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DPhil studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Direct functionalisation of aromatic rings using temporary dearomatisation

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DPhil studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Available 01/10/2021

Direct functionalisation of aromatic rings using temporary dearomatisation

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in synthetic organic chemistry available from October 2021, to work under the supervision of Prof. Tim Donohoe in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. The studentship is funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and GlaxoSmithKline (iCASE).

The studentship will cover course fees at a Home rate and provide a stipend of no less that the standard UK Research Council rate, currently set at £15,285 per annum, for up to 4 years. Please note the eligibility criteria set out by the UKRI EPSRC at:

Research in the Donohoe group is focussed primarily on synthetic organic chemistry and the use of catalysis (see the research website for further information and recent publications). Current research goals include developing hydrogen borrowing catalysis and its application in organic synthesis.

The advertised project aims to develop catalytic chemistry that will directly functionalise aromatic ring systems, using temporary dearomatisation (see Chemical Science202011, 8595-8599).

Candidates with a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related subject are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience (such as a Masters research project or equivalent) in a synthetic organic chemistry laboratory is desirable. The successful applicant will be based in the state-of-the-art Chemical Research Laboratory, and be part of the Organic Chemistry sub-department. 

Candidates should submit a formal application for DPhil in Organic Chemistry via Oxford online application system:, quoting TJD/EPSRC/2021.

Application deadline: 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 22nd January 2021

Queries relating to the application and admission process should be directed to: [Email Address Removed]; tel.: +44 (0) 1865 272569.

For informal enquiries email: [Email Address Removed]

The Department of Chemistry holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award.

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