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PhD in Chemistry - Targeted Protein Degradation for the Treatment of Viral Infection

   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr David France  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Suitably qualified and highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD studentship (EPSRC DTA) which will commence on 1st October 2022 under the direction of Dr. David France in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. This Chemical Biology project is in the emerging area of targeted protein degradation.

The successful applicant will carry out both the synthesis and biological testing of new proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs) designed to degrade viral proteins. This represents the earliest step toward a new way of thinking about treating infectious disease. The project is highly multidisciplinary, and requires a candidate who is interested in learning new biological assay skills.

The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to be awarded) a 1st Class or an Upper 2nd Class MSci, MChem or BSc degree and will have significant experience in practical synthetic organic chemistry. The student will be required to undertake complex synthetic sequences involving air- and / or moisture-sensitive reagents as well as a range of biological assays with support from experienced colleagues.

How to Apply

Prospective candidates for the studentship should contact Dr. France directly by email ([Email Address Removed]) as soon as possible and supply a CV and covering letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until 8 April 2022.

Please refer to the following website for details on how to submit a formal application for PhD study:

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society. More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 for Session 2021-22).
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