Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

4‐year BBSRC funded iCASE Studentship in ‘Biocatalytic Hydrogenation Chemistry in Flow’ at the University of Oxford, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.:

Project Title: Developing ways of implementing biocatalytic hydrogenation reactions in flow

Supervisors: Professor Kylie Vincent, Dr Shahed Hussain
Department(s)/Organisation(s): Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford; Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., Cambridge.
e‐mail: kylie.vincent@chem.ox.ac.uk
Tel: 01865 282611
Deadline for applications: Friday, 20th January 2017

To be eligible for this funding, candidates must meet the UK Research Councils’ residency criteria.

Further information and project details can be found *here* .


3-year DPhil studentship available in Prof. Mark Moloney's Group

There is a DPhil studentship (Research Council, DTP-sponsored 3 year studentship) available in the research group of Professor Mark Moloney from September / October 2017.  The project relates to the synthesis and evaluation of activity of mimics of natural product systems as novel antibacterial agents. The work will be strongly synthesis focused, but also require some microbiology and interaction with external collaborators.  More information about the Moloney research group is available (http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/mark-moloney.aspx), and interested students may contact Mark Moloney directly for more information: mark.moloney@chem.ox.ac.uk

To be eligible for this funding, candidates must meet the UK Research Councils’ residency criteria.

Closing date: Friday, 10th March 2017

Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk


3-year DPhil studentship available in Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry supervised by Prof. Charlotte Williams

A DPhil studentship is available, for October 2017 start, supervised by Prof. Charlotte Williams and involving research in areas of polymerization catalysis, polymer chemistry and organometallic chemistry.  The studentship is fully funded for 3 years, the candidates must however meet the UK Research Councils’ residency criteria.

Interested candidates should consult the relevant webpages ( http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/charlotte-williams.aspx) and group publications to learn more of the research areas.  Candidates wishing to apply for the studentship should contact Prof. Williams by email (charlotte.williams@chem.ox.ac.uk) and include a CV, covering letter and names of referees.  

You will also need to submit an application for entry to the DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry programme through the University of Oxford’s Graduate Admissions website:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate

Deadline for applications: Friday, 20th January 2017

Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk

Reference: CW17


Doctoral Studentship in Experimental Physical Chemistry

(Electromagnetic effects on confined liquids)

Autumn 2017 start

Applications are invited from students interested in studying for a DPhil (Oxford’s doctoral degree, equivalent to PhD) under the supervision of Professor 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 aim to uncover physical principles and generate greater understanding relevant to a range of applications including energy storage, lubrication and friction, adhesion, and nanomaterials. Much of our efforts over recent years involved ionic liquids; pure salts that are liquid under ambient conditions. Another recent innovation in the lab is a unique instrument for measuring the interaction force between two graphene sheets across liquids. The majority of our work involves delicate experimental measurements using the Surface Force Balance; an instrument for detection of interaction forces (normal and lateral) between two smooth solid surfaces across a liquid medium.

This studentship is supported by funding from the ERC.

Applicants should have an undergraduate or Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Physics, Chemistry), an interest in experimental work, developing challenging experimental setups, problem solving and creative thinking. In return, students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in mechanical and electrical instrumentation; chemistry of surfaces and fluids in confinement; data analysis and interpretation; theory of electrolytes and surface interactions. 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 social community outside of their doctoral studies.

More information about the research group can be found on the group website (http://perkin.chem.ox.ac.uk/home), and interested students are encouraged to contact Susan Perkin directly for more information: susan.perkin@chem.ox.ac.uk.

Applicants will be required by Oxford University to submit a formal application using the online system (www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/applyonline) in time for 20th Jan. 2017 Please see:  http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate .

Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk

3-year funded Studentship in Bio-inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory: Mechanistic studies of NiFe hydrogenases

Applications are invited for a 3-year studentship in the group of Prof. Kylie Vincent. Hydrogenase enzymes are found in a wide range of micro-organisms and use NiFe or FeFe organometallic catalytic centres to oxidise or produce H2 at high turnover frequencies. The Vincent group has developed advanced infrared spectroscopic methods for studying the mechanism of these enzymes, using electrochemical control to switch on/off catalysis during measurements. This project will use a combination of IR spectroscopy and IR microspectroscopy imaging (including synchrotron-based measurements at Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron radiation facility) to probe aspects of the mechanism of NiFe hydrogenases, focussing on the way that proton and electron transfer are correlated during catalysis.

Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest in the project to Prof. Kylie Vincent at kylie.vincent@chem.ox.ac.uk and will also need to submit an application for entry to the DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry program through the University of Oxford’s Graduate Admissions website:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate

To be eligible for this funding, candidates must meet the UK Research Councils’ residency criteria.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 20th January 2017

Informal enquiries are welcome. Further information about the Vincent group is available at:

http://vincent.chem.ox.ac.uk/

Queries related to application process should be directed to: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk .


Unilever Graduate Scholarship in the Sciences - St. Cross College

St Cross College invites applications for this scholarship from students who will begin studying for a DPhil research degree in the sciences at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2017-2018 and who list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application.

The Unilever Scholarship in the Sciences has a value of £3,050 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. Preference will be given to those studying for degrees in engineering or biochemistry. Applications should be received by Friday 19th May 2017.

The Scholarship is tenable at St Cross College only. An application form can be downloaded from this site, or requested by email. Written requests should be sent to the Academic and Admissions Assistant, St Cross College, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LZ.