PhD Studentship in oligosaccharide synthesis and glycobiology

University of Bristol - School of Chemistry

Funding amount ERC fpur-year award

Applications are invited for an ERC-funded PhD studentship in the areas of bioorganic chemistry applied to oligosaccharides.

Carbohydrates have emerged as important factors of molecular recognition in biology and medicine. Understanding the roles of these complex molecules, which are found on the surface of cells and as part of glycoproteins and glycolipids is of great importance. However, the synthesis of these oligosaccharide structures is still a challenging task.

The Galan group current research interests focus on the development of new catalytic methods for the stereoselective synthesis of glycosides, glycoconjugates and carbohydrate-based biological probes and their application to study healthy and disease mechanisms (e.g. several types of cancer and inflammation) in live cells. 

This PhD is a part of large ERC-funded project. The student will join a growing team of multidisciplinary researchers from a range of backgrounds from synthetic chemistry, biochemistry and material science. The research group is based at the School of Chemistry, university of Bristol ( and offers state-of-the-art laboratories, instrumentation and facilities.

 The successful candidate will have a background in chemistry (or relevant related discipline) and have an interest in any of the following areas: synthetic chemistry, catalysis, carbohydrate synthesis, biochemistry, biomaterials and biocatalysis.

How to apply: Please make an online application for this project at Please select Chemistry (PhD) on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form

Candidate requirements:  See the Chemistry PhD page for standard entry requirements.

Funding: Due to funding restrictions, this project is only open to UK/EU applicants

Contacts: Dr M. Carmen Galan (

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