NSU offers short-term internships of the following types:

Visiting students

Aimed at visiting various courses offered by NSU departments together with the students in the full-time program.

Duration

The internships start at the same time as the university semester begins: on the 1st of September or on the 8th of February, and last for not less than one semester       

Language

Russian, English

Cost

The cost of the internship is defined by its duration and the cost of educational programs at the specific department, where the trainee chooses to visit the majority of courses. If you are studying at one of the partner universities, you have an opportunity to participate in any of the exchange programs free of charge.

Research internships

A research internship is an unique opportunity to conduct research projects in the heart of the Siberian science center under the supervision of NSU professors, who are world renowned scientists and researchers. The main feature of a research internship at NSU is its interdisciplinary approach. Specialists in biology, physics, mathematics, geology, archaeology, and chemistry work close to each other in the 35 research institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Akademgorodok. R&D institutes specialized in multiple scientific fields are clustered together on a relatively small territory.

We suggest to make your choice among our different fields of research and let us know. The scientific project will be discussed and approved before your arrival.

Financial conditions

Free of charge for students of partner universities.
Trainees are not paid.

Duration

From 3 to 6 months. A longer term can be discussed.

Language

English or Russian (in some cases French).

Application

  • for a spring-summer internship (April-September): 1 October - 1 March
  • for a different time of the year: up to three months before the beginning of the internship


Accomodation

Trainees live in the dorms. Accommodation and food expenses are paid for by the students. The cost of living at NSU dorms is 1,050 RUB per month (approx. 15-20 USD). Other living costs can be found here.

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Some examples of topics

Fields of research interships are the following: Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, IT, Economics. Here you can find the examples of topics.

If you have not found an internship of special interest to you, please, do not hesitate to contact us specifying your field of interest. We can contact the head of the chosen research field and discuss the possibility of creating an internship to meet your requirements

Summer filed trips are a unique opportunity to:

  • Explore the geology of the Altai Mountains, Khakassia, the Urals, Lake Baikal, and North of Russia
  • Get acquainted with Siberian archaeological materials from the Altai region, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Transbaikalia, and the Novosibirsk Region
  • Undergo training in Earth sciences under the guidance of NSU instructors
  • Gather material for your research
  • Learn about Russian culture
  • Practice the Russian language together with the students of NSU

Our university has unique experience, history and tradition conducting summer field camps

Students complete practical training each year

We have longstanding experience in fieldwork in the Altai

30 years of experience in fieldwork in Khakassia

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Moscow
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Moscow is the capital of Russia. Just to get around :)

Southern Urals
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Geology

In these areas, people who study geochemistry do a specialized mineralogical and petrological internship. Scientists study minerals and rocks, formed as a result of metamorphic, igneous and hydrothermal processes, find rare minerals and beautiful ores.

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Geology
Burmistrovo village

In this area there are horizontally-layered quaternary deposits. With the help of modern equipment, students do their field work on seismic and electrical survey, project a monitoring system, and interpret the collected data.

Khakassia
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Geology

Khakassia Republic

This is a training ground of NSU, an area of about 150 km2. Students doing either a geological survey or a comprehensive geological and geophysical internship start their daily routes from there. The area has a number of interesting and attractive tectonic structures, unique paleontological finds, and petrological variety of rocks and minerals complex, concentrated in a small area. Students learn to construct geological maps, and to use geophysical methods: electrical, magnetic and gravity survey.

Samoilovsky Island
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Geology

Samoilovsky Island

Samoilovsky Arctic Research Station. NSU students have the opportunity to do an internship in the Arctic region of Russia as a part of paleomagnetic expedition. On the basis of the selected paleomagnetic data from the region, students will reconstruct the history of plate motion in the Arctic region, carry out a geological and geophysical survey of geological sites on the islands of the Lena River delta and the Laptev Sea in order to collect the material for their thesis.

Altai
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Geology

The Altai Mountains is the area wh ere different geological objects are concentrated. Rocks, modern glaciers, and traces of exogenous and endogenous processes, including earthquakes, are researched there. First-year students of NSU undergo a two-week introductory geological internship at this place, learning to live and do their research in the field.

Irkutsk Region
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Geology

Baikal

In these areas, people who study geochemistry do a specialized mineralogical and petrologic internship. Scientists research minerals and rocks, formed as a result of metamorphic, igneous and hydrothermal processes, find rare minerals and beautiful ores.

Zabaykalsky Krai
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Archaeology

The Shilka River, the Ust'-Chernaya village.

Here the excavation of medieval fortified settlements Mohe – a Tungus ethnos, migrated from the regions of the Middle Amur region in II-I millennia BC, is conducted.

Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District
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Archaeology

Nyalinskoe-1 is a place of worship from the early Middle Ages until the 20th century. At this archaeological site, students study the continuity and evolution of aboriginal population religious cults in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District. Various household items as well as weapons made of metal, glass, ceramics have been found there.

Yugra
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Archaeology

Is a place of worship from the early Middle Ages until the 20th century. At this archaeological site, students study the continuity and evolution of aboriginal population religious cults in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District. Various household items as well as weapons made of metal, glass, ceramics have been found there.

Krasnoyarsk Region
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Archaeology

Mountain Unyuk. NSU interns study the complex of fortifications and conduct excavations of medieval nomadic burials there.

Novosibirsk Region
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Archaeology

Tartas-1 is a name of the monuments from the Neolithic period to the Middle Ages.

Tuva region
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Archaeology

Tuva region, Khakassia
In these areas students and teachers of NSU mainly study the objects associated with the nomadic world of the Middle Ages. A lot of attention is paid to the detected fragments of armor and weapons of different eras. The Humanities Research Lab of NSU reconstructs these findings into the full range of nomadic weapons

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Archaeology

Denisova Cave is a monument of the Paleolithic era, which has radically changed the understanding of the origin of the modern human.
Materials from the Denisova Cave are in the focus of attention of archaeologists all over the world in connection with the discovery of a new phalanx of human subspecies called "Denisova hominin" in 2008.

Strashnaya Cave is a place in Altai wh ere, in addition to the Stone Age tools, artifacts (products of bone, fragments of pottery) belonging to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Middle Ages have been found. The uniqueness of this monument is in the exceptional preservation of paleontological material.

Amur Region
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Archaeology

Bukinski kluch

The monuments Bukinski kluch-1, Bukinski kluch-2 and Bukinski kluch-3 have been discovered and studied. On these sites, research has been conducted on complexes of the Iron Age (Urilsky culture) and housing of the Early Middle Ages (Mikhaylovka culture).

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Archaeology

Malaya Syya is an archaeological site of the Stone Age in Siberia, associated with the formation of human culture in the anatomically modern human era.


Title
Specialization
Language
Duration

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students who successfully finished classes of General Geology (training takes place with first-year students of the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU)

Duration of study

2 weeks. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration). First trip: 1-15 July, second trip: 15-30 July

Language

Russian/English

Cost

To be specified upon application

Result

Certificate                                

In the Altai the students will observe folded rocks, unconformities, modern glaciers, marks of exogenous and endogenous processes, including earthquakes and much more.

For first-year students, practice in the Altai mountains is their first experience of fieldwork. First traverse, first expeditionary experience. There, the students reinforce their theoretical knowledge of general geology, learn how to use a geological compass and a hammer. 

During their first practice, the students conduct field documentation, learn how to carry out geological observations and organize the fieldwork. During this field course, students gain first experience of survival in the mountains (the whole group lives in a field camp), make friends, form a team united by a common purpose and expeditionary way of life.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students who successfully finished classes of Structural Geology (training takes place with second-year students of the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU)

Duration of study

4 weeks of June with possible additional 2 weeks in July. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration).

Language

Russian/English

Cost

To be specified upon application

Result

Certificate                                

The training ground of approximately 150 km2 is located in the south of Krasnoyarsk Krai in the Shirinsky District of the Republic of Khakassia. This is where the 2nd year students of the department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU conduct fieldwork in structural geology and geological mapping. The field ground has beautiful cuesta terrain with lots of fresh and saline lakes, which ensures a high degree of safety and comfort during the course.

The geological structure of the training ground is interesting and attractive for the significant amount of tectonic structures, unique paleontological findings, petrological diversity of rocks and minerals, all concentrated in a small area.

The NSU base for fieldwork is located not far away from the resort "Zhemchuzhniy" and the highway Abakan - Achinsk. The field camp consists of five classrooms, a canteen, and living quarters for students, faculty and staff. 

During the field camp students:

  • conduct a complex study of the geological structure of the training ground during geological mapping at scale 1:50 000 (working scale of 1:25 000);
  • develop skills for independent field study of various geological objects;
  • learn the basic methods of interpretation and aggregation of the collected materials during their post-processing;
  • study modern geoinformation technologies.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students specializing in Geophysics (training takes place with second-year students of the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU).

Duration of study

3 weeks in July. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration).

Language

Russian/English

Cost

To be specified upon application

Result

Certificate                                

The training ground of approximately 150 km2 is located in the south of Krasnoyarsk Krai in the Shirinsky District of the Republic of Khakassia. 
Students of geophysics further study methods and devices used for performing resistivity and gravitation survey, ground radiometry, spectrometry, radon emanation survey on known objects. 

