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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry

4-year PhD Scholarships in Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences and Business available

4-Year Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in
Chemistry, Biosciences and Chemical Engineering
EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry for a start in October 2018.

We are looking to recruit students interested in a wide range of research areas within the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biosciences, the examples of research areas include the following:


  • Synthetic methodology
  • Catalysis, including biocatalysts
  • Electrochemistry and photochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Biorenewable Feedstocks
  • Alternative solvents


  • Food processing
  • Food chemistry
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Bio-molecular technology
  • Brewing and fermentation sciences


  • Materials chemistry
  • Bioprocesses, environmental and chemical technologies
  • Microwave process engineering
  • Food, water and waste
  • Life cycle analysis

About the Centre

The Centre is developed in collaboration with industry and as a partnership of several disciplines including Chemistry, Biosciences and Engineering. With student-centred approach as its main ethos, the Centre delivers a high quality multidisciplinary training programme delivering the skills in the areas of business and innovation, science communication, project management, team work and career development.

During the first year on the programme the students will, supported by the CDT staff and academics from Biosciences, Engineering and Chemistry, develop their research proposal in partnership with a relevant industry partner.

In addition, a part of the training programme, the students are strongly encouraged to carry out an external placement in industry, another research institution or other organisation.


  • A comprehensive student-centred professional skills training programme
  • Integral involvement of industry and other relevant organisations in training and research
  • Access to our world-class experts and research facilities
  • Opportunity to design and develop own research project
  • Competitive stipend, consumables and conference budget
  • Fully funded external placement
  • Being a part of a multidisciplinary cohort of students


The PhD studentship will cover university tuition fees a tax free stipend of £14,777 per year.

Entry requirements

Ideally, candidates are expected to hold at least an upper second class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology and Pharmacy or a 3-year undergraduate course plus a Masters degree and/or one year experience in industry.

University of Nottingham is a research active Russell Group and was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of this cutting-edge research. With over 40,000 students from more than 150 countries, two overseas campuses and strong links with universities around the world, The University of Nottingham has a diverse community creating an inspiring place to study and work.

For more information and to apply please visit: suschem-nottingham-cdt.ac.uk/apply

We also invite applications for a specific research project in collaboration with AstraZeneca:

Title: Versatile spectroscopic tools for continuous, in situ reaction monitoring

About the Project

The past decade has seen chemical synthesis evolve into an extremely data-rich field. Arguably the most important contribution to this evolution has been our increasing ability to follow reaction progress quantitatively, continuously and in situ. The resulting insight underpins both detailed mechanistic studies and reaction optimisation, and ultimately informs current industrial practices leading to the development of more sustainable synthetic methods .

This project will develop novel spectroscopic tools for continuous, non-destructive, in-line monitoring of chemical reactions and processes, including those that are not amenable to more common process analytical technologies (PAT). The tools will be validated with industrially relevant reactions, before being used to accelerate the discovery of new reactions for the synthesis of drug-like molecules. The student will have the opportunity to learn a diverse skill set, including organic synthesis and catalysis, flow and microfluidics, spectroscopy, and data modelling.

About the Research Groups

The project will be supervised by Drs Liam Ball and Georgios Dimitrakis, and will be based primarily in Nottingham’s new Carbon Neutral Laboratories. Research will be performed in collaboration with AstraZeneca, and will involve a placement at their Macclesfield site.

More information about the Ball and Dimitrakis groups can be found here:



To apply for this specific project , please send your CV directly to both supervisors:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Application deadline: 25 July 2018

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