PhD Studentship: Closed loop optimisation for sustainable chemical manufacture

A fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship is available for students who qualify for Home fees ( due to funding regulations.

The studentship is available to work on a highly innovative project in the area of Green Chemistry / Green Engineering. This project is addressing the key challenge of the Dial-a-Molecule EPSRC Grand Challenge Network: how to manufacture new chemical species rapidly and sustainably!  The project is in the area of advanced manufacturing, which has recently seen a substantial increase in funding from UK Government.

The key research challenge for this project is to develop the fast auto-optimisation of a wide range of synthetic processes against a variety of requirements, including greenness. The project will work with new chemical experimental hardware, advanced analytical methods, real time optimisation algorithms.

Specific topic of a PhD will be agreed around research interests of a successful candidate, with the project described above outlining an overall area. The student will be part of a team of three young researchers working on this project in the group of Alexei Lapkin, Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering (, a part of the whole group of Sustainable Reaction Engineering at Cambridge, and a part of the Dial-a-Molecule consortium, involving researchers from Universities of Southampton, Cardiff and Strathclyde, and our industrial partners: GSK, Syngenta and Cyclofluidics.


  • Due to funding regulations this studentship is only open to students who met the criteria for Home fees
  • Applicants should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline, and will suit a candidate passionate about sustainable processes, reaction engineering, green chemistry.
  • If nominated for the studentship, the applicant will be expected to formally apply for admission as a graduate student with the University Admissions Office and satisfy any conditions of admission that they set forth. Additional information may be found at:

To apply for this position, please send the following to the Research Secretary, Mrs Amanda Taylor (

1. Include the vacancy reference number, NP30722, in the subject line of your email

2. A statement confirming that you are able to be classified as a Home fee student according to the Board’s criteria:

3. A detailed curriculum vitae

4. Transcripts (to include numerical details of grades obtained in relevant examinations

If you are unable to send your application via email, please post it to Mrs Amanda Taylor, Research Secretary, The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3RA.

Quote Reference: NP30722

Closing Date: 31 August 2013

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