20 DPhil (PhD) Studentships in Synthetic Chemistry

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine

Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford


Applications are invited for a four-year DPhil (PhD) programme based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, which aims to train next-generation doctoral scientists in the practice of cutting edge chemical synthesis coupled with an in-depth appreciation of its application to biology and medicine.

The programme was designed in collaboration with twelve international pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies and a government agency who have offered specific expertise to enhance the CDT's training. To ensure free exchange of information and expertise between all academic and industrial partners the CDT has adopted an intellectual property-free model consistent with its focus on basic science.

Students are admitted without being assigned to a specific research group and will be trained initially as a single cohort in all aspects of organic synthesis (for four months). They subsequently undertake two sixteen-week research rotations in laboratories of their choosing before joining a specific group for a substantive three-year research project.

To enable significant and long term research goals to be tackled, research projects are clustered into six broad fields:

  • New Synthetic Methods
  • 3D Templates for ‘Lead-Like’ Compounds
  • Functional Probes for Epigenetics
  • Next Generation Anti-Infectives
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Tools for Neuroscience

For the duration of their DPhil, students will also receive a tailored career development programme designed to broaden their research and professional skills.

Studentships are 4 years in duration and consist of full fees and maintenance for qualifying applicants. For a brief overview of the programme, take a look at our promotional video Why Choose SBM’.

For details on how to apply, visit our website at: www.oxfordsynthesiscdt.ox.ac.uk

For informal enquiries email: SynthesisCDT@chem.ox.ac.uk

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