PhD Studentship: Synthetic Organic Chemistry

University of Cambridge
February 29, 2024
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PhD Studentship: Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Applications are invited for two 3.5-year PhD studentships, supervised by Dr. Pawel Dydio, to work in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and catalysis. The projects will be focused on (i) developing and understanding new multicatalytic systems embedding cooperative reactions into artificial metabolic-like networks, and, (ii) the mechanistically driven discovery of new valuable catalytic transformations and addressing the limitations of key catalytic processes by elucidating their mechanistic features. For recent articles from the Dydio group that provide background to these, see: Nature Catal. 2019, 2, 114; Chem Catal. 2022, 2, 762; J.Am.Chem.Soc., 2020, 142, 18251; and Angew.Chem.Int.Ed. 2022 (e202116406).

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals capable of thinking and working independently. Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class Masters degree in a relevant subject such as chemistry. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in organic chemistry and transition metal catalysis. Practical experience of synthetic organic chemistry, homogenous transition metal catalysis, or organometallic chemistry in a research environment would be beneficial.

The studentships will commence in October 2024 and provides a maintenance grant at the UKRI national rate, and tuition fees at the UK/home rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered if they are able to fund the overseas fees differential, or if they are awarded a suitable scholarship. Full details of the University's entrance requirements and scholarships are specified on the following link: https: // www.

To apply, please submit an application through the University Applicant Portal: https: // www. for the course "PhD in Chemistry", naming Dr Pawel Dydio as potential supervisor.

For any queries about this studentship, please contact Dr Dydio by email at [email protected].

Please quote reference MA40194 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry






21 January 2024

Closing date

29 February 2024

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