PhD Studentship: Tackling Metal Imbalances: A Synthetic, Structural and Clinical Approach

University of Sussex - Chemistry

A Ph.D. studentship (42 months) is available from September 2017 in the group of Prof John Spencer, Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences.

This project will seek to look at novel ligands to bind selectively to manganese and to copper, whose excess is often related to diseases including Wilson’s disease. This will involve work with Professor John Spencer, Dr George Kostakis and Dr Alaa Abdul Sada, Dept. of Chemistry, on the synthesis of tailored ligands and their complexation with manganese and copper. Biological evaluation of these ligands will be carried out in collaboration with UCL and Oxford partners. The student will gain experience in organic synthesis, bioinorganic/medicinal chemistry, coordination chemistry and X-ray crystallography. For the supervisors’ track record please go to:

To be considered for this studentship you will need to submit a formal application using our online application system at, and choose PhD Chemistry, specifying the project and supervisor when asked. Please contact Alice Caryer ( with any queries about your application.

The studentship is open to Home/EU applicants who should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry. Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section.

The application should include a CV, statement of interest and the names of two academic referees. UG/PG transcripts may be required; candidates for whom English is not their first language will need to provide confirmation of their IELTS result.

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