Professor Joe Sweeney
A fully funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in synthetic and catalytic chemistry is available under the supervision of Professor Joe Sweeney in the Department of Chemistry, Lancaster University, commencing Autumn 2018.
The project will be focused on the design and delivery of new methods in catalysis, with the ultimate aim of using the methodology in the synthesis of functional molecules: the study will span a broad range of research areas, including medicinal and materials chemistry: synthetic targets will include functional natural products, drug-like molecules and chemical probes, novel dyes and imaging agents. The various work packages will be focused upon the design of new/improved catalytic and synthetic methods for use in the solution of academic and industrial problems; collaboration with industry and academic end-users will be a key feature of the PhD programme.
During the course of the project, you will be trained in general and advanced methods for synthesis and catalysis, including where necessary preparation and handling of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds. Analytical training will be focused on the characterization of new compounds, intermediates and materials using a range of techniques including NMR (solution and solid-state) and IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry and gel-permeation chromatography.
Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a 1st class or good 2:1 UK Masters-level degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a closely related subject, and should possess a strong interest in synthetic chemistry, catalysis. The successful candidate will, in addition to these interests, demonstrate skills in experimental synthetic chemistry at a level commensurate with the graduate degree programme. Enthusiasm to work in a laboratory environment, a keenness to learn (by tuition and independently), a collaborative attitude and possession of excellent written and oral communication skills are essential for the role.
Informal e-mail enquiries to Professor Joe Sweeney prior to submitting an application are encouraged. Applications should be made via Lancaster University’s online application system. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.
The studentship will cover fees at the UK/EU rate plus the standard maintenance stipend (£14,553 for 2018/19).
The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University provides a research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each student, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Our commitment to these principles is reflected in our recent receipt of an Athena Swan Bronze Award.