Undergraduate News

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Welcome to the news listings for the Chemistry Undergraduate students.

The purpose of these pages is to share information that may be of particular interest to Part II students.
 

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences currently have three fully funded PhD positions available:

  • A 3 year BHF funded studentship in the Lymphocyte Development research group, under the co-supervision of Professor Amanda Fisher, Professor Paul French, Dr James McGinty and Dr Matthew Van de Pette. This BHF studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £22,278 pa.
  • A 3.5 year EPSRC funded studentship in the Behavioural Genomics research group, under the supervision of Dr Andre Brown. This EPSRC studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £21,000 pa.
  • A 3.5 year MRC funded studentship in the Lymphocyte Develoment research group, under the co-supervision of Professor Matthias Merkenschlager and Professor Daniel Rueckert. This MRC studentship covers all tuition fee payments as well as a generous tax-free stipend, paid directly to the student, amounting to £21,000 pa.

Full project descriptions for each, application deadlines and instructions can be found on our website: 
https://lms.mrc.ac.uk/study-here/phd-studentships/csc-3-5yr-studentships/

(24/5/2018)

 

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(17/5/2018)


High Fliers Research Ltd - Role of ‘Oxford Research Manager 2018-2019'- currently recruiting.
The role is open to undergraduate students who are going into their final year in September 2018.
This is a role which a successful applicant can not only balance alongside their studies and hobbies, but also benefit from gaining people management, recruitment and project management skills - and much more!

Please see the attached PDF for the full job description and the link to apply below:
http://finalyearstudentsurvey.co.uk/apply-now/

(15/5/2018)


Warwick MRC DTP in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research for September 2018 entry 

Applications are open until 3 June 2018 and we are keen to attract a diverse range of applicants from across the sciences.

 We have studentships available in the following areas: 

·         Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

·         Applied Biomedical Technologies

·         iCASE (industry-facing projects)

·         Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Dynamics

·         Microbiology and Infection

Further details:
  Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. 
  Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Dynamics, Microbiology and Infection, Applied Biomedical Technologies
  Fundamental properties and functional plasticity of a spinal dorsal horn circuit and its role in neuropathic pain (Spanswick)
  New prognostic and diagnostic tools to assess and monitor traumatic brain injury (Dale)

If you have any questions, please e-mail mrcdtp@warwick.ac.uk

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/mrcdtp/ 

      (11.5.2018)

 

 

 

EPSRC & BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology Studentships  

Doctoral Training Centre’s Synthetic Biology CDT, has recently re-opened to applications for the 2018-19 intake.

Further details HERE

Any students interested in applying for the course please contact Aimée Atkinson with a copy of their CV on aimee.atkinson@dtc.ox.ac.uk 

The application deadline is Friday 18th May, at 12 noon.

(1/5/2018)

Chemistry, Physics or Biology Teaching Position
We have positions for specialist teachers of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (separate positions for each of the Sciences) in leading independent schools in London and the Home Counties from September, 2018.  These are permanent positions which would entail teaching Chemistry, Biology or Physics up to A level.  Many of the schools are able to provide accommodation, if needed.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in the relevant Science discipline i.e., Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

Desired: A postgraduate degree or in the midst of completing one, as well as a background tutoring or any experience working with children would be a bonus, however, this is certainly not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to convey his/her own enthusiasm, commitment to students of all ages, and a genuine love of learning and enquiry to the students in the department. Academic rigour balanced with an excellent pastoral care and co-curricular programme forms the underpinning for each of the schools.  Support to gain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) would be provided.    

If you are enthusiastic about Science and would like the opportunity to teach in a vibrant independent school, please forward your CV asap to devra.farhi@harrishill.co.uk  or please ask for Devra on: 020 7587 5153 or Mob: 07795 221266 for further details.

(25.4.2018)

Fantastic Graduate Roles in Sales & Recruitment for Times Top 100 employers across the UK

Are you confident, competitive, driven by success and motivated by the prospect of earning a lot of money? If so, then these graduate schemes in sales/business development and recruitment are for you!

DEADLINE TO APPLY= 1st July 2018

1 application could consider you for 10 companies!

Start date: Very flexible! Immediately or later in the Summer/Autumn

Salary: £18.5k - £35k basic + commission (Y1: £40-50K, Y2: £50-60k, Y3:60-100k)

Job type: Graduate Schemes

Locations: UK wide including London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Dublin... etc.

