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PhD Studentship: In Novel Catalysis Enabling Streamlined Pharmaceutical Synthesis (4-Year PhD)

University of Nottingham - School of Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: A stipend covering PhD tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a tax-free living allowance
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th May 2020
Closes: 13th July 2020
Reference: SCI1948

Department: GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Supervisors: Ross Denton and Liam Ball

Subject area: Organic chemistry/synthesis 

Start date: October 2020

Research Description

As part of an active EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Programme (link), involving a collaboration between GlaxoSmithKline and the Universities of Nottingham and Strathclyde, we are offering a 48-month PhD studentship in the development, and mechanistic investigation of, novel catalytic reactions for the synthesis of target molecules relevant to the pharmaceutical and related industries. This project will involve the development of advanced catalysis and synthesis and will be supervised by Ross Denton and Liam Ball. It will take place in the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory (link) at the University of Nottingham, and will involve collaboration with scientists at GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Strathclyde.

This studentship is available in October 2020, funded through a stipend covering PhD tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a tax-free living allowance (currently £15,009 per annum, increasing annually), pro-rata for part-time study. The student will gain expertise in organic synthesis and catalysis, and acquire skills in problem solving, spectroscopic analysis and scientific communication. 

For informal enquiries, please contact: and

For more information on the Denton and Ball research groups, please visit: and

How to Apply

Applications are invited from outstanding EU/UK students holding a good undergraduate degree and Masters-level qualification in Chemistry. You will have experience in conducting original research in organic synthesis. In the first instance, please send a cover letter and CV to both: and

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