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Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of C-N Bonds

School of Chemistry

About the Project

A fully-funded, four-year PhD studentship is available to work with Dr Liam Ball at the University of Nottingham. The position is in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company GSK, and is expected to commence from October 2021.

The project will design and develop new catalytic methods for the asymmetric synthesis of C-N bonds. These new methods will be applied to the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant target molecules. Experimental mechanistic studies will be used to inform catalyst design and quantify reaction scope.

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated research group that uses mechanism to understand and develop new reactions relevant to medicinal and agrochemistry. This project will include a 3-month placement at GSK, and will provide training in organic and organometallic synthesis and catalysis, reaction mechanism, and associated analytical/spectroscopic techniques.

Entry requirements:

Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available to UK applicants. Applicants must have, or should expect to obtain, a minimum 2:1 Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a closely related discipline. Experience in synthetic chemistry or catalysis (e.g., an industrial placement or a Masters-level research project) will be beneficial.

Application process:

Informal enquiries and applications should be made to Dr Liam Ball (), after which a formal application can be made via the University web site at:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from Friday 21st May, 2021, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable person has been found; hence you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

The studentship is fully-funded for 48 months, with a stipend paid at the standard UKRI rate (currently £15,609 per annum).

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