Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands invites online Application for number of Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.
(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD ALLIANCE NETWORK DYNAMICS IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY
This PhD position is a full-time position for a period of four years. During this time, you design and conduct research about network dynamics in the airline industry. In the first year, you work on a systematic review of the existing literature on alliance and network dynamics. This will also help you achieve a better understanding of the main theories and schools of thought in this stream of research. In addition, you write a research proposal for the empirical research to work on in the next three years. In the second and third year, you focus on data collection, data analysis, and discussing preliminary findings of the research. From the second year onwards, you prepare the first drafts of empirical research papers to submit to conferences and journals. In the fourth year, you continue the research, and write and submit your final PhD dissertation. During these four years, you also follow PhD-level coursework and contribute to teaching.
Deadline : May 31, 2022.
(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION: CELL TYPE SPECIFIC FUNCTION DURING SENSORY GUIDED DECISION-MAKING
The Cortical Microcircuits and In Vivo Neurophysiology teams are looking for a talented PhD candidate for a 4-year project that will be carried out at the Integrative Neurophysiology (INF) division at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) at the VU Amsterdam.
Deadline : May 31, 2022.
(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PH.D. POSITION REVEALING MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR MECHANISMS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
The Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) is looking for a Master in Neuroscience student to join our team of researchers to study brain diseases. This project is part of an international collaboration which aims to reveal the underlying mechanisms that may lead to Schizophrenia. You will work on human brain samples from patients and healthy subjects, on genetic mouse models and patient-derived cells. Your project involves the (laser capture) dissection of brain samples, the isolation of proteins and the quantitative analysis of these using a mass spectrometry-based proteomics workflow. This includes in-depth data analysis and bio-informatics. In addition, you will be doing intervention studies in human neurons.
Deadline : April 30, 2022.
(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD CANDIDATE SCIENCE- AND TECH-BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION
The following subprojects, focusing on related research questions, will be performed: 1. Which didactical design principles can be deduced from current initiatives in science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education in European scientific research infrastructures? 2. How to optimize the output of these programs in terms of knowledge and technology transfer from university to the innovation ecosystem? 3. How can “thesis supervision as a team effort” contribute to professional skills development in science-based entrepreneurship education and how can it strengthen regional and inter-university collaboration in innovation ecosystems? 4. How to develop an honours course on Science- and tech-based entrepreneurship education (Faculty of Science, VU)? 5. How can knowledge exchange for science-based entrepreneurship education be organized between cooperating universities (VU and Universiteit Twente).
Deadline : April 15, 2022.
(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION: MOBILE EEG HYPERSCANNING RESEARCH ON COOPERATION IN ADOLESCENCE
This PhD project aims to develop mobile EEG paradigms to investigate the neural correlates of cooperation in adolescents and young adults. You will use the so-called hyperscanning method, in which brain activity of two or more participants is recorded simultaneously while they interact. A special focus will be on brain-to-brain synchronization, and manipulations of social closeness and mindset. You will take a step-by-step approach, starting in a laboratory setting, followed by more naturalistic environments (e.g. school).
Deadline : Open until filled
(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD STUDENT: EUROPEAN LAND USE CHANGE SCENARIOS FOR TRANS-EUROPEAN NATURE NETWORK DEVELOPMENT
Within the European research project NaturaConnect a large European consortium will work the coming 4 years in supporting the design and implementation of a Trans-European Nature Network with state-of-the-art research. The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam contributes to this project by evaluating changes in land use in Europe and how these affect, and are affected by the development of such an improved infrastructure for biodiversity. The premise is that by foreseeing potential land use change a more robust and resilient nature network can be established. The PhD student will contribute to this project by developing and simulating land use scenarios, collecting data on the constraints and opportunities for strengthening nature networks (e.g. on abandoned agricultural land) and in assessing the co-benefits of alternative scenarios for climate mitigation and ecosystem services.
Deadline : April 10, 2022.
(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION ON MODELLING AND IDENTIFYING PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN THE EU
Forests are key land systems in Europe and require elaborated and planned forest management to ensure resilient forests that provide high levels of ecosystem services in the future. However, pathways towards creating synergies between forest-based bio-economy, climate mitigation, and biodiversity are highly unclear. This PhD position aims at developing novel forest and land management scenarios to assess trade-offs and synergies between contrasting change scenarios. The tools you will design build upon spatial land-system models and optimization approaches, tailored to the forest management sector for which so such tools are largely missing across broad spatial scales. You will develop a spatially explicit approach that can represent forest-management patterns and changes therein, and allows for a spatially explicit analysis of their socio-ecological impacts. You will also contribute to identifying and co-designing pathways towards more sustainable forest management in alignment with EU forest policies and targets. The PhD work will contribute to the success of a EU HorizonEurope project as well as to the analysis of sustainability solutions and the identification of leverage points for transformation.
Deadline : April 3, 2022
(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION IN OPTICAL BIOSENSORS FOR EARLY-DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER (COMB-O)
Every sixth death in the world is due to cancer and its incidence rate is rapidly growing. Early-stage cancer detection is critical for an optimal clinical outcome of many rapidly progressing malignant cancers, such as lung cancer, which is the primary cause of cancer-related deaths, worldwide. Screening for these cancers in high-risk individuals can save lives; however, existing methods have major limitations. As a promising alternative, optical biosensors can detect clinically relevant biomarkers associated with certain types of cancers in bodily fluids such as blood and urine without being dependent on any type of label to meet the sensitivity requirements of early-stage cancer detection. In this project, we will develop a groundbreaking monolithic integrated photonics technology, which enables the integration of light sources, detectors and sensing elements into one single chip: COMB-O. By this full integration, alignment is no longer required, overcoming the main barrier of wide deployment of optical biosensors. In addition to the integration approach, we will advance the field by incorporating a novel optical frequency comb (OFC) as the light source, which has a very low noise level enabling high sensitivity and specificity, thereby going well beyond the state-of-the-art. The development of these biosensors will provide a low-cost and minimally invasive tool with very high sensitivity and specificity, showing great potential for routine cancer diagnostics and screening.
