PhD Studentships in Synthetic Chemistry (Biological / Inorganic / Organic / Polymers & Materials)



The Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (BCS CDT) is a well-established research centre based in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

We are the only EPSRC-funded CDT in the United Kingdom for Synthetic Chemistry. Our alternative to the traditional PhD will:

  • enhance your research skills through our unique initial six-month training period
  • enable you to choose your own PhD project
  • encourage you to explore areas outside your comfort zone
  • foster a teamwork ethos through cohort-driven research
  • build personal confidence
  • increase your employability by building on your transferable skills
  • create links with industry whilst working on real-world problems
  • allow you to interact with international renowned research groups

We train the next generation of synthetic chemists – future leaders of the UK chemical industry and academe; equipped with enhanced team-working and problem-solving skills that will enable them to successfully address the full range of molecular-based problems of the future.

We are seeking applications from students with interest covering the whole breadth of the Synthetic Chemistry discipline, in particular:

Biological / Inorganic / Organic / Polymers & Materials

Studentships are four-years in duration and cover fees and maintenance for qualifying applicants. Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students with, or expecting to gain, a first or upper second class honours MSci/MChem degree (or equivalent).

What our students say:

Nina Ursinyova graduated from Bristol in 2009 and spent a year working in Slovakia before joining the Centre in October 2010: “The lab rotations allowed me to experience different lab groups, areas of chemistry and lab skills that I might not otherwise have come across. They were also useful in devel­oping organisation and time management skills.”

David Lunn was awarded the prize for the best talk at the 2011 Dalton Transactions Symposium and currently works with Professors Ian Manners FRS and Paul Pringle: “The skills and techniques I learnt allowed me to take a ‘running start’ at my PhD. I’ve had a very productive first year due to the wider knowledge obtained during the DTC training period.”

Nell Townsend is an MChem graduate from Oxford in 2009 and has recently been published in Organometallics: “The online X-Ray crystal­lography experiment has very useful step-by-step instructions, which I still refer to. The brainstorming sessions were invaluable in helping me choose my PhD project.

Further information: http://synthesiscdt.chm.bris.ac.uk/

To apply, click the Apply button below.

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