PhD projects for UK and EU students

The following PhD opportunities are available for October 2018 entry to those who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate.

PhD students in Chemistry undertake the highest quality fundamental and applied research supervised by academic staff who are experts in their field. We have a distinctive interdisciplinary structure founded on strong areas of core chemistry. All research students follow our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC): cohort-based training to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills^. The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.

We welcome applications at any time from students able to fund their own studies or who are applying for external scholarships.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Department of Chemistry Teaching Studentship projects (all are available for both funding sources):
Professor D W Bruce Inorganic chemistry, molecular materials, organic chemistry, physical chemistry Multifunctional, Polymetallic Liquid Crystals (PDF  , 321kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr M A Bates and Dr J M Slattery

Computational chemistry, molecular materials, condensed matter physics

Simulation of self-aggregation at long length scales in ionic liquids (PDF  , 231kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr M C R Cockett and Dr D A Wann

Computational chemistry, physical chemistry, applied physics

Combining electronic and nuclear structures of gas-phase species (PDF  , 347kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr P A Clarke Organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry New Methods for the Synthesis of Bridged and Spiropiperidine Scaffolds for Drug (PDF  , 389kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr P A Clarke Organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry  Brønsted Acid Catalysed Asymmetric Synthesis of Cyclic Ethers (PDF  , 444kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr V Chechik and Dr D O'Connell Plasma Physics, Synthetic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry  Non-thermal plasma as a green alternative to free radical initiators (PDF  , 343kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr C E Dessent and Professor R N Perutz Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry  Mapping the Intrinsic Photophysics of Metalloporphyrins and their Aggregates (PDF  , 330kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Professor S B Duckett Magnetic Resonance and Hyperpolarisation, Biochemistry, Biomedical Physics, Clinical Science, Pharmacology / Toxicology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Developing SABRE RELAY, a new approach for hyperpolarisation (PDF  , 306kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Professor A Duhme-Klair, Professor K S Wilson and Professor G J Grogan Biological inorganic chemistry The development of artificial imine reductases (PDF  , 333kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Professor I J S Fairlamb and Professor I Baxendale  

Organic Chemistry, synthetic chemistry

Unlocking reactivity of nature’s C-H bonds using metal catalysis under aqueous (PDF  , 312kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr M A Fascione and Dr M Plevin Chemical and Structural Biology Chemical modification of proteins to probe Leishmania biology (PDF  , 304kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Professor G J Grogan Chemical and Structural Biology Engineering Enzymes for the Preparation of Pharmaceutical Amines (PDF  , 396kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr M E Halse Magentic Resonance and Hyperpolarisation, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry Low-field NMR and MRI with in situ parahydrogen hyperpolarisation (PDF  , 427kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr M E Halse and Professor S B Duckett Magnetic Resonance and Hyperpolarisation, analytical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Physical chemistry In situ photochemistry for benchtop NMR spectroscopy with parahydrogen hyperpola (PDF  , 384kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr J M Lynam, Professor I J S Fairlamb and Dr C Willans Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry  Developing next gen sustainable manganese catalysts for C-H functionalisation (PDF  , 359kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Dr J N Moore, Dr S J Cowling and Professor J W Goodby Computational Chemistry, molecular materials, Physical ChemistryOrganic Chemistry  Advanced Functional Dyes for Applications in High-Technology Devices (PDF  , 449kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Professor M North and Professor J H Clark Green and sustainble chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, molecular materials, Organic Chemistry  Use of Starbons® to capture and convert CO2 (PDF  , 330kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Professor P A O'Brien Organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry New Routes to Sulfoximine 3-D Fragments (PDF  , 362kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Professor R N Perutz and Professor A Duhme-Klair Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Photocatalysis supported by non-innocent ligands (PDF  , 359kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr A Routledge and Professor M North Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry  Turning organocatalysts green (PDF  , 328kb)

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr I Saez Molecular materials, organic chemistry Liquid crystal-nanoparticle dispersions (PDF  , 228kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
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Dr W Unsworth and Dr J M Lynam Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry  Metal-mediated alkyne activation reactions in catalyst selective synthesis (PDF  , 370kb) 

C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship

C - NMR Studentship

Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
Professor P H Walton, Professor G J Davies and Dr A Parkin Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical and structural biology, Electrochemistry  The electronic mechanism for enzymatic cellulose degradation (PDF  , 284kb)  C - EPSRC*/ Teaching Studentship Deadline - 10/01/18 Interview - w/c 12/02/18
Apply
 
Natural Environment Research Council Site for PhD Training in Environmental Research (SPHERES) Doctoral Training Partnership projects:
Professor L J Carpenter, Professor A C Lewis and Dr M Shaw Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Climate, Instruments, Laboratory Using negative ion selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry for detection of sea surface emissions C - NERC SPHERES DTP Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
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Dr T J Dillon, Dr A R Rickard and Dr V Chechik Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Instruments, Laboratory, Pollution Peroxyl Radicals - Trapping and Laser Studies C - NERC SPHERES DTP Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
Apply
Professor M J Evans and Professor A C Lewis Aerosols, Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Climate, Computing, Mathematics, Modelling, Ozone, Pollution Machine learning for atmospheric chemistry modelling C - NERC SPHERES DTP* Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
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Dr J F Hamilton and Dr A R Rickard Aerosols, Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Biosphere, Pollution Improving our understanding of the role of biogenic emissions in urban air quality C - NERC SPHERES DTP Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
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Professor J D Lee and Professor L J Carpenter Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Fieldwork, Ozone Assessing the sources and chemistry of nitrogen oxides in the remote oceanic atmosphere C - NERC SPHERES DTP Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
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Professor A C Lewis and Dr R Purvis Air Quality, Atmospheric chemistry, Fieldwork, Oils and gas, Pollution A more direct assessment of emissions from offshore oil and gas industries C - NERC SPHERES DTP Deadline - 08/01/18 Interview - w/c 19/02/18
Apply
 
