For the year 2020 and 2021 session, the University of Groningen in Netherlands is offering an Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship at the Young Academy Groningen.
Read the Project Details below:
Project 1: Hand in hand Theory and experiments for the effective treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease and the number of patients with this Parkinson’s Disease is expected to increase over the next ten years.
The main treatment for PD is levodopa. Levodopa treatment is a combination of L-DOPA and decarboxylase inhibitors to ensure that levodopa is not converted peripherally by human dopa decarboxylase (DDC) before reaching the brain.
However, the bioavailability of levodopa needed to provide enough dopamine to reach the brain varies significantly in Parkinson’s patients.
In this interdisciplinary project, in close collaboration with experimental and theoretical research groups, human DDC and TDC bacteria in the presence of levodopa and a number of new inhibitors and classic carbidopa inhibitors were investigated to:
- Track changes in their mechanisms.
- Identify binding roles of the main amino acids involved in binding of the substrate and
- Determine the effect of mutations.
The new integration between theory and experiment will not only contribute to the creation of new inhibitors, but will also highlight interactions between theoretical and experimental research and illustrate the power of these combined efforts.
Project 2: This is a PhD project that cuts across the discipline of two young members of the Groningen Academy.
If you have your own project idea that you want to submit which is not mentioned above, please contact a YAG member to discuss your ideas and options for submitting a joint proposal.
Please Note: This interdisciplinary project must contain at least two supervisors, two of whom are members of the Young Academy Groningen.
Worth of Award
- Positions are offered as part of the UG scholarship program.
- The program was published by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) as part of a national doctoral scholarship program.
- Phd students will receive an allowance (grant) of € 2181 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen for a period of four years.
Eligibility requirements for the Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship at Young Academy Groningen in Netherlands
- Project qualification 1: Candidates must have experience in molecular biology or biochemistry (at master’s level) and be willing to learn to make models on the doctor’s journey, because ~ 50% of projects involve computer simulation and modeling.
- Project qualification 2: Ideal candidates must be ambitious, highly motivated and want to pursue a career in research.
- He/She must have a thorough education in research skills, speaking and writing English fluently and should have an extensive experience in the proposed project area (ideally at Masters level).
How do I register for the Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship at Young Academy Groningen
Are you interested in the application? If so, provide the following documents in English:
- Cover letter, including the project you are applying for (project 1 or 2)
- CV (including contact information for at least two academic certificates)
certified certificate from Bachelor and Master programs.
- Research proposal max. 1500 words on the project mentioned in your cover letter (project 1 or 2).
- It is highly recommended that you contact the monitoring team for the project you are applying for when developing your proposal.
Deadline for the Interdisciplinary PhD Scholarship at Young Academy Groningen
Your application must be received before May 14, 11:59 pm and before May 15, 2020 Central European Time. Interviews with shortlisted candidates are planned for the second half of June 2020.