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EPSRC Oxford Centre for Doctoral Training in Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing (OxICFM)

University of Oxford - Oxford Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training (OxICFM CDT)

The Oxford Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training (OxICFM CDT) is a new £10.4m EPSRC-funded centre that will train the next generation of scientists in the synthesis of inorganic molecules and materials.

Applications are sought from outstanding post-graduate candidates for twelve fully-funded four-year studentships available commencing in October 2019. Prospective students are sought with an interest in inorganic synthesis across the breadth of molecular and materials chemistry. Applications from female and minority candidates are encouraged.

About us

OxICFM is centred in the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry, and integrates faculty from the Departments of Materials, Physics and Engineering, both in its training programme and collaborative projects. The CDT brings together over forty academics, ten industrial partners, and seventeen international centres of excellence in synthetic inorganic chemistry.

OxICFM offers a four-year programme providing a broad training across inorganic synthesis at different length scales (molecular, nano-scale and extended solids), together with in-depth research-based training in one area. The involvement of ten diverse industrial partners allows for training that is relevant to a range of different business sectors and sizes.

Key components of the course include:

  • Modular taught courses in the first half of year 1 featuring integrated industry/academic components to promote a holistic understanding of topics ranging from fundamental concepts to the delivery of a chemical product
  • A four-week advanced laboratory course including hands-on experience of industrial scale up
  • A 42-month substantive research project in cutting-edge synthetic inorganic chemistry chosen by students from an annual list of 25–30 projects
  • A 3-month research internship at one of 17 international centers of excellence
  • Integrated professional skills, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and outreach training throughout the 4 year course

Entry requirements and student selection

We are anticipating a large number of applicants for our course - a first degree (at 2i level) in the chemical sciences is the minimum entry requirement. Applications are via the University of Oxford’s online graduate admissions portal (

You will be required to submit:

  • An up-to-date CV or resumé
  • A 1000-word statement of purpose including your 1-2-3 choice of substantive research project chosen from the list available of the OxICFM website (
  • Transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • Three academic/professional references

Application deadline: you are advised to apply as soon as possible, closing date: 30th April 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Oxford, which will involve two 30-minute discussions – a broad technical interview focusing on your research experience to date and an interview with projective project supervisors.

Contact us

Further information about OxICFM can be found on our website (, including details of the application procedure. Informal enquiries are welcomed (

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum, + course fees at Home/EU rate
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th March 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019
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