The great benefit of this fieldwork lies in the fact that the students study several methods at the same time, obtain and process their own data. After this course the students get a clear understanding of the possibilities of each method for the study of Earth’s deep structure and for mineral exploration. 
An introductory lecture is given on each theme, after which the students conduct fieldwork on the training ground. The students alternate fieldwork and post-processing of measurement results. The NSU base for field training is located not far away from the resort "Zhemchuzhniy" and the highway Abakan - Achinsk. The field camp consists of five classrooms, a canteen, and living quarters for students, faculty and staff.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students specializing in Geochemistry (training takes place with second-year students of the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU)

Duration of study

2 weeks. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration).

Language

Russian/English

Cost

To be specified upon application

Result

Certificate                                

The main goal of this field camp is to show students as much as possible the diversity of the mineral world in its natural environment. They get acquainted with minerals and rocks, formed as a result of metamorphic, magmatic and hydrothermal processes, experience the difficulty of exploratory work and find beautiful samples.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate students specializing in Geophysics (training takes place with third-year students of the Department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU)

Duration of study

3 weeks. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration).

Language

Russian/English

Cost

To be specified upon application

Result

Certificate                                

Near the village of Burmistrovo, not far from the Ob water reservoir, 3rd year students of the department of Geology and Geophysics of NSU conduct a full cycle of geophysical works on the example of horizontally layered Quaternary deposits: from survey instruments design to complex interpretation of seismic and electromagnetic data. Students work with advanced equipment:

  • MT sounding systems “MTU-5” and “MTU-5A” of the Canadian company Phoenix Geophysics Limited;
  • the measuring instrument “MARY-24” and the generator “ASTRA-100” produced by the companies “Nord-West Ltd” and “SibGeoDevice Ltd;
  • the telemetric system FASTSNAP for near-surface electromagnetic sounding of the company SibGeosystems;
  • the seismic acquisition system “Sercel 408” of the French company Sercel.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate and master course students, PhD students specializing in geophysics, paleomagnetism, paleontology, general and structural geology, tectonics, quaternary and permafrost geology.

Duration of study

3 weeks in July. It is important to arrive 3 days prior to the beginning and stay 3 days after the end of the intership to address organizational issues (intership payment, check in at the dormitory, migration registration). Applicants will be required to send additional personal information to obtain permission for access to the wildlife preserve and the Arctic frontier zone.

Language

Russian/English

Cost

2000 USD

Result

Certificate, potential possibilities for joint master degrees and Phd training.                                    

Samoilovsky Island is one of the thousands of islands in the delta of the Lena River. It is located about 100 km to the north-west of Tiksi town in Yakutia (Sakha Republic). A multidisciplinary research station is maintained on this island by the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, and is available for students and researchers from the NSU for thematic studies and training of polar geologists. 

Possible areas of field studies: 

Geophysical survey and investigation including electrical prospecting, magnetometry; and also drone aerial multispectral photography, environment monitoring on permafrost rocks, studies of climate impact on the cryolithic zone, the biota, the terrain and hydrosphere. 

Geomorphological and geological studies of permafrost formations and rocks, including ice structures, traces of tectonic activity on Samoilovsky Island and the other islands of the Lena River delta. 

Paleomagnetic, rock magnetic and paleontological studies of Paleozoic sedimentary and volcanic mafic rocks on islands and the banks of the Lena and its creeks.



The program has been designed for Bachelor’s degree students of History, Archaeology and Oriental Studies

Duration

12 days (for students of oriental Studies), 24 days for students of History and Archaeology

Language

Russian/English

Cost

Free of Charge


Research field: Physics, Heat transfer, Hydrodynamics

Subject title: Additive technologies for heat transfer

Short description: Two-phase systems in mini and micro channels have received wide application in medicine, microelectronics, power engineering, aircraft and machine building. In the field of microelectronics, boiling in microchannel is used to cool electronic components; heat exchange in heat exchangers in two-phase systems in mini and micro channels is the basis of the action of heat pipes. Different experiments with two-phase flow and shear driven liquid film with local heating (microelectronics cooling) will be done in our laboratory. The heating element is created with help of additive technologies in order to intensify heat transfer. Different optical methods will be used in experiment (IR, high-speed camera, schlieren-system, confocal sensor, etc.). The heat transfer process will be investigated depending on the geometry of the surfaces (heaters).

Key words:liquid film, critical heat flux, additive technologies

Internship supervisor:PhD Cheverda Vyacheslav

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Computational Chemistry

Subject title: Advanced modeling of high-pressure polymorphism of organic compounds

Short description: You will be invited to work with theoretical modeling of high-pressure polymorphism of organic compounds, developing original theory of phase transitions at extreme conditions. It is one of the hot topics in current crystallography, solid state and physical chemistry, which are interested in mechanisms and reasons for solid state polymorphic transitions. These results might be applied to very different fields of industry, including estimation of stability of potential pharmaceuticals, optoelectronics, etc. This work will be carried out using supercomputers of Novosibirsk State University, Siberian Supercomputer Cluster and modern software (VASP, Gaussian, CrystalExplorer17, etc.).

