Find your PhD- Best websites and quotes

PhD is the garden of the questions. If you keep your mind and heart open, you will able to find all the answers to all the mysteries. Although a PhD student search for the universe, just to find his own. His soul always search for wisdom rather than the publications. Please bring in the magic back in PhD. Here is my contribution to help my fellow colleagues to search there PhD and lab partners.

https://www.findaphd.com/

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https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/

 

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https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs

 

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https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/

 

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https://www.wemakescholars.com/

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https://www.eurosciencejobs.com/

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https://www.daad.de/deutschland/promotion/en/

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https://www.seek.co.nz/PHD-jobs

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https://scholarshipdb.net/

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https://www.phdportal.com/

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https://www.universityvacancies.com/

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https://www.glassdoor.com/

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https://academicpositions.com/

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Life is Chess but We are playing Ludo

I was bit confused about how to start this piece but I decided to go on and blast a bomb on you by saying that most of you are sitting on a wrong TRAIN for Life. Just imagine the time, when you missed a train or are have boarded the wrong train. How does that feel? Will you accept it for life? What if I told you that you are in that train but you are not aware of it.

Our brain and our reactions in response to our life decisions has become constant or quite similar and most of us respond in a very similar way to the so called responsible society. The big change that I noticed while growing up is that each year more and more engineers are graduated from India. If we talk about numbers, there were almost 1.5 million graduates in 2018 and if we constantly produced the same number of engineers there will be almost 35 million or more engineers by 2035.

Well, Ask yourself a question, when was the last time you got really happy or satisfied. Most of the answers will be- when i got the apple laptop, iPhone, new shoes, luxury or a job that is going to pay 20% more from your current salary. You will notice the similar pattern in our youth and we do not even need artificial intelligence to understand this pattern. This is a serious pattern to notice as India has 60% of youth population. The society,system or industries have recognized your pattern and understood your response towards the material happiness. Make sense?  Its going to make sense to all of you. Think about the time when you were choosing your future when you were just just 14 or 15. What were you told? What did you hear? Who were the people? How was the feeling? Was it good or bad? You were told that engineering and private companies are the future. You were told that these companies will pay you more and you will have a luxurious life to live. Everyone including your parents, friends and school told you this and filled your mind with hopes and desires for the next 4-5 years. Isn`t?

Let me take you quickly to those 4-5 years. I am not saying that all of you must be feeling like this but its only for those who feel this way. But if you are happy with your decision or working in a corporate company and completely satisfied at present, then its great.  But if you were thinking every single moment of your University life when you wanted to be something else instead of becoming a corporate professional. But the problem was the stimulus of all the hopes and desires that were created by society and parents was so strong that you could not take that wild step towards your passion.

But no told you or even give you a hint that you would have got better in your skill if you had worked your ass of for 1500 days. Isnt? So instead you spent those years in studying the subject you didn`t liked while arguing, complaining, crying about society and life.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You still have time as you have just lived 25% of your life.  Bs thodi si himat karni padegi. 

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I am pretty sure that most of the generation of India of my age will be on fire or would want to kill me because of my blunt writing. But its true we all are playing ludo instead of Chess. We all are tying to get 6 moves ahead so that we could afford a luxurious flat, car or a fucking euro trip.  We are not taking two steps backwards to understand the pattern and overall game we are deeply stuck in from throat to anus. Nothing is going in and nothing is going out of your mind and heart.

Most of us are trying to win big but instead of winning big we are getting stuck in a bigger bubble. It`s high time for us to understand the bubble formation as when one bubble mixes with the another one, it makes the bigger bubble with bigger unwanted problems to deal.

 

 

 

 

 

F**K Media and Understand the power of INTERNET

Do you complain about the society, media and government? I am warning you that if you still want the media or big industries to change there work ethic and your life, then its not for you but if you want to understand the power of internet, change we can bring then read my blog. And I decided to write this blog after observing that we are only complaining  and sharing the negative content in the internet instead of sharing positivity and solutions. Internet has become a complaint box with infinite number of complaints which will never get answered. Specifically, I was bit surprised that in the world where you can access the Internet in railways, bus stations and even in airplanes, we are still discussing about Hindu-Muslim debate which is depressing for the whole country. Please try to understand the power of Internet. Internet is the real democracy and we finally have the power in our hands if we use it effectively.

