A PhD Studentship is available for an outstanding and ambitious synthetic chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry and catalysis. This program will target low-valent 3d (first row) transition metal complexes supported by Z-type, non-innocent boron and aluminium containing ligand scaffolds. The successful candidate, based in the laboratory of Dr Darren Willcox, will synthesize, characterize and explore the catalytic activity of these low-valent complexes towards small molecule activation and subsequent transformations. When required their structure and bonding will be assessed using a range of spectroscopic techniques and single crystal X-ray crystallography.
Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter should describe your research interests and motivation for the proposed project in a short paragraph.
Academic background of candidates: Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper-second class degree, specializing in Chemistry. Experience of practical synthetic chemistry, especially air-sensitive chemistry (Schlenk lines and glove boxes) would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and working within a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.