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PhD Studentship in Supramolecular Chemistry: Interactions & Reactions

  • 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 project is available to work in the Cockroft group in the area of supramolecular chemistry. The physicochemical origins of molecular recognition will be examined using a combination of synthetic organic and computational chemistry. Meanwhile we will seek to exploit such interactions in performing catalytic reactions in artificial enzymes generated using newly developed bioconjugation chemistry.
The student working on this project will receive training in a range of modern experimental and analytical techniques associated with physical organic chemistry including:

• organic synthesis
• theoretical background in molecular recognition
• NMR spectroscopy
• bioconjugation reactions
• single-molecule analysis
• quantitative structure activity relationships
• computational modelling

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is identified. Thus, early application is encouraged. Previous research experience in synthetic chemistry is required. Applicants must be in possession of (or expecting to obtain) a first class or upper-second class degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or other cognate discipline before the start of the PhD. Applicants MUST be either be EU or UK nationals. To apply, email a copy of your CV to . Please include a brief description of your previous research experience and current research interests.

Applicants should consult the group webpage and publications list to gain an overview of the scope of the research undertaken in the Cockroft group:

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. University Initiatives website:

Funding Notes

This is a three-year award available to start 1st September 2019. This is a tax-free stipend covering tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £15,009 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC criteria: View Website

How good is research at University of Edinburgh in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of St Andrews)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 43.30

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