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New Metal-mediated Cyclisation Methods for the Generation of Heteroatom Functionalised Polycyclic Systems

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

Project Description

A fully funded, industry-linked PhD Studentship is available in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Professor William J. Kerr.

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a strong MChem (or equivalent) degree as a requirement of the funding. Additionally, the position is well suited to students with significant experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry obtained either through industrial placement or as part of an MChem/MSci research project.

Kerr Group research interests cover a broad range of metal-mediated synthetic organic chemistry and, in particular, in the development of new preparative techniques, the creation of asymmetric processes, and the use of these emerging methods in total synthesis programmes.

This studentship is available starting from October 2020, and is funded in collaboration with world-leading pharmaceutical company, GSK. The project will explore novel heteroatom-containing substrates in Pauson-Khand cyclisations to construct decorated cyclopentenone products for access to pharmaceutically-desired compounds and natural products. Computationally-based methods will also drive mechanistic understanding, reagent design, and reaction scope.

Please submit your application by e-mail to Dr Laura C. Paterson (), which should include:

• Cover letter, detailing your experience and motivation for PhD studies
• CV with two referees details included
• Full transcripts from your undergraduate degree
• Other pertinent information (e.g., publications, awards, and other distinctions)

Funding Notes

This studentship is fully-funded in collaboration with the EPSRC and GSK.

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of Glasgow)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 35.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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