15 PhD Studentships in Critical Resource Catalysis

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) comprises the combined chemistry and chemical engineering Schools of St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Heriot-Watt Universities. CRITICAT provides training in all aspects of catalysis, including homogeneous-, heterogeneous- and bio-catalysis as well as reaction engineering.

This alternative and unique approach to catalysis research will:

  • Provide six months of training in all aspects of catalytic chemistry and engineering, including skills training and mini-research projects.
  • Allow you to build and direct your own research through a six-month maxi-project experience.
  • Foster interactions with world-leading academic and industrial researchers through collaborations, CDT conferences, and placements.
  • Provide you with a unique set of transferable skills to enhance your future career.

We are seeking applications from students who have interests across the breadth of catalysis, in particular those with chemistry, biology or engineering backgrounds. Applications should be sent to criticatrecruit@st-andrews.ac.uk by Wednesday 4th January 2017. Please carbon copy your application to Dr Kevin Jones (kj34@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Applications should include:

  • A covering letter that explains your motivation to undertake a CRITICAT PhD and your interest /experience of your intended research area.
  • A CV that includes a transcript of your degree results to date.
  • Candidates must also organise the submission of at least one “letter of support” from an academic supervisor, line manager or equivalent. Letters of support can be sent as part of your application or e-mailed directly to criticatrecruit@st-andrews.ac.uk.

UK and EU students will be eligible for full fee studentships, subject to normal EPSRC rules. UK and EU students will also be eligible to receive a stipend (currently £14,296 p.a.) throughout their 4-year course. Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students with, or expecting to gain, a first or upper second class honours MSci/MChem/BSc degree (or equivalent). For non-UK/EU candidates a limited number of Overseas Fees Scholarships may be available for outstanding candidates.

We will shortlist candidates soon after the closing date and invite them for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a two-day open-day/interview on the 19th-20th January 2017. After the interview process students will indicate their preferred supervisor(s) and research project(s). The Management Committee will match the highest calibre students with supervisors and PhD projects.

Further Information can be found on our website: www.criticat.org

If you have additional questions, please contact the CDT Director or CDT Manager (details below)

Dr Kevin Jones (kj34@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Prof. Andrew Smith (ads10@st-andrews.ac.uk)