Key words:Computational chemistry, Solid State, Phase Transitions, Polymorphism

Internship supervisor:Dr. Denis Rychkov, Head of the Laboratory of Physicochemical Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Materials

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: IT Operations Research

Subject title: Competitive facility location

Short description: Two companies, a leader and a follower, open facilities and compete to attract clients from a given market. Each company has a budget and maximizes own market share. Each client splits own demand probabilistically over all opened facilities by the gravity rule. The goal is to find the location and design of the leader facilities to maximize his market share. We wish to develop some heuristics for this game based on the best response strategy and present some computational results.

Internship supervisor:Yury Kochetov

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Image processing, Textural features, Orthogonal transformations, Electronic microscopy, Plant raw materials, Mechanochemistry

Subject title: Developement of algorithms and software tools for the analysis of textural images for the analysis of various materials

Short description: The basis for conducting this research is the Contract between the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry of SB RAS and A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems of SB RAS. The work is carried out to fulfill the grant of Russian Science Foundation (given to Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry of SB RAS) No. 16-13-10200 "Controlled change in the structure and composition of plant raw materials by mechanochemical methods for intensifying the extraction of biologically active compounds». The work is devoted to the analysis of textures. The source is micro-photos of plant raw materials ground in special mills http://nccbulletin.ru/files/article/murzinv8.pdf. The ultimate goal of the work is the determination of the porosity, the chemical reactivity of a raw material by micro-photos, and other parameters. The main focus is on the development of software tools for image analysis, namely programs for the analysis of textures. To do this, the sets of texture attributes (19 features) and spectral transformations based on orthogonal matrices (6 transforms) are used. Preliminary experiments on the application of R/S analysis and fractal analysis are also carried out. In the future, the algorithms of machine learning, for example, based on the neurocomputing approach, can be used to determine chemical reactivity. Having trained the system on a data set, it will be possible to make predictions about chemical reactivity.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Feodor Murzin, Deputy Director in Science of A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems, murzin@academ.org

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Differential Equations, Integro–Differential Equations, Plasma Theory, Hydrodynamics.

Subject title: Development of new approach to a solution of the problem of a plasma confinement on the basis of the principle of a feed–back.

Short description: This internship is aimed at development of new approach to a solution of the problem of a plasma confinement which is based on the principle of a feed–back. It is planned to move to achievement of this goal through a solution of two problems of the linear stability for thermodynamic nonequilibrium (or, in other words, quasi–equilibrium) stationary states of boundless collisionless electroneutral plasma in the electrostatic approximation (Vlasov–Poisson plasma) in one–dimensional statement. Specifically, by the time of completion of the internship, problems of the linear stability for one–dimensional/radial quasi–equilibrium stationary states of Vlasov–Poisson plasma in relation to one–dimensional/radial perturbations in the Cartesian/spherical frame will be solved in case the plasma includes charged particles of one sort with stationary distribution functions which are not isotropic on a phase continuum. The choice of listed above problems for this internship is caused by the fact that results of their decision (so, and new approach to a solution of the problem of a plasma confinement on the basis of the principle of a feed–back) can be illustrated with rigorous analytical examples of corresponding stationary states and small perturbations. Desirable number of interns ― two persons (according to number of problems). Before the internship, it would be useful for future interns to examine with the article [1] and with English–language sources which are contained in this article.

Internship supervisor:Yuriy G. Gubarev; Laboratory for Fluid and Gas Vortical Motions, Department for Physical Hydrodynamics, Lavrentyev Institute for Hydrodynamics SB RAS

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Web-development, Java, JavaScript, Bioinformatics, gene regulation, High throughput sequencing data processing, BigData, Azure.

Subject title: Development of web-tools as the part of the platform for massive analysis of bioinformatics data

Short description: High throughput sequencing of DNA and RNA material from human and other organisms has become almost routine procedure. Analysis and correct interpretation of this data will allow to develop high efficiency diagnostics and treatment methods. Extremely high volume of under understood input information makes knowledge extraction from the raw data challenging. Often lack of simplification and visualization tools make important data invisible for biologists. In our study thousands of novel discovered genes and their associations have to be stored in web databases and have convenient navigation superstructure (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4838384/).

Alternative tasks:

  1. Develop web database of vlincRNA genes with their annotation and analysis tools.
  2. Develop web tool for visualization of 90000x90000 matrix of correlation of genes.
  3. Develop modules of Wizard for high throughput sequencing data analysis.
  4. Develop modules of the platform for population genotyping.

