three challenging research positions in a leading research centre in the field of higher education policy. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic multi-national team of 20 researchers with an extensive international network.

    Senior Researcher (associate): We offer a full-time position (38 hours a week) for the duration of two years and potential future prospects. The salary scale, depending on your experience and qualifications, extends to a maximum of € 5390 gross per month, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits. Application number: 09/160.

    (Post doc) Researcher: We offer a full-time position (38 hours a week) for the duration of three years. The salary scale, depending on your experience and qualifications, extends to a maximum of € 3755 gross per month, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits. Application number: 09/161.

    PhD position: We offer a full-time position (38 hours a week) for a period of four years, at the end of which you must have completed your PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from €2041 gross per month in the first year to €2612 in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) . In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive fringe benefits. Application number: 09/162.

    Information and application

    For more information please contact prof. dr. Hans Vossensteyn, acting director of CHEPS (phone: +31534893263; email: j.j.vossensteyn@utwente.nl). Please send your written application including a full resume (including your educational qualifications; publications; and research, industry and teaching experience) before 18 September 2009 by email to mbsollicitaties@mb.utwente.nl, stating the application number. It is also possible to send your application to prof. dr. P.J.J.M. van Loon, dean, School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands.
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    PhD Position on Stability of Confined Water Layers in Hydrophobic Nanochannels

    The Faculty of Science and Technology (700 faculty members, 1100 students) offers a range of bachelor and master courses (NanoTechnology, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering and Technical Medicine). The faculty’s research is organized in three of the university’s interdisciplinary research institutes: MESA+, MIRA, and IMPACT. These institutes increase the vitality of research by enabling collaboration between programs and disciplines, by providing shared facilities, and by attracting funding for joint projects. They also provide a conduit to industrial and other external partners.

    PhD position: Stability of confined water layers in hydrophobic nanochannels

    PhD project

    The properties of water in the vicinity of hydrophobic surfaces are at the origin of many important and poorly understood phenomena. They play an crucial role in the solvation of hydrophobic molecules, attractive hydrophobic forces between macroscopic surfaces, the self-assembly of micelles and lipid membranes, and – last not least – in the folding of proteins and in the transport of water and ions through membranes, i.e. in some of the most central processes in living organisms. Despite the relevance of the subject and the enormous amount of work in the field, many fundamental aspects are still controversial. simple estimate based on bulk properties shows that liquid water is thermodynamically unstable between two hydrophobic surfaces for separations of less than approximately 1µm. Nevertheless, confined water layers should remain stable down to a distance of about 1nm. This is generally attributed to excessive nucleation barriers for vaporization.

    In this project, we want to study the stability of liquid confined water layers using a new experimental tool, namely hydrophobic nanochannels etched into glass with a thickness ranging from a few up to a few tens of nanometers. A Fabry-Pérot interferometer incorporated into the nanofluidic chip will allow for measuring the refractive index of the fluid in the channel as a function of both time and position. By varying the temperature and pressure we will force the liquid to evaporate and follow the appearance and growth of gas or vapor bubbles for various conditions (dissolved gas; dissolved ions; pH). To obtain additional information about the dynamics of the transition, we will follow temporal fluctuations of the refractive index (with MHz time resolution) as well as global electric properties of the nanochannels.


    We are looking for a strong and highly motivated PhD student with a background in physics or physical chemistry. The practical work will be primarily experimental, requiring a high level of technical skills regarding high resolution optical measurements, fabrication, and general surface and sample preparation. Physical modeling of the results falls in the realm of thermodynamics of phase transitions and statistical physics.

    Conditions of employment

    In accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, the gross salary of a Ph.D. student is € 2,042 in the first year to € 2,612 in the last year.


    For more information and application, please contact Prof. dr. Frieder Mugele (+31-53-489-2106; f.mugele@utwente.nl). Applications should consist of an application/motivation letter as well as detailed CV (resume). Please send you application before Oct 1th 2009. Vacancy number 09/183.

    09/183 - PhD position: Stability of confined water layers in hydrophobic nanochannels
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    Interdisciplinary PhD Position in Service Science at Tilburg University

    Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Position Available in Service Science

    The European Research Institute in Service Science (ERISS, - Tilburg University), part of the department of Information Management, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated PhD candidate to work on a exceedingly challenging, interdisciplinary research project focusing on modelling and simulating networked service systems, applying theories and models from computer science, information systems, management and business administration.

    You will have the opportunity to work in an international environment and collaborate with and visit a number of high-profile researchers from universities and research institutes all over Europe.

    The research project focuses on various areas including: analysis and design of interactions between service network partners, simulation of behaviour of network partners and the network, and enactment and management service networks with software services.

    Candidate Profile

    Candidates should meet the following requirements:

    An excellent Masters degree (avg. over 8/10) in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Management or a closely related field.
    Expertise in Operations Management, particularly, service operations management and system dynamics.
    Programming skills in simulation tools (VemSim, IThink) and languages such as Java, PHP, Perl and/or C++.
    Strong formal background (mathematics, system dynamics, etc.).
    Very good communication and writing skills in English.
    Knowledge and experience within the fields of SOA, business process management and (process) simulation, and software modeling and development skills will be highly rated.
    Candidates should be able to work in a collaborative environment with a strong commitment to achieving research excellence.
    Application procedure

    Interested candidates are requested to send their application by October 16th, 2009 to Alice Kloosterhuis, including:

    A cover letter describing yourself and your interests.
    Soft copy of your publications (e.g. master or PhD thesis, conference/workshop/journal papers).
    Your CV.
    Your transcripts.
    Proof of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL test or IELTS) if English is not your first language.
    This position will remain open until filled.

    Contact Person

    Ms. Alice Kloosterhuis
    mailto: a.m.kloosterhuis@uvt.nl
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