Click here to apply for sales: www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/graduate-sales-roles/?ref=DEPT
Click here to apply for recruitment: www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/recruitment-graduate-schemes/?ref=DEPT

(19/4/2018)   

 If you are still thinking about what to do after your degree, then why not consider studying a 1-year long postgraduate Masters in the Physics & Technology of Nuclear Reactors here at the University of Birmingham. We take graduates from a wide range of subjects, such as the various engineering disciplines, physics, mathematics, metallurgy/materials science, chemistry, etc.

We are still taking applications for the next academic year (starting at the end of September 2018), and also still have some funding available to pay towards tuition fees for home or EU students - typically home/EU students with a 1st to a 2.2 degree would qualify for coverage of their fees between 50% to 100% (depending on final degree result). Those fees payments do not have to be repaid. In addition, there is a government postgraduate loan scheme that allows home students (and I believe EU students in some cases) to loan up to £10,000 in a fairly similar way to undergraduate loans. One should double check qualification for this, but most home students who have obtained a Bachelors degree before doing the Masters can qualify.

The course has deep elements both practically and theoretically, and combines this with strong industrial links and experience (culminating in a Masters thesis which can be done in academia if you wish, but more often than not is based within industry). Typically, two thirds of our students have jobs lined up to walk into before even finishing the course, and most of the remainder will have something within a few months of completing.
Some more information on the course and its syllabus can be found at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/physics/physics-technology-nuclear-reactors.aspx

A link to some of the upcoming prospects of / for the industry can also be found in the following article: 
http://live.iop-pp01.agh.sleek.net/physicsworld/reader/#!edition/editions_Nuclear_2017/article/page-19290

(6/4/2018)

Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall
Teacher of Chemistry MPR Required for September 2018

Queen Mary’s Grammar School is an invigorating and rewarding place to work: the pupils are intelligent and committed to study; the staff are friendly and forward looking.  It is far more than just a place of work – it is a thriving community, proud of its past and confident of its future. We are an outstanding school, as recognised by OFSTED in our most recent inspection.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, dynamic and dedicated teacher of Chemistry to join a thriving and exciting department at Queen Mary’s Grammar School.  The successful candidate will be a Chemistry specialist required to teach the subject from Year 8 to Year 13. The ability to teach General Science to Year 7 and, ideally, another science subject at Key Stage 3, would be an advantage. Applications are welcome from both newly qualified and experienced teachers.

Queen Mary’s Grammar School is a jewel in the heart of the Mercian region and enjoys a national reputation for academic achievement, topping the Walsall league tables not only for raw GCSE results (76% A/A*, or 7-9 at GCSE in 2017) but also for the new GCSE Progress 8 measure (0.69 in 2017). The Chemistry department is proud of its achievements too, with 76% of students achieving grades A*-A at GCSE and 94% achieving A*-C at A level in the subject in 2017. It is no surprise, then, that it is amongst the most popular A Level subjects in the school and there will be six sets in both Year 12 and Year 13 in 2018/19. The department is a happy and rewarding place to work and with many of our students continuing to study in a related field post-18.

Now is an exciting time in the history of Queen Mary’s Grammar School.  We are proud to be part of the Mercian Multi Academy Trust alongside four other schools which represent a diverse range of educational establishments: Aldridge School, Queen Mary’s High School, Shire Oak Academy and Walsall Studio School; this partnership brings many advantages to our pupils present and future; as well as broadening the opportunities and experiences for staff. Please see the accompanying information in the full application pack for further information about the Mercian Multi Academy Trust.

Informal visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged. Please feel free to contact Carol Wood, Human Resources Executive, at the School, if you are interested in visiting us.

Applications should be made using the application form available via the TES website, accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4 in which you should set out how your experience and expertise match the requirements of the role.
Closing date:  Wednesday 25th April                                    

Interviews:     W/C Monday 30th April

Queen Mary’s Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment Policies can be found on our website.

Further information HERE

(5/4/2018)

Crick PhD Programme - Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Funded PhD Project

Please note: non-EU nationals are not eligible for the funding for this project.

We are looking for talented and motivated graduates or final year undergraduates, who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants should have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, a university degree course and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. We are keen to attract outstanding applicants who are committed to doing a PhD. 

Applications are now open and close at 12:00 noon (GMT) on Monday 09 April 2018.

