Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

DPhil studentship in Physical Chemistry

Theoretical and computational studies of the spin dynamics and magnetic sensitivity of cryptochromes and related compounds

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentships in Physical Chemistry, to work under the supervision of Professors Peter Hore, Christiane Timmel, and Stuart Mackenzie in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The position is funded by a European Research Council Synergy Grant awarded to Prof. Hore and Prof. Henrik Mouritsen (University of Oldenburg, Germany) entitled: QuantumBirds: Radical-pair-based magnetic sensing in migratory birds.

Night-migratory songbirds, travelling alone over thousands of kilometres, have absolutely staggering navigational and sensory abilities. The successful completion of these magnificent voyages depends crucially on the birds’ ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field. Exactly how this magnetic sense works is one of the most significant open questions in biology and biophysics. The experimental evidence suggests something extraordinary. The birds’ magnetic compass sensor seems to rely on coherent quantum phenomena that indirectly allow magnetic interactions a million times smaller than the thermal energy (Boltzmann’s constant multiplied by temperature) to be detected in biological tissue. The QuantumBirds project aims to determine whether the primary magnetic detection event occurring in the birds’ retinas involves the quantum spin dynamics of photochemically formed radical pairs in cryptochrome proteins. For a recent review article, see: Annu. Rev. Biophys., 45 (2016) 299-344. For a popular science article, see: The Quantum Robin.

The project will involve theoretical and computational studies of the spin dynamics and magnetic sensitivity of cryptochromes and related compounds.

Applicants should have, or expect, a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in Chemistry or a related scientific discipline (Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, etc.).

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry via the Oxford online application system: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting: PJH/ERC2/2021; you may want to check Application guide

This studentship will cover course fees at Home rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year, for up to four years. The latest possible start date is 1st October 2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

For enquires relating to the application process please contact Aga Borkowska, Graduate Studies Administrator, graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk , tel.: +44 (0)1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please email peter.hore@chem.ox.ac.uk.

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil studentship in Physical Chemistry

Experimental characterisation of the spin dynamics and magnetic sensitivity of cryptochromes and related compounds using specialised laser-based spectroscopic techniques

Applications are invited a DPhil studentships in Physical Chemistry, to work under the supervision of Professors Peter Hore, Christiane Timmel, and Stuart Mackenzie in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The position is funded by a European Research Council Synergy Grant awarded to Prof. Hore and Prof. Henrik Mouritsen (University of Oldenburg, Germany) entitled: QuantumBirds: Radical-pair-based magnetic sensing in migratory birds.

Night-migratory songbirds, travelling alone over thousands of kilometres, have absolutely staggering navigational and sensory abilities. The successful completion of these magnificent voyages depends crucially on the birds’ ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field. Exactly how this magnetic sense works is one of the most significant open questions in biology and biophysics. The experimental evidence suggests something extraordinary. The birds’ magnetic compass sensor seems to rely on coherent quantum phenomena that indirectly allow magnetic interactions a million times smaller than the thermal energy (Boltzmann’s constant multiplied by temperature) to be detected in biological tissue. The QuantumBirds project aims to determine whether the primary magnetic detection event occurring in the birds’ retinas involves the quantum spin dynamics of photochemically formed radical pairs in cryptochrome proteins. For a recent review article, see: Annu. Rev. Biophys., 45 (2016) 299-344. For a popular science article, see: The Quantum Robin.

The project will involve experimental characterisation of the spin dynamics and magnetic sensitivity of cryptochromes and related compounds using specialised laser-based spectroscopic techniques.

Applicants should have, or expect, a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in Chemistry or a related scientific discipline (Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, etc.).

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry via the Oxford online application system: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting: PJH/ERC1/2021; you may want to check Application guide

This studentship will cover course fees at Home rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year, for up to four years. The latest possible start date is 1st October 2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

For enquires relating to the application process please contact Aga Borkowska, Graduate Studies Administrator, graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk , tel.: +44 (0)1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please email peter.hore@chem.ox.ac.uk.

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Available 01/10/2021

Direct functionalisation of aromatic rings using temporary dearomatisation

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in synthetic organic chemistry available from October 2021, to work under the supervision of Prof. Tim Donohoe in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The studentship is funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and GlaxoSmithKline (iCASE).

