Monday, 24 October 2011

2011 Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

In July 2011, the European Commission, through its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) decided upon the 2011 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 - Strand 1 - Partnership programmes for its Asia Regional lots. They are one-way (Asia to Europe) scholarship programmes for students on undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level as well as for university staff in academic or administrative positions, financed by the European Commission.

Swedish universities - Lund and Mälardalen - coordinate two of the five lots focusing on South Asia (Lot 12), and another two Swedish universities - Uppsala and KTH Royal Institute of Technology - are partners in Asia Regional lots (12 and 13).

The South Asian consortium members in the Lund University coordinated EMEA programme are: Delhi University; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK); Tata Instititute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; Karachi University; Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu; and Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Bangladesh.

The South Asian consortium members in the Mälardalen coordiated IDEAS programme are: Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India; Lahore University of Management (LUMS), Pakistan; Royal University of Bhutan; and Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Applications for the lots coordinated by Lund and Mälardalen can be delivered from 15th October till 1 December 2011.

More information and on-line application for the EMEA programme.
More information and on-line application for the IDEAS programme.
Three other Asia Regional lot 12 projects were selected on 15th July 2011. Two of them were re-selected from last year: The EXPERTS consortium coordinated by Karl August University, Göttingen, Germany, with nine South Asian partner universities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India (Uppsala University is a partner university in this lot); the EMMA West consortium coordinated by University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, with seven South Asian partner universities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and India; and the STRONGTIES programme coordinated by City University London, UK, with eight South Asian partner universities in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan and Afghanistan (University of Southern Denmark in Odense is a Nordic partner).
Besides, KTH Royal Institute of Technology is a Swedish partner in the Lot 13 AREAS (Academic Relations between Europe and Asia) consortium, coordinated  by Politecnico di Torino, Italy (with one South Asian partner university).

Read more about the South Asia oriented 2011 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Asia Regional lots.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Postdoc positions in Computational Catalysis at the KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Two postdoc positions in computational catalysis are available at the KAUST
Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology,
Saudi Arabia ( The position is offered in the group
of Prof. Luigi Cavallo ( The candidates should
be highly motivated, able to independently follow and develop a research
project, willing to work in team and to interact strongly with experimentalists.
Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in:

1) Biocatalysis (simulation of bimolecules by classical methods coupled with quantum mechanics expertise to model catalysis)
2) Water splitting by solid materials (modeling of solid state structure and properties)
3) Heterogeneous catalysis


PhD in computational chemistry or physics, or a related field
Expertise in static or dynamics simulation methods
Good programming skills
Good theoretical background
Good writing and communication skill in English

Appointment, salary and benefits:

The initial appointment is for one year renewable upon mutual agreement
up to three years. Salary is highly competitive, no tax paid to the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Benefits include free fully furnished housing,
free high standard medical and dental insurance. Campus life at the KAUST
is vibrant, with impressive recreational facilities that include a private
beach, marina and golf course.

Applications should include a CV and contact information of at least
two references and should be submitted by email to Prof. Luigi Cavallo

Application Scientist, Tripos, Munich

In 2008, two companies, with nearly half a century of combined global
experience in their respective scientific domains, united to create a new
organization and a brand new approach to support productivity and decision
making across the spectrum of drug discovery through clinical drug
development. Formed from the blending of Tripos and Pharsight to bring
together world-class scientific consulting services and software, the new
company is Certara, a firm based directly on the vision and promise of
translational science, with the ultimate purpose of improving human health.

As part of the Certara group Tripos ( continues to
focus on innovation within its current technology portfolio, specifically
enhancing the core functionality and user experience of its computational
informatics product suite SYBYL-X, MUSE and a brand new technology focused
on off-target prediction.

For our Munich office we are looking for an Application Scientist for the
Tripos software portfolio.


* Provide technical and scientific support to customers and sales staff
  for the company's software portfolio before, during & after sales
* Clearly present technical concepts to customers through presentations,
  demonstrations and proposals highlighting all of the capabilities of
  the company's software.
* Answer customer questions and set appropriate technical expectations
  with customers.
* Prepare and present formal solutions to sample problem sets submitted
  by clients and prospects.
* May provide installation support, training, or post-sale consultation.
* Represent the company at scientific conferences and tradeshows.


