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PhD in Chemistry- Total Synthesis of Bioactive Marine Natural Products

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    Prof S Clark
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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 2020 under the direction of Professor Stephen Clark in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.

The research project will involve the development of new, highly efficient and general methods for the rapid construction of structurally complex natural products of marine origin that contain several rings, multiple stereogenic centres and a range of sensitive functional groups. The project will focus on the discovery of new strategies and reactions that enable full control of stereochemistry and the construction of several bonds in a single operation, thereby enabling rapid increases in structural complexity to be achieved in very few steps. These new synthetic methods will be applied to the rapid, concise and efficient total syntheses of some of the most structurally challenging and biologically active polycyclic marine natural products.

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 and unstable synthetic intermediates, and will be expected to possess excellent laboratory skills, good problem-solving abilities and the ability to interpret spectroscopic data.

Further information about research projects in the Clark research group can be found on the following web page:

How to Apply
Prospective candidates for the studentship should contact Professor Clark 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.
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.

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How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK and EU applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,245 for Session 2020-21).

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