Studentships in Chemistry, Engineering and Biosciences

University of Nottingham - Chemistry

Figure 1. Cells on a Polymer Microarray (by Asha Patel)

Location: University Park

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry for a start in October 2017.

This enhanced PhD programme offers a specifically designed portfolio of training activities such (lectures, workshops, professional development training and industry-facilitated events) with the objective to provide students with the technical and theoretical competences to equip you for a leading career in the chemical sciences or user community.

About the Centre:

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry was developed in collaboration with industry and as a partnership of several disciplines, including Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences and Business. The main objective of the Centre is to provide the students not only with first class research training, but also technical, theoretical and entrepreneurial competences to equip them for a leading career in industry.


The Centre can accommodate a wide variety of research projects in the areas of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biosciences and practices student-led approach to project choices. Some examples of the current research project areas include: sustainable routes to new medicines and materials; catalytic C-H activation; novel biotransformations; solar photochemistry; electrosynthesis; and alternative solvents.


Ideally the candidates are expected to hold at least an upper second class honours degree with a recognizable amount of chemical science content, from a 4-year undergraduate course (MSci, MChem, MEng, etc.) or equivalent qualification. This qualification could include Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Food Science, Natural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or other first-degree topics with a directed input to the theme of sustainability and sustainable chemicals processing.


The PhD studentship will cover university tuition fees a tax free stipend of £14,296 per year (for the 2016-17 academic year).

Why choose us?

  • Innovative training approach and continuous professional development
  • Interdisciplinary exposure
  • Industry links and mentorship
  • Peer support network
  • Generous travel and consumables budget
  • Fully funded 3-month placement in industry or another higher education institution

Application information:

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Informal queries may be addressed to:

To apply, please complete University of Nottingham Application Form quoting course code F19N and CDT Application form, which can be found on

Full studentship available to Home and EU students.

Closing date for applications: 10th February 2017.