The studentship will cover course fees at a Home rate and provide a stipend of no less that the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per annum, for up to 4 years. Please note the eligibility criteria set out by the UKRI EPSRC at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/

Research in the Donohoe group is focussed primarily on synthetic organic chemistry and the use of catalysis (see the research website for further information and recent publications). Current research goals include developing hydrogen borrowing catalysis and its application in organic synthesis.

The advertised project aims to develop catalytic chemistry that will directly functionalise aromatic ring systems, using temporary dearomatisation (see Chemical Science202011, 8595-8599).

Candidates with a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience (such as a Masters research project or equivalent) in a synthetic organic chemistry laboratory is desirable. The successful applicant will be based in the state-of-the-art Chemical Research Laboratory, and be part of the Organic Chemistry sub-department. 

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Organic Chemistry via Oxford online application system: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting TJD/EPSRC/2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries email: timothy.donohoe@chem.ox.ac.uk

The Department of Chemistry holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil studentship in Computational Chemistry

Available 01/10/2021

Accurate prediction of chemical reactions in solution

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry available from October 2021, to work under the supervision of Prof. Fernanda Duarte in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The studentship is funded from an EPSRC iCASE grant in collaboration with AstraZeneca as a non-academic partner.

The studentship will cover course fees at a Home rate and provide a stipend of no less that the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per annum, for up to 4 years. Please note the eligibility criteria set out by the UKRI EPSRC at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/

Research in the Duarte group focusses on the development of computational methodologies to elucidate complex (bio)chemical mechanisms and guide synthetic efforts (see the group website for recent publications). The group strives to break down some of the traditional barriers within chemistry, combining expertise in physical organic, supramolecular, and computational chemistry.

The advertised project aims to create new computational tools to accurately model reaction mechanisms in solution and to use this knowledge to guide reaction optimisation and catalyst’s design. This ambitious project, seeks to combine chemical knowledge, state-of-the-art computation and machine learning techniques to overcome current challenges in the field and accelerate chemical discovery. 

Candidates with a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science or a related subject are encouraged to apply. The candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to research and good programming skills (e.g. Python or C/C++) and the ability to effectively translate mathematical formalisms to computer programs. The successful applicant will be based in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

 Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry via the Oxford online application system: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting FDG/iCASE/2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries email fernanda.duartegonzalez@chem.ox.ac.uk (quoting the reference code listed above).

The Department of Chemistry holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil studentship in Synthetic Supramolecular Chemistry

Available 01/10/2021

Supramolecular approaches to engineering signalling networks in artificial cells

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in synthetic supramolecular chemistry available from October 2021, to work under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Langton in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The studentship is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Research in the Langton group is focussed primarily on synthetic supramolecular chemistry and coordination chemistry (see the group website for further information and recent publications). Current research goals include developing stimuli-responsive supramolecular systems (such as catalysts, ion transporters and molecular machines) that function in lipid bilayer membranes.

The advertised project aims to design and synthesise supramolecular systems to control chemical reactivity and molecular signalling networks in artificial cells.

The studentship will cover course fees at a Home rate and provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year, for 3 years.

Candidates with a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience (such as a Masters research project or equivalent) in a synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry laboratory is desirable. The successful applicant will be based in the state-of-the-art Chemical Research Laboratory, and be part of the Inorganic Chemistry sub-department. 

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting MJL/LT/2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries email matthew.langton@chem.ox.ac.uk

The Department of Chemistry holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil studentship in Synthetic Supramolecular Chemistry

Available 01/10/2021

Stimuli-responsive transmembrane ion transporters

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in synthetic supramolecular chemistry available from October 2021, to work under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Langton in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The studentship is funded the University of Oxford.

Research in the Langton group is focussed primarily on synthetic supramolecular chemistry and coordination chemistry (see the group website for further information and recent publications). Current research goals include developing stimuli-responsive supramolecular systems (such as catalysts, ion transporters and molecular machines) that function in lipid bilayer membranes.

