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POLYMOD: Designer Polysaccharide Modification

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will involve the design and assembly of designer polysaccharides. You will be involved in conceiving and synthesising modified carbohydrate building blocks which will be utilised in conjunction with an industrial partner, Croda, to advance access to next-generation carbohydrate biomaterials. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team interfaced between academia and the speciality chemicals industry. You will receive full training in organic/carbohydrate synthesis and biochemical approaches for industrial polysaccharide design and production. Transferable skills such as reporting of results orally and in writing, time management, project planning and management will be also developed. There will also be opportunities to spend time at the industrial partner and participate in Croda graduate training activities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have or expect at least a good II(i) honours degree (or an equivalent degree) in Chemistry. Any experience in synthetic organic or carbohydrate chemistry is a plus.

Please quote FNS GS 2019-09 on your application.

Contact for further information: For further information on the academic research group see: and @millerlabkeele. For informal inquiries regarding the project please contact the academic lead, Dr Gavin J. Miller at and include a CV.

Funding Notes

Funding support is provided as follows;
100% UK/EU tuition fees for 4 years. (2019/20 fee rate £4327 per annum)/. Non-UK/EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Stipend support at £15,009 per annum for four years commencing academic year 2019. Two PhD studentships available.

Source of funding: One studentship is funded by a BBSRC/Croda Collaborative Training Partnership award to the PIs and the other by Keele ACORN Faculty of Natural Sciences.

ligiblity Criteria: MSc (or MRes)/MChem in Chemistry - minimum degree classification 2i or equivalent.

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