* Ph.D. or equivalent in a scientific discipline like chemistry, biochemistry
  or pharmacy with demonstrated experience and capability in one or more
  areas of computational chemistry.
* Experience in ligand- and structure-based design, virtual screening,
  protein modeling, library design, or QSAR technologies are desirable.
* Knowledge of SYBYL, Linux, and scripting languages is a plus.
* This position requires good English communication skills, both written
  and oral, along with strong service and customer orientation.
* The candidate must be willing to travel.

In return we offer a competitive package, the opportunity for professional
and personal development and the great team spirit in our European team.

Please send a cover letter and resume in confidence for the attention of
Dr. Fabian Boes to:

Tripos International Spain S.L.
Zweigniederlassung Deutschland
Martin-Kollar-Strasse 17
D-81829 Munich

Or email to

PhD Position in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark Job ID 113022

A fully financed three-year PhD position in theoretical/computational chemistry is available for a highly motivated applicant at the Department of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark starting from 1 January 2012. The position is financed through the Sapere Aude programme under the Danish Council for Independent Research. The main focus will be on studying electronic processes in complex and biological environments and the developed methods will rely extensively on quantum mechanical formulations.
Application deadline is 2 November, 2011 at 12 o'clock noon.
Please see the full call, including how to apply, on

Post-doc/sabbatical Computational Pharmaceutics Scientist, AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca, our predictive science initiative is enabling us to build
up modelling capacity right across R&D. As part of this initiative,
we're now looking for Computational Pharmaceutics Scientists to enhance
our modelling capacity. Join us, and you'll have a key role to play in
increasing the quality and speed of our work whilst minimising the costs
of pharmaceutical development. It will be down to you to exploit
mechanistic-based modelling, optimising the physical and material
properties through the value chain and predicting the clinical
performance of new drug delivery opportunities. It's a chance to optimise
the chemical route and manufacturing process of active compounds and the
final formulated products - so you'll have a direct impact on our success.

We have number of post-doc opportunities at both a senior level and
entry level. The senior positions could also be in the form of
a sabbatical. Based at our Moelndal site in Sweden or at our Macclesfield
site in England, the positions are for one year with a possibility for
extension into a second year.

As one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, our business is
focused on providing innovative, effective medicines that make a real
difference in important areas of healthcare. At AstraZeneca, innovation
is about more than just research. We aim to stimulate continued
creativity throughout our organisation by maintaining a culture in
which our people feel valued, energised and rewarded for their ideas
and contribution to our success - ideas which can make a difference in
all aspects of our business. And we support and encourage our people in
discovering their own potential, through excellent learning and
development opportunities that are available to them throughout their

As a Post-doc Computational Pharmaceutics Scientist your main
responsibilities will involve:
Working in a global network of modellers, focusing on four key areas:
material and stability design; route and API process design;
formulation, package, device and product process design;
and clinical performance design
Realising the modelling science roadmap in collaboration with
relevant internal science networks, as part of the Predictive Science
Implementation team
Helping to deliver training on predictive science to the broader
pharmaceutical development organisation
Integrating modelling work into everyday work, including the delivery
of modelling results to drug development projects

As a Post-doc Computational Pharmaceutics Scientist, your skills and
qualifications will ideally include:
For senior post-doc positions, a PhD in a relevant modelling area in
chemistry, physics, material science or process engineering and either
experience from the pharmaceutical industry or post-doc experience from
For the entry level roles, a PhD in a relevant modelling area
Experience of using quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics/Monte-Carlo
simulations or fluid dynamics modelling, to investigate chemical
reactivity, phase transitions, dissolution and nucleation, mixing and
the processing of materials
What we will be looking for in you:
Excellent communication and influencing skills are essential,
as is a good team spirit.
For more information contact Anders Broo, PhD,
Predictive Pharmaceutics Implementation Leader
+46 31 776 28 42 or +46 722 108177.

Welcome with your application no later than November 7, 2011.
Use the following link to submit your application
Search for MOL000000PN as the job code.

AstraZeneca welcomes applications from all sections of the community

PhD Positions: Computational approaches to cancer biology, London Research Institute, UK

The Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (LRI) invites talented and
motivated final year undergraduates or recent graduates to apply for four
year PhD studentships to start in September 2012.

