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PhD vacancies - UCL Laboratory of Gynecology - Brussels, Belgium

The UCL Laboratory of Gynecology is seeking two dynamic young scientists  wishing to do a PhD thesis on uterine fibroids or to work on tissue  engineering in the context of fertility preservation in cancer patients  by cryopreservation and grafting of ovarian tissue.

This is the required profile for the student interested in the uterine  fibroids:

- Master in biomedical, chemical or pharmaceutical sciences, doctor of  medicine or veterinary medicine.

- Good command of histological and immunohistochemical techniques

- Notions of cellular culture and PCR would be desirable.

And this is the profile required for the student interested to work on  tissue engineering:

- Master in biomedical, chemical or pharmaceutical sciences, bioengineer  or doctor of medicine.

- Motivated, rigorous, autonomous and able to integrate.

- Expertise in the field of biomaterials would be an asset.

The scholarships will be financed by Preglem or Televie grant. Start  date: September 2013

Applications to be addressed to: Professeur MM. Dolmans

Gynecology Unit, Universite Catholique de Louvain, avenue Mounier 52, 
box B1.52.02
1200 Brussels, Belgium

Email : marie-madeleine.dolmans@uclouvain.be

PhD vacancy for Geneticist, Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent, Belgium

The Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital in Belgium is looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student interested in human embryonic stem cell research.  

The research will focus on identification of molecular pathways involved in early human embryo development and during human embryonic stem cell derivation. In addition, comparative transcriptome and epigenomic analysis
of human embryonic stem cell lines derived in different conditions will be performed. A strong background and relevant experience in molecular cell biology is an absolute prerequisite together with practical knowledge of
molecular techniques such as immunocytochemistry, q-RT-PCR, FACS, microarray analysis. Candidates should have a Diploma/Master's degree or the equivalent in Genetics, (Molecular/Cell) Biology, Biotechnology or equivalent, and should have experience in molecular biology techniques. 

The position is available from the beginning of next year (2012) and is foreseen for a period of 4 years under promoter ship of Prof. Petra De Sutter to obtain a PhD in Medical Sciences at our Faculty of Medicine and
Health Sciences. Application review begins immediately. 

Please submit curriculum vitae before 15th December 2011, a letter outlining your research experience and career goals, and names and addresses of two references to: Bjorn.Heindryckx@UGent.be

Bjorn Heindryckx  
Department for Reproductive Medicine 
Ghent University Hospital 
De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent 
tel: 00 32 9 332 4748

Email: bjorn.heindryckx@ugent.be

PhD Studentships Available - MRC-HPA Centre for Environment & Health : London, UK

Applications are invited for PhD studentships that support key projects within the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, starting in October 2011. We particularly seek candidates with a strong interest in cardio-respiratory disease, reproductive, environmental and spatial epidemiology, environmental sciences, risk assessment and modelling, air and water pollution, biomarkers, environmental toxicology, biostatistics and metabonomics.

Please see the following key NatureJobs adverts:
1. Indoor Effects of Nitrogen Dioxide

2. Health Effects of Environmental Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides

3. Community Health Effect Impacts of Large Scale Biocomposting

4. Statistical Methods for the Analysis and Interpretation of Correlated Exposure Metrics

5. Development of Uncertainty Analysis of the CMAQ Modelling System in the UK

The Centre is a joint collaboration between Imperial College and Kings College London with the mission to become an international centre of excellence for research and training on the health effects of environmental pollutants, and the translation of knowledge acquired into national and international policy.
Details of the available PhD projects for these studentships can be found here:

For more information on specific projects, please contact the relevant supervisor for an informal discussion.
The Centre has an emphasis on collaborative working between its constituent research groups and students will be part of a multidisciplinary team with recognised expertise. In addition to the strong and well-established research environment, a key goal of the Centre is to provide enhanced opportunities for postgraduate training. All students at Imperial will belong to the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine while those registering at Kings College London will belong to the Graduate School. Both Institutions provide a full and diverse programme of training in research and transferable skills. You can find more information on studying for a postgraduate degree on the Imperial College London and Kings College websites.