Internship supervisor: Dr. Dmitry Shtokalo, A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems, shtokalod2@gmail.com.

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Ecology, Biogeography, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology

Subject title: Diversity and ecological distribution of the orthopteran insects in semi-natural and transformed ecosystems

Short description: Problems of supporting and conservation of biological diversity are very important both for the whole biosphere and for natural regions. These problems should be solved both for the aims of sustainable living and for some general estimation of opportunities to use different groups of animals. The anthropogenic transformation of natural ecosystems results in different changes in the level and character of biological diversity. However, the heterogeneity of many transformed ecosystems can support some level of biological diversity that, however, may be quite different from the diversity at natural conditions. The main goal of the project is to reveal the role of transformed ecosystems in changes of orthopteran insect diversity relative to global climatic changes and changes of ecosystems on the local level. These studies allow us (1) to estimate patterns of species richness, populations and assemblages distribution of Orthoptera on model plots at heterogeneous transformed ecosystems distributed over the steppes and forest-steppes; (2) to determine significance of different corridors and barriers; (3) to reveal main ways of development of orthopteran biological diversity in transformed ecosystems and to estimate the general role of these ecosystems in biodiversity changes in the Siberian subboreal South.

Key words:transformed ecosystem, anthropogenic landscape, biodiversity, rational environmental management, species diversity, population, assemblage, community, insects, Orthoptera, Siberia, invasion

Internship supervisor:Michael G. Sergeev, D.Sc., Prof., Department of General Biology and Ecology

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Heat transfer and Fluid dynamics

Subject title: Electronics cooling based on shear driven liquid film with help of additive technologies

Short description: Two-phase systems in mini and micro channels have received wide application in medicine, microelectronics, power engineering, aircraft and machine building. In the field of microelectronics, boiling in microchannel is used to cool electronic components; heat exchange in heat exchangers in two-phase systems in mini and micro channels is the basis of the action of heat pipes. One of the promising ways of removing large heat fluxes from the surface of heat-stressed elements of electronic devices is the use of two-phase flows in microchannels. All students are invited to make experiments with two-phase flow and shear driven liquid film with local heating (microelectronics cooling). The heating element is created with help of additive technologies in order to intensify heat transfer. Different optical methods will be used in experiment (IR, high-speed camera, schlieren-system, confocal sensor). The heat transfer process will be investigated depending on the geometry of the surfaces (heaters).


Research field: Physics, Heat transfer, Hydrodynamics

Subject title: Additive technologies for heat transfer

Short description: Genome-Wide Association Studies is the bunch of statistical methods that allow to find associations between genome polymorphisms and phenotype (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra0905980). Here “phenotype” means specific features of organisms like eyes color, height, resistance to specific disease etc. Whole genome or exome sequencing data is usually taken fr om the groups of tested people as an input. Bioinformatics algorithms are utilized to reveal in the input data genome polymorphisms (usually SNP – Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) – places in genome wh ere nucleotide code varies between people. Then bio-statistical methods are used to find significant overrepresentation of specific nucleotide code (alleles) in genomes of diseased people (or people with specific phenotype) comparing to the control group. Among other challenges, 90% of significant SNPs are found in non-protein coding part of genome which makes biological interpretation of results difficult (St Laurent G. et al. Dark matter RNA illuminates the puzzle of genome-wide association studies // BMC Med. 2014 Jun 12;12:97. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-97).

Tasks:

  1. Process dozens and hundreds of gigabytes of high throughput sequencing data with bioinformatics tools.
  2. Apply existing and modified bio statistical methods to perform GWAS.
  3. Analyze and interpret discovered genome polymorphisms using genome annotation.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Dmitry Shtokalo, A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems, shtokalod2@gmail.com.

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Graphene-based nanoelectronics, structural and electric measurements.

Subject title: Investigation of new graphene-based materials and structures perspective for nanoelectronics

Short description: In our laboratory, we create and study new graphene-based materials and structures. To characterize our samples we investigate their electric and structural properties. We’ll use such experimental methods as atomic force microscopy (AFM), measurement of C-V and G-V characteristics during the internship.

Key words:Graphene, graphene quantum dots, flexible electronics, functionalized graphene, fluorinated graphene (FG), irradiated graphene, graphene inks, graphene suspension, few-layer graphene.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Nadezhda Nebogatikova

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Natural language processing, Computer linguistics, Text mining, Mathematical logic, Semantics

Subject title: Models and methods of semantic analysis and presentation of the meaning of the text in computer linguistics

Short description: The main goal is develop models and methods for more efficient use: information retrieval systems; systems of thematic classification of texts; processes automatic summarization; software designed to accept important information from large unstructured arrays of knowledge; security systems.

