PhD - Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry

The University of Manchester - School of Chemistry

The University of Manchester

Academic School: School of Chemistry

Research Title: Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry


Principal Supervisor: Professor Steve Liddle

Anticipated start date for project: 18 September 2017

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2017

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded postgraduate studentship to work on synthetic f-element chemistry in the research group of Professor Steve Liddle. The position is available from October 2017.

The PhD could be on metal-ligand multiple bonding, small molecule activation, and/or single molecule magnetism as agreed between Prof. Liddle and the successful candidate. For representative publications on research that the Liddle group does see: Nature Chemistry, 2015, 7, 582; Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 482; Nature Communications, 2013, 4:2323; Science, 2012, 337, 717; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012, 109, 9265; Nature Chemistry, 2011, 3, 454.

Candidates should be motivated, dedicated and ambitious researchers with excellent interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills. The ability to work independently as well as in a medium-sized research team (ca 15 researchers) is essential. You will be trained to handle air- and moisture-sensitive compounds routinely, using Schlenk line and Glove-Box techniques, and you will prepare and characterise new organometallic/coordination compounds using a range of techniques, including: X-ray crystallography, NMR, EPR, IR, Raman, UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopies, cyclic voltammetry, magnetism, and computational calculations. There may be opportunities to gain hands-on experience of working with neptunium and plutonium in the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at Manchester as well as undertaking specialist spectroscopic measurements at UK and EU collaborator institutions.


The successful candidate should hold, or expect to receive, a 2(i) or first class Honours degree in chemistry (or equivalent), and prior experience of f-element chemistry and/or handling air- and moisture-sensitive compounds is advantageous but not essential.


This Studentship is for 3 years covering tuition fees and a stipend of £14,296 per annum for 2016/17. Eligibility: Due to funding restrictions the studentship is available to UK and EU nationals only.

Further Information

Please contact Professor Steve Liddle (Email - for further information. Applicants should provide details of their qualifications, including a CV, contact details of two referees and a personal statement. A formal application must be submitted to be considered.

How to apply

Complete an online application form using the following web link

The application deadline for this studentship is 31 July 2017. However, please note the School reserves the right to review applications as they are submitted, to interview and appoint a candidate that meets the academic requirements prior to the closing date.

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