8th Bangalore India Nano Conference, March 2016 – Registrations Open






NanoFar, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in nanomedicine and pharmaceutical innovation


The call for application for the 2016-2019 edition of NanoFar is open !

Call for application 2016 – Important Dates

–      Beginning of November 2015: Opening of the applications
–      February 5, 2016: Closure of the applications
–      February 26, 2016: Main and reserve lists of candidates submitted to EACEA for approval
–      Week of the 7 of March, 2016: Candidates will be informed of their status (selected candidate, reserve list candidate, non-selected candidate).

1. Admission criteria

To apply to our programme, you must comply with the following conditions:
–       Candidates must hold a Master Degree (300 ECTS credits) or a Single-Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS credits) in Nanomedecine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physico-Chemistry, Applied Biology, Chemical Engineering or Bio-Engineering, or a equivalent degree in a pertinent field, awarded by a College, University or Technical School with recognized standing.
–       Candidates are required to provide all appropriate information supporting their ability to apply and complete a doctoral programme: academic record, professional experience and qualification, motivation letter and letters of recommendation.
–       Candidates are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting the results of a recognized language proficiency test (IELTS with minimum score of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any element (i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking), passed no longer than 2 years prior to the entry onto the programme, or equivalent .

2. Application procedure


2-1 Thesis subjects

Candidates have to apply to thesis subjects proposed by our consortium of universities.

These subjects are available on the page PhD projects offers.


      2-2 Application form

Candidates interested in applying have to complete the online NanoFar Application Form (see action 2 on the Application form page).
At the end of the application form, candidates have to upload all required documents listed below:
–       Detailed Curriculum Vitae in English, specifying scientific and professional experiences, academic degrees, publications and special skills. Europass CV template is preferred. Maximum 3 pages.
–       Copy of passport (preferably) or identification card.
–       Certified copy of academic degree(s) in original languages and translated in English, stating the transcript of records, final classification obtained or the intermediate results for on-going courses.
–      Certified copies of official transcripts (mark sheets) of academic courses attended to obtain each degree (Bachelor, Master or equivalent) with translation in English, and correspondent Grade Point Average.
–       Signed Letter of Motivation in English, covering the following aspects: what made the candidate decide to apply to NanoFar Doctorate, which skills and abilities make the applicant a good candidate for NanoFar, motivations to carry out research abroad, professional interests in coming to Europe for education (statement of purpose) must be included in this letter. Maximum 1 page.
–       Letter of Research Statement, relating the research experience in relation with the project(s) the candidates apply for (Max 1500 words). It will be mentioned the master research project description of the candidate.
–       2 reference letters signed by university lecturers or experts in the area of Nanomedicine.
        Letters must be printed on letterhead and duly signed to be sent by email by the referees (= the persons recommending the candidate), to the following address: contact@erasmusmundus-nanofar.eu
–       Official proof of English language proficiency (language test certification or written confirmation from institution that the degree was conducted in English). Please note that if you apply to a project involving the University of Nottingham, the submission of an English test is mandatory.
–       Declaration by the candidate: this should be a simple document of 1 or 2 lines drafted by the candidate certifying that all the information given on the application are true. This document should be signed and dated.
–       Any other qualifications relative to the areas of the research dealt with in the course.
–       Applicants with disabilities or special needs may apply, if they wish, for special aids.
–       Applicants who wish to make use of this facility must enclose a medical certificate substantiating the validity of their request with their application form.

      2.3 Selection

The selection committee, representing the partner universities of the consortium, is in charge of the applicant selection. For each Category (Partner and Programme countries, previously named A and B) a ranked list of candidates will be established. The following criteria will be used to rank the candidates:
·         Academic records & training in Nanomedicine (40%)
·         Research experience related to the specific project (30%)
·         Letters of recommendation (20 %)
·         Motivation letter (10%)
·         Reserve criteria: nationality (max. of 2 students with the same nationality)
In order to achieve the ranking, the candidates at the top of the selection list will then be invited to an interview using the appropriate means (video-conference, call via Skype® or similar tools).
Applicants will be informed of the committee decision at all stages of the selection process.
The final list will be sent to the EACEA by the end of February, with a reserve list. The selected applicants have then 2 weeks after the notification of the results to confirm or refuse the decision.
All application documents for successful applicants will be distributed to all partners.

