PhD studentship in Computational Medicinal Chemistry

Newcastle University - School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Value of award

A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living allowance) at 10% above the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate (UK Research and Innovation minimum rate 2018/19 is £14,777).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

Starting date: 24 September 2018
Duration: 4 years


A PhD studentship is available to carry out research in the fields of Computational Medicinal Chemistry within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University. The successful applicant will be expected to carry out cutting edge research within this field from a project selected from the following titles:

  • Drugging the undruggable: workflows for computer-aided drug design – Dr Daniel Cole
  • Linking environmental pollution, ageing and neuroinflammation: computational modelling of a possible impact of inhaled particulate matter on cognitive health – Dr Agnieszka Bronowska
  • Machine learning for X-ray spectroscopy – Dr Thomas Penfold

The final project will be selected by the applicant in discussion with the relevant supervisor.

This position is combined with a formal teaching and demonstrating role. The student will be expected to contribute to undergraduate teaching within the Medicinal Chemistry programme for the School at Undergraduate and Master’s level through laboratory demonstrating and the delivery of tutorial classes.


School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s)

Supervisor will be selected by the successful applicants based on the projects described above.

Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate will have an excellent first degree (minimum 2:1) in Chemistry. They will demonstrate strong theoretical and practical skills in organic chemistry. Previous experience of medicinal or biological chemistry is an advantage but not essential.

English language skills (if English is not your native language): an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Only UK/EU students are eligible to apply for this studentship.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8100F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Chemistry (full time) - Chemistry’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code nes007 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code nes007 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


For further details, please contact: 
Dr Michael Hall 
Email: or

Professor Michael Waring

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