Deadline : April 3, 2022
(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION CELLULAR NEUROSCIENCE (LIVE CELL IMAGING & NEUROPHYSIOLOGY)
In this particular project, we will use fluorescence imaging and patch-clamp electrophysiology. We study synaptic transmission and neuronal function in networks from inducible pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived neurons (in vitro) with mNDD-causing mutations. You specifically investigate cellular and synaptic parameters that affect the balance between excitation and inhibition (E/I) in these networks. One of the leading hypotheses is that E/I balance is disturbed in neurodevelopmental disorders, leading to altered information processing in the brain. Together we will test if and how cellular and synaptic parameters are changed in excitatory/inhibitory networks of these neurons.
Deadline : 01 april, 2022.
(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSTION SPINE INJURY DUE TO FREQUENTLY REPEATED IMPACT LOADING
In this PhD project, we aim to unravel the mechanisms causing spinal injury due to impact loading, and how these are affected by fatigue, recovery, and individual characteristics. Accelerometry, measured on the human body at sea will be analysed, combined with movement analysis and electromyography measured during laboratory experiments, and possibly combined with simulations. Additionally, in vitro testing and bone scanning may be part of this project.
Deadline : April 1, 2022
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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD CANDIDATE BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
This project aims to develop multidimensional mass spectrometry-based methods to study and control the aggregation process of Alzheimer related proteins and their truncated forms. Different mass spectrometry-based analytical approaches will be considered, including liquid chromatography, ion mobility spectrometry, and UV and IR photodissociation spectroscopy. With the developed approaches, the PhD candidate will study the aggregation mechanism of Aß1-40, Aß1-42 and their truncated segments, thereby focusing on oligomer formation. Subsequently, the methodology will be used to screen potential small molecule drugs that interfere with aggregation or disaggregate peptide oligomers and to study disaggregation initiated by proteins such as chaperones, antibodies, and other (glyco-)proteins.
Deadline : March 31st, 2022.
(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD AND POSTDOC POSITIONS AT VUSEC
VUSec performs world-leading research in the broad area of systems security. We work on attacks, defenses, reverse engineering, and formal verification of security. We cover all major areas where security is important, especially software security, hardware security, and network security. We love to work on low-level stuff, for example tinkering with operating systems and compilers, or finding out the nitty gritty of how hardware is implemented to determine whether it is vulnerable.
Deadline : March 31, 2022.
(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION ON METABOLIC ADAPTATIONS TO OXIDATIVE STRESS
In this PhD project you will study metabolic responses to oxidative stress. Using a combination of cell cultures, metabolomics, proteomics and mathematical modelling, you will investigate how oxidative stress impacts selected metabolic subsystems, and whether specific pathways can be leveraged to make cells more robust against this type of stress.
Deadline : March 31, 2022
(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded
PhD position summary/title: PHD POSITION IN AQUATIC PHOTOSYNTHESIS: TIME-RESOLVED SPECTROSCOPY AND STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY
Half of the global photosynthesis occurs in the ocean and driven by single-celled photosynthesizers, cyanobacteria and algae. These aquatic organisms typically blossom in turbulent waters and in different ecological niches, due to their unique photoregulation strategies to maintain optimal photosynthetic efficiency in fluctuating light or other environmental stresses. The unique molecular responses remain largely unknown on the level of single proteins and the whole organisms. But to understand these processes is of essential importance and potentially could be a game changer in boosting biomass production for agriculture as well as in solving such pressing ecological problems as corals bleaching, algae toxic blooms and many other. The candidate will employ advanced time-resolved spectroscopy and structural biology tools to assess in vivo and in vitro protein structural dynamics in various aquatic photosynthesizers, and thereby solve important puzzles in our understanding of photoregulation in the ocean. The research will be conducted at the VU, under the supervision of dr.Volha Chukhutsina in the group of Biophysics of Photosynthesis.
Deadline : Open until filled
About The Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands –Official Website
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a public research university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1880, and consistently ranks among the top 150 universities in the world by major ranking tables. The VU is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in the city, the other being the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The literal translation of the Dutch name Vrije Universiteit is “Free University”. “Free” refers to independence of the university from both the State and the Dutch Reformed Church. Both within and outside the university, the institution is commonly referred to as “the VU”. Although founded as a private institution, the VU has received government funding on a parity basis with public universities since 1970. The university is located on a compact urban campus in the southern Buitenveldert neighbourhood of Amsterdam and adjacent to the modern Zuidas business district.
In 2014, the VU had 23,656 registered students, most of whom were full-time students. That year, the university had 2,263 faculty members and researchers, and 1,410 administrative, clerical and technical employees, based on FTE units. The university’s annual endowment for 2014 was circa €480 million. About three quarters of this endowment is government funding; the remainder is made up of tuition fees, research grants, and private funding.
The official university seal is entitled The Virgin in the Garden. Personally chosen by Abraham Kuyper, the Reformed-Protestant leader and founder of the university, it depicts a virgin living in freedom in a garden while pointing towards God, referring to the Protestant Reformation in the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th century. In 1990, the university adopted the mythical griffin as its common emblem.
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