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3.5 -Year PhD Studentship in “New Synthetic Methods to Prepare Conformationally Restricted Scaffolds”


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 May 2023
Reference:  SCI2164

Closing Date: Open until filled

Department: GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Supervisor: Professor Hon Wai Lam

Subject area: Organic chemistry/synthesis

Start date: October 2023

Research Description

A 3.5-year PhD studentship is available in the Lam research group for an October 2023 start. For more information on the Lam research group, please visit:

Small, sp3-rich, conformationally restricted scaffolds are of significant interest for potential applications such as medicinal chemistry, agrochemistry, and materials science. This project is concerned with the development of synthetic methods to access new or underexplored classes of these compounds. Strategies to be employed could involve the latest developments in catalysis, photochemistry, cycloadditions, asymmetric synthesis, and C-H functionalisation chemistry.

You will work in the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities. You will gain expertise in organic synthesis and catalysis, especially in complex multistep synthesis, and will acquire skills in problem solving, spectroscopic analysis and scientific communication.

This studentship is available immediately and is fully funded, covering PhD tuition fees at the UK Home rate and providing a tax-free stipend (£17,668 per annum, increasing annually). For informal enquiries, please contact:

Entry Requirements 

Applicants should have, or are expected to achieve, a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Chemistry or a related subject. You will have strong experience in conducting original research in organic synthesis. A 4-year integrated Masters (MSci or MChem), combined studies (BSc followed by MSc), or a BSc degree followed by substantial research experience will all be considered. Applicants currently working in industry are also welcomed.

NoteFunding is only available to support UK Home students. Usually, this means you have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of your course. None of this time must have been spent in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to: Applications will be reviewed soon after being received, and the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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