Project tasks. The following tasks will be solved in the project's boundaries:

1. New logical and model-theoretic methods for computer linguistics will be developed, and with their help the logical properties of the Link Grammar Parser syntactic analyzer system are investigated http://nccbulletin.ru/article/1546.

2. An enhanced version of the program will be implemented to determine the relevance of the text to the search query.

3. The analysis means of a logic theory of properties of the lexical Mel’chuk’s functions in the context of determination of meaning of the text. Analysis of structure of the explanatory dictionary of Ozhegov.

4. The analysis of descriptions of events in texts in a natural language.

There will be several languages considered: Russian, English, German, French, Kazakh, Turkish.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Feodor Murzin, Deputy Director in Science of A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems, murzin@academ.org

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Operations Research, Discrete Optimization, Computational Geometry

Subject title: Optimization of the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)

Short description: Modern WSNs consists of intellectual devices – sensors. Each sensor collects certain data inside the area which is called the coverage zone of the sensor and transmits it (hop-by-hop) to the sink. Since the sensing energy consumption is proportional to the covered area, the problem of energy consumption minimization is reduced to the classical computational geometry problem of coverage density minimization.

Collected by the sensors data must be delivered to the sink consuming the minimal communication energy which is proportional to the transmission distance. Then the next problem is a synthesis of the communication spanning tree which consumes minimal communication energy. This is a well know strongly NP-hard problem, and the approximate algorithms are desirable. 

Another problem, which arises in the context of WSNs optimization, is a conflict-free (interference-aware) data aggregation which is a strongly NP-hard problem in general. The problem remains NP-hard even when the aggregation tree is given. But if a communication graph is a unit square grid, then the problem can be solved by a polynomial time when the transmission distance is 1 or 2. For greater transmission distance, only approximate algorithms are known. 

In barrier monitoring by mobile sensors, there is a problem of moving sensors to a minimum total distance in such a way as to cover a certain line (barrier). This problem is NP-hard in the case when the coverage area of each sensor is a circle of a certain radius. If the coverage areas of all sensors are the same, then the complexity of the problem is an open question. Although, some approximate algorithms are known. 

The student will be offered several topical problems arising in the context of optimization of the WSNs. Upon successful completion of the internship, an article will be prepared.

Internship supervisor:Prof. Adil I. Erzin, Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Novosibirsk State University, office phone: +7 383 329 7540, e-mail: adilerzin@math.nsc.ru

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Physics, Heat transfer, Hydrodynamics

Subject title: Pulsating heat pipe

Short description: A pulsating heat pipe has a big potential for solving problems of removing heat fluxes. PHPs have already found many applications in micro and power electronics applications owing to the unique operational characteristics coupled with relatively low costs. However, thermo-hydrodynamic mechanisms in PHP are not sufficiently studied to understand the processes taking place. The copper-glass pulsating heat pipe is constructed for investigation of the heat transfer problem in such kind of heat pipes.

Key words:pulsating heat pipe, heat transfer, hydrodynamics

Internship supervisor:PhD Cheverda Vyacheslav

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Reinforcement learning, deep learning, neural networks, machine learning, artificial intellect, discrete problems.

Subject title: Research of criteria of applicability of neural networks to discrete problems.

Short description: What is the minimal complexity of neural network which solve Rubik’s Cube problem in reasonable time in unsupervised mode? What is the minimal knowledge about solving algorithm should be considered by the neural network architecture? In non-discrete problems, exact solution is often not necessary since approximate stable solution is good enough and thus neural network are suitable for such problems. In discrete problems space of events could be extremely high and successful gradient busting can be unachievable without additional knowledge about the system. The global question is – under what conditions complex discrete problems are solvable by neural networks in unsupervised mode?

Internship supervisor:Dr. Dmitry Shtokalo, A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems, shtokalod2@gmail.com.

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Natural language processing, Computer linguistics, Text mining, Mathematical logic, Semantics

Subject title: Research of methods for word sense disambiguation in natural language texts

Short description: Word sense disambiguation (WSD) is an open problem of natural language processing, which consists in choosing the meaning (or sense) of a multi-valued word or phrase depending on the context in which it is located. One of the solution methods is distributional semantic models, i.e. the models in which words are represented as vectors in the multidimensional space of their contexts. An example of a tool created on the basis of distributive semantic models is the RusVectōrēs (http://rusvectores.org/en/visual/). Word sense disambiguation problem is a generalization of the named entity recognition problem. Named entity is an object of a specific type that has a name or identifier. Named entities can be names of persons, organizations, events, locations, expressions of times, monetary values, etc. There are various methods for named-entity recognition (NER): machine learning, neural networks, ontologies, formal grammars based on rules. Examples of well-known open source tools in this area are SDK Pullenti (http://www.pullenti.ru/), Stanford Named Entity Recognizer (https://nlp.stanford.edu/software/CRF-NER.shtml), etc. 