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The rules and functioning of society is changing faster than ever before, the life  has become so comfortable that we are able to book and place everything online with just one click. Then why can`t we spread love and peace with just one click.

It`s been long time that we are fearing over the big corporate companies controlling  everything and creating the unnecessary fear and negativity among the people around the world. But with internet, we need to open our hands, free our heart, start typing and fill the internet with positivity, love, fear and optimism so that these media companies who are creating the disturbances in terms of religions and society get the hell back down. But it would take effort from each individual and would require to initiate. We all are just trying to find tricks or easy ways out of it by expecting that media and society will change.

Number of internet users in India is expected to reach 500 million by June,2018 and we are still complaining about the media, society and government. India has the second largest number of Internet users globally who all are connected through a common medium which is completely free for everyone to use and share there views and ideas. But we take this opportunity to share what media, society and government has to tell us and dwelling on the points which has been there for long time and dividing the society every now and then. Do you still want to do that for next 50 years or until you die?

So, What`s the solution?

I would like to believe that there are more number of good people than bad people in this world, then how come the Internet is full of negativity and complaints instead of positive content and solutions that brings peace and positive change every single day.  Before, all the platforms were just supporting a certain set of people who had the everything controlled but Internet gives us the complete freedom to every single individual in the society to make the change. It is the magical network where you can send peace, love and and positive solution through a single send button. Words in both book and internet platforms means the same so it`s time for us to stop finding the easy way out and complaining about the problems in the society.  Imagine, how much time it will take to reach to 1000 people in your parents time when they were watching television or reading newspaper to learn about the world. The internet has completely reverse the trend from millions/billions to 1 (case of television or radio) to  1 to millions/billions which is the case of Internet It completely depends on how you use it.

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We have unlimited alternatives if we understand this technology. Our parents did not had this opportunity to connect with billions of people with all around the world so why do our thoughts are still stuck in there time zone and why are we still complaining about the same issues that existed 30 years before?  We have limitless alternatives to develop and deliver the change we want. Ofcourse, it`s not easy, because complaining and sharing the post without reading it completely is easy.

The problem is that we don`t share our real viewpoints or the solution you think that it is best for the humankind. We do not make an effort to create a positive content instead we debate on what politicians and industries are doing to the environment. Because we think that everyone knows but the media and government is still controlling things.  So we decide not share positivity and peace but instead we prefer to share the viewpoint of negative people who are trying to divide and create a difference in the society and expect them to change. We need to come out of our artificial comfort zone and start working on the change we want to see. The only difference is that they have understood the use of internet and are exploiting it to the maximum.

Digital Guru Talks with Indian Youth

Adapting to sudden change in the world and reinventions are the important concepts that are not taught in the structured education system. And we are not accustomed to the change but we will have to learn to accept the change of technology and reinventing our self with time. This changing and fast technology called Internet is making things better at all level if we look at the positive side of it. This is the only technology that has brought the world more closer, accessible by providing equal opportunity in every field. I am not saying that it is easy but there are almost 4 billion internet users who are there to listen to you. They are giving you there attention. Isnt? Ofcourse, there are always consequences, there will always be people in the world with bad news which will blast and spread like fire all over the internet. But internet is an open platform open to both good and bad news. So, there is equal opportunity for good news to blast but only if we want it, which will require consistent efforts from your side. We have unlimited opportunities and we cannot escape or give excuses anymore.

This piece of content is going to be hard to read for the Indian youth as Digital Guru (DG) asked them a simple question and had a much needed conversation on- “What is the most common trait you see in the behavior of today`s youth”.

Surprisingly, Digital guru got so many answers like -herd mentality, life sucks, wants to be extraordinary by doing ordinary things, wants everything easily, lazy but creative, short term benefits, defensive attitude, succumbing, expectations, trust, anger, rebellious, lack of perseverance but digital guru thinks that youth sucks. I think, most of the youth will be able to relate yourself in the below conversation.

Youth – I think there is a need of realization of how youth have no curiosity, no humanity, aimless and running after material stuff.

DG- So what do you think we should do? What is the real solution?

Youth- We need to work on the roots.

DG- I agree but how?

Youth- They have to undergo self realization, introspect themselves to become a better person. Technology is at par which makes us feel less grateful to the real things in life. Well, I worked with kids in the untouched areas of the country at the root level for a month which is very important. I realized that It is not about education, its beyond that. The girls and boys were interested in learning about the environment and how important it was for them to save the indigenous crops of there place. The world is busy running its own business. If we have to make an impact it can never be done alone, if we become aware of something we should keep trying to make others aware of it. In the end the impact needs to be on a large scale and not just to ourselves. But I think it is next to possible because everything is driven with greed and selfishness. Everyone wants to have more without putting in any efforts.

