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PhD Studentship: Functionalisation of Aromatic Heterocycles

University of Nottingham - Chemistry

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 11th July 2019
Job Ref: SCI1876

Location: UK Other
Closing Date: Thursday 11 July 2019
Reference: SCI1876

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship to work in the Ball group at the University of Nottingham’s Carbon Neutral Laboratories. Research will be conducted in collaboration with Lilly.

Aromatic heterocycles form the core of numerous pharmaceuticals, so methods for their concise synthesis and functionalisation are essential. Of particular value are so-called ‘late-stage functionalisation’ methods that allow site-selective modification of a heterocycle within an existing complex molecular architecture. This project seeks to develop and exemplify a new concept in the late-stage functionalisation of aromatic heterocycles that will enable rapid diversification of existing drug libraries.

During the course of this project, you will be trained in core practical techniques in synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry and catalysis, and will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge through regular group meetings and seminars. You will have access to brand new facilities and equipment, including a new synthetic chemistry laboratory, NMR, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, GC and LC, and X-ray crystallography. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Chemistry. Experience in organic / organometallic synthesis or catalysis is desirable. 

If English is not the candidate’s first language, they must provide evidence that they meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Due to funding restrictions, this position is only available for UK or EU candidates

Studentship Information

The studentship is expected to start on 1 October 2019. 

The studentship covers both tuition fees and a tax-free student stipend at RCUK rates (currently £14,777 per annum). 

The project is supported by and in collaboration with Lilly.

The duration is 3.5 years.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is identified. Thus, early application is encouraged. 

Informal inquiries can be sent to Dr Liam Ball ( before submitting an online application. Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your previous research experience and current research interests. 

An online application can be made via Please quote the studentship reference and Dr Liam Ball.

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