The advertised project aims to explore a range of methods to design and synthesise stimuli-responsive supramolecular ion transporters, capable of regulating the transport of ions across lipid bilayer membranes in response to chemical or physical inputs.

The studentship will cover course fees at a Home rate and provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year, for 3 years.

Candidates with a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience (such as a Masters research project or equivalent) in a synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry laboratory is desirable. The successful applicant will be based in the state-of-the-art Chemical Research Laboratory, and be part of the Inorganic Chemistry sub-department. 

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford, quoting MJL/SR/2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries email matthew.langton@chem.ox.ac.uk

The Department of Chemistry holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil opportunity with Professor Dermot O’Hare

Design and synthesis of new nanosheets for advanced applications

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from April 2021 (or later in the year by agreement) to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Design and synthesis of new nanosheets for advanced applications”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Layered double hydroxides (LDHs), also known as hydrotalcites, exhibit rich solid-state chemistry since both the composition of the metal layers and the intercalated anions can be varied. They have captured much attention in recent years due to their impact across a range of applications such as catalysis, optics, medical science and in inorganic-organic nanocomposites. Recently, we have reported the synthesis of a new family of dispersible, hydrophobic LDHs exhibiting very high surface areas and pore volume.

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation and testing of new layered double hydroxides nanocomposites and zirconium phosphate base materials.

The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in chemical synthesis, solid-state chemistry and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in nanosheets synthesis would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/LDH/TT2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: jean-charles.buffet@chem.ox.ac.uk. For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil opportunity with Professor Dermot O’Hare

Development and characterisation of new core@shell hybrid materials for advanced applications

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from October 2021 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Development and characterisation of new core@shell hybrid materials for advance applications”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Core@shell materials allows for a combination of physicochemical features from both the shell and the core materials, which offer applications based on high surface area and synergistic behaviour. In this project, the shell will be layered double hydroxides (LDHs), which exhibit rich solid-state chemistry since both the composition of the metal layers and the intercalated anions can be varied. They have captured much attention in recent years due to their impact across a range of applications such as catalysis, optics, medical science and in inorganic-organic nanocomposites.

This studentship will involve synthesis, characterisation and testing of new core@layered double hydroxides hybrid materials for advanced application.

The candidate is expected to have a strong interest in chemical synthesis, solid-state chemistry and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in inorganic synthesis would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 22nd January 2021

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/LDH/2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: jean-charles.buffet@chem.ox.ac.uk. For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.


DPhil opportunity with Professor Dermot O’Hare

Permethylindenyl catalysts for the synthesis of sustainable polymers.

Applications are invited for a DPhil position in Inorganic Chemistry, available from October 2021 to work with Professor Dermot O’Hare in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, UK. The subject of the thesis will be “Permethylindenyl catalysts for the synthesis of sustainable polymers”. This studentship is funded by SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd (Thailand).

Polymeric materials that are derived from abundant bio-derived natural feedstocks and atmospheric pollutants such as CO2 are exciting alternatives to polyolefins which are derived from non-renewable petrochemical feedstocks and can play a role in a sustainable circular economy; their versatile properties enable use in a diverse range of applications. In polymeristion chemistry, metal-metal cooperativity has been reported to allow for enhanced activity, comonomer incorporation, tacticity control and molecular weight, improved tolerance to polar functional groups, as well as modified chain transfer kinetics and regiochemical preferences.

This studentship will involve synthesis and characterisation of new organometallic (permethylindenyl) complexes and investigation into their use as catalysts for sustainable polymers synthesis.

The candidate is expected to have a strong knowledge of organometallic chemical synthesis and characterisation, and keen to work in collaboration with industry. Experience in polymerisation chemistry would be an advantage. The candidate should also have a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in chemistry or a related science discipline.

This studentship will cover course fees at Home rate plus provide a stipend of no less than the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per year for three and a half years.

Application deadline: 12.00noon UK time on Friday, 22nd January 2021

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford , quoting DMOH/SCG/OM/2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jean-Charles Buffet, Deputy Director SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry: jean-charles.buffet@chem.ox.ac.uk. For a summary of the group’s current research interests please see: http://ohare.chem.ox.ac.uk/

The Department of Chemistry is the holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award.