More details about the project and the application process can be found here:

https://www.crick.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-and-study/phd-programme/phd-student-recruitment/phd-positions-available/

(15/3/2018)

4-YEAR EPSRC CASE Studentship: Multiscale Molecular Simulations to Probe Lipid Bilayer Modifications Causing Antimicrobial Resistance
Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
Industrial Sponsor: IBM
Main academic supervisor: Professor Mark Sansom
See http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/graduate/postgraduateresearchstudentships     Please quote Studentship Source Code: EPSRC1

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Molecular simulations allow us to probe the physical properties of increasingly complex and bio-realistic models of cell membranes. This will allow us to probe the role of lipid modifications to bacterial membranes which render bacteria resistance to 'last defence' antibiotics such as daptomycin and to new generation antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Multiscale molecular dynamics simulations will be used to explore lipids bilayers of various compositions, analysing their physical properties and calculating free energy landscapes for interaction of antibiotics and related compounds with wild type vs. modified (i.e drug resistant) membranes. This studentship will involve a collaboration between the groups of Mark Sansom and Phillip Stansfeld (Oxford Biochemistry), who have expertise in multiscale modelling of complex cell membranes, of Maike Bublitz (Oxford Biochemistry), who conducts experimental biochemistry and structural biology of cell membranes and their proteins, and IBM Research, Hartree Centre, with expertise in Big Data and cognitive systems approaches to molecular simulations. The project will provide the student with training in molecular simulations and advanced approaches to analysis of large simulation datasets. There will also be opportunities for exposure to and collaboration with experimentalists in bacterial membrane systems. The outcome will be simulation toolkit for analysis of antibiotic interactions with complex models of bacterial membranes, providing physical insights into mechanisms of current and future antimicrobial resistance.

Students with a chemistry, biophysics or biochemistry background, ideally with some relevant undergraduate computational experience, would be preferred.
Informal enquiries are welcome: mark.sansom@bioch.ox.ac.uk

The project is supported by a 4-year CASE PhD studentship covering fees at home/EU rate plus a living allowance of not less than £14,777 per annum plus an additional supplement paid by the industrial sponsor.

To apply for this EPSRC-funded studentship, please submit an online application to the University of Oxford for admission to the D.Phil. in Biochemistry (course code: RD_BC1) by the deadline 12.00 noon (UK time) 13th April 2018. It is very important that you quote Studentship Source Code EPSRC1. No research proposal is required as part of the application. Instead you are required to upload a personal statement no more than 1000 words, describing your motivation and aptitude for this position, and your CV. Please arrange that three referees directly submit references for you.

Eligibility: ONLY students who have established UK residency are eligible to apply. For further details about residence requirements follow link:
https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

(14.3.2018)


Teaching Vacancy, starting September 2018

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and able graduate to teach full-time from September 2018. The successful candidate will be willing and able to teach across the year groups and ability range. She or he will work well with a forward thinking and dynamic team. We welcome applications from teachers new to the profession as well as those with teaching experience. The opportunity to train for PGCE may be available.  Both the Chemistry department and the Science Faculty offer a range of activities beyond the classroom, to which all members of the department are expected to contribute.

More details and Job Description HERE

(28.2.2018)

2018 Francis Crick Institute PhD Recruitment Programme
We are looking for talented and motivated graduates or final year undergraduates, who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants should have appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, a university degree course and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. We are keen to attract outstanding applicants with backgrounds in biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics and/or computing who are committed to doing a PhD. Applicants of all nationalities can apply for the Crick PhD Programme.

Applications are now open and close at 12:00 (noon) on Monday 19 March 2018.

More details about the programme and the application process can be found here,  https://www.crick.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-and-study/phd-programme/ and HERE.

(22.2.2018)

 

Dissecting the role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in adipose tissue; a 3.5 year fully-funded PhD studentship available in our Genes & Metabolism section at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences.

Application deadline: 20/03/2018
PhD start date: October 2018

For further details and how to apply, please see HERE

(14/2/2018)

A leading independent school on the Cambridge borders require a Chemistry teacher from September, 2018.  This is a permanent position which would entail teaching Chemistry to A level.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or related discipline.

Desired: A postgraduate degree in Chemistry or related discipline or in the midst of completing one and a background tutoring or any experience working with children would be a bonus, however, this is certainly not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to convey his/her own enthusiasm, commitment to students of all ages, and to encourage self-motivation, a genuine love of learning and enquiry to the students in the department. The school places an equal focus on academic excellence and an outstanding pastoral care programme. Being able to offer inspirational teaching would be essential. Support to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) would be offered.    

If you are enthusiastic about Chemistry and looking to teach in a top independent school, please forward your CV asap to devra.farhi@harrishill.co.uk  or please ask for Devra on: 020 7587 5153 or Mob: 07795 221266 for further details.

(18.1.2018)