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Asymmetric Synthesis via Metal-Catalysed Activation of C–H and C–C Bonds (3.5-year funded)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Christophe Aissa
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year fully-funded PhD studentship in the Aïssa group at the University of Liverpool. The position is funded on a teaching assistant contract (up to 6h/week) and covers both tuition fees and a maintenance stipend. Candidates are expected to have a First or Upper second master degree in chemistry or obtain it in the 2014/15 academic year. Excellent experimental skills and a solid knowledge of organic chemistry are required.

The project represents a continuation of the research currently conducted in the Aïssa group who has established a successful programme in the metal-catalysed activation of otherwise inert C–H and C–C bonds for organic synthesis and will follow-up on some recent results (see Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 4209 & Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 6870; both articles are free of charge via open access). Specifically, the project aims at addressing one of the most important challenges in metal-catalysed C–H and C–C bond activation: how to control the enantioselectivity of those processes.

The project will be led by Dr Christophe Aïssa. This research project is perfectly suited for the training of a postgraduate student who desires to acquire an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge transition metal catalysis and organic chemistry. Hence, the selected individual will be prepared to a future career in an optimal manner. Our research group is located in the recently refurbished Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Liverpool (£4.5 M), which offers an ideal environment to learn new techniques and do outstanding science. Each co-worker has access to a personal fume cupboard, high-vacuum pump and rotary evaporator, and benefits from a direct access to a 500 MHz NMR spectrometer, GC, HPLC, and a glovebox, all located in the laboratory.

Would you like to apply?
Use the link below provided for an online application and by send a complete CV (including the contact details of 2 individuals capable of providing confidential letters of reference) and cover letter outlining your qualifications and previous research experience. Please also include a statement detailing your interest in teaching and you readiness to commit the requested time to this activity. Informal enquiries are welcome. A first round of interviews will be run in July. Apply now.

Funding Notes

The funding covers a stipend at the standard EPSRC rate (£14,057 with annual increase) and tuition fees. The anticipated start date is the 01/10/2015. Due to funding restrictions, only UK/EU citizen can apply for a full award. However, non-native speakers must also provide a certificate of proficiency in English. Copy the following link in your browser to check the accepted certificates and the requested levels for postgraduate studies at the University of Liverpool (

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