Notice that for some Admission Office inside the consortium, it will be asked additional documents: all degrees obtained since high school, i.e. High School diploma and Bachelor degree. Candidates retained on main and reserve list should ensure to have those documents in due time.



Appeals will only be considered if the applicant believes there has been a failure in the admissions procedure or that they have been discriminated against unlawfully. All appeals should be made in writing to the general NanoFar coordinator, unless the appeal is regarding the coordinator, in which case the written appeal should be directed to the NanoFar Supervisory Board. Any appeal will be accorded thorough consideration and will normally be addressed within 28 days of receipt. Where an appeal does not produce the outcome sought by the applicant, reasons should be given for any decision. NanoFar staff are encouraged to acknowledge when an error has been made and to take steps to ensure that similar problems do not arise in future. Please note that due to the requirements of data protection, the NanoFar Supervisory Board will only correspond on any issue regarding an application with the applicants themselves, unless the applicant has provided written permission for the NanoFar consortium to discuss it with another person.
1–  Read carefully through the GENERAL AND SPECIFIC CRITERIAS.
Make sure that you have on your possession all the documents requested and listed on the Application procedure.
If a document is missing, the consortium will make every effort to contact you and give you a chance to amend your application, but we can only do so prior to the deadline of application. So the earlier you apply the better your chances are of having the application completed on time.
2– Complete the APPLICATION FORM.

The 2016 call for application is now OPEN!

3– Your application will be received by our secretariat, and  will be analyse by the thesis directors. If you have some questions, please contact us at contact@erasmusmundus-nanofar.eu
4Applicants selection
Based on the selection criteria, the applicants at the top of the selection list are informed by email and then invited to an interview.

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STEM career hero: ‘Nanotechnology is tiny, but its potential is huge’

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Passion is key: getting to grips with a subject takes more than just intelligence

The University of Cambridge’s Prof Judith Driscoll on her big breakthroughs, and why being an academic is a bit like running a business

Judith Driscoll, 49, is professor of materials science at the University of Cambridge and an expert on nanotechnology. She read materials science at Imperial College London, followed by a PhD in superconductivity at Cambridge and post-doctoral research at Stanford University, California and IBM Almaden Research Centre.

I’m always surprised more people don’t study materials science. It’s broad and creative and so important to our everyday lives. I loved physics, chemistry and maths at school and hit on materials science as a great way of continuing with them.

I looked at jobs in industry but research seemed so much more exciting. High-temperature superconductivity was the new thing in the late 1980s so I chose a PhD in that.

Studying for a PhD was tough. It’s completely different from a first degree. Intelligence isn’t enough. You have to be creative, have your own ideas, cope with setbacks and work largely unaided. But it is a great way of finding out whether a career in research is right for you.

The research for which I’m most famous happened on sabbatical. After eight years mostly spent teaching, doing admin and raising money I really wanted to get back into the lab, so I went to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to work on a new idea I had to combine superconductivity and nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology is unbelievably small. A nanometre is one billionth of a metre, roughly the length a human hair grows in the time it takes to pick up a razor.

Nanotechnology lets you create substances as small as one molecule thick, giving enormous surface area for speeding up chemical reactions. You can also miniaturise computer components, potentially storing a terabyte of data per square inch.

And you can achieve quantum confinement, where particles are so small that electrons behave differently from normal, enabling new optical, electrical and magnetic properties to be realised.

My big breakthrough concerned the creation of “perfect” defects in very thin films of superconductors. My brainwave was to create nanoparticles within a thin film superconductor using a different material that I knew the superconductor wouldn’t react with.

It worked right away, achieving very much higher currents in the superconductor and opening up a whole new world of applications in power transmission, conversion and storage, and in high-power magnets for important science experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider and fusion research.

Nanotechnology may be tiny but its potential is huge. It could give us much more efficient solar power, better storage of renewable energy, cancer-killing drugs delivered to just the right cells in the body, biotechnology to clean polluted environments, even molecular-scale robots called nanobots.

My latest research involves making new kinds of composite thin films that mimic how the brain works.

Being a senior academic is rather like running a small business. Your “product” is your research output and you have to raise funding, manage the lab and the people, supervise the work and “market” your work to other academics.

The wonderful thing about my job is the freedom. In my research nobody tells me what to do or when, and when my daughters were young I was able to work very flexibly.

You need to be really passionate to succeed in science. If you’re not the type to give up your weekend to really understand something then you’re probably not cut out for it.

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