PhD Studentship: Organic Synthesis and Catalysis

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

A 4-year PhD studentship is available from October 2018 to work with Dr Robert Phipps on a project which aims to utilise non-covalent interactions to develop a catalytic approach to radical-based coupling chemistry, in order to control regioselectivity in the products. This will build on previous work in the group to control the regioselectivity of transition metal catalysed reactions (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 12759, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56 13351), but moving in a new direction to address selectivity issues in the area of radical chemistry. For an overview of the potential for using non-covalent interactions to control regioselectivity and site-selectivity see our recent perspective article: Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 864.

Further information about Dr Phipps's research can be found at:

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second-class honours degree (and preferably a Master’s degree) in chemistry. Experience in an organic chemistry research environment would be highly advantageous.

The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available to UK and EU students only.

Applications should include a CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for two academic referees, and should be emailed to Dr Robert Phipps (email:

Please quote reference MA14957 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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