DG- I have few points- I don`t think that technology is going to change at all. Its going to get bigger and you cannot stop it. And these indigenous kids are completely aware about the environment but are not aware about the technology which I believe should be the main point of concern. They should be made aware of the technology in a positive way.

My question is that Do you think that Internet is the solution to all the questions?

Youth- Nope.

DG- Why? There are almost 4 billion internet users and you can reach to all of them.

Youth- Its not just about reaching these people, its about influencing their mindset. For ex: one guy in my social media tagged a few people in a post wherein a machine was installed to dispense 5rs for every plastic bottle deposited in it. She asked the society if this was a good initiative and did the hasttag of world`s environment day. I saw two things – 1. No body gives a shit. 2. Some of the people made fun of her as she made the hashtag on some other date as world environment day is celebrate on 5th June.

DG- I think you are too soft. Just couple of guys made fun of you does not mean that Internet is not the solution. Just one post in not going to change the world and environment. Let me ask you some questions. Do you buy stuff online?

Youth- yes, I do

DG- Did your behavior changed from offline shopping to online shopping?

Youth- Yes

DG- Do you know people along with big business giants didn’t believed and made fun of these guys who started selling things online for ex : Jack Ma “founder of ali baba” who is now a billionaire. But he didn`t become what he is today in just 1 month but it took ages and that ages came along with struggles and hurdles. The sad fact is that we try to escape these hurdles and struggles, so if we really want to educate the people about environment, I believe that Internet is the only way in 21st century. Before it was books, radio, now internet and in future it will be virtual reality.

Youth- Indeed

DG- Like you said, that it would require perseverance and continuous efforts without expecting anything in return for coming 3-4 years and not backing out.

Youth- Yes, I agree

DG- So, do you think that internet is the solution?

Youth- Yes, If its well equipped to influence the people well.

DG- Indeed. Internet is the only solution, I can understand the there is lot of negativity out there which is getting stronger. But I also believe that internet can make positivity louder only if, positive people comes with more optimism.

For now, We were just talking about the environment and education. But Digital guru came across many posts which were filled with complains related to corruption, policies, BJP, congress, Hindu, Muslim etc. These are real problems. I completely agree. Here is one more hard truth and amazing fact that no one told you. These things are not going too change for you or for coming 100 generations. We have learned this fact already in past 70 years of development phase in India. But another incredible fact that you didnt noticed that almost 2 billion people joined internet and social media in 2012 in one way or the other which have your attention. And they are completely mutual and they are not the part of any political party that have only 1000 main players. But these 1000 players are making the good use of Internet. Isn`t?

Do you have problems with Government?

Do you have problems with the changing environment?

Do you have problems with education system?

Let me tell you guys, almost quarter of Indian population is using the Internet which is good enough number to start with the change you want to bring in the society.

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Time to do it.

Indian Boy got 2.3 million EUR Funding

An Indian boy got 2.3 million Euros funding from the Government of Italy to create some innovative Enzymes. He is one of the most calm and talented Human being I have never met and his passion is to create innovation projects in Science.

Me- Hey,I know you personally but can you tell my readers little bit about yourself. Like you background and what are you doing now?

Roh- Well basically I’m from Himachal Pradesh, my father is a retired army officer, mother is a house wife and have a younger sister. In 2016 I completed my Bachelor from Amity university, India in Biotechnology. After that I got admission in Masters in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling in University of Groningen, Netherlands which was funded by Erasmus Mundus. But after completing my 1st semester, I realized that I am not enjoying this course as this course was totally different from my bachelor studies. So, I discussed this issue with my director and she helped me to get another Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Italy for 1st Chemical Nano Engineering Program. This program is launched first time in Europe in collaboration with university of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy , Aix Marseille University, France and Wroclaw University, Poland.

Wow this amazing that your director helped you out with everything. And you got selected for both the scholarships.

Me. Where are you located these days?

Roh. In my hometown, Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh

Great

Me- I read about your grant from the Government of Italy? How did you started this project?