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment Doctoral Training Partnership Projects:
Dr K Penkman and Professor L Barham Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Chemistry Timescale of south-central African palaeoenvironments and impact on humans (PDF  , 234kb)  C - NERC ACCE DTP*

Deadline: 09/01/18 Panel interview: 15/02/18

Apply
         
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology projects:
Professor A A Antson, Professor J Potts and Dr P O'Toole Biochemistry, Biophysics, Virology, Electron Diffraction ‌  C - BBSRC WR DTP*

Deadline: 07/01/18 Panel interview: 06/02/18

Apply

Professor G J Grogan and Dr M Plevin Chemical and structural biology, Biocatalysis, Enzymology  Watching enzymes work: the role of dynamics in Amide Bond Synthetases (PDF  , 229kb)  C - BBSRC WR DTP* 

Deadline: 07/01/18 Panel interview: 06/02/18

Apply 
Dr J M Lynam, Dr V Friman and Professor I J S Fairlamb Evolution, Microbiology, Synthetic Chemistry  Developing CO-RM antimicrobials against Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial pathoge (PDF  , 386kb)  C - BBSRC WR DTP* 

Deadline: 07/01/18 Panel interview: 06/02/18

Apply 
Professor A J Wilkinson and Professor J Mottram Chemical and structural biology, Biochemistry, Parasitology  Bromodomain Proteins as Targets for anti-Leishmanial Drug Discovery (PDF  , 451kb)  C - BBSRC WR DTP* 

Deadline: 07/01/18 Panel interview: 06/02/18

Apply 
Dr L Willems and Professor G J Davies Biochemistry, cell Biology/development, Molecular Biology  Chemical tools to study mammalian O-mannosyl glycan biosynthesis (PDF  , 232kb)  C - BBSRC WR DTP*

Deadline: 07/01/18 Panel interview: 06/02/18

Apply 

Projects with guaranteed funding:

Dr J Agirre and Dr K D Cowtan

Chemical and structural biology

Building meaningful atomic models of polysaccharides automatically (PDF  , 397kb)

D - EPSRC/ Teaching Studentship

Deadline: 28/02/18 Panel interview: TBC

Apply

Dr C E Dessent

Physical Chemistry

Photochemistry and Spectroscopy

MSc by Research or MPhil

Laser Photochemistry of Metalloporphyrins and their Coordination Complexes (PDF  , 368kb)

D - ACS for up to 2 years

Deadline: Project will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

Apply

Dr V Chechik, Dr D O'Connell and Dr M van der Woude

Physical Chemistry

Molecular Materials

Reactive intermediates in ambient air plasmas for infection control D - EPSRC*

Deadline: Project will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

Apply

Dr K D Cowtan and Dr P Zhang Chemical and structural biology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, data analysis Development of tools to automatically assess the quality and resolution of cryo- (PDF  , 239kb) D - Diamond/ Chemistry Department Deadline: Project will remain open until a suitable candidate is found

Apply

Professor A M Brzozowski
Chemical and Structural biology Molecular and structural studies on insulin: Insulin Receptor interactions (PDF  , 176kb) D - Guy Dodson Fund

Deadline: as soon as possible
Interview: date to be confirmed
Apply

Dr A J Kennerley and Professor S B Duckett Magentic Resonance and Hyperpolarisation, Inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, medical imaging, biophysics Concurrent MR and optical measures of neuronal cell biophysical changes (PDF  , 235kb) 

D~ - EPSRC/ Teaching Studentship

D~ - NMR Studentship

Deadline: 28/02/18 Panel interview: TBC

Apply

Dr A J Kennerley, Professor S B Duckett and Dr W Brackenbury Magentic Resonance and Hyperpolarisation, Inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, medical imaging, biophysics  Novel MR: Investigating Effect of Biochemical Environment on Tumour Viability (PDF  , 235kb) 

D~ - EPSRC/ Teaching Studentship

D~- NMR Studentship

Deadline: 28/02/18 Panel interview: TBC

Apply

Dr L Willems and Professor G J Davies Chemical and Structural biology Development of chemical biology tools to study mammalian O-mannosylation pathway (PDF  , 324kb) D - EPSRC/ Teaching Studentship

Deadline: 28/02/18 Panel interview: TBC

Apply

 * Will cover tuition fees only for those who do not meet the RCUK residency criteria

^ Unless on another specific graduate training programme

Funding Notes: -

C = Competition Funding (applications compete with others in the same funding scheme)

D = Directly funded (funding has already been agreed for this project)

D~ = funding has been secured for one of two projects


Fully funded PhDs include tuition fees at the home rate, and a studentship payment towards your living expenses at the Research Council UK rate. In 2017/18 this will be £14,553.