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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt)

At Least 10 Studentships Available – click here to view project summaries

Applications are invited for at least 10 project studentships funded by EPSRC CDT (rEaCt) to start October 2023

  • Please note that the international application deadline was the 15 January 2023. Applications beyond this date will not be considered.


Full funding is available to Home Students but there are very limited studentship places open to Overseas students, so early applications are strongly encouraged.

EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from AY 2021/22 onwards, will be considered international students. EU and overseas/international students are welcome to apply. However, the CDT studentship only will be awarded at the Home rate. Please visit our website for full information and guidance on CDT funding for EU and international students.

Overseas students with own full funding are welcome to apply.

In addition to this, the President’s PhD Scholarships entry is now open for applicants for intake 2021. The CDT is able align scholarship recipients to the CDT programme.

About the CDT

Driven by the impact of the 4th industrial revolution, the molecular sciences are embarking on a transformative journey where developments in technology and data science are blurring the lines between disciplines and between man and machine. Developments in robotics are driving the integrated control of lab hardware, enabling R&D workflow automation and big data sets essential to support machine learning.

In turn, this stimulates developments that can underpin smarter high-throughput approaches for data handling with the promise of offering unprecedented insights to molecular processes.

EDI Recruitment Process

At the CDT React, we believe that diversity is critical to maintaining excellence in all of our endeavours and with students and staff from all around the world, it is integral to the CDT. The CDT's dynamic mix of people and ideas has underpinned our global reputation for excellence in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering and data science, and makes training at the CDT a unique and enriching experience.

Furthermore, we are proud of our EDI friendly selection process aims for a fair recruitment process without the bias (conscious or subconscious) of gender, race, age and disability. All EDI information on applications are redacted before they are reviewed by the shortlisting panel. This process ensures that selections are made based purely on aptitude and academic merits of applicants.

To get a broader idea of the CDT, click here to read the C&EN Magazine article on the CDT, titled Automation for the people: Training a new generation of chemists in data-driven synthesis.

Making Data Work for Chemistry

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt)

The rEaCt CDT aims to provide cross-sector training for a new generation of synthetic chemists with the interdisciplinary skills necessary for the challenges and opportunities created by the data-revolution in the 21st century.

The CDT assembles a multi-disciplinary team of internationally-leading researchers at Imperial College and benefits from significant strategic infrastructural and capital investment on cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology and facilities such as ROAR, and the Agilent Advanced Measurement Suite

The rEaCt CDT Programme

MRes (Year 1): The first year of the 4-year programme comprises of an MRes in Advanced Molecular Synthesis, where the CDT students will progress through an academic program of lectures and workshops on three core modules aimed at underpinning the fundamentals in synthetic chemistry, engineering and statistical sciences. Each student will also undertake a 9-month individual research project in a chosen area.

Ph.D. (Years 2 – 4): Following the successful completion of the MRes, students will pursue their independent project in subsequent years.

All students will be encouraged to undertake a period of placement and internship, in an industrial or an academic collaborator’s lab, during or immediately after their Ph.D.

Profile of the Researcher produced by this CDT:

  • With the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, students will be trained to tackle challenges in the field of synthetic chemistry, engineering and data science, with high-level expertise in at least two of these areas.
  • Using the latest synthesis and analytical tools, our CDT alumni will also hold a high level of technical proficiency; to make, measure and model reactions, including automated reactors in combination with process/data analytical tools.

Click here for more on the CDT Programme.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields is an essential requirement. Imperial College PhD entry requirements must be met and the successful applicant will subsequently need to apply online.

Click here for more information on the application process for prospective students.

TTo apply, please submit with the following documents in PDF format to

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A copy of all transcripts
  • A cover letter (please indicate here if you have any additional information you'd like the panel to take into consideration)
  • Full contact details of two referees
  • List of up to three projects of interest from the projects currently available

For further information please contact the CDT Programme Manager, Jinata Subba (


Interviews are ongoing and will continue until we have filled in all available places. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and its societal implications, interviews may be held on a virtual platform but we will aim to accommodate onsite interviews where permitted.