Family Dog Project, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian Scholarship application deadline: 31 May 2017
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme deadline: March
We seek outstanding PhD candidates who are interested in exploring the cognitive ageing of family dogs. We are developing a behavioural test battery using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, genetic and neuroscience testing methods in both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. The results are expected to aid our understanding of pathologies associated with human cognition during ageing, to create guidelines for a healthy lifestyle toward successful ageing, and to pave the way for the development of therapies and preventive methods to increase welfare. The project is funded by an ERC Starting Grant.
Familiarity with ANY of these areas is an advantage: behaviour testing in Canines, motion path analysis, identification of behaviour using inertial sensors, fMRI, behaviour genetics, DNA/RNA sequencing technologies, bioinformatics.
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is the largest university of Hungary. Our modern, green campus is located next to the river Danube, close to the centre of Budapest, with state-of-the-art facilities. This research will be conducted within the Cognitive Ageing group led by Dr. Enikő Kubinyi. You will work closely with members of the Family Dog Project, led by Prof. Ádám Miklósi, head of the Department of Ethology. The internationally renowned group was founded in 1994 to study the behavioural and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship. It is one of the largest dog research groups in the world, with over 100 published papers in peer-reviewed journals. It hosts more than 30 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment.
You will have the opportunity to regularly present your work at international conferences and meetings. We will encourage and support you in applying for competitive career development fellowships towards the end of the project.
Please, send an e-mail to Enikő Kubinyi (PI); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your e-mail should include:
– your CV (including a list of publications and your research experience)
– (preliminary) research plan (approx. 3 pages). The plan should consist of a general introduction and brief plans for at least 3 studies with a research question and a short method. References and time plan (for 2-4 years) should be also added. The length of training is 2+2 years. You can finish it sooner if you fulfill the requirements (two published papers in refereed journals and attendance of 8 courses). The topic of the research plan can be changed in the first 18 months.
Do not wait until the deadlines because you might need help for the research plan from the principal investigator of the ERC project (Enikő Kubinyi). The PI should also sign the research plan.
After the initial contact with the PI you can start the official application procedure for the Doctoral Training (deadline for application: 31/May, info from felvi.hu):
– resumé (cv; including publication list, awards, scholarships, current activities)
– research plan signed by applicant and supervisor
– copy of the master’s degree (if already obtained); or an official document issued by the applicant’s current home university, certifying that s/he is expected to have satisfied the requirements for a master’s degree by the end of the current academic year
– certificate of clean criminal records
– proof of payment of the application fee (9000 HUF – EUR 29).
You could make a bank transfer using the following bank details:
Name of the account holder Eötvös Loránd University Address Egyetem tér 1-3,1053 Budapest,
Hungary Account number 10032000-01426201-00000000
IBAN (International Banking Account Number) HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Swift code HUSTHUHB
Bank of the address: Budapest, Hold u. 4, 1054, Hungary
– transcript of all higher-education records
POSTAL ADDRESS: EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE DEAN’S OFFICE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, VIRÁG ESZTER, 1117 BUDAPEST, PÁZMÁNY PÉTER STNY. 1/A. HUNGARY