The London Research Institute has an international reputation for research
into the basic biology of cancer and is committed to training the next
generation of cancer research scientist. Our laboratories, based at
Lincoln's Inn Fields (Central London) and Clare Hall (just north of London),
are well-resourced with state-of-the-art core technology facilities.

PhD students are at the core of our scientific community.  To enable our
students to develop into independent research scientists with excellent
career prospects, we provide exciting and challenging research projects,
a supportive environment, and tailored transferable skills training. 

Our students are registered at University College London, which provides
additional academic and social facilities.

We are keen to attract outstanding applicants with backgrounds in
biological sciences, physics, chemistry, maths and computing who are
committed to doing a PhD. Applicants should hold or expect to gain a
first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent and have laboratory
or research experience (either as part of or outside of a university
degree course).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a three day interview programme,
which will be held at Clare Hall from 22nd to 24th January 2012 (inclusive)
and at Lincolns Inn Fields from 25th to 27th January 2012 (inclusive).

Successful applicants will be awarded a non-taxable annual stipend of
21,000. University tuition fees will also be paid by the LRI.

Applications must be made online via our website:

This site also contains more detailed information about the LRI, its PhD
programme and the computational biology projects offered by Dr Paul Bates
and Dr Nick Luscombe. 

Closing date for applications: 17th November 2011

Postdoc in Theoretical/Computational Quantum Chemistry

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position in theoretical/ computational
chemistry in Prof. Hoffmann's research group at the University of North Dakota.  The successful
candidate will be involved with the development, implementation and application of multireference
methods for molecular electronic structure, with emphasis on Generalized Van Vleck Perturbation
Theory (GVVPT), to problems in nonadiabatic chemical dynamics. 

Specific chemical applications will include reactions of oxides. Significant software development is required and the successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency with either the C or Fortran languages for large-scale scientific programming.  Initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable for additional years upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. 

Preference will be given to applicants who are available to start on or around 1 January 2012. 

Interested applicants should submit, via email (, a curriculum vita and statement of research interests, specifically as they relate to the advertised position, together with the names of three references to Prof. Mark R. Hoffmann, University of North Dakota, Chemistry Department, 151 Cornell St. Stop 9024, Grand Forks, ND  58202-9024. 
Completed applications must be received by November 12, 2011 for full consideration.

Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

PhD BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and
for a sustainable future. We link and develop people with diverse talents all over the world. For you, this
means a variety of ways to advance. Not only your performance but also your personality matter to us. At
BASF, careers develop from opportunities.

A key success factor for our research is the tight collaboration with the InnovationLab GmbH (iL) located in
Heidelberg. iL is a combined, application-oriented platform for research and knowledge transfer in science
and business in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. For this cooperation project we are looking for a

            PhD Student in Modelling Organic Electronics (m/f)

What you can expect:
The InnovationLab GmbH is working on the future technology of organic electronics, forming a central
component of the strategy for success of the BMBF Leading-Edge Cluster Forum Organic Electronics.
Your thesis aims at understanding and predicting properties of self-assembled monolayers on electrode
surfaces for use in organic electronics by means of quantum chemistry. In close collaboration with
synthetic chemists and device engineers, you will watch your predictions and proposals set into practice.
You are an integral part of a major research project that reaches from organic synthesis of surface active
molecules to manufacturing printed organic electronics.

What we expect:
You have a master in chemistry or physical chemistry with above average grades and a sound
knowledge in molecular simulations and quantum chemistry. Programming skills and experience with
unix systems is a must. Beyond these abilities in your field, you have a very good command of
German and English, and you are enthusiastic about working in a practical research environment
cooperating with potential customers, universities and research institutes. Along with these
credentials, you are an excellent team player as well as a creative self-starter.

We offer:
BASF in Ludwigshafen offers you a challenging work environment and a committed team to be
part of. With your doctoral advisor Dr. Marek Sierka and as a member of the innovationLab
you are in direct contact with the leading research groups in the field.
For further details please contact Mr. Robert Send,

Expect to be surprised by the exciting range of career opportunities at BASF.
Reference code: EN51974245_ONLE_1

Please apply online at

or for more information please contact:
Tel.: 00800 33 0000 33