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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine

20 PhD Studentships in Synthetic Chemistry

20 PhD Studentships in Synthetic Chemistry, University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry


Why Choose SBM?

Applications for our 2018/19 student intake are now CLOSED

Applications are invited for a four-year DPhil (PhD) programme based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, which aims to train next-generation doctoral scientists in the practice of cutting edge chemical synthesis coupled with an in-depth appreciation of its application to biology and medicine.

The programme was designed in collaboration with twelve international pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies and a government agency who have offered specific expertise to enhance the CDT's training. To ensure free exchange of information and expertise between all academic and industrial partners the CDT has adopted an open-access model consistent with its focus on basic science.

Students are admitted without being assigned to a specific research group and will be trained initially as a single cohort in all aspects of organic synthesis (for four months). They subsequently undertake two sixteen-week research rotations in laboratories of their choosing before joining a specific group for a substantive three-year research project.

To enable significant and long term research goals to be tackled, research projects will be clustered into six broad fields:

  • New Synthetic Methods
  • 3D Templates for ‘Lead-Like’ Compounds
  • Functional Probes for Epigenetics
  • Next Generation Anti-Infectives
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Tools for Neuroscience

For the duration of their DPhil, students will also receive a tailored programme designed to broaden their research and professional skills.

Studentships are 4 years in duration and consist of full fees and maintenance for qualifying applicants. For details on supervisors, studentships and how to apply, visit our website at:


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