The studentships provide a stipend of 18,000 p.a. per annum. Tuition fees are covered at the Home/EU rate. Please note that there is no provision for overseas (non Home/EU) student fees, and therefore we cannot consider overseas students.
Please see the Centre website for full details on projects, and how to apply:

PhD position in molecular neuroscience / hormone biology / chronobiology : Vienna, Austria : Vienna

An ERC-funded PhD position is available in the Raible lab. Website: http://www.mfpl.ac.at/index.php?cid=736
Research background
The lab is interested in the evolution of hormone systems, and the function of hormones in marine species. A major research focus is on the dissection of the hormonal machinery orchestrating lunar reproductive rhythms.
The PhD position is embedded in this project and is funded by an ERC starting grant, a highly competitive funding scheme to support Europes most outstanding research laboratories.

Research environment
The Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) offer a state of the art research environment and are located on the Vienna Biocenter campus, one of the major science hubs in Europe. The working language is English.
PhD students take part in an international PhD programme that covers not only a highly competitive salary, but also dedicated personal mentoring and a strong practical and theoretical training.

Successful candidates are expected to combine a passion for science with a strong training in molecular neuroscience, chronobiology or hormonal biology.

Application procedure
(i) Pre-inquiries are strongly encouraged and should be addressed to florian.raible (at) mfpl.ac.at
(ii) As all PhD students in the institute need to pass through a common selection procedure, final applications should be made through the institute homepage:
Deadline for final applications: March 27, 2011

Ph.D. Candidate in Reproductive Biology : College Station

A graduate student position (Ph.D. candidate) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Qinglei Li at Texas A&M University to study the TGFβ signaling pathway in female reproductive function. Highly motivated candidates with basic laboratory techniques and training in reproductive biology, genetics, and developmental biology have advantages. A BS degree and willingness to work with mice are required. Interested candidate should send an e-mail containing research interests and a CV including GPA andGRE scores to Dr. Qinglei Li at qli@cvm.tamu.edu. For more information on graduate program in College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, please refer to vetmed.tamu.edu/graduate
Qinglei Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
4458 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
Tel: 979 862 2009
Fax: 979 847 8981
Email: qli@cvm.tamu.edu

 Ph.D. Studentship from University of Exeter: Paternal Effects on Reproduction: Investigating Environmental Exposures and Sperm Quality in Humans Using New Technologies : Exeter, UK

We are inviting applications for this Ph.D. studentship to commence October 2011. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual Research Council equivalent stipend (currently 13,590pa) for at least three years. This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding. Studentships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

The successful applicant will benefit from working within a lively research environment within Biosciences (Streatham Campus, Exeter) at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. The supervisor for this studentship will be Dr Fiona Mathews.

Project summary: This Ph.D. will investigate the role of the paternal environment on sperm quality and reproductive outcomes such as time to conception and pregnancy loss. The project will build on established research showing that the maternal environment influences reproductive strategies and breeding performance by asking whether paternal environmental exposures also influence reproductive outcomes. Preliminary data in humans suggest a link between nutritional exposures, exposure to agrochemicals and sperm quality, but the clinical relevance (e.g. success in assisted fertility procedures, miscarriage rate etc.) is unclear. Further, the methods used to quantify sperm quality have been crude. This project will develop, using bull-sperm, techniques for analysis of sperm damage using cutting-edge facilities available at the University of Exeter, such as Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) and sperm movement tracking equipment (CASA). The methods will then be applied to samples obtained from healthy volunteers, and from men whose partners are attending infertility or miscarriage clinics. These samples will be analysed for evidence of oxidative damage (including DNA fragmentation and lipid peroxidation), physical abnormality and capacitation, and the indices will be related to environmental exposures assessed by questionnaire and urine sample analysis, and also to clinical outcome.

The project will be run in close conjunction with clinicians at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, support will be available from experts in ecotoxicology.


Entry requirements: A strong first degree (at least an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
You will only be eligible for the full stipend (currently 13,590pa) if you are resident in the UK and have lived in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to application. However, for students from outside of the UK and EU, if you have only lived in the UK for the purposes of full-time education you will not be eligible for the studentship. Students from the EU who have not lived in the UK for the minimum period are eligible for a fees only award (ie, no stipend). If you are unsure if you are eligible please email cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk


Application procedures: In order to apply you will need to complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload the following documents:

Covering letter (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.
2 references

Informal enquiries about the project can be made directly to the supervisor f.mathews@exeter.ac.uk or to cles-studentships@exeter.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 13 February 2011. We expect to hold interviews in early March.

