We have funded, industry-linked, PhD studentships available for study commencing as soon as possible and up until October 2023.

Tuned Iridium Catalysts to Deliver an Array of Synthetic Efficiency and Selectivity

This project will specifically expand upon our iridium-based catalysts for application in a portfolio of important transformations in organic synthesis and of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. More specifically, we are now primed to appreciably extend our iridium-catalysed methods for C-H activation, including for application in hydrogen isotope exchange, hydrogenation, and C-C, C-O, and C-N bond formation. The studentship is funded in collaboration with world-leading pharmaceutical company, GSK, for a duration of 3.5 years.

‘New Metal-mediated Cyclisation Methods for the Generation of Heteroatom Functionalised Polycyclic Systems’

As part of our continuing efforts to further develop the metal-mediated Pauson-Khand reaction, this project will explore the substrate types amenable within this powerful, single-step, cyclopentannulation reaction to deliver a wide range of desirable and heteroatom functionalised chemical scaffolds that will be of particular interest to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as to the wider preparative community. Additionally, and as a departure from methodological studies, it is envisaged that the general P-K protocols being developed will find application as the key transformation in the synthesis of targeted natural product synthesis. The studentship is funded in collaboration with world-leading pharmaceutical company, GSK, for a duration of 4 years.

Applications are currently considered all year round.

How to apply:

Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, a strong MChem (or equivalent) degree as a requirement of the funding. Additionally, the position is well suited to students with significant experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry obtained either through industrial placement or as part of an MChem/MSci research project. Please submit your application by e-mail to Dr Laura C. Paterson (laura.c.paterson@strath.ac.uk), which should include:

  • Cover letter, detailing your experience and motivation for PhD studies; 
  • CV with the details of two referees;
  • Full transcripts from your undergraduate degree and any additional higher degree studies; and
  • Other pertinent information (e.g., publications, awards, and other distinctions)

The successful applicant will join our extremely motivated and industrious research team, and will receive elevated levels of training in the areas of preparative chemistry, organometallic-based synthesis, reaction mechanism, computational methods, and the associated analytical/spectroscopic requirements. Industrial partners will also provide key training opportunities as aligned to the individual projects.

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