 Tasks: 

1. Research of methods for named entity recognition. Comparison of results and analysis of the effectiveness of these methods. 

2. Application of visualization methods for representation of information about entities, relations between them and attributes. 

3. Investigation of the possibility of using Universal Networking Language (http://www.undl.org/) for this theme.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Tatiana Batura, A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Natural language processing, Computer linguistics, Text mining, Mathematical logic, Semantics

Subject title: Research of rhetorical relations for automatic processing of texts of various genres in different languages

Short description: Rhetorical Structure Theory is one of the most well-known theories of texts organization. According to this theory, a text is divided into disjoint fragments, called elementary discursive units (EDU). Rhetorical relations connect EDUs. Each fragment performs a certain role in relation to other fragments. Text coherence is formed through those relations that are modeled between fragments within the text. 

Tasks: 

1. Research of the logical properties of rhetorical relations and their connections with discursive markers. Development of methods for detecting elementary discursive units (EDU) and relations between them. 

2. Development of the rhetorical relations detection system based on the proposed methods of text fragmentation, taking into account the formal and semantic features of the selected fragments. 

3. Research the possibilities of applying the rhetorical structures theory for the analysis of texts of various genres. Development of a tool for analyzing the rhetorical structure of texts to represent the coherence of its parts.

Internship supervisor:Dr. Tatiana Batura, A.P. Ershov Institute of Informatics Systems

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Solid State Chemistry

Subject title: Search and characterization of new co-crystals of biologically active substances

Short description: You will be invited to work with search, preparation and characterization of new forms of bioactive compounds. During this work you will learn basics of crystallography and spectroscopy, as well as crystallization methods. Special attention will be paid to work with Cambridge Crystallographic Database and prediction models for cocrystal formation. Cocrystals of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are used in pharmaceutical industry, thus this topic will be interesting for one who wants to work in this field in future.

Key words:Computational chemistry, Solid State, Phase Transitions, Polymorphism

Internship supervisor:Dr. Denis Rychkov, Head of the Laboratory of Physicochemical Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Materials

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Advanced acceleration techniques

Subject title: Simulations of particle beam dynamics in plasma wakefield accelerators

Short description: This is a theoretical work combined with numerical experiments. General laws are to be derived from particular cases produced by simulations. Long term evolution of particle beams in self-consistently produced plasma wakefields will be studied with the help of available quasi-static code LCODE. The particular attention is to be paid to energy spread and emittance of the accelerated beam and to the overall efficiency of the concept. The results will be of importance for AWAKE project at CERN, as well as for several supporting experiments with self-modulating electron beams (at SLAC, DESY, Budker INP).

Internship supervisor:Konstantin Lotov, professor

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Chemistry and chemical engineering

Subject title: Study of liquid phase oxidation of organic compounds by nitrous oxide

Short description:Both development of new materials and ways of used materials recycling are very topical in modern chemistry. Application of non-traditional oxidants is very promising for these purposes. During internship the investigation of the oxidation by N2O for the production of valuable oxygen- contained compounds basing on different organic substrates will be carried out. Particularly the study of the reaction of oxidation by N2O of the different types of rubbers (rubbers of the different composition) for the preparation of new type of materials – liquid rubbers (liquid polyketones) – will be studied. The results of this study will be used for the further development of the methods of used rubber recycling. The experiments will be carried out using high pressure Parr reactors (100 ml and 2000 ml capacity). The product analysis will be carried out with gas chromatography (GC), gas-liquid chromatography (GLC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high temperature gel penetration chromatography (for polymers). During internship you will get the following skills: work with high pressure reactors, work with GC, GLC; analysis of chromatography and NMR data for kinetic studies.

Key words: nitrous oxide, liquid phase oxidation, liquid rubber, carbonyl compounds, polyketones

Internship supervisor: Dr. Sergey Semikolenov, researcher of BIC SB RAS, e-mail: sersem@catalysis.ru

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months

Research field: Physics, Heat transfer, Hydrodynamics

Subject title: The dynamics and heat transfer in rivulet falling down on heated thin metallic foil

Short description: Heat transfer at rivulet water flow over the constantan foil with the length of 80 mm, width of 35 mm, and thickness of 25 mm will be studied experimentally. The foil surface temperature will be measured by an IR-scanner. Distributions of heat flux density on the surface of the foil, where the liquid flowed, will be obtained. To determine the heat flux density from the foil to liquid near the contact line, the Cauchy problem will be solved for the stationary heat equation using the thermographic data. Calculation results will show that the maximal heat flux occurs in the area of the contact line and exceeds the average heat flux from the entire foil surface by several times. This is explained by the influx of heat from the periphery of foil to the rivulet due to the relatively high value of heat conductivity coefficient of the foil material and high evaporation rate in the region of the contact line.