Roh- I started working on this project a year ago before I start my education consultancy company for European education.I am trying to collaborate with universities in Europe for my education consultancy in India and other countries around the globe who wish to pursue there studies in Europe. I got information regarding this funding program by Italy government to launch startup visa for innovation project. I confirmed this with my director Maria of university of Rome tor Vergata, Italy. And I thought that it is a golden opportunity for me to develop something innovative. Then I talked with my mentor in India with whom I have worked in one of my summer internship. He accepted my offer to mentor this project.

So we decided to produce enzyme technology and production unit in India. It took us ` year to develop the basic protocol of the project. We got the approval of our grant on 21st March,2018. And we were ready to launch this startup in Italy.

Me. What kind of enzymes are you going to develop in your industry? Where will your industry be located?

Roh- In the first phase of our project we will develop enzymes by traditional methods by using fermentation menthol. We will manufacture enzymes like Alfa amylase, protease, cellulase, xylanase. All these enzymes are used in different industries of textile, food, detergent, paper, pharmaceutical industries. Our head office is located in Milan and production unit in India. We have already developed the market for 1st phase production and In the second phase, we will be testing our new technology to enhance the overall process of enzyme manufacturing which I cannot disclose right now. As it is still in the process.

Me- What Kind of raw material will you be using to create these enzymes?

Roh- Agriculture waste. We will be using rice husk, wheat brawn and sugarcane waste which are complete waste to the farmers and they usually burn them. So, we are creating values out of the waste. So instead of burning the waste, we will be buying this from farmers which will also give the additional income to the farmers for there waste.

Me- Why are you so interested in this project?

Roh- It will benefit all kind of stakeholders as we are creating something out of the waste. It is estimated that this US enzyme industry will be worth 6.3 billion dollars by 2020. So I thought, it will be a big industry in India too. Although, many companies are already working on it but we still need innovative techniques to build better quality products for many industries.

Me- What are your expectation from your start up in terms of money or Jobs creation?

Roh- I am expecting that this industry will generate 150-200 million euros by 2020. It will create atleast 150-200 jobs.

Me-Have you started employing people?

Roh- Yes we started to hire People for our work

Me- How many people will you be employing?

Roh- We already have team in Italy to manage operation in Europe and We need 20 people in India to start the intial phase of the project.

Me- Can you give some advice to future students?

Roh- I just want to tell student never run for marks and try to do something different. Scores are not everything. Always try to build a network and meet new people. It will give you a chance in your life to make your life better.

Me- Do you think I can upload your public information in my blog so that people can contact you for suggestions.

Roh- Yes ofcourse. And if any one has any innovative idea which they want to turn into reality, I can help them out with the complete process

Interesting facts about Genes

The earth is a mix of many genes of humans, animals, viruses, bacteria, shark and so on. Just think of every living life and think why is it like this?  It`s all about genes.

Did you wonder if the number of genes can make a difference in your life? And the crazier fact is that these genes are not constant. They are always evolving and changing becoming better or furious. It depends of what we are talking about. Over here, I am only going to talk about numbers, Just numbers. And its going to blow your mind.

Q1. How many genes are there in Humans?

A1. Its about 100,000.

Q2. Do we know the function of all the genes in humans?

A2. No. We only know the function of about 19,000-20,000 genes which are known as protein coding genes.

Q3. What about other 80,000 genes?

A3. Earlier they consider them to be non-functional genes (non coding) but the theories are changing stating that they have an effect on function of 20,000 protein coding genes.

Q4. What is the most popular gene in Humans?

A4.  The gene is known as TP53. It`s role is to protect you from the cancer.

If there is a technology or a strategy that can make this gene so strong that it never under goes mutations. There will be no case of cancer in the world.

Well this is something about genes in humans. What about the genes in other living life?

Q5. When was the first tiger genome published?

A5. 2013

Q6. How many genes are there in a tiger?

A6. Researchers reported 20,226  protein coding genes and 2,935 non coding genes. Well the numbers can change with advancement in technology.

Q7. When was the first cat genome published? Do you know the name of the Cat?

A7. 2007. The name of the cat is cinnamon.

Q8. How many genes are there in a cat?

A8. Roughly 20,000 genes.

Q9. What percentage of DNA tiger shares with a domestic cat?

A9. 96%

Sometimes I wonder if we put the rest 4% genes from the tiger in a cat that cats does not have, will they become more ferocious like wild tigers.  What if you subtract these 4% genes from the tigers that cats does not have? Will you be able to play with these tigers like you can play with cats?   I am really interested to know more about these 4% genes. 😉 

Q10. How many genes are there in  most common bacteria- E.coli?