Ph.D. Position: Reproductive Biology Unit & Department of Reproductive Medicine

Investigation of the paracrine secretions of in vitro produced bovine embryos and their importance in the communication between embryos in in vitro group culture.
This research takes part in a FWO funded project of the Reproductive Biology Unit and the Department of Reproductive Medicine entitled: Use of in vitro fertilization in cattle as a model for the optimization of human in vitro embryo production (IVP) and detailled investigation of the paracrine communication between embryos in culture.
The potentials of the bovine IVP as a model for human IVP have largely been underestimated. In this innovative research project, the Ph.D. student will be responsible for the experiments in the bovine model. After a short training in embryomanipulation and culture techniques, she or he will investigate the paracrine communication between bovine embryos in different culture methods using the newest molecular techniques in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The selected candidate will receive an initial contract for one year (1 Jan 2011-31 Dec 2011), during which period he/she will work with the promotor, co-promotors and a Ph.D. student. Meanwhile, the candidate will apply for a IWT-grant (SB) before 15 Sept 2011. After a positive evaluation by IWT, the candidate will receive a grant for an extra 2 to 4 years. This research should result in a Ph.D. after 3 to 4 years.

Applicants must be European or Swiss residents, who graduated in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bio-medical science, Biology or Bio-ingeneering with distinction (less than 4 years ago). We are looking for a team player with a strong sense of initiative and responsibility. A strong motivation and large interest in the subject is warranted. Basic laboratory experience and fluent English is an asset.

Ph.D. Studentships 2011

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is the leading research centre in the UK for both clinical medicine and clinical veterinary medicine.

High calibre graduates with relevant backgrounds including biological sciences, medicine, psychology, veterinary medicine and zoology are invited to apply for Ph.D. Studentships for 2011 entry across the following Research Centres:

Cancer Research
Cardiovascular Science
Clinical Brain Sciences
Cognitive and Neural Systems
Infectious Diseases
Inflammation Research
Integrative Physiology
Molecular Medicine
Pathway Medicine
Population Health Sciences
Regenerative Medicine
Reproductive Biology

Vocational Ph.D.

Enhance your career options by incorporating an MBA or a teaching, entrepreneurial or public engagement element into your Ph.D..

For further information please visit ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medicine/postgraduate

Science jobs from Bio-Organ Research Center, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea

2 Ph.D. studentship positions are available for highly motivated, qualified candidates with demonstrated interest in molecular mechanism of early embryonic development and male germ-line stem cells (one each) using pig and mouse as model system. Prospective candidate must have prior experience in gene cloning and manipulation techniques. Additional experience with embryo handling and mouse embryo transfer would be an asset. Fellowships are available for qualified candidates on competitive basis. Interested candidates can send their curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and statement of purpose to Mukesh K. Gupta (goops@konkuk.ac.kr) or Hoon Taek Lee (htl3675@konkuk.ac.kr) by E-mail or via post.

Prof. Hoon Taek Lee / Mukesh K. Gupta
Bio-Organ Research Center,
Department of Animal Biotechnology,
Konkuk University,
1, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143 701, South Korea.
Tel : +82-2-450-3694; Fax : +82-2-457-8488

Science jobs from St George's University of London

3 years fixed-term
Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant within the Division of Biomedical Sciences.
You will work on a Wellcome Trust funded project investigating natural killer cells from women at high risk of developing the pregnancy disorder pre-eclampsia. The project is part of an active collaboration between the multi-disciplinary Reproductive and Cardiovascular Disease Research Group and the Fetal Medicine Unit.
You will possess a BSc in a biological science and cell biology laboratory experience. Interest and experience in immunology and reproductive biology is desirable.
The maximum starting salary for this post is 26,353 inclusive of London Allowance.
For further information about this position, and to apply, visit jobs.sgul.ac.uk. General enquiries can be made to the Recruitment Team on 020 8725 3314/0131 jobs@sgul.ac.uk
Please quote reference 106-10.
Closing date: 2nd October 2010. 
Interview dates: 18th and 19th October 2010. 
St Georges is an Equal Opportunities Employer 
Applications for this position can only be processed if made through theSGULwebsite: jobs.sgul.ac.uk

 Multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences

The Ph.D. is multidisciplinary in that coursework is  completed in both the College of Medicines Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences curriculum and the College of Health Sciences Reproductive Sciences program, as well as other University of Kentucky departments (e.g. statistics).  The program is unique in that students have the option of completing the clinical curriculum in embryology/andrology as they progress through the basic science curriculum and complete dissertation research.  Students may complete research in the laboratory of a faculty member, who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Reproductive Sciences Center, which is currently moving through the University approval process.  It is anticipated that the university-wide Center will receive final  approval in spring/summer, 2010. A limited number of competitive fellowships are available for qualified Ph.D. students. 