Key words:rivulet flow, evaporation, wetting contact line

Internship supervisor:PhD Cheverda Vyacheslav

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Physics, Heat transfer

Subject title: The heat transfer in contact line of drop placed on heated thin metallic foil

Short description: The evaporating water droplets on a horizontal heated substrate will be experimentally studied. The constantan foil 25 μm thick with a size of 42x35 mm2 is used as a substrate. The experiments will be carried out with a single droplet on the foil. The temperature of the lower surface of foil will be measured by an IR scanner. To determine the heat flux density at evaporation of liquid near the contact line, the Cauchy problem for the heat conduction equation will be solved using the thermographic data. The results of calculations will show that the maximal heat flux density takes place in the region of the contact line and exceeds the average heat flux density from the entire surface of foil.

Key words:drop, evaporation, wetting contact line

Internship supervisor:PhD Cheverda Vyacheslav

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Informatics

Subject title: The random number generators with proven statistical properties

Short description: Random numbers find a lot of practical applications in cryptography, in numerical algorithms, in simulation, computer games,  and many  other areas. That is why, there are hundreds of works devoted to  the construction of random number generators (RNGs). The main part of RNGs do not have proven statistical properties and their quality is estimated by statistical tests. 

The goal of the internship is to realize a RNG with proven statistical properties as a computer program and carry out experiments with them. A description of the suggested ideas and approach can be found in the following book: Boris Ryabko, Jaakko Astola, Mikhail Malyutov. Compression-Based Methods of Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Time Series. Springer, 2016. 

Internship supervisor:Prof. Boris Ryabko

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Physics, Hydrodynamics

Subject title: Two-phase flow in microchannel

Short description: Two-phase flows of distilled deionized nanofiltered water/FC-72 and nitrogen gas in a microchannel with a height about 50 µm will be investigated experimentally. The schlieren method with high-speed camera will be used to determine main features of the two-phase flow in the microchannel. Two-phase flow regimes and boundaries between them will be investigated.

Key words:two-phase flow, flow pattern map

Internship supervisor:PhD Cheverda Vyacheslav

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months


Research field: Informatics

Subject title: Using archivers to test random number generators

Short description: Random number generators are widely used in information security systems, computing methods and computer games. To test their quality, a variety of statistical tests are used. For example, National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA) recommends 15 such tests for use in information security systems. The following book shows how statistical tests can be built on the basis of data compression methods. The project proposes the construction of statistical methods based on data compression methods and their application to testing random number generators. Book: Boris Ryabko, Jaakko Astola, Mikhail Malyutov. Compression-Based Methods of Statistical Analysis and Prediction of Time Series. Springer, 2016.

Internship supervisor: Prof. Boris Ryabko

Language: English, Russian

Duration: 3–4 months

Testimonials

Hermann-Kevin Guidi

Year: 2016

Program: Research internship

Country: France, Paris

Subject of internship: Real time Tsunami risk mitigation.

I worked on an algorithm developed by a past intern. My main job was to convert this algorithm from a language to an other to optimize it. What I think about the place: It's a Nice environment, mainly for a university. There's everything for students near the university (supermarket, bars, restaurants, places to have fun and practice sports). Also, the university help us for everything about the visa and the accommodation. I would come back, it was a great experience. I met people who did everything for make us enjoyed our summer. I built friendships for life. People at work were nice and there when I had needed something.

Anik Chakrabarty

Year: 2017

Program: Research internship

Country: India

I'm from Calcutta, India. I'm doing an internship for two months at the Stream Data Analytics and Machine Learning Laboratory, Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics. I am currently helping in research projects in Machine Learning. We are researching on available machine learning algorithms and trying to improve them. I am fairly satisfied with the internship. My supervisor and teammates are very encouraging and helpful.

Akademgorodok is a really nice place and, mostly from what I have heard and from my own little experience , quite different from other cities in Russia. The people here have been friendlier than I had expected and I have not had any difficulty so far.

I am doing a Masters degree program back in India, at the Department of Statistics, Pondicherry University. The knowldege from this internship would, I believe, help me get better grades back in India and maybe help me get jobs later on. So far it has been a great experience in Siberia and I will take away only positiveness from Russia when I go back.

Riyad Mchinda

Year: 2017

Program: Research internship

Country: France, Marseilles

I study engineering in France, but I came to Akademgorodok to get more knowledge about economy. I really like Akademgorodok, it's very nice.

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