Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford


Junior Research Fellowship in Chemistry  

University College invites applications for a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in any field of Chemistry, tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. 

JRFs are intended to provide opportunities for outstanding academics at the beginning of their careers.  Univ has at any time between 8 and 10 JRFs in any of the subjects in which it has Fellows and Lecturers.  JRFs play an important part in the intellectual and social lives of the College.

Further details about University College, including the research of current Fellows, are available from our website at 

The primary duty of the post is to carry out research, but most JRFs offer a limited amount of teaching for the College, in the interest of their career development.  Any such piecemeal teaching will be remunerated separately.

The primary criterion for appointment to the JRF will be research excellence.  Candidates must: (1) have a strong educational record; (2) be approaching the end of their doctoral research or have recently completed their doctorates; (3) have research expertise demonstrated by publications, or demonstrate promise of such achievement; (4) have a coherent plan of research for the duration of the fellowship; and (5) have evidence of access to funding for consumables and laboratory facilities.  The potential to become an effective teacher will be a secondary consideration.

Candidates must be confident that they will have obtained their doctorates by the start of their appointment.  Conversely, this position is not intended for those who have already held another stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship or equivalent or for those who obtained their doctorates more than two years prior to the application date (except in special circumstances).

The current stipend for a Junior Research Fellow not in receipt of other emoluments is £24,983 per annum, which would be reduced by the amount of salary support received from any other source, with a minimum stipend of £2,500 plus housing allowance.  Free meals and free single accommodation in College will be offered if available, or a housing allowance in lieu (£5,421 pa).  The total salary package is therefore £30,404, plus generous additional benefits, including an academic allowance (£2,222), an entertainment allowance (£186), membership of USS, and private health insurance.

Selected candidates may be asked to submit written work, which may be one or two published or submitted articles, or a chapter from their thesis.  Applicants should indicate on their application form what material they propose to submit, but should not at this stage submit any written work.

Application forms (downloadable from the College website should be sent to the Academic Services Manager, University College, Oxford OX1 4BH; email: , by 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday 2 January 2018.  Applicants should arrange for three referees to send their references to the Academic Services Manager by the same date.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held during the week commencing Monday 5 February 2018 (to be confirmed).

University College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

DPhil Studentship in Experimental Physical Chemistry
Dynamic control of nano-confined liquids

Start date between 10/2017 – 03/2018


Applications are invited from students interested in studying for a DPhil (Oxford’s doctoral degree, equivalent to PhD) under the supervision of Susan Perkin in the Surface Forces Research Laboratory, Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford.
The vision of the research group is to discover how liquids behave at interfaces and in nano-scale films or pores.  We carry out delicate experiments to uncover physical principles and generate greater understanding.  Our science is of fundamental relevance to many areas of application such as state-of-the-art energy storage devices and nanomechanical systems. Currently we have particular focus on liquids containing a high density of ions; either ionic liquids or other highly concentrated electrolytes or polyelectrolytes. Their properties are of great interest technologically but often cannot be explained with existing theories.  Supported by funding from the ERC we now seek applications from keen and dedicated students wishing to work with our team. The nature of the project is flexible but likely to involve experiments to control adhesion and friction across liquid nano-films using electric and magnetic fields.
Applicants should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physics, Chemistry), an interest in experimental work, problem solving and creative thinking. The University of Oxford provides world-class facilities for research and skills training; the College system in Oxford also ensures that graduate students are immersed in an international and academically broad community outside of their doctoral studies.
This studentship will cover College and University fees at Home/EU rate plus provide a maintenance grant at a UK Research Council rate – currently £14,553 per annum.
More information about the research group can be found on the group website (, and interested students are encouraged to contact Susan Perkin for more information:  After informal discussions, applicants will be required to submit a formal application using the online system found at
Queries related to application process should be directed to:

DPhil Projects with Professor Peter G Bruce FRS at the Derpartment of Materials

Three projects on the materials chemistry and electrochemistry of batteries: lithium-air, all solid state lithium and sodium-ion batteries

1. The materials chemistry and electrochemistry of the lithium-air battery
2. Challenges facing all-solid-state batteries
3. The materials chemistry and electrochemistry of lithium and sodium-ion batteries

Further details may be obtained by contacting:

E.P. Abraham Scholarship in the Chemical, Biological/Life and Medical Sciences

St Cross College invites applications for this scholarship from students who will begin studying for a DPhil research degree in the chemical, biological/life and medical sciences at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2018 - 2019 and who list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application.
The E.P. Abraham Scholarship has a value of £10,000 per annum and is tenable for three years coterminous with College fee liability. The successful scholar will be guaranteed to have a room in College accommodation (at the standard rent) for the first year of their course. Applications should be received by Friday 18th May 2018.
This Scholarship is tenable at St Cross College only. Application forms can be downloaded here or requested by email. Written requests should be sent to the Academic Secretary, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ.