PhD Studentship: Career Acceleration Studentship in Organic Chemistry - The Development of Seamless

United Kingdom
Feb 20, 2018
Mar 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

A fully-funded 4 year PhD studentship in Organic Synthesis is available at the University of Southampton.  The studentship will be associated with the EPSRC programme grant Photo-Electro (Photo-Electro: Transforming Chemical Synthesis, Discovery and Manufacture). In addition to carrying out research leading to a PhD, the successful applicant will be closely involved in undergraduate teaching (20% time commitment in Years 1–3), with support by mentoring to achieve Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The available project is concerned with the development of useful 'reagentless' daisy chain sequences to transform cheap organic starting materials into higher value fine chemical products.  It centres on the development of flow chemistry methods to seamlessly combine photochemical, electrochemical and thermochemical reactions.  Work done will feed into the wider multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional Photo:Electro research grouping with a focus on innovating fine chemical, agrochemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing in the UK.  The successful candidate will work closely with experts in chemistry, engineering and computation in the Universities of Southampton, Bristol and Nottingham ( and regularly present their findings to industrial partners (currently >20).  This team works together closely providing useful access to academic investigators and postdoctoral researchers spanning an array of disciplines.?

Alongside their research, the student will support an array of undergraduate teaching activities within Organic Chemistry. In year 1, this will primarily involve laboratory teaching activities and supporting staff in the delivery of problem classes (e.g. workshops).  In years 2 and 3, activities will extend to tutorial delivery and other teaching roles with higher responsibility (e.g. curriculum development and marking).

Funding Notes:

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. David Harrowven ( or Prof. Richard Brown ( The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or another relevant discipline. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £14,553 per annum (2017-18 and subject to increase in 201819).

Due to funding restrictions, this position is only open to UK applicants.

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at 

Please ensure you select the academic session 2018-2019 in the academic year field and click on the Research radio button. Enter Chemistry in the search text field.

Please place Prof. David Harrowven in the field for proposed supervisor/project


General enquiries should be made Prof. David Harrowven at Any queries on the application process should be made to


Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

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