PhD Studentship - f-Element Metal-ligand Multiple Bonding

The University of Manchester - School of Chemistry


Principal Supervisor: Professor Steve Liddle

Anticipated start date for project: 1 October 2017

Closing date for applications: 8 January 2018

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 2018.

The PhD will be on metal-ligand multiple bonding. For representative publications on research that the Liddle group does see: Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 14769; Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 14137; Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 13773; Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 12884; Nature Chemistry, 2015, 7, 582.

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.


Applicants should have or expect a good II(i) or 1st class honours degree (or an equivalent degree) in Chemistry or a related discipline, and prior experience of f-element chemistry and/or handling air- and moisture-sensitive compounds is advantageous but not essential.


The Studentship covers tuition fees and maintenance for 3 years (£14,553 p.a. in 2017/18). Due to funding restrictions the studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only.

Further Information

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Steve Liddle

A formal application must be submitted to be considered for this project.

How to apply

Complete an online application form using the following web link

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