Applications to both the Graduate School and the specific graduate program is required for the Ph.D., the M.S. and the Graduate Certificate.  Refer to:  gradschool.uky.edu.  This site will also direct you to funding that is available through the Graduate School. 


Doris J. Baker, Ph.D., HCLD(ABB), MT(ASCP)
Professor, Center of Excellence in Reproductive Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies, Reproductive Sciences University of Kentucky


126E CTW Building
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Lexington, KY 40536-0200


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Science jobs from Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ - Helmholtz Association

Area of research: 
Ph.D. Theses

Job description: 
The Department of Conservation Biology is offering a position for a Ph.D. Student (m/f) available for 36 months and preferentially starting August within the project BILL (Birds in ILluminated Landscapes) - The ecological consequences of artificial night light on bird populations which is part of the large interdisciplinary BMBF-Project Loss of the Night – Causes and consequences of artificial illumination on environment, nature, and society." Artificial lighting has transformed civilisation and certainly enhanced the quality of life, but these benefits have been accompanied by major hidden costs, leading to substantial ecological and environmental degradations and causing undesirable social, economic, and human health consequences. Light pollution is now a widely accepted concept for any unwanted or nuisance artificial light that has adverse effects on nature and humans. Nevertheless, our understanding of the adverse effects of light pollution is vague and based mostly on purely observational case studies.

In BILL we will study the impact of artificial night light on structural, reproductive, and physiological parameters of urban and rural bird populations, as well as on individual behaviour. Applicants should hold a Diploma or M.Sc. in animal ecology and have excellent experience in ornithological field work. Good knowledge in animal physiology, skills in statistics, and experience in handling of space and time related data sets are essential. The ideal candidate would have already published results from diploma/masters thesis. We seek a scientist who is highly motivated to work within a team with a broad range of scientific backgrounds and has an interest both in basic and applied issues of conservation biology.

The place of work is Leipzig, Germany. Salary will be according to the appropriate civil service level TV–D 13 (50%). The successful candidates will be working in a highly interdisciplinary research environment with excellently equipped facilities. The Ph.D. students participate in the newly established Graduate School HIGRADE (ufz.de/index.php?en=11429).

Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified.

Further Information: Dr. Reinhard Klenke, Tel. ++49-(0)341-235 1651, e-mail: reinhard.klenke@ufz.de, Dr. Klaus Henle, Tel. ++49-(0)341-235 1270, e-mail: klaus.henle@ufz.de

Please send your complete application documents including contact information for 2-3 references until 16.07.2010 under the code digit 72/2010 to the personnel department, P.O. Box 500136, D-04301 Leipzig, Germany or by E-Mail to application@ufz.de

We seek a highly motivated Ph.D. student for a challenging research project financed by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, FOPH. The aim of the project is to assess human exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) contained in consumer products. Endocrine disruptors act at very low doses on the human reproductive system and presumably on the brain. As phthalates they are present in many plastics, as UV-filters used in sunscreens, and as pesticides for plant protection they end up in food. Male fertility at the same time is shown to decline during the last decades, not only in humans, but also in many animal species. 

Together with collaborators from FOPH, EMPA Dübendorf and Fondation Faber in this project we want to model consumer exposure to important EDC and link the exposure to observed negative effects on male fertility. The work will consist of assessing and combining experimental data from various sources and use statistical analysis to find correlations between exposure and effect. The applicant will closely collaborate with partner institutions in Switzerland and in the US.

Profile: The successful applicant will possess a degree in biology, pharmacy, chemistry, health or environmental sciences, or a related field of natural sciences with a first-class academic record. The applicant should have interests in computer modeling and statistics. Ideally the work will commence in September 2010.

Work Environment: Our group, the Safety & Environmental Technology Group at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH Zurich provides a stimulating multi-national work environment. The group is an internationally recognized leader in modeling consumer exposure to chemical pollutants, and is dedicated to developing tools that support sustainable chemistry. We have excellent computing facilities and collaborative links to world leading experimental fate and exposure groups. More information about the group and our research can be found at: sust-chem.ethz.ch


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