A10. It can vary from 4000 to 6000 genes

Do you know that this E.Coli normally live in the intestines of the humans and animals but some types of E.coli can cause intestinal infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. In some extreme cases, it can also lead to bloody diarrhea, dehydration or even kidney failure.

In this case you usually doctors advise you for a course of antibiotics and other medications. Not only this, there are reports that this along with other set of bacteria have become resistance to these antibiotics.

Q11. How many genes are resistant to antibiotics?

A11. It is a very hard question to answer but out of 4000-6000 genes that are present in E.Coli, there can be 5-10 genes (it can be more) that are resistant to bacteria which can vary in different strains of bacteria.

There is a small or big chance that these genes are present in the E.coli that are growing strong in your intestine.

Let me tell you something about Apple Fruit.

Q12. When was the first Apple genome published?

A12. 2010. It was a collaborative project between countries – New Zealand, USA, Italy, Belgium and France.

Q13. What is the total number of genes in a apple?

A13. A big count of 57000. Wow

Q14. Does the genome of apple reveal something new?

A14. Yes, That it is a fruit crop of temperate region  and the Asian apple is the ancestor not the European apple which was proposed earlier as an ancestor.

Q.15 What about the number of genes in Dinosaur? 😉

A15. Yet to find 😉

 

 

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Geneverine- Wolverine

Chicos y Chicas,

I am going to bring your attention towards a very interesting subject about “Humans love perfection”. There is no hidden lie that we humans love perfection and have been using external substances to make us more beautiful and powerful. Isn`t?

There is no lie that we have been using the products made by artificially and genetically modified organisms to grow stronger and stay younger for long age. Do you think that we would have the potential to modify our genes to become more stronger permanently for longer time.  And now you must be wondering if I am trying to promote any technology here but no, its just the basic hypothesis after learning a bit in different laboratories about bioinformatics and sequencing technologies.

My fascination towards sequencing and genome analysis has been growing and I wonder if the humans will be able to use these technologies to modify themselves. Ofcourse it`s not possible right now but it can become feasible in coming 50-100 years.

Let me tell you couple of facts to build my story.

It is possible to get the complete sequence information of your genome under 1500$ and it is expected to go down with time and advancement in sequencing technologies. The second one is gene editing technique that can edit the DNA and replace the modified gene in your genome (we expect that it will be done safely in case of humans) 😉

I want to write this article for the general public, so I am going to explain couple of terminologies in a simplest way-

DNA – is everything about you which has only 4 letters (A,G,T,C) and our Human DNA is made up of 3 billion characters i.e., 3 billion letters together of all A,G,T,C.

Genome – is the term for the complete DNA i.e., all the 3 billion letters together is referred as genome. So you can get the information of these 3 billion letters under 1500$. Incredible. Isn`t?

Gene editing- It can be used to make couple of desired changes in these 3 billion letters and ofcourse, it`s not easy and its still not there but it will be there as we have come a long way to play around (literally play) with plants, bacteria and even with some animals.

Although, i am not aware about the complete information of superheroes but I have always been fascinated by wolverine. I wonder if you can really create a wolverine from the scratch and if not from the scratch, can you modify your genes to obtain 1% of what wolverine have? Just imagine that if you have 1% of wolverine, whats its gonna be like.

What kind of super powers you would like to have?

And I am curious to know if I could have more time to live or I should say, more time to live as 25-30 as this time period is the most energetic one where you are open to the real world. In simple terms – you will feel like 25 even if you are 40.

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Ofcourse, many people can do it without artificial introduction of external substances  and live like 25 even they are 40. But there are more than 7 billion people living in this earth and genetic biosphere is quite different in all the locations.

And then, there are big companies claiming that green tea and red wine have anti-ageing effects but I am not sure if its really working or not. Although, there are some evidences by the researchers saying that 25% of  human life is determined by variations in our DNA i.e., that variations in our 3 billion letters. On the other, people have already found out the information of DNA of the people who have already lived more than 100 years.

So, I asked myself a question, will it possible that in 2065, Humans will have full right to modify there own DNA. Will there be any ethical questions on it? I can understand the ethical points when we are experimenting with animals. There are ethical rights but whats gonna happen when humans will have the opportunity to modify themselves.

Lets just say that in 2065, the age 25= age 40.