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

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

The Oxford Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training (OxICFM CDT) is a £10.4m EPSRC-funded centre that trains the next generation of scientists in the synthesis of inorganic molecules and materials. Our first cohort of students commenced their training in October 2019. Further cohorts will be recruited annually to start in each of the years 2020-2023.

Applications are sought from outstanding post-graduate candidates for twelve fully-funded four-year studentships available commencing in October 2020. 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 centres 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

Applications for 2020 are now open! Two recruitment rounds will operate, with deadlines of November 15th 2019 & January 24th 2020. Interviews will take place on December 10th & 11th and February 4th & 5th, respectively for each of the recruitment rounds. Please visit our website for updated information.

Contact us

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

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Come and join us on our Open Day – Wednesday 23rd October

The day will consist of introductory talks, a summary a summary of application procedures, informal talks with potential research supervisors, and much more! If you would like to attend please register here…

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 18th September 2019
Closes: 16th December 2019
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