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PhD Chemistry: New Synthetic Methods for the Preparation of Medical Imaging agents

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a PhD position in the School of Chemistry, available to commence on 1st October 2017 in the Sutherland research group. The PhD project will develop new synthetic methods for the rapid and efficient preparation of chemical imaging agents that can be used to study a range of neurological diseases including brain cancer (e.g. Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 4772). In particular, we will investigate new transition metal catalysed transformations in combination with one-pot multibond forming reaction processes for the preparation of highly functional, drug-like heterocyclic scaffolds. These processes will be used to prepare multi-modal chemical tracers that can be used interchangeably in fluorescent, PET and SPECT imaging (Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 149).

Applicants should hold (or expect to be awarded) a first class or upper-second class Masters degree (MSci, MChem, MSc, MRes) or equivalent in Chemistry and have research experience in synthetic organic chemistry.

Applications should be sent to Dr Andrew Sutherland () and include a full CV, with details of all University course grades to date, contact details of at least two academic referees and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the PhD position.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend of £14,510 per annum for 3.5 years.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have ‘settled status’ in the United Kingdom and must have been ‘ordinarily resident’ for the past three years.

It should be noted that other terms may also apply. For full details about eligibility please visit: View Website


For recent publications from this research programme, see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 7829; Org. Lett., 2015, 17, 4782; J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 772. More information on the Sutherland research group can